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Kempton grew up in rural Washington, riding and racing anything with a motor and two wheels. When motocross became too expensive for a 19-year-old's paycheck, he switched to bicycles. An avid cyclocross and mountain bike racer and road bike enthusiast, he's taken and guided cycling vacations all over the world, in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Morocco, France, Mexico, Italy and Thailand. He says he "...can't wait for the list to be twice as long!" A student of bike racing history and statistics, Kempton can answer any question you've got.
Favorite Tour: Oregon Crater Lake Classic
Why: "Being able to take in the natural beauty of Crater Lake - and experience a day with [guide] Mark Wojahn - is something everyone should have the opportunity to do."
Favorite place to stay on a Bicycle Adventures tour: The Inn at Spanish Head [Oregon Coast Classic Tour] - "Every room hangs right over the Pacific Ocean. The sunset looks like it's in IMAX!"
First Bike: Schwinn Stingray Junior. "Bright red, of course!"
Hobbies: "I've been a professional musician for 20 years and play my bass every day I'm home. And I love to spend time with my dog."
Kirkland, WA. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
As a former bike racer, Brad has been to many of the 50 Unites States. (He believes that Todd Starnes, Bicycle Adventures' president, is the best cycling coach he has ever had.) Brad's an avid University of Washington Huskies fan with an English Literature degree and a love for the outdoors and all things sports-related. Brad’s professional background prior to Bicycle Adventures was in operations and logistics. Brad is married and has four children - two boys and two girls.
Favorite Tour: Oregon Coast Classic. "This coast is ever-changing and ever beautiful. My wife and I took our honeymoon here, and it will always hold very special memories for me."
Favorite Place to stay: "As a former bike racer I'd have to say - preferably someplace with a bed!" - The Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria, B.C. (San Juan Islands - Victoria Classic)
Favorite Movie: "Revenge of the Nerds!"
Portland, Oregon. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Matt's drive and varied background bring an incredible amount of experience to guiding. He served in the military with the U.S. Coast Guard, saving lives both in and out of the water. He spent many years as his own boss; several more working for a boss in corporate America. He finished his bachelor’s degree on a Wednesday night and started his master’s degree the next morning. Smitten with Seattle after just one visit, he packed up and relocated. He lost over 60 pounds and many pant sizes, ran a marathon, got beat in a 5k by his mother, and even spent a summer as a pedi-cab driver. He failed public speaking in college - only to become public speaker years later, with appearances on a prime-time Friday night TV show. If you ask, he'll say he became a personal trainer and SPINN instructor (a current passion) completely by accident.
First bike: "It was a Huffy that I actually got TWICE. My mom and dad painted it without me knowing and gave it to me AGAIN!"
Favorite movie: Rudy (1993 American sports film.) "It's a story of great success and inspiration."
Favorite book: Love (Leo Buscaglia) "...or anything by David Sedaris."
If you were a superhero, who would you be? "I gotta go Batman on this one. Christian Bale's Batman."
Hobbies: "Drooling over bicycles online. Fitness in any shape or form...because I love food! Trying new places to eat is always such a treat. Trying new coffee is a very close followup to trying new restaurants. I also very much enjoy discovering new music, which I often use to teach indoor cycling classes."
Kent, WA. 7 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Jeff grew up in Wisconsin, spent 4 years in Washington D.C., then traded city traffic for 8 years in Utah (including two back-to-back winters with over 700 inches of snow at the ski resorts!) After a dozen-plus years in health care, he worked another dozen in education as a classroom teacher, then an administrator. He still does staff development training during “shoulder seasons” between cycle tours and teaching skiing. In the winter he is a ski instructor at Crystal Mountain near Mt. Rainier. Although a competent skier and cyclist, Jeff has recently become a true beginner in the sport of paragliding. (Ask him about his many humbling “failures to launch!") When not on a Bicycle Adventures tour or skiing, Jeff enjoys time with his wife and two adult sons. Jeff loves getting to know the people that he bikes and skis with. "I have the best job(s) in the world! I love my office!"
Favorite Tour: Canadian Gulf Islands
Why: "This tour is truly in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Traffic is light, locals are friendly, and lodging is incredible. There are so many beautiful views, some from the water and some after short hikes."
A story: "Here’s a story from last summer that illustrates the Gulf Islands: we're on a ferry when Orca whales are spotted. The captain S-L-O-W-S the ferry so that we can watch the whales as they parallel the boat. It's a sunny day with crystal-clear blue skies. And here we are on the water with lush, green, tree-covered islands in the background and snowcapped mountains in the distance. And then a bald eagle flies over our heads. Perfect!"
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip: The ride into Cattle Point in American Camp on San Juan Island. "It's always breathtaking. I have had guests who have toured all over the world say that this ride is one of their top five!"
Of note: Jeff is licensed to officiate weddings for guests who want to combine their love of cycling with their love of someone else.
