Christina Orlandella of Crankbrothers Moves to Alaska


For Immediate Release – LAGUNA BEACH, California – After more than seven years with crankbrothers, Christina Orlandella is leaving her role as the company’s Marketing Director for sights (far) north. Orlandella is saying goodbye to the sunny town of Laguna Beach, California to move to Girdwood, Alaska. Christina’s husband has taken a position as executive chef of a restaurant at the base of Alyeska ski resort. She will leave the company on April 9th to make the 3,700 mile drive north.


“This is a huge dream of ours, to move to a small ski town”, says Orlandella. “The fact that it’s in Alaska makes it even more of a life adventure. We love it there. My one regret is that I’m leaving crankbrothers at a very exciting time of growth for the brand. My role here has been a dream job in every sense. It’s an extraordinary company that I’ve had the joy of helping grow over seven and a half years, filled with wonderful people that I will always stay close to. The next person to take over the marketing role here will be very, very fortunate.”

“Christina was the first person to join us in 2002 as we re-launched the brand and has been the only marketing director the company has ever had”, says company director Andrew Herrick. “We are not saying goodbye to her as she is our friend and we plan to see her as often as possible even if that means we have to go heli-skiing every month. We have already begun the recruiting process to run our global marketing. It will have to be a very special person.”


During her time as marketing director of crankbrothers, the company has grown from 4 to 28 employees, won numerous design awards and merged with the Selle Royal group of Vicenza, Italy.

“I’m accepting donations of wool socks, light bulbs, and firewood”, says the Southern California native, “And I want to make two things clear: I can not see Russia from my front door, and I am not going rogue.”


With a refreshing focus on design, crankbrothers offers beautiful, high-performance mountain bike components and accessories for the most discerning cyclist. Based in Laguna Beach with a global staff of 28 people, the company’s product line is distributed world-wide. Crankbrothers’ unique, patented designs include eggbeater and candy pedals, wheels, headsets, multi-tools, pumps, height-adjustable seatposts and more. wishes Christina all the best in this next exciting chapter in her life. Christina has always been a strong supporter of our site and an all around great person!

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Phil says:

    Well then, welcome to Alaska! Girdwood is awesome and is located on Turnagain Arm, one of the most beautiful, and one of my favorite places, in the world. They are also beginning to get Alyeska into shape for mountain biking. And right down the road is the best backcountry biking in the state. Have fun!

  • Rich says:

    Congrats on the move, Girdwood is pretty remote, but Anchorage is only ~40 minutes away and the Alyeska resort is as civilized as it gets. Had a wonderful stay there of about 3 weeks back in ’98 while doing a location photo shoot (for Wal-Mart of all things), including a “visit” by one of the local grizzlies to the indoor coffee cart. They don’t take no for an answer when they want their morning mocha :P. Have a great move, and enjoy the 70 FEET of annual snowfall (or so the locals told us).

  • Gregg says:

    Be sure to post pix of yer Fatbike, Christina!

  • Angelo Orlandella says:

    Ciao Cristina dove tu stai fa troppo freddo statti alla california tutti i giorni andavi al mare
    tengo mio nipote Piloto Lavora con la ( UPS) Si Trova Dove Stai Tu

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