Garrett McAllister

Mechanic

At The Cycling House Since: 2016 Hometown: Missoula, MT

Mechanic

Garrett McAllister

My endurance sports life began in college when my best friend convinced me to join the cross country team. I fell in love with distance running and knew I had found my people. After college, I picked up road cycling and discovered that I was a much better cyclist than runner (which isn’t saying much). I won my first bike race and moved up the ranks. I spent 5 years chasing the cycling dream before finally deciding to go back to school. Racing was an amazing experience and took me all over the United States. I’ve lived in Oregon, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Now I call Missoula, MT home and I couldn’t be happier. I still love to get out on my bike and hammer, but these days, living an active lifestyle and sharing that with my friends and family is the most important thing.

What is the best thing about working at The Cycling House?

I love working at TCH because of the people. The energy and the stoke is unlike any other place I've worked.

Do you have a favorite ride?

Mount Lemmon. I grew up in Tucson and even after moving away, I came back for several winters to train for road racing. Mt. Lemmon is one of the best climbs in the country.

What is the most memorable day you’ve ever had on the bike?

Almost every day on the bike is a good day. But one of my most memorable days on a bike was the first time I rode the Million Dollar Highway in the San Juan Mountains near Durango, CO. I had just started road riding and a good friend from college who was living in Durango at the time took me on the ride. He tried to warn me that it was a tough ride, but I had no idea. I bonked several times and I even crashed descending Coal Bank pass. After nearly 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing, I was a bloody exhausted mess. But I was hooked on road cycling and I've never looked back. The Million Dollar Highway between Durango and Ouray remains my all-time favorite road ride.