Tucson, AZ. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Raven is a botanist, cyclist, gardener and yoga practitioner. "To be on a bike ride is like life’s playground to me because there is just so much to take in. I love learning about the world that surrounds me. I like to immerse myself in the plants and mountains and waters of wherever I am." A terrific chef, Raven learned Thai cooking in Thailand.
Favorite tour: Cactus Classic (Arizona)
Why? "The desert in bloom is one of the most beautiful things in the world to me."
What's special about a Bicycle Adventures tour? "The beauty of Bicycle Adventures is that no matter where you are riding, you can expect to be moved by the exquisite natural beauty of the area."
A story: "One of my favorite memories is from a Cactus Classic trip. We were gearing up to ride Mt. Lemmon and a rider came past the van on a recumbent bike with his dog. He told us that the first riding he ever did in his life was with Bicycle Adventures over 20 years ago, and he's been riding ever since!"
First bike: A speckled Huffy mountain bike
Favorite book: East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
Favorite vacation destination: Maui, Hawaii (7 Sacred Pools); Turtle Island, Thailand
Hobbies: "Reading, learning, hiking, playing with my dog Oso and swimming with dolphins. The underwater world fascinates me."
San Diego, CA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
As a past Bicycle Adventures guest herself, Ginger has a unique perspective. A passionate cyclist and California native, she's participated in over 100 cycling events (including both the Glacier-Banff-Jasper and Cascades Epic tours.) She's also participated in what she calls "several crazy endurance events." Along the way, she found that sharing cycling strategies and training others came naturally, and so began her own coaching and event-planning business. She currently teaches beginner cyclists bike handling and group riding skills; she coaches novices and helps them prepare for their first - or most challenging - century event. In her other life, Ginger spent 20 years directing a nonprofit for sixty-five after-school child care programs. In 2012 she finally stepped back in order to pursue her longtime passions for cycling and the outdoors. "I love being outdoors and exploring new places on and off the bike."
As a past guest, what’s special about a Bicycle Adventures vacation? "The ability to disconnect from the 'real' world and enjoy a week of quality people time."
Favorite tour? Glacier-Banff-Jasper. "The scenery and open roads, the quaint little communities and lodging we experienced and the anticipation of seeing a 'bear jam!' "
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip? "Anything with a steady hill climb!"
Cycling nickname: Spice
Favorite vacation destination: New Zealand
Hobbies: "Besides cycling?" Paddle boarding, hiking, hanging out at the beach
Vashon Island, WA. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
There’s little that Lizzie loves more than a good road trip. In 2008 she set off with two teammates from her college rowing team, two-wheeling from New York City to Seattle – and lost her heart to bicycle touring. She's currently enjoying the slow life on Puget Sound's Vashon Island, where a falling tree or a deer in the back yard can define one's day. Though she suspects she'd rather be a gardener, Lizzie will be pursuing a Masters in Nutrition beginning this fall. When not on her bike, she sings in her band,(JangleWagon) and works in her garden.
Favorite tour: "I can't lie.The Big Island of Hawaii is The Place. Compelling history and culture, fascinating biology and geology, salt water in your hair and fresh fish on your plate."
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip: "The Icefields Parkway, from Lake Louise north to the Saskatchewan River Crossing [ed. note: on Glacier-Banff-Jasper and Banff-Jasper tours]. The morning is a climb alongside bears and ravens to Peyto Lake, and the afternoon is a religious experience. I've seen those mountains a dozen times, and they still bring joy and tears. But you don't have to take my word for it!" She also loves the San Juan Islands tours: "All the islands and peninsulas in the Puget Sound are best explored by bike!"
Go-to guide lunch? "I'm a salad queen. On trips I love an arugula salad with avocado, nectarine, lemon juice, and olive oil."
Favorite movie: Discovery Channel's Planet Earth
Favorite book: "Most consulted? How to Cook Everything" (Mark Bittman)
If you had a superpower...? "Oh, maybe I'd do something about this 'winter' thing."
When alone, pretends to be: Linda Ronstadt
Hobbies: Gardening, botany, foraging, cooking, Country Two-Step, singing, enjoying westward views of Puget Sound
Snoqualmie, WA. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
After earning a BA in Environmental Sociology, studying in South Africa and traveling in Europe, Karie discovered a passion for exploration and finding new places to play outside. This led to a post-graduate life working with children: on low ropes courses; teaching mountain biking; rock climbing, snow-shoeing and just plain getting dirty. In a continuing effort to postpone growing up, Karie now plays with bigger kids, guiding Bicycle Adventures tours. Karie is inspired by the beauty of the regions we travel to and loves creating a playful, active and rewarding experience for guests. In the off-season Karie spins the globe, throws a dart, and heads out - even going so far as to live on a little sailboat in the Caribbean, all in the name of adventure.
Favorite Tour: Glacier-Banff-Jasper
Why: "The sheer size and magnitude of the Northern Canadian Rockies are stunning! You feel connected to those mountains after a rewarding day cycling alongside glaciers, subsequent rivers and over mountain passes. Guests are always surprised with and proud of themselves (and rightly so!) after riding such raw landscapes."
