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A random cycling mishap led Jeff Westcott of Maverick Sports Productions to his calling

Compiled by Page McClean
Special to the Daily

Editor's note: For countless Summit County residents, a bicycle is more than a machine — it's a lifestyle. Every week during the summer, we'll ask our most adventurous residents, "Where has your bike taken you?"

Jeff Westcott is a fixture in the local biking scene.

For nearly 16 years, the lifelong cyclist has been at the helm of Maverick Sports Productions, the local outfit in charge of the Summit Mountain Challenge series, the Firecracker 50 and dozens of other bike-related events, along with a local junior mountain-biking team.

Needless to say, Jeff's ties to the sport run deep. You'll often find him manning the mic at MTB events across Summit County and neighboring communities. Friends and random passerby lovingly refer to him as "Westy," even in the heat of a race, and more often than not he'll pause for just a second to give a knowing nod. There's something about cycling that just screams community. It wouldn't be the same without Jeff.

"In 1999, I had my first inkling that I could produce bike races. In a road race I crossed the finish line all alone — the number displayed correctly and never appeared on the results! At a national race, the PA announced that the pros would ride an intro lap and come through where the amateur classes were waiting. When I explained the problem to an official, the PA shouted that the pros would do their extra lap at the end of their race. My reaction was like, 'You're kiddin' me, right?' I've been running the Summit Mountain Challenge and other events ever since. Cycling gave me back my health after knee surgery and a broken back. I found something I love. Then I figured out a way to be of service to others. I get to provide for others what I love to do. Where has cycling brought me? To a place of fulfillment."