Much like many cycling clubs, The Last Drop has its own origin story. Our story laid the foundation for culture and community that has evolved to what we know and love today.
As described in our story page, TLD began one cool morning in late June of 2021, when Nate went for a Stanley Park ride slightly earlier than usual at 5:30am. Riding through English Bay, he came across another cyclist, wearing all black, riding the same bike as his, the Cannondale SystemSix. This is a hardcore, all aero, true enthusiast's bike. The cyclist was Zack. After a few kilometers of riding casually side by side and exchanging compliments, they entered the park entrance. The conversation went quiet, the focus dialed in, and the pace started to increase. As expected, this became an all out effort race around the park where each rider took turns pacing and leading, their speed nearly matching. After a long effort and many watts later, they coasted down the hill from Prospect Point, coming to a stop at the bottom where the circuit ends. "Let's do this again", "Agreed". The rest is history.
One of the most inspiring part of leading a riding club is seeing these unique individuals come from all walks of life, bringing their own stories and wisdom to enrich the community and strengthen the team. Being an "ultra-early" riding group, we have the unique talent of attracting equally like-minded, crazy passionate individuals who want to get the most out of themselves each day. Our club is full of these personalities that we hope we can eventually share more of some day. But for now, we'd like to present the stories of our Founders, Zack and Nate, plus the Ride Leaders that were elected as the most inspiring members of the group.
Nathan Chan (Nate) - Founder
Cycling for Nate began not long ago in just 2020, when he joined his fellow coworkers from Toyota in riding through the pandemic. This was an escape from the busy life he leads which soon turned into a passion as he pushed himself to get stronger and losing over 40 pounds in the process. Nate took this passion to inspire others around him to join as well, which later became TLD.
Nate is a lifelong entrepreneur. By day, he works for Destination Toyota in Burnaby as a Financial Services Manager. But outside of this, he is also the founder of Catoro Cafe, a Vancouver cat cafe and rescue centre. In addition, he does freelance web design, photography, and now managing The Last Drop Cycling Club alongside Zack.
His goals for 2022 are to continue growing and developing TLD as a club and a brand. As for on-bike goals, a sub 2:15 Prospect Point Climb is on his radar!
Zack Tom - Founder
Zack loves going fast. He also loves bagels. And getting a good sweat on. Throw in some competition and there’s likely no challenge he’ll turn down - just prepare for a sweaty hug afterwards (win or lose).
He’s always been a bit obsessed with sport and fitness - playing ball in his youth, weightlifting through adulthood, and for the past 2 years being dedicated to becoming stronger on his bike. For him, The Last Drop is family - he loves to build others up and crack jokes mid-climb.
Zack is a Marketer and has spent his career helping build brands. Having spent time in Toronto and San Francisco, he’s worked at J&J, P&G, and PwC Consulting. Currently he’s a Senior Director at Plastic Bank based in Vancouver (and is thankful the company doesn’t use an acronym).
His goals for 2022: Make the club a welcoming space for all cyclists. Design some badass kit. Steal some neighbourhood KOMs. And finish a couple races with the crew.
Jamshed Colah - Board Member / Ride Leader
Jamshed is a passionate cyclist, loyal Vancouverite and lifelong learner. "Cycling not only represents a graceful and rewarding sport but it has pushed my mind to be more resilient in all aspects of my life, so every career challenge, personal road block or difficult human experience is just another mountain to climb or PR to achieve - the gradients are just change ;)"
Jamshed is currently the manager of capital philanthropy for the St. Paul's Foundation - supporting the evolution of healthcare delivery and research based health outcomes in British Columbia
As for 2022 goals, to grow my muscle of humility and strength my overall ability to be a teammate and leader within The Last Drop Cycling Club.
Jonathan (Jon) Li - Board Member / Ride Leader
Born and raised in Vancouver, but now a suburban dad out in Coquitlam! Cycling has been such a long and exciting journey with its many ups and downs. I'm an athlete at heart who's usually overly competitive, but always trying to find time to meet and share my joy of cycling with new folks who are falling in love with the sport for their first time.
I'm a recovering accountant! Started my career articling at PwC with a background in accounting and finance. Now I work remotely for a tech start up in software sales providing solutions for finance professionals around Financial Planning, Budgeting, Forecasting, and Analysis!
On the bike goals:
- Sub 40 on Cypress - Shed to Powerline Segment
- Sub 55 on Seymour - Seymour Hill Climb Segment
Bianca Hayes - Board Member / Ride Leader
In 2022 Bianca is planning her second Trans Canada ride to raise money for Ovarian Cancer. Check out more on Bianca here!
Oliver (Ollie) Hsu - Ride Leader
Started cycling in 2020 inspired by his high achieving high school buddies. Over the years, the sport grew on him as a great way to meet new people, connect with old friends and break a sweat. For someone who is not into fitness, he found cycling to be the only sport he is able to sustain for a long time!
Oliver is currently an engineer working in the resource sector - supporting the digital transformation of resource extraction and process optimization.
In 2022, he hopes to continue to grow, learn and connect with every TLD member. Most importantly - to enjoy the memories shared along the way.
Cameron Johnson (Cam) - Ride Leader
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