Best thing about guiding: "Experiencing the week together. Having someone just as excited as you are to take that photo, eat the amazing food, charge that hill, and celebrate at the top! Guests go from strangers to friends in only one week."
Favorite book: White African, Louis Leakey's biography
Favorite place to dine on a tour: Duck Soup Inn on San Juan Island. "I have met people all over the world who share my love for this gem, hidden on a Washington Island."
Favorite place to stay on a tour: Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island. "After the best meal of your life, who wouldn't want to gaze out over the lake from the deck of this lodge?"
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures tour: Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park or up Mount Constitution on Orcas Island, Washington.
North Bend, WA. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Lynn developed a passion for the outdoors while growing up on a small farm in Troy, Idaho [pop: 862]. She spent several years working as a wildland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service, traveling the world during the off-season. She studied in Pau, France and Anchorage, Alaska before graduating with a dual major from the University of Idaho. She spent several weeks in Thailand in 2012, exploring the northern region on rented motorcycles and rock climbing on the Phra Nang Peninsula, "...and eating fantastic food!” she says. She loves exploring, being active and meeting new people.
Hobbies: rock climbing, mountain biking, running, surfing, playing guitar
Favorite Bicycle Adventures tour: "Bryce & Zion. Or the Idaho Epic tour for its scenery, tough riding and beautiful landscapes. Plus, that tour went through my hometown."
Best thing about being a guide: "I love seeing the smiles on people's faces while they are biking on beautiful roads. It makes us all happier versions of ourselves."
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures tour: Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park, Montana [Glacier-Banff-Jasper tour and Glacer 4-Day tour].
North Bend, WA. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Catherine teaches middle school math - for the past 8 years in Washington's Snoqualmie Valley, and previously in Belgrade, Serbia. In addition to teaching, she coaches cross-country and track and takes students on ski club trips. When not teaching, you'll find Catherine enjoying outdoor activities both in the Pacific Northwest and abroad: skiing, biking, climbing and kayaking. At home, Catherine loves spending time in her garden or with her dog, Tucker.
First bike: A blue Muddy Fox hand-me-down from her brother.
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures tour: From Nelson to Creston, BC on the Northern Idaho - Selkirk trip ("It includes a ferry ride!")
Favorite place to stay on a tour: Coeur d'Alene Resort (Northern Idaho - Selkirk Loop tour). "It reminds me of my childhood - and it has such a beautiful view!"
Bainbridge Island, WA. 9 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Ruth's story is a bit unusual. She's currently a massage therapist with a background in event management (cycling events and triathlons), physical education/health, and a few other pursuits that don't require a person to sit still. She lives on Bainbridge Island with her partner and seems to keep coming out of Bicycle Adventures Guide Retirement, she says, "...because it's my favorite job of all time!" She's been on staff since 2004, give or take a few retirement hiatuses.
How many Bicycle Adventures trips have you guided? "Uh...30-ish?"
Favorite tour? Bryce & Zion: "The scenery against the color of the sky...electric blue...and the perfect climate in Utah in the early fall."
Favorite place to stay on a tour: Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes, on San Juan Island
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip? Crater Lake Rim Ride
Best thing about guiding? "Making lunches! And being thankful every day for how cool it is to take people to play outside (especially when other people work in cubicles...and I don't!)"
If you were a superhero, who would it be? "I would be Peter Pan and never grow up (wait, I think I AM!!)"
Cycling nickname: Ruthless ("...college soccer nickname, but let's go with it.")
Favorite vacation destination: "Anywhere I can swim in the open water, run, bike, and drink a good beer afterwards! New Zealand and Ashland, Oregon are both in the top five."
Hobbies: Cooking, swimming, biking, running.
Tucson, AZ. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A childhood spent in both Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona gave Noe a passion for the Sonoran Desert. As a 10-year veteran volunteer crew leader for a 25-mile segment of the Arizona Trail (also known as the AZT) he finally gained enough credibility to make it a paid position. An equally passionate cyclist, Noe spent 10 years as Event Director for El Tour de Tucson, the Race across America, and the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo mountain bike race...just to name a few. Noe also spent several years as a professional guide leading trips in Mexico's Copper Canyon, in Honduras and in his hometown of Tucson.
Favorite Tour: "The one that I'm on! It's a privilege and honor for me to be entrusted with our guests' safety and fun. I take both - fun and safety - very seriously!"
Hobbies: "It's paddles and pedals for me, this life experience! Bring on the adventure!"
Seattle, WA. 11 years with Bicycle Adventures.
David’s zest for adventure was fueled by a 20-year career as a globetrotting TV reporter on the West Coast. He won six Emmys and covered stories from Europe to Asia and Alaska to the Caribbean. Prior to joining Bicycle Adventures, he also worked for Nike in corporate communications and as a public relations specialist, focusing on crisis communications and media training.
