• Joel Gerhardt
    Joel Gerhardt

    Favorite biking genre/style: Currently loving the Gravel and seeing the countryside.

    Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: 2015 Dirty Kanza Half-Pint….truly a DIRTY ride this year and I was very happy with my completion time and overall happiness on the ride.

    Years riding: 12 years seriously, but I’ve enjoyed riding bikes since I was a wee little boy!!!

    Favorite bike: 2014 Specialized Crux Carbon…slightly upgraded…..every single part.

    Favorite post ride activity: beer/bourbon, hanging with the ride participants, or grabbing a bite to eat….as long as there are stories tell/listen to and laughs to be had, any post-ride activity will do!

    Why do you ride: I always joke that riding is my “therapy” and way to clear my head.  I truly believe that the physical health and benefits from riding are kind of a secondary benefit to riding.  Primarily I ride to get away from the world and spend quality time alone or with others to connect, relax, and enjoy life.  The friendships and relationships I have developed through riding have proven to be the strongest in my life!

  • Jeremy Gorham
    Jeremy Gorham

    Favorite biking genre/style: MTB is my favorite but I ride alot of different styles.

    Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: really enjoy taking my Specialized Pfix to the skatepark.

    Years riding: 27

    Favorite bike: Currently it is my AllCity Nature Boy SSCX.

    Favorite post ride activity: A cold beer and eating something with bacon on it.

    Why do you ride: Riding clears my head, I’m able to go out and not worry about anything and just enjoy being on my bike.

  • Shawna Macan
    Shawna Macan

    Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain/Road/Gravel/Cyclocross

    Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: RAGBRAI, Dirty Kanza Half Pint – finished twice, Cyclocross racing, Any Mountain Bike ride!

    Years riding: 10 years

    Favorite bike: Specialized Rumor full suspension, Ruze 6Fattie, AWOL, CruX

    Favorite post ride activity: Eating 

    Why do you ride: I ride because it makes me feel like a kid again. I love the wind in my face and going fast downhill. I love the thrill of crossing the finish line of a race or a huge accomplishment of a long hard ride. I love the camaraderie and community that comes along with cycling. I enjoy slowing life down and riding to the coffee shop, grocery store, or farmers market. I ride because it keeps my mind and body healthy!

  • Greg Goat
    Greg Goat

    Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain Bike and Gravel, really just riding any of my bikes.

    Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: 2016 Berryman 18hr adventure race pushed the limits, it was the longest race I have done. Exploring new trails in different states makes great memories. Best rides are always with my daughters.

    Years riding: Since I was a little kid. I think I’ve been riding in the woods around 30 years…yeah that long!

    Favorite bike: Specialized Stumpy 6Fattie…I may be the poster child for this wheel size.

    Favorite post ride activity: Beers, Wings, Friends, and big grins. No particular order.

    Why do you ride: It doesn’t matter how bad of a day I’ve had as soon as I get on a bike it all goes away. Riding focusing the mind, and works the cognitive skills.

  • Ryan Turner
    Ryan Turner

    Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain Bike

    Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: finishing the DK Lite or a half Aquabike, any ride on single track

    Years riding: 21

    Favorite bike: SpecializedEpic

    Favorite post ride activity: Drinking an ice cold beer with my fellow riders

    Why do you ride: I love the challenge, the mental tests that occur on almost every ride, being in the woods, & the freedom of riding.

  • Michael Gier
    Michael Gier

    Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain biking, but been doing a lot more road lately, especially commuting.

    Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: The Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail near Salida, CO. Absolutely epic.

    Years riding: 22 years

    Favorite bike: 2007 Epic

    Favorite post ride activity: Planning more rides

    Why do you ride: Freedom, adventure, exercise

  • Ashley Frear Cooper
    Ashley Frear Cooper

     

    Favorite biking genre: Favorite is difficult when there are so many choices and so many ways to define favorite. If forced to choose one preferred genre, it would have to be gravel. Gravel riding cemented my love for cycling and introduced me to a community of like-minded riders. In that regard, it will always have a very special place in my heart.

    Favorite ride/accomplishment: Returning to my “home” gravel around Lincoln, Nebraska, to finish the 150-mile Gravel Worlds 2017.

    Years riding: I’ve been riding fairly consistently since 2003. I started with commuting and adventuring on my own as a form of stress relief during college. A few years later I met an amazing group of women ambassadors for the sport and was introduced to gravel, cyclocross, and singletrack. Even after riding most of decade, there is always something new to learn, a skill to hone, a personal best to achieve, or a new place to experience by bike.

    Favorite bike: The 2016 Specialized Rumor…my first full-suspension mountain bike…she’s playful, fast, and fits perfectly, which has greatly improved my confidence on more technical trails.

    Favorite post-ride activity: Eating.

    Why do you ride: I ride for many reasons. I ride for my physical and mental well-being. I ride for adventure. I ride for community. I ride for fun.

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