Andy LambertCivia Sales
Bicycles entered my life in a BIG way back in 1986 when I was eight years old. Greg LeMond became the first American cyclist to win the Tour de France and Rad, a drama about BMX racing, was released nationwide. Suddenly, I was infatuated with seeing what I could do and where I could go on a bike. The mountain bike craze of the 90s got me hook, line and sinker. I experienced my first “real” taste of off-road cycling in Moab, UT over my senior spring break during high school. In 2008, I discovered yet another incredible use for two wheels—gravel road races. Two years later, I accomplished a New Year’s resolution for the first time in my life by completing all five of the Almanzo Gravel Road Series events.
I embrace bicycling as both a lifestyle and personal philosophy. As a lifestyle, it’s my primary mode of year-round transportation and recreation. I love working on bikes—whether they belong to my friends or me—because it builds my sense of independence and resourcefulness. Philosophically, I see the bicycle as a kind of role model. Like my favorite bikes, I try to be reliable, uncomplicated and unobtrusive. I also place a high value on being dialed in.
Minneapolis is where I call home. Despite the brutal winters, I plan on sticking around for a while. The music, art and local food scene in Minneapolis are top notch. When I’m not riding, I enjoy spending time at home with my better half and our pets, being with friends and family and clogging with Pert Near Sandstone. I couldn’t be happier working for a company like Civia. As the sales manager, I do my best to get people excited about what we’re doing and welcome feedback on how we can do it better and smarter.