Born and raised in New York City, David is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University. He is also an award-winning poet. When not riding his bike on a Bicycle Adventures trip, David enjoys participating in organized cycling events throughout the country, such as Hotter ‘N Hell 100, TOSRV, RAGBRAI, El Tour de Tucson, Amtrak Century, STP, RAMROD, Santa Fe Century, Tour de Palm Springs, Solvang Century, etc. He enjoys sampling microbrews and following college football.
Favorite tour: Napa & Sonoma Wine Country
Why: "Exceptional food and lodging, plus a myriad of cycling options to satisfy every taste."
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures Trip: Avenue of the Giants (California Redwoods tour)
Best memory from a tour: "Being an official witness as a couple got married on the layover day of a California Redwoods trip."
First bike: Ross 3-speed
Favorite movie: The Third Man
Favorite book: Anything by Elmore Leonard
Hood River, OR. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Brad is something of an extreme-sports Renaissance Man. From pioneering the exhilarating sport of 'snowkiting' in the Pacific Northwest to paragliding and mountain biking, he's not one to sit still. Brad's constantly thinking of fresh new ways to keep guests entertained (hosting a one-man outdoor cooking show and writing ballads chronicling tours are two of his favorites.) Prior to his guiding/sliding/showbiz career, he spent 13 years managing a grocery store.
Favorite tour: San Juan Islands/Victoria
Why: "Once you get to the San Juan Islands it's just so relaxed and tranquil - the food is world class, and everyone else is there for the same thing: to enjoy a Pacific Northwest summer!"
Favorite place to stay on a Bicycle Adventures tour: Skamania Lodge [Hood River & Columbia Gorge tour]
Go-to guide lunch: Wild green salad with black cherries, feta, mangoes, avocados, lime, green onion and seasoned rice vinegar
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures tour: "The ride into Zion National Park. Hands down."
Ravensdale, WA. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Having grown up running trails and riding mountain bikes in Southern California and Hawaii, relocating to Washington State was challenging for Karen! Her road riding career began when she received a road bike as a birthday gift. “To be honest, it sat on a trainer in the garage for weeks before I had the courage to ride it on the road with those skinny tires. I was afraid I’d fall over and get hurt before my first marathon!”
Karen is a certified personal trainer and esthetician, and has coached High School Cross Country and Track and Field for several years. She's completed 4 Ironman-distance triathlons, multiple marathons and currently races road bikes with Bikesale, a Seattle-based team.
First bike: Diamondback Apex. "It carried me from Mammoth Mountain to Big Bear and over the Pali!"
Favorite quote from a guest: "Me: “Do you have any special requests or requirements for dining?’ Guest: 'No, I’m a goat. I’ll eat anything!'”
Favorite tours to chat about with guests: "Hawaii - love it there!"
Favorite thing about living/riding in rural Washington: "All the animals and farms along the way. I'm a sucker for cute, furry faces."
Hobbies: cooking, reading, gardening, spending time with friends & family
Issaquah, WA. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Laura grew up in the Seattle area and spent childhood summers romping in the Cascade Mountains and San Juan Islands. She discovered climbing and skiing in her early teens; cycling in her early twenties. While attending the University of Washington, she raced with both the Husky Ski Team and Gregg’s Greenlake Cycle mountain bike team. After graduating with dual degrees in Physics and Earth and Space Sciences, she took a break to work as a ski instructor at Crystal Mountain Resort on Washington’s Mount Rainier. Eventually, dreams of research called her back to grad school for a master’s in Glaciology from the University of Alaska. When not on Bicycle Adventures trips, she can be found skiing, climbing, mountain biking, or sharing adventures with her dog Asia.
Favorite tour: Canadian Gulf Islands.
Why? "I spent a fair amount of time in the summers of my youth sailing in the Canadian Gulf Islands. It's been fun to see those islands from a different perspective. The lodgings and scenery are some of the best in the West!"
Favorite inn: Skamania Lodge [Columbia Gorge tour]
Favorite ride: "The BZ Corner - Troutlake - Glenwood loop on day 4 of the Columbia Gorge trip. Great views, nice open highways, and a fun descent."
First bike: "A Strawberry Shortcake with training wheels, tassels and a great bell."
When you're alone, who do you pretend to be? "Me, only slightly smarter, stronger, gutsier and better looking."
Hobbies: Skiing (back-country and in-area), climbing, biking, knitting hats.
Boulder, CO. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A pro cyclist with UCI Professional Continental Team Champion System, Craig will be joining Bicycle Adventures as guest celebrity coach for our Hawaii Training Tour scheduled for January 26. Craig has a Giro d'Italia 1st Place Team Time Trial to his credit, and is a two-time National Champion who soloed to a stage win at the Tour de Beuce this summer. He's trained with George Hincapie and Mark Cavendish; Jonathan Vaughters says that Craig has "...a beautiful style on the bike, along with a confident flair." His comeback story after a crash in the Tour de Georgia - and another in the Giro d'Italia - is nothing short of miraculous.
