Growing up in a few of the very tiny towns of rural western South Dakota, I was always on a bicycle. Whether it was cycling miles down a gravel road while carrying all my gear to go fishing on the river with friends, building out jumps and dirt tracks in an abandoned lot, or seeing which neighborhood kid could ride the single longest unbroken wheelie (Steve Timm, >1 mile), my bicycle always meant freedom, possibility, and fun. After 6 years in the Army, a few years working graveyard shifts in Las Vegas, and having children, I’d completely lost touch with what cycling meant to me. I moved to Utah in 2008, but it was only after moving to Liberty Wells in 2015 that I started to reconnect with cycling. Whether commuting to work, taking my children out for rides, or enjoying the bliss of a cool night’s ride home in the dark after leaving a show at the State Room, I quickly fell in love with the freedom biking provided again.
I regularly preach the benefits of cycling to anyone who will listen. I’ve been interested in the Bicycle Collective and their service-oriented work for years, and am excited to be able to contribute to their efforts and (hopefully) help the organization in some small way with my skills, talent, and passion.