Why We Built Our Mountain Bike Home

 

After hitting the “must ride” destinations across the country, we came home to Western North Carolina, believing it to be, as Bike Magazine put it, “America’s Best Kept Secret.” A guide service and bicycle-centric eco resort and base camp for all your Western North Carolina adventures, The Bike Farm is here to cater to every need of the visiting cyclist, while serving as a community gathering spot for the locals.

From the moment you drive into the “Cycling Capital of the South” or land at the airport, let us be your one stop resource for what you need while you are here. Want to come discover the “Secret” for yourself but don’t know where to start, let alone sleep, eat, rent a bike and ride? Give us a shout we got you covered: from sleeping under the stars to five star luxury, where to eat, shop, get a cold beer, and a crew to ride with while you’re here.

 
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Cashion Smith

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I fell in love with bicycles at a very young age. As a boy I attended Camp Carolina in the heart of Pisgah National Forest and it was in these mountains that I developed a love that has lasted 34 years. At sixteen years of age, my focus shifted to four wheels and a landscaping business that I had started, and it was not until a few years later at the University of Colorado in Boulder that the love affair was rekindled and has been burning strong since.

After graduating from the University of Colorado, I went to work in the medical device field as a trauma consultant for an orthopedic implant company. Most of the time I was dreaming of being on my bike and would sneak away every chance I could. I started working my way back home to Western North Carolina pretty much as soon as I got back to Boulder. After five years I went to a startup focusing on a brain assessment platform for the early detection of mild cognitive impairment.  I saw this as a shift towards preventative medicine, and a better lifestyle than wearing a pager.  All the same, I would sneak away whenever I could, to get on my bike, and often felt that I was working just so I could ride. After three years, I decided at long last to combine my passion for healthcare and bikes, and truly make my vocation in preventive medicine; getting folks outdoors and active!

I have traveled much of the country and a little of Canada too, living the dream, riding my bike in the spots I had read about, with some of the best riders in the world. I am constantly humbled by the skill of some of those riders, their warm hearts which led them to open their homes (and trails to us) and the raw power of the natural world that we get to play in. On my bike, in the woods, is where I find my peace, where the worries of the world melt away and life is lived for the moment. It is my goal to leave this place a little better than I found it. I figure sharing my passion for riding bikes in the great outdoors with others is a pretty good way to accomplish my goal! I could say that the fact that I get to do this with my best friend Eva is icing on the cake, but the truth is it is the cake, and the icing too.


Eva Surls

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I grew up in the forest of East Texas and the mountains of the Colorado Rockies. I was one of those kids who always wanted to be outside, it seems not much has changed.

I graduated from NYU with a interdisciplinary degree in Integrative Health focusing on Somatic Practices. Health and healing have always been close to my heart. As a child I struggled with severe Asthma and allergies leading me to experience the western medical system at it’s fullest. While the medicines and practices of that system saved my life, they also left me with the lasting repercussions of a system that most often treats symptoms rather than the root cause. At age 16, I discovered yoga at a local recreation center, with that the doorway to holistic preventive medicine was opened and I’ve never turned back.

My focus is getting people from all walks of life, both male and female, young and old, outside and active!

After traveling the country riding amazing trails and spending time with some incredible people, I landed in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where I spend as much time as I can outside, riding bikes, continuing my studies of health and wellness, and pursing my dream of helping others become more conscious of their physical bodies and the natural world around us.


Josh Moore

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Riding bicycles has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. My interest in riding began at an early age with a focus on dirt jumping. Finding flow, catching air, and smashing turns on challenging descents are the bullet points of my playful riding style. Some may see obstacles where others see opportunities.

A North Carolina native, I grew up in Cary, then moved westward to Asheville, and now Brevard. I attended Brevard College to earn a BA in Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education with a minor in Business and Organizational Leadership. Some of the highlights were an 18-day sea kayaking expedition down 340 miles of the savanna river and a 21-day wilderness expedition featuring mountain biking, canoeing, and backpacking in western NC.

I enjoy spending time with nature in order to escape the stresses of modern life. It’s my goal to share this feeling with other people. I find the Appalachian Mountains to be an exciting place for an outdoor adventure. The forest is my playground.

 
 

Devin O’Leary

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I grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and had a pretty simple childhood where swimming was my sport year-round. I went to college at Indiana University and was exposed to bike racing through a University race called The Little 500. I fell in love with riding and racing bikes, and spent my college years balancing training with getting good grades in preparation for grad school. My senior year I spent a semester in Australia, where I made a number of friends who lived their lives by very different rules than my peers back home. That experience led me to switch up my conservative life path and pursue something more fulfilling.

I turned my attention towards guiding, with hopes that I would grow through traveling and meeting many different people with inspiring stories. I visited Brevard for the first time a couple winters ago, and its vast beauty and down to earth outdoorsy culture won my heart and spurred four trips back in the first year. The third trip introduced me to The Bike Farm which was pursuing a mission that perfectly aligned with everything I believe to be important in this world. After meeting Cashion and Josh, I knew that I had found one of those especially authentic entities that is able to positively impact people and the environment for a long time. I’m so grateful to be a part of this family and to share the beauty and excitement of the Appalachians and mountain biking with everyone who comes through here.


Welker Taylor

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I was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and from as early as I can remember, I loved riding my bike. At my 10th birthday party (BMX-themed, of course), I ruptured my spleen riding through a mud puddle. Despite being in intensive care for nearly a week and spending months inactive as I recovered, my love of biking only grew.

At the age of twelve, I entered my first mountain bike race and worked during the summer at a local bike shop. I spent four summers there, building bikes, and the rest of my time racing and riding. It didn’t matter whether it was cross country, downhill, trials, or slalom, I loved it all.

All these years later, riding a bike is much the same as it was back then, a sense of freedom from the normal worries and obligations of everyday life. Be it commuting, mountain biking, or road riding, my day is inevitably made better if there is some time spent pedaling. When not riding, I spend my time enjoying life with my wife and our three young girls and working my day job as an Asheville Firefighter/EMT.