Years Pro: 8
Age he began cycling: 15
Hobbies: hiking, fly-fishing, mountain biking, traveling, and "anything wine-related”
Highlights: Two-time U23 national champion, 1st place team time trial Giro d’ Italia
Favorite Races: “My favorite and least favorite is the Giro Italia.”
Bonney Lake, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Michelle was born and raised in Dunedin, New Zealand. In the early 1990's she followed her dreams and 'adventured' out into the world on a shoestring, visiting 31 countries on her own. She moved to the Seattle area in 1993 and put down roots, working since then as a professional ski patroller at Crystal Mountain Resort. She has an amazing daughter "...who daily inspires me to live life to its fullest!" - and is proud owner of Cirrus, a fully certified Avalanche Search Dog.
First bike: "One that belonged to my grandparents."
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings
If you had a superpower..."I'd have bionic legs. That way I'd never get tired out exploring the planet."
Cycling hero: Kim Eakin
Favorite vacation destination: New Zealand and / or Nepal
Hobbies: Road biking, Alpine skiing, Telemark skiing, backcountry ski touring, traveling, tramping, climbing. "I love all aspects of the outdoors and adventure. I am thrilled to share and assist in creating a new life-experience for guests of Bicycle Adventures!"
Portland, Oregon. 7 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Chris Mader's other job is teaching middle and high school science at an independent school in Portland, Oregon. "On trips, I always bring too many geology books about the area. But I spend a lot more time ‘reading’ and appreciating the actual geology than I do reading the books!" Chris spent about 10 yrs as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, leading and guiding thirty-day mountaineering trips. He now teaches for the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS out of Lander, Wyoming. In winter, Chris can be found skiing Oregon's Mt Hood, in the backcountry of Jackson, WY, or on skinny skis at any number of Nordic Centers.
Favorite place to dine on a tour: Coho Restaurant on San Juan Island
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip: "Tough one to answer – the Aufderheide Scenic Drive in Oregon; no wait..the Lost Coast in California on the Redwoods tour…. Or maybe Mt Hamilton in California - or the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park - or the riding in the San Juan Islands, Mt Constitution… ahhh, they’re all great!
Best thing about guiding? "Easy one…. Having fun with the guests!"
"What makes our tours special is that the guests get an incredible experience riding through some amazing scenery and landscapes while everything else is taken care of. Our trips are seamless, with guest experience and customer support our highest priority as guides. As a guide, I feel like I have the responsibility, and the leeway, to make a trip special for my guests. That could mean anything from arranging a massage to an unexpected celebratory bottle of wine waiting for a guest in their hotel room - or going for an early morning ‘off the itinerary’ ride with them. Guests are at the center of what we do and why we do it."
First bike: Yellow Schwinn Stingray
Hobbies: "Besides cycling (which actually might be above ‘hobby’): skiing, kayaking and photography."
Olympia, WA. 20 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Born in Iowa amongst the corn fields, one of Chad's earliest memories is seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time. He was only about 3 years old, but says, "I knew our family was headed in the right direction!" He spent a lot of time in the outdoors growing up: hiking, fishing and hunting with my parents. As a youth, soccer was his favorite sport. "I was like a junkie for the black and white ball, chasing it constantly, 5-7 days a week." During college, music became another interest and over the years Chad has played bass guitar in a number of different bands. In his 20’s and 30’s his passions turned toward travel to foreign destinations as well: Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, and Asia. "These days, the wilderness is my temple and I like to get my spiritual 'fix' as often as possible. Weekends, you are almost guaranteed to find me out 'on the trail.' ”
Favorite tour: Volcanoes of Washington
Why: "It has it all: Amazing scenery and challenging rides on low traffic roads. Plus, there’s just something about these volcanoes that is … beyond words."
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip: Icefields Parkway (Glacier-Banff-Jasper and Banff-Jasper tours)
Favorite book: "Who can pick a favorite? Maybe Friend of the Earth by TC Boyle."
Favorite vacation destination: "Impossible to pick a favorite. If you are a parent, do you have a favorite child?"
Seattle, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Born in New York City and raised in Northeast Pennsylvania at his family’s country inn, Will's always had a passion for outdoor adventure. He migrated west to Park City, Utah, where he taught skiing, mountain biking and climbing for ten years. Now on the West Coast, he currently lives in Seattle. Will has over thirty years in the hospitality and outdoor recreation industries, including everything from chef work to management. He holds certifications from the International Kiteboarding Organization and the Professional Ski Instructors of America and currently manages the snow sports school at Mt. Rainier's Crystal Mountain Resort. Will says, "I’m always up for an adventure!" Hobbies include skiing, climbing, kiteboarding, cooking and wine tasting.
