Letters of Acknowledgement Are Photo Reproductions 1980 Olympic Team Letter 1
I have been providing expert witness services to law firms and attorneys that represent bicycle litigation cases for over twenty years. I began my competitive cycling career at the age of thirteen. During my seventeen year career as both a top amateur and professional racer, I competed in many countries throughout the world and was exposed to a wide variety of conditions along the way. I worked in and managed Bicycle Shops in New York, Florida, Colorado & California and attended bicycle assembly and maintenance classes in all four states. This experience affords me a first-hand understanding of the numerous hazards faced while riding a bike.
I was a member of the 1980 and 1984 Olympic cycling teams, a recipient of a Congressional Gold Medal and in 1985 was the 3rd American to ever compete and finish the Tour de France, 74th place - the world's most prestigious bike race. In 1984 I won (1st place) American's version of the Tour de France called the Coors Classic. In 1997 I was inducted into the Cycling Hall Of Fame as part of the original 7-Eleven Cycling Team to Compete in the 1986 Tour de France.
From 1986 to 1989, I competed in Europe and America on some of the most prestigious professional cycling teams. I built my reputation as a hill climber and sprinter and earned the nickname "Bullet." I would also prove my courage and endurance after breaking my hip and was advised to retire. I proved the doctors wrong and went on to have one more successful season before retiring in 1989.
In 1990 I acted as the Technical advisor and technical writer for the video "Cycling for Success", produced by the 7-Eleven Bike team. The video was the first of its kind to offer cycling safety tips and techniques. It was created for all levels of cyclists, from the serious racer to amateur enthusiast.
Today, I'm well known for my public speaking and have hosted many cycling training camps and educational seminars for bike shops, cycling fanatics, and racers of all levels. I reside in Marin County, California.
Scott Ganaja is a Mechanical Engineering consultant specializing in the design and manufacture of sports, medical and consumer products. He is an active cyclist and has worked as a mechanical design consultant for bicycle and bicycle component manufacturers.
He has worked as an expert witness in cases involving bicycle forks, brakes, wheels, and drive trains, as well as other bicycle-related components. He is qualified to speak to matters involving possible design or manufacturing defects in aluminum, steel, and carbon fiber components.
Mr. Ganaja is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer as well as a licensed Manufacturing Engineer. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1986. He is based San Luis Obispo, California.
Scott Beckwith - Over 40 years experience in marketing, management, engineering, and manufacturing technical roles within the composite structures and propulsion industry. Recognized as a key technical expert internationally with services on critical U.S. Government and industry committees, and professional society advisory boards, in areas of commercial and aerospace composites design and manufacturing technology. Expertise and skills developed in export control regulations, materials evaluation, and broad range of composite structures manufacturing processes, design and analysis methodology, non-destructive testing (NDI), testing and market research including Carbon Fiber.