The source for triathlon and multisport news, tips and technology. Slowtwitch.com is also the home of a very busy reader forum. Formed by:
Dan Empfield - Slowtwitch Publisher: Born in California in 1957, Empfield is a graduate of South Tahoe High School and the University of Nevada (Reno), earning a Bachelor of Science in biology.
Empfield competed in his first triathlon in 1978, and in the first Ironman held on Hawaii's Big Island, in 1981.
He designed the original triathlon wetsuit, and founded wetsuit manufacturer Quintana Roo in 1987.
In 1989 Empfield debuted another design, the first bike "built from the aerobars back." The first Quintana Roo Superform had 650c wheels front and back, and an 80-degree seat angle. Today's modern triathlon and time trial bikes are progeny of the Superform.
Herbert Krabel - Slowtwitch Editor in Chief: Born and raised in Southern Germany, Krabel graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 1991.
While working full time at WYBE-TV 35 in Philadelphia as an editor, Krabel raced Mountain Bikes in the Pro category from 1991 through 1996. In 1997 he accepted a position as the Director of Marketing for Litespeed Titanium, the company he had raced for professionally. After the acquisition of the brands Quintana Roo and Merlin in 1999, the company became the American Bicycle Group and Krabel took over world wide marketing for all the brands. In the spring of 2007 Krabel left the American Bicycle Group to start his non traditional marketing firm called Guerrilla Communication. That summer he also accepted the Editor in Chief position for Slowtwitch.com. He currently holds both these positions.
Jordan Rapp - Slowtwitch Chief Technology Officer: After spending four years studying mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University, Jordan Rapp only really came to enjoy it as a result of triathlon. A novice in all three sports, the idea of using equipment to go faster seemed like a great idea to a college rower used to racing for six minutes.
2012 was his 10th season of racing, and 7th as a pro, though he's enjoying a second crack at this whole triathlon thing and at life after being nearly killed in a hit-and-run in March of 2010 while riding his bicycle.
Greg Kopecky - Slowtwitch Editor-At-Large: A true Midwesterner, Kopecky was born and raised in central Indiana. He graduated with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision from Purdue University, in West Lafayette. In addition to his formal education, Kopecky minored in reading Slowtwitch.com and riding his bike through the cornfields.
His sporting life began at a young age, joining the local club swim team at age seven. Over time, he took to distance running and weight training. Rather than pursue swimming as a college sport, Kopecky chose to join the university�s student-managed Triathlon Club. This fostered a huge interest in the sport (in particular, the mechanical workings of bicycles), and led to the meeting of his now-wife at Collegiate Nationals in Reno, NV.
Timothy Carlson - Slowtwitch Senior Correspondent and Photographer: Born in Daytona Beach, Florida, Carlson is a graduate of Seabreeze Senior High where he set a school record for most touchdown passes caught (and dropped) and ran a leg on the state champion 880 relay in which he did not drop the baton. He also cleared 8 feet 6 inches in the pole vault, landing six feet past the pit, tumbled into a beautiful girl and subsequently asked her out. At Harvard College, he punted for the freshman football squad until he sailed a kick into a stuff wind which came backward, forcing him to down the ball before it settled in the Crimson's end zone. In his sophomore year, he took pictures for the Harvard Crimson daily newspaper and was on assignment inside University Hall during a student occupation when he was arrested with the demonstrators by Cambridge police. After successfully smuggling his pictures out of jail, several of his photos appeared in Life Magazine coverage of the event.
Jonathan Toker - Slowtwitch Science Editor: Jonathan is an elite-level runner and triathlete who hails from Canada and lives in Southern California. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from The Scripps Research Institute in 2001, and raced in the professional ranks as a triathlete and runner for 5 years.
A 9-time Ironman finisher, with a personal best of 9:13, Jonathan recently completed the arduous 6-day TransRockies running stage race and continues to seek new athletic challenges. Dr. Toker worked as a scientist in the biotech industry for 5 years prior to launching his unique SaltStick Electrolyte Capsule and Dispenser lineup.
Tanya Williams - Slowtwitch Business Manager: Tanya comes from a background as a technical writer but her chief tasks, beyond managing the office, are Social Secretary and Whip Cracker.
Also among Tanya's duties are those that attend being Mrs. Slowman, so, the two horses, seven dogs, and one husband are fed, housed, made presentable to guests and visitors, and kept from barking and braying and otherwise annoying the neighbors.
Mark Montgomery Xantusia Camp Host and Chief Storytelling Officer: Montomery's five-acre gentleman's ranch, adjacent to Empfield's ranchette (the collection of properties is called "Xantusia"), is the place where visiting pro triathletes, workshop attendees, manufacturers and others headquarter themselves while on the property. "Monty's" job is to house, feed, and ride and run with with guests of Xantusia, and to continue his quest for the perfect margarita.
Monty began his multisport career in the early 70's as a lifeguard working the beaches of Los Angeles County. His forte was the "Lifeguard Ironman" which included swimming, running, paddling, rowing, and kayaking. In 1978 he began training for his first triathlon and won his first 3 races. Since then Mark has over 60 multisport wins in over 400 races during a 15 year pro career as a triathlete and bike racer.