First bike: Schwinn Stingray
Cycling hero: Floyd Landis
Favorite movie: Harold and Maude
When alone, pretends to be: “The Red Rocker”
Would love to have lunch with: Yvon Chouinard or Mick Jagger.
Favorite vacation destination: Southern Utah
Christchurch, New Zealand. 9 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Nathan has been guiding and catering to travelers in New Zealand for more than 17 years. He is fluent in Japanese and has worked with a wide range of international travelers, from tourists to film crews. He loves making sure everyone is well taken care of — Kiwi style. He is an ex-semi-pro rugby player (“footie” to Nathan) and is eager to share his love of the sport with guests. He is a Christchurch native.
Bellevue, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Miles is a Pacific Northwest native from Kirkland, Washington. He went to college at Central Washington University, earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and Supply Chain Management, worked for Boeing for two months - and discovered that an indoor career would not work for him. He now works for the ski patrol at Crystal Mountain Resort (Mt. Rainier) in the winters and guides bike trips in the summer. Miles' hobbies are cycling, skiing, mountaineering, hiking, kayaking, climbing...and just about anything else that involves the outdoors.
First bike: Red GT mountain bike
If he were a superhero: "I'd be Spiderman so I could fly through the air!"
Cycling hero: "It was Lance Armstrong..."
Cycling nickname: Kilometer ("My European nickname")
What’s special about a Bicycle Adventures vacation: "You get to enjoy a nonstop adventure, getting an amazing workout, eating extremely well and enjoying it all with great company!"
A memorable tour: "In the summer of 2009 I rode my bike from Dublin, Ireland to Naples, Italy with two friends. We traveled through 11 countries over 3000 miles and 78 nights."
North Bend, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Matt - aka 'Miracle Matt' - grew up amid the wheat fields of Eastern Washington. An avid cyclist, he worked as a bike messenger in Seattle for a handful of years. (Stories from those years include plenty of elevator banter - plus racing an indoor, figure 8 velodrome with Run-D.M.C. on the stage.) He spent a decade building downhill bikes and splitting time between racing and downhilling in Whistler, B.C. These days, he splits his free time between camping with his family, traversing the High Cascades and exploring little-known mountain bike trails. When Matt isn't scouting potentially bike-friendly peaks in the Cascades, you'll find him in his recording studio making records or editing movie sound design - or canoeing with his wonderful wife and daughter.
First bike: Schwinn Pixie. "Plastic tires until I destroyed them doing skids."
Favorite movie: Dune
Favorite book: A Wrinkle in Time (Madeleine L'Engle)
If you had a superpower, what would it be? "I would choose the power to hold time still. Flying would be fun too."
Cycling nickname: 66
Favorite vacation destination: Neah Bay, WA
Issaquah, WA. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Randy came from 10 years' experience in a hard union labor job to guiding tours for Bicycle Adventures. "It’s a dream come true!" says Randy. "I started riding bicycles two short years ago and just fell in love. Bicycling is now a huge part of my life and I love to share my enthusiasm with others." When he's not guiding, Randy is a bike racer and also enjoys a good game of Ultimate Frisbee, hiking and 'thrifting.' On tours, he loves meeting the guests and hearing their stories.
First bike: K2 cross bike
Favorite ride on a Bicycle Adventures trip: "I love the ride from Timberline Lodge to The Dalles on the Columbia Gorge tour. You go from a snowy mountain where people snow ski the glacier year 'round into the Gorge - where its 80-plus degrees!"
Favorite place to dine on a Bicycle Adventures trip: The Bay House Restaurant [Oregon Coast Classic tour]
What makes a Bicycle Adventure special: "The trips start with a hand shake and a hello, but they end with hugs."
Olympia, WA. 11 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A Washington native raised in Forks (home of the Twilight novels), Julie came to Bicycle Adventures after more than 14 years in sales and customer service, including the Starbucks Corporation and amazon.com. She enjoys running, volunteers for the local marathon and rides regularly with Capital Bicycling Club's fixed-gear group.
I'd love to have lunch with: Aung San Suu Kyi or Bob Roll
Favorite vacation destinations: Phuket, Thailand; the Oregon Coast; New Zealand
First bike: Sparkly blue, banana seat, monkey handlebars and flowery basket
Favorite ride(s) on a Bicycle Adventures tour: New Zealand's Lake District, Going-to-the-Sun-Road in Glacier National Park - and the rim ride at Crater Lake
Favorite hike on a Bicycle Adventures tour: The Narrows in Zion National Park
Hobbies: Reading, riding, running, watching bike racing (international and local), hiking
Wenatchee, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
For the last 7 years Lori’s worked at the bike shop at Arlberg Sports in Wenatchee, Washington. Her favorite bike rides are with her co-workers: they load up with camping gear, take off on some nice singletrack, ride for awhile, find a flat spot with a good view, set up camp, and light up a bonfire. “Every bike camp trip has an outrageous story!” She commutes by bike 20 miles each way to work. Her passions, though, are paragliding and speedflying. “I love being able to travel with my wings on my back. I’ve flown in Hawaii, Sun Valley, the Owens Valley, the North Cascades, the Oregon coast, the Atacama Desert in Chile, and Chamonix, France. Traveling is another love and being able to take a wing along enables me to get a totally different perspective.” Life goals include traveling to the Karakorams in Pakistan and paragliding in that range and swimming with a whale shark. She’ll be moving to Hawaii this fall with Armond, her partner and best friend, where she’s hoping to check off the whale shark swim. Says Lori: “I am happiest when I am immersed in nature. Doesn’t matter where; I love the ocean, the rainforest, the top of a snow-covered mountain, the desert, flower filled meadows......these places fulfill me and give me a sense that I am very small in the grand scheme of things and am part of something much greater than myself.”
