No Yer Squad

No Yer Squad (Jake Perkins, Matt Wiebe, Ryan Schaub, Tim Hart, Mike Pollack). Photo by Derek Yarra

No Yer Squad (Jake Perkins, Matt Wiebe, Ryan Schaub, Tim Hart, Mike Pollack). Photo by Derek Yarra

Sweep Category: Team

You might have seen the 2017 SMSW Team Champions, No Yer Squad, strutting around in their iconic chamois + button-up combo. After delivering a whopping 3,946 pounds (yes, you read that right) to the food bank last year, they've released a break-up album and gone their separate ways (read: honeymoon, Los Angeles, and new categories).

Read on for a closer look at No Yer Squad:

Please explain what “ No Yer Squad” means
No one really knows what "No Yer Squad" means. I guess if you say it slowly it kind of sounds like "Know Your Squad." I'm not satisfied, and will never stop searching for answers. 

What was the race equipment you used?
No Yer Squad rolled out a novel formation of bikes, with a few Yubas and two regular bikes.

Though they declined to comment on the details of how they deployed themselves, photographic evidence shows that at least Ryan and Tim were on the Yubas, Matt had a basket on his bike, and Jake had a bar bag.

Why is the Sweep important to you?
Tim: I know a bunch of people who also work with the food bank in their jobs, and they are always so grateful for what it provides to their clients in the city. Also, all of the food bank volunteers are so blown away by the contributions, it’s obvious they are thankful for the help. Matt adds:

Matt: The Sweep is an amazing event that brings the cycling community together to support a good cause. It’s a fun way to race around the city you love and give to people in need.

How long have you been participating in the Sweep? What is the biggest thing you've learned? 
The average number of years of participation is 2.7 and the median is 2. The whole squad echoed Tim's sentiment that "It doesn't get any easier, you just get more food."

Woof, sounds hard but fulfilling.

Favorite Sweep moment/memory?
Consensus formed around how awesome the 2017 afterparty was. Matt added that he recalls trying to help Jake get around in the Bayview via telephone, but he didn't actually know where Jake was.

Sounds like a real, uh, fun memory.

Any tips for someone considering racing cargo/team for the first time? 
Hydrate! Hire Ryan to organize and optimize everything. Also, wear a nice collared shirt and button it all the way to the top. You'll look AND feel extremely cool. And whatever you do, DON'T grow a mustache.