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May 28 2014

Bike to Work Week: Meet Nic & Mike from Gastown’s Global Relay

Nic Pegg and Mike Sample on the rooftop patio of Global Relay’s Gastown office

Nic Pegg

I’m the Control Center Team Lead. I oversee the development and quality assurance teams who make the Control Center software more efficient, useful, perform better and be rad. 

What you love about working at Global Relay?

The challenge of the many projects that I get involved with, the great people and management are not afraid to build on the bleeding edge.

Why do you bike to work?

Several reasons, its great fitness and biking into work means I start my day right. I can’t imagine ever feeling this alive on a crisp sunny day, blood singing, music pumping, lungs burning, and grinning from ear to ear.

Tell us what you love about your bike.

Haha, I’m not in love with my commuter bike. She’s functional and I usually remember to keep her serviced.  It’s my downhill and trail bikes that get all the love.

Are you looking forward to Global Relay Grand Prix race day?

Absolutely, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, and felt destroyed afterwards, being a setup/teardown captain in previous years.

What will you be doing for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix?

I will probably be filling the same role this year.

Mike Sample

Father, husband, B.Sc. & M.Sc. in Computer Science, Senior Systems Architect at Global Relay, and Member of North Shore Rescue. I design secure distributed systems, protocols and networks for messaging and compliance archiving.



What you love about working at Global Relay?



Global Relay has interesting problems to solve, a great location, great people, a shower, bike storage, and it’s the perfect cycle commute distance from North Vancouver (28km round trip).

Why do you bike to work?

To squeeze some exercise into an otherwise busy day and to reduce my impact on the environment. The exercise helps me stay in shape for rescues in the North Shore Mountains. 

It’s also a great start and finish to the work day; riding over the Lion’s Gate Bridge in the morning and evening sunshine is pretty hard to beat.






Tell us what you love about your bike.



Bike: Giant Seek 1, an inexpensive hybrid with disk brakes, full fenders, and Schwalbe Marathon tires

It’s a reliable commuter workhorse. It soldiers on through winter so long as I regularly lube the chain, check the tires and occasionally change the brake pads.

Are you looking forward to Global Relay Grand Prix race day?



Yes, there’s always a buzz of excitement in the air and the spectators seem pretty happy.  Clean up can run pretty late but the positive team-oriented attitude makes it fun.




What will you be doing for the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix?



As with the first year, I will be the head marshall for the 2014 race.

The 2014 Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix will be back in action on Wednesday, July 9th. Stay tuned for more race day details!