Before Trials riding Don raced BMX and competed in freestyle competitions nationally. Since the mid 80’s, he’s been a professionally sponsored rider that eventually developed and promoted his own Freestyle competition and Demo team “Tricks Unlimited,” which utilized area youth by recognizing up-and-coming talent. They were able to complete hundreds of demos per year in such places as schools, amusement parks, state fairs, malls and at national competitions.
In the early 90’s, Don created and instructed a police bike patrol program that focused on mountain bike handling skills and safety. The result greatly reduced the amount of injuries to both riders and bikes.
From 1990-1996, he changed gears from BMX to Mountain Bike Trials Riding and competed on the national circuit, finishing in the top ten every year.
In 1995, Don was ranked #3 in pro trials and was selected to participate in the 1996 Olympic games opening and closing ceremonies as well as an exhibition event. Upon return from the Olympics, he started a cycling team at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) this time the focus was on developing collegiate riders to compete nationally on the mountain-biking circuit. During this time, Don went on to create a Bike Trials Demo team, which was used to promote helmet safety in schools as well as various corporate promotional events.