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Born in Massachusetts and raised in Michigan, Nolan has also lived in Texas and Ireland. A former teacher turned bicycle mechanic, he grew up in snow and nature. From running marathons and ultramarathons to rebuilding bikes and playing guitar and drums, Nolan is drawn to anything that keeps him moving. He's fascinated by learning and exploring new things, places and ideas. "I love biking and traveling because it can fit almost all of these things together in one." Ask him about biking the world's steepest street (Dunedin, New Zealand.)
First bike: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bike with training wheels
Cycling hero: "My dad"
Favorite movie: Wayne's World
Favorite book: A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson)
If you had a superpower, it would be:"The Force - as in Star Wars. Telekinesis, mind tricks, being one with the universe."
When alone: "I voice the inner monologues for my dog and cat."
If you could have lunch or a beer with anyone, who would it be? Mark Twain
Hobbies: Biking, trail running, hiking, endurance sports, cooking, random trivia
Bonney Lake, WA. 6 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 - in the snow - as part of the professional ski patrol 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 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!"
Issaquah, WA. 8 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Kempton grew up riding and racing anything with a motor and two wheels in rural Washington. When motocross became too expensive for a 19-year-old, he switched to bicycles. An avid cyclocross and mountain bike racer and road bike enthusiast, Kempton has both 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 can throw his way.
Favorite Tour: Oregon Crater Lake Classic
Why: "Being able to take in the natural beauty of Crater Lake is something everyone should have the opportunity to do."
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."
Kirkland, WA. 10 years with Bicycle Adventures.
As a former bike racer, Brad has been to many of the 50 United States. (Todd Starnes, Bicycle Adventures' other owner, is his former coach.) Brad's an avid University of Washington Huskies fan with a love for all things sports-related. Prior to Bicycle Adventures, Brad spent his professional time doing operations and logistics. He's married and has four children - two boys and two girls - and an adorable dog named Jack.
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. (where we stay on the San Juan Islands - Victoria Classic)
