Meet the Manager – Indianapolis, IN & Santa Rosa, CA

For today’s Employee Profiles, we wanted to highlight the store managers at what will be our 2 newest retail stores.  Both of these stores will be celebrating their Grand Openings starting on Friday, April 9, 2010, so if you’re around Indianapolis or Santa Rosa that weekend, please stop by and say hello to Karen or Tommy!

Indianapolis, Indiana


Karen Glowacki

Store Manager Name:
Karen Glowacki

Store Location:
8366 Castleton Corner Drive
Castleton Commons Shopping Center
Indianapolis, IN 46250

(317) 578-1062

Length of time at Performance:
Since 2008

How did you start in cycling:
Cross-training for rowing during my competitive rowing career.

How long have you been cycling:
15+ years, the last three years have been more serious, with a goal of learning to ride well.

Type of Riding:
A bit of everything – mostly road, but I also mountain bike and “play” on my single-speed.

Racing Experience:
Plenty in a boat (including a national championship), none on a bike. Does thrashing my nieces and nephews count?

Favorite places to ride:
Any place that’s vaguely rural- I’ll take flying corncobs and cows over traffic any day!

Favorite aspect of working in a bicycle store:
I love the variety and that each day is different. The people that come in are from all walks of life and all levels of cycling. Everyone, though, is excited by bikes, and riding, and all of the cool “toys” that are available in the store. It’s great fun to be in that kind of atmosphere.

Dream place to ride:
I would love to do some of the 1-day Classics routes – especially the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix (I don’t know why – but the thought of all those cobblestone sections has always drawn me). I’ve also always wondered if I could hack some of the storied mountain stages – the Gavia and Stelvio climbs, Alpe d’Huez, etc.

Cycling goal? Working toward?
Being fit enough to survive my “dream places to ride.”

Hobbies Outside of cycling:
I’m a classically trained musician and I still perform periodically. Reading, needlepoint, petting the cat and cooking (lots of) good food are also things I really enjoy.

Club Affiliation:
None- hoping to get involved in the Indianapolis club scene this spring.

Santa Rosa, California


Tommy Merriott

Store Manager Name:
Tommy Merriott

Store Location:
1993 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

(707) 526- 6291

Length of time at Performance:
Since 2005

How did you start in cycling:
My best friend “Pat Smith” had a mountain bike and it was the coolest thing ever. From there I was hooked.

How long have you been cycling:
15 years.

Type of Riding:
I love Downhill, Freeride, park, XC, Road. Anytime on a bike is a good time to me.

Racing Experience:
I raced ABA BMX and some downhill events at North Star.

Favorite places to ride:
North Star (Live Wire).

Favorite aspect of working in a bicycle store:
I work for my passion, can it get any better?

Dream place to ride:
New Zealand.

Cycling goal? Working toward?
To have as much fun as possible and to keep up with the progression of cycling.

Hobbies Outside of cycling:
I ride quads, stand up jet skis, moto. I am also a big skier. Anything that goes fast and I can have fun on.

Club Affiliation:
None at this time.

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