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 Jay Trautman and Matt Telmosse of The Polka Dot Jersey Bike Shop head out to North Bend, WA for an after-work business conference... aka trail shreddin'

During the past nine months that I have been living in Seattle, the mountain biking in the Pacific Northwest has been nothing short of incredible. Anybody that has ever ridden here probably shares the same sensational feelings about the special "hero dirt" that Mother Nature has so kindly blessed us with. Yes, it does rain for more than half the year... but that's what makes the PNW stick out from other places on the West Coast. Riding in the wet, the muck, and the mud with some good buddies just hooting and hollering all the way down some sketchy, slick, root scattered descent has become my favorite past time. Needless to say, I'm pretty damn happy with my new home.

One of the best opportunities I’ve had in my new home is with my job. One person I would like to give a special thank you to is my good friend (and boss) Matt Telmosse. It's not very often that you get to feel like you’re part of a family at your job... and that’s just the environment Matt has created down at the Polka Dot Jersey bike shop in Seattle. I feel extremely fortunate to have found someone who understands me as a person, and can be my boss and best friend at the same time.

Matt is from New Jersey, but has been living in the Seattle area for almost a decade now. Ironically enough, he moved out here to push his mountain biking career to the next level, as did I. Matt shreds his bike pretty damn hard and as often as he can. With a new business, two beautiful baby twin girls, and an amazing wife, Matt is a stand up guy that I value greatly and look up to in more ways than one. His influence on me as a person and a rider is something I can’t quite put into words, so here is a little riding video we put together after a typical day of work at the Polka Dot Jersey bike shop. I feel pretty lucky to be able to mix work and play.

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