Dave Howard, Terry Sales Manager, spotted a Terry Raven saddle in use recently at the Kingdom Trails, a favorite haunt among Northern Vermont mountain bikers. Since it’s a newly introduced model, Dave was interested to find out what the owner’s impressions were. Turned out Mat is an interesting guy with some serious cycling cred, and he loves Terry saddles. Here’s what Mat had to say:
Mountain Biking Through Three Generations
Hello, my name is Mat Katz and currently I live in Northfield, Vermont. I was introduced to mountain biking 25 years ago when my father took me to our local trails in Southeastern Massachusetts.
From then on I was hooked, and have raced in pretty much all disciplines of cycling but have always gravitated back to the Mountain Bike. It’s pretty exciting that I get to pass this along to my 5 and 7 year-olds. Vermont has an amazing network of trails for all abilities and it’s a great family activity.
Pro Circuit Props
My greatest personal achievement on the bike was being able to have a “pro” Mountain Bike License and racing XC regionally in New England (though I was mostly pack fill). I had a handful of great results, but it was more about pushing myself, and the camaraderie of the cycling community!
My current involvement in the cycling community is focused on event promotion for the Julbo Eastern Grind. This is an event that our cycling team (Bicycle Express Racing), has promoted since its conception as the Millstone Grind, and we have hosted for 10+ years.
The Julbo Eastern Grind is now a UCI and Regional Championship race, providing a world cup level course for professionals, and we’re happy to focus on junior racers by providing free entry to racers 18 and younger. 2019 will be an exciting year for Mountain Biking in North America.
Mat Rides Terry Saddles
I’ve ridden Terry Saddles for years, primarily the FLX on my race bikes. It’s a lightweight and comfortable saddle. The right saddle is the most critical part of the bike. If you’re not comfortable, then you’re never going to have a good ride… and you’ll feel it for days.
Why the Terry Raven?
Recently I put the Terry Raven on my trail bike for those longer days in the saddle, where I need a little more stability and comfort.
I chose the Raven as it has a little larger surface area that is more comfortable when in the saddle longer, and it also allows for easy movement on and off the saddle, as well as usage of the dropper post.