The Bike Ride Podcast is inspired by my experience that riding a bike has a positive impact on my life and my wellbeing. Bike Ride is about bringing other people’s experience with bikes to light and this can inspire change while building a strong community around wellbeing, the outdoors and transformation.
Will Stingley is the Founder and Executive Director at the Go4Graham Foundation, which is a movement to shred the stigma surrounding mental health and to promote mental wellness through cycling, exercise, and connection. Will lives in Colorado with his wife and three kids. Will wrote emphatically, "I love mountain biking!"
April Paige is from Denver, Colorado. Bikes have been a part of her life since the early 90's, from road bikes to mostly mountain bikes. She has been involved with the local racing community as well as a partner with Colorado High School Cycling League. April created the Check-In Foundation with one thing in mind: to provide a platform for others to openly discuss their challenges with mental health disorders in a fun and safe environment. They provide resources throughout the mountain bike and action sport communities.
Adelaide fell in love with cycling when she went on a month-long bike tour with her sister. She has, at various times since then, raced bikes, promoted a bike race, worked in the bike industry, given up her car to be a bike commuter, and qualified as a pro-triathlete. While she just published a book about recovering from a life-threatening crash she was involved in, she still loves to ride her bike and hopes to encourage others to spend time on two wheels.
From a small town on the east coast to living in southern California, Rob has now called Steamboat Springs home for about almost 27 years. Team Fun is a simple way to put it for Big Rob, Mustache Rob, Tattooed Rob, or just Peterson! Just say thank you, it goes a long way.
John Hutchinson, AKA "Hutch", is the Operations Director for the Colorado High School Cycling League and has been involved with the League since 2010. Prior to relocating to Golden, Colorado with his wife in 2010, Hutch taught high school mathematics and ran a nationally ranked soccer program in San Jose, California. Hutch then transitioned from education to the cycling industry, working in sales for Primal Wear. His journey over the past decade brings together his passion for cycling and positively impacting youth. Hutch enjoys racing mountain bikes, playing guitar, and hiking with his family.
Carrie Morgridge serves as the Vice President and Chief Disruptor of The Morgridge Family Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to invest in leaders and organizations that are reimagining solutions to some of today’s greatest challenges. Carrie and her husband John are avid athletes. In fact, they mountain biked across the country on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route covering 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico in 46 days. Carrie has completed ten Ironman competitions.
At 335 pounds, Sue Reynolds couldn’t walk a block, fit in a restaurant booth, or even tie her own shoes. She had a secret daydream to finish a triathlon which she did after losing 200 pounds and coming in dead last. Along the way she discovered an athlete and competitive spirit inside herself, authored a book and now inspires others!
Tom is the Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of Product Line Management at Gates Corporation, a company that makes industrial belts and hoses that go into just about everything from vacuum cleaners to oil rigs, construction and agriculture equipment and even bicycles. Gates is also a major sponsor of the Colorado Classic Professional Women’s Cycling race held here in Colorado and the company has done a number of bike builds with Wish for Wheels. Tom’s a self-proclaimed wannabe avid cyclist and gets out on his road bike or Carbon Drive driven mountain bike a few times a week. He describes his mountain bike as a mechanical work of art!.
Bill Donavan grew up racing BMX bikes in Madison, Wisconsin, in the 70’s but quickly got a road bike which became his main form of transportation to this day. After high school he moved to Jackson Wyoming to snowboard, but eventually he ended up in college in Colorado where he got a design and photography degree and met his wife but found his way back to Jackson where they worked in ad agencies and bought a large screen printing operation, and rode the MTB biking wave through the 90’s. It was on a bike that he realized that to change the world, he needed to start with babies, and launched a global toy company. With so many moves and career changes, the one constant was bikes, and bike racing.
A former US Ski Team downhill racer, Alison switched to bike racing and is the only person in history to win the road race, time trial, and criterium National Championship titles in one year (2014). A life of professional sports has now led her into coaching. She owns ALP Cycles Coaching and coaches athletes of all ages and abilities to reach their cycling and athletic goals.
