Meet the Hardins:
Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Nick's love for food grew from his passion for cycling and travel. From age three to fourteen, Nick raced BMX professionally, twice earning NBL Championships, as well as numerous State and Regional Championships. In his late teens, Nick went to work in the food industry for Mid-America Foods, later pursuing a business degree at Southern Oregon University, and eventually moving home to Tennessee.
In 2008, Nick returned to Hood River, Oregon to reignite his cycling career and grow his passions: food and bike racing. A professional athlete with a presence in Enduro Racing, Nick has over 15 years of experience in the food and management industry. Having hoped to align his career with his passions, he had always dreamed of opening his own restaurant and giving back to the community. What was a dream became a reality with the help of family and friends - Meet KickStand Coffee & Kitchen!
Nick is excited to share his food, passions and stories with the community. Stop by and let Nick introduce himself and his new menu creation at the new KickStand Coffee & Kitchen!
A Professional Whitewater Kayaker and mountain biker with a passion for fitness and performance, Kim joined Nick at KickStand in the summer of 2016. Kim came to KickStand in the summer of 2016 from Mid-Columbia Medical Center, where she worked for six years as an Exercise Specialist, Fitness Manager, and ACE-certified personal trainer. With a M.S. in Healthcare Administration and a background in health and human performance, Kim brings a wealth of nutrition knowledge to the table.
Like her husband, she also races mountain bikes professionally in the world enduro scene. Notable accomplishments include First American female at the Chile and Argentina stops of the Enduro World Series in 2016, as well as 2016, 2017 Cascadia Dirt Cup Series Overall: 1st place, 2016 North American Enduro Cup, Idaho: 1st Place, 2016 Transcascadia: 5th place.
She is also a certified Level 1 PMBIA mountain bike instructor, and guest coaches with Ladies AllRide/Grit Clinics based in Bend, Oregon.
Off her bike she is a successful and accomplished professional whitewater kayaker in both creek and downriver kayak competitions, winning every event entered between 2009 and 2013. In 2015 she won the Little White Salmon Race, and most notably was nominated for Female Paddler of the Year with Canoe and Kayak Magazine.
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