First bike: "Strawberry Shortcake bike. No training wheels!"
Favorite movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Favorite book: In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Nathaniel Philbrick)
If you were a superhero, who would you be? "Wonderwoman. And I'd have an invisible jet."
Tualatin, OR. 8 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Teri grew up in Alabama, Idaho and California. She ran cross-country and track in high school. After attending Boise State University, she moved to Oregon where a love for all things outdoors blossomed into unbridled passion. When she isn't guiding, you'll find her on a trail somewhere, smiling. Her two boys, Charlie and Jalen, are living out their own dreams - respectively, in Montana and Oregon.
Favorite tour: "Just one? New Mexico (Classic and Classic Plus tours), Southern Oregon & Crater Lake Plus, Oregon Wine Country, Washington Epic...so many...all for different reasons."
Favorite tour dining spot: Cafe Pasqual's [on both New Mexico tours]
Favorite place to stay on Bicycle Adventures' tours: Sun Mountain Lodge, in Winthrop, Washington [Washington Cascades Epic tour]
First bike: " A Hasbro 'Inchworm' - I fell in love with wheels early in life!"
Favorite book: Ishmael [Daniel Quinn], The Power of One, Lone Survivor
Hobbies: "Hard for me to pick favorites! Skate skiing, mountain biking, running, cooking, hiking, snowshoeing...."
Best thing about guiding: "Bicycle Adventures' guides are given the autonomy in the field to provide flexibility and options to our guests. That freedom allows us to provide a 'best vacation' experience - and makes our job fun."
Seattle, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Chris grew up in Heidelberg, Germany and the northeast U.S. He studied at England's University of Sheffield, worked as a camp counselor in Maine and graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a degree in film and video production. He’s been a video engineer and technician for concert tours and large corporate events, and toured with Kid Rock, Brad Paisley and Alan Jackson (to name a few). On tours, he always kept his bicycle in the bay of the tour bus so he could ride in the afternoons after load-in and before before the show began. Says Chris, “Cycling has always been my favorite way to see places and meet people.” He's also a tandem cycling enthusiast and rides with his wife in tandem rallies in both the U.S. and Europe when given the chance.
First bike: "A GT Timberline I bought with paper-route money in 8th grade."
Favorite Movie: Cinema Paradisio
Favorite Book: A Tramp Abroad (Mark Twain)
Superpower: "I'd like the power to speak every human language perfectly and the power to heal wounds like E.T."
Cycling Hero: Tyler Hamilton
Cycling Nickname: Somertime
Sammamish, WA. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
In his former careers as sports scientist and sports marketer, Todd traveled extensively throughout the U.S., South and Central America and Europe. An avid cyclist, Todd has a degree in Sports Science from Seattle Pacific University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He grew up in South Dakota and left as soon as possible to pursue college, travel, and his favorite sports: bike racing, skiing, running and triathlons. Finding himself a much better trainer than athlete, Todd went on to coach bike racing and triathlons at both national and international levels. He continues to volunteer his time coaching at a local high school. Todd is married and has two college-age daughters, but does manage to fit in several Bicycle Adventures tours each year. As the self-proclaimed worst guide in the company, Todd loves getting lost on tours and meeting as many guests as possible, though the two don't always mix.
Favorite Tour: San Juan Islands. “I am always amazed at the diversity of the San Juan Islands. I never get tired of the ferry ride, and having such a great place so close to a city like Seattle is a special treat.”
Favorite Place to Stay: Lake Moeraki, New Zealand. “Where else can you see glow-worms and six foot meat-eating eels?”
Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams
Go-To-Guide Lunch: In-N-Out Burger
Sammamish, WA. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Maui Starnes has been guiding for Bicycle Adventures for two years - primarily local tours in the Seattle area, as she prefers the local cuisine and pursuit of local wildlife.Her entire life has been spent in the Pacific Northwest; she has a keen sense for the trails and knows our dog parks intimately. When not guiding, Maui enjoys a good stick and a romp in the creek next to Bicycle Adventures' World Headquarters. Prior to guiding full-time, Maui was a stay-at-home puppy. Herding comes naturally to Maui, so keeping everyone together on a tour is a top priority. She hopes to one day travel to New Zealand and demonstrate her herding skills with the native sheep dogs.
