Brady Kappius: ProCyclist Turned Entrepreneur

Brady Kappius digs deep at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder on Jan 12th
Brady Kappius digs deep at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder on Jan 12th Courtney Johnson
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Brady Kappius has is hands in a bit of everything when it comes to cycling.  If you knew him growing up, you wouldn't be surprised. The engineer and professional cyclocross and mountain bike racer was always taking things apart as a kid especially bike parts. Growing up in Colorado, Kappius began racing at the age of four following in the footsteps of his father Rus. As he puts it, "My dad basically taught me everything I know."

Brady Kappius starts to climb the 5280′ Run Up at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder on Jan 12th.
Brady Kappius starts to climb the 5280′ Run Up at the U.S. Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder on Jan 12th. Courtney Johnson

A racing career now spanning well over twenty years, the 26-year old has dabbled in all kinds of events from racing as a team in the Breck Epic Mountain Bike stage race with his father to competing in the United States Cyclocross National Championships in Boulder. He races for Clif Bar and is also the team manager for the Clif Bar Development Team. "My love for the sport is constantly evolving but ultimately if it has two wheels, I love it," he said. "There are so many things about each sub-discipline that have their own unique qualities. You can see so much terrain on a long road ride; a short track mountain bike race is so intense and focused. In cyclocross, you are constantly battling yourself along with the course and the elements. There is always something in this sport to keep me entertained and to keep my love affair growing. What's next? Who knows maybe fat bikes?"


Kappius is also an entrepreneur. Graduating with a masters in science in Mechanical Engineering from CU Boulder in 2011, he started Broken Carbon, a business focused on repairing carbon wheels and frames. Brady has fixed hundreds of bikes and components. "Business has been really steady," he said. "Most of my business has been because of word of mouth!"

With his father Rus, also an engineer, they created Kappius Components in 2011. Building hubs for road, cyclocross and mountain bikes, the component line has grown to include rims and now full wheelsets. He recently took on the role of company president. . "I'm nervous but really excited. There will be a steep learning curve, but I've got lots of support behind me and ready for it,” he said. “Learning the business aspects of a manufacturing company is something that has always intrigued me, and I think this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity. I've got to take it!"


The  2014 race season is also on his agenda. "I'll start out 2014 with a nice block of racing in Texas and California in March and then see how I'm feeling," he said. "Maybe I'll keep training into Sea Otter in April, take a little break after that and then ramp up for a good season of Wednesday night Boulder short track, enduro's and cross-country racing  in Colorado and some national level events as well. Of course I'll race cyclocross again this fall. Team Clif Bar has some great sponsors including our new bike sponsor Niner Bikes this year, and I'm really excited to get out there on the new bikes and have a great time racing!"

Watch for an in-depth look at Broken Carbon and Kappius Components. For now, head to: http://www.brokencarbon.com and http://www.kappiuscomponents.com/.

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