Tony Desnick is a parent, grandparent, urban designer, bikesharer, and long time cycling advocate and activist. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Move Minnesota, the Winter Cycling Federation, and recently, the North American Bikeshare Association. He has spent much of his career advancing the cause of bikes being the perfect 19th century solution to a myriad of 21st century problems. His passion for bringing cycling to individuals and to communities is outlined in his recent TEDx talk, “The Amazing Ways Bicycles Change You”
Kate Rau is Founder/Executive Director of The Colorado High School Cycling League. Kate comes from a background of environmental consulting, youth sports and youth intervention. Her passion is positive youth development from the saddle of a MTB bike.
Dr. Carol Weber is an addict for athletics and a huge advocate for movement is medicine. Dr. Weber is an engineer at Gates Corporation and passionate about triathlons. Why have one sport, when you can have three?
Bill Cotton and Tom Fox started Mountain Shades and Optic Nerve from the back of their cars. Now a staple in resort towns, sporting good shops and around the globe they protect eyes from sun and snow. Bill and Tom are always caring about the communities and supporting nonprofits that shape youth.
Ryan Van Duzer didn't get a driver's license until age 32, and has never owned a car. The bicycle is his freedom machine! He has traveled the world extensively on two wheels, and loves inspiring people to ride. He documents his adventures on YouTube, where his videos have been seen 10 million times. Some of his notable adventures include riding his bike from Honduras to Boulder, across the USA on a cruiser bike, and through the desolate deserts of Baja, Mexico. He works with local bicycle advocacy groups in Boulder, and has helped People For Bikes with many national campaigns. The goal with all his content is to get people outside.
Alison Tetrick is a professional cyclist that raced all over the world at the highest levels, and then found gravel. She is the queen of gravel and balances riding her bike for Specialized and a career in biotechnology. She is a traumatic brain injury survivor after a crash in a professional race, and although the bike changed her life drastically, it also saved her life.
John Simmerman is founder of the Active Towns initiative and the host of the Active Towns Podcast. Active Towns helps communities create a culture of activity. Check them out at https://www.activetowns.org.
Dave Wiens is an American former professional cross-country mountain bike racer. He is best known for his six consecutive wins in the Leadville Trail 100 MTB mountain bike race. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association and as as ambassador for Ergon bicycle ergonomics and Canyon bicycles.
Matt Sodnicar is an entrepreneur, dad, salesperson and cycling fanatic. He is the creator of the Warmfront a fleece dickey - really a removable thermal bib for core insulation and thermal management. Check it out at https://www.thewarmfront.com - this product is awesome!
Jen Agan is Marketing Specialist and Event Producer. She is passionate about the inspiration and stories of those who seek adventure, push boundaries, and make a difference in their lives and the lives of others through transformative experiences, connecting people, and the social impact it has. She has been fortunate in her experiences to see first-hand the direct impact of when people come together with the coordination of key brands, product campaigns, digital marketing initiatives, creating and maintaining brand ambassador programs and being on-site with direct consumer interaction at events.
Maria Boustead is the owner/creator of Po Campo, makers of bike bags and accessories. Maria is an Executive Board Member at the League of American Bicyclists, an adjunct professor at Parsons and an industrial designer. Check out her great cycling bags at https://www.pocampo.com.
Megan Hottman is a multi-passionate holistic heart led lawyer known as the Cyclist Lawyer. Based in Golden, CO she is often found commuting by bike everywhere she goes. She believes bikes make the world a better place.
Darryn Capes-Davis is a board member at Bicycle New South Wales - a member nonprofit in Australia dedicated to cycling. Darryn is an engineer, a board member, an innovator, a community advocate. a husband, and a dad. Let's talk bikes and riding!
Andy Boenau hails from Richmond, VA. Andy is a firm believer in bikes having a huge role in transportation. Andy is chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Transportation Planning Council, a group of nearly 2,000 professionals focused on the intersection of mobility and technology. He is also vice chair of American Planning Association’s New Urbanism Division.
Becky Furuta is a pro bike racer, business owner at Avenue Vision, wife, mom to 2 and community advocate. Becky has a unique story about bikes and the freedom and life change a bike gave her. Thanks Becky for being interview #1 and kicking off Bike Ride Podcast!