The word Virtus (It rhymes with “Beer-Kiss” and is pronounced “VEER-Diss”) means strength, honor, and courage through bravery. We try to portray those qualities not only on race day and in our training, but in everything we do.
Click on each name to learn more about the members of Team Virtus or simply scroll down this page.
Bad, bad Robby Brown… The baddest roadie on the whole damn team. Well, he’s the only roadie on the team, but that’s changing. Robby is showing the rest of the team his roadie ways. When he’s not prepping for his first TV adventure race, Robby also represents Team Redwheel as a mountain biker and triathlete. Once he fully recovers from ankle surgery, he will officially become an adventure racer. Perhaps the most tech-savvy member of the team, Robby has an amazing collection of vintage film on his hard drive.
Luke and Bob met while seeking out race partners for the ’09 Bonk Hard Chill and became instant friends. Bob also “races” bicycles for Team Redwheel and is currently working toward his first off-road marathon. He’ll probably never actually finish one, but he likes to talk about how he’s training for it. True to his cyclocross roots, Bob will never turn down a free beer or hotdog. Ever.
Every pack of immature boys needs a Den Mother, and our Den Mother is Kate – which is why one of her many nicknames is Denny. Well, actually she’s more like our Den Grandmother since she’s so much older than the rest of us – which is why one of her other nicknames is Maw Maw. Despite being a proud member of AARP, Kate is one of the baddest-ass ladies you’ll ever meet – which is why her real nickname is Kage, an homage to the incredible Rock Duo that is Tenacious D.
Known for jumping in over her head time after time, Kage has always risen to every single challenge every single time… Without ever complaining… Ever. There aren’t many women that could put up with a bunch of idiot fellas, but Kage is definitely one of them, perhaps the only one. Without a doubt she makes us a better, stronger, and more awesome team.
This Bio wouldn’t be complete without answering the one question everyone wants to know about Kage: “What is Kage’s favorite garment to wear for AR?” The answer: Depends. It depends on the race, I mean, but it’s usually her famous tall socks.
Our newest “official member”, Travis has been unofficially with TV for a few years now. He’s been to all but one of our non-races, was the first person to sign up for the Cedar Cross, has raced the Berryman AR twice with Bob and has been at just about every event we’ve put together. The fact that it took us this long to invite him to the team is proof that we’re a bunch of assholes.
His wife Crystal and son Ethan are always quick to volunteer at the non-races, and Crystal has achieved sainthood for putting up with all of Luke’s sexual harassment when she’s pregnant.
Adam brings to the team many years of experience dominating the pool halls and softball beer leagues. He is always ready for any challenge, be it a long-distance training ride on short notice, an up-river paddle on the Missouri River, or nearly matching Bob drink-for-drink at a bar. Just don’t let him borrow your hammock. Ever.
**Adam has been fired from the team several times throughout his short racing career, and his reinstatement is currently pending. Check back in frequently to verify Adam’s current membership status.
– Fired as of 9/22/2011
– Rehired and refired a bunch of times
– Fired as of 10/24/2012 for trying to cheat in our Fantasy Football League
Luke Lamb has raced on and off for 10 years but only recently started taking it a little more seriously. A property manager, stay-at-home-father of four, and personal trainer, Luke proudly knows the words to every Taylor Swift song ever written. He can be found on Google+ or facebook.
Darin Layman is a former Marine and former Deputy Sheriff in Missouri who recently transitioned into the personal finance/accounting field. Darin has done several adventure races in the past and has more recently become an accomplished runner. As a huge fan of 80’s Rock Ballads, Darin is always willing to have a sing-off. Just be prepared to lose. Yes, he’s that good.
Drew West is the brains of the team. He’s an engineer and has been racing on and off for over 10 years. He is one of two true runners in our bunch, and he is also a camel – known to go an entire adventure race only drinking half a liter of water. Not one for flashy nutrition, Drew opts for mini tacos or chicken nuggets as race fuel. Seriously, he does.