Favorite Tour: Volcanoes of Washington "...it's close to home and has some great hiking!"
Favorite Place to Stay: Lakedale Lodge. "They love dogs and have a great lake to play in."
Favorite Movie: "Duh.... Lassie."
Go-to Guide Lunch: Peanut Butter Treats
Hood River, OR. 11 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Laurie grew up mostly in the Northeast, but has lived in Africa and France, and traveled to Central and South America, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Europe. She lives in Hood River, Oregon, with her husband and two very athletic sons. Between shuttling the boys to baseball games, Laurie enjoys trail running, hiking, biking, and skiing in the Cascade Mountains in both Oregon and Washington. The bounty and beauty of the Hood River Valley never ceases to astound her. She loves bringing Bicycle Adventures' guests to this gem of a destination that never fails to surprise and delight with its quiet roads, stunning vistas and local charm.
Favorite tour: Big Sur - "Amazing scenery, great riding and excellent food!"
Favorite place to stay: Lakedale Lodge [San Juan Islands tours}
Favorite movie: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ("Am I dating myself here?")
Go-to guide lunch: grilled sourdough sandwiches stuffed with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomatoes and served with carrot ginger soup
Redmond, WA. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Chris is no stranger to adventurees by bike. From loaded touring trips to racing tandems on the track, Chris has a broad background involving two wheels. After graduating from the University of Washington, he worked for a local bicycle frame builder, then traveled the Pacific Northwest while running a sales rep business in the cycling industry. His personal cycling expeditions include the French Pyrenees, the Spanish Picos de Europa, New Zealand and the Caribbean, just to name a few. His greatest bicycling revelation is that when it comes to cycling, the winner isn't always the first one to cross the finish line - it's the one who finishes with the biggest smile. When not riding, Chris supports his cycling addiction with his 'other job' driving a fire truck.
Cycling Hero: "It used to be Greg LeMond. But now it’s the person in a developing nation who hauls his pig to market on the back of his bike."
Favorite cycling destination: "Uphill. The North Cascades offer world-class cycling right in our own backyard!"
Hobbies: Nordic skiing, rowing, water skiing, hiking, climbing, "...and trying to keep up with my wife."
Gee whiz: "Did you know that in New Zealand, they measure wind speed using the Beaufort scale? When the weatherman reports winds of '6' there [25-31 mph] it’s a lot different from winds of '6' in North America."
Favorite movie: Cool Hand Luke
Seattle, WA. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Chris would call himself 'well-rounded.' He designed software for Microsoft and raced on the pro circuit before eschewing the corporate world to lead tours for Bicycle Adventures. He co-owns and runs a small personal training studio called GeekFit, where he can usually be found when not on the road. For a hobby, Chris is currently learning to weld and fabricate his own 'frankenbikes.' Though unofficially retired from competitive racing, Chris still enters the occasional triathlon or bike race just for fun.
He loves candlelit dinners, long runs on the beach and Northwest microbrews. He especially enjoys annoying Bicycle Adventures guests with his own terrible renditions of popular songs.
Queenstown, New Zealand. 6 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Jada is "living my dream!" - as she puts it - in Queenstown, New Zealand's glorious Adventure Central on the South Island. As manager of Ziptrek, a zipline ecotour company (www.ziptrek.com), Jada assigns guides, inspects and maintains the courses, guides tours and packs in the fun everywhere she can. Living at the foot of New Zealand's Southern Alps gives her the ideal playground and a considerable amount of time to enjoy her mountain bike. She commutes to work on her road bike.
Favorite tour: New Zealand (of course)
Why: "It's a brilliant place full of active, adventurous people just living to play!"
Hillsboro, OR. 19 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Mark's life is all about leading games, playing sports, competitive dancing and music. He ran cross-country and track throughout high school and college, then moved on to marathons and road races. He spent 18 years working with children in a variety of youth camps and has run a bevy of skiing programs for over 20 years - including seniors' cross-country and snowshoe programs. When not guiding tours or teaching snow sports, Mark's time is spent ice dancing and ballroom dancing. He loves to learn something new, "...especially when it is physically and mentally challenging," he says. An avid photographer, Mark has taken many of the photos on this website. He's led more than 200 Bicycle Adventures trips. He's also well-known for playing the recorder, an instrument popular in medieval times - and for Sylvia, his purple marionette.
Favorite tour: Crater Lake. And the Columbia Gorge.
Why: "I have great experiences like running Seniors' Cross Country ski week in the Crater Lake area, so I really feel at home there. And I am excited for what the guests will see and experience each day - great rides and super scenery. The Columbia Gorge trip has very diverse environments along with a raft trip and hiking. I like the variety of activities for the guests and the potential for a more relaxed pace."
First bike: "Red. I found it by the Christmas tree."
Favorite book: Mark Twain's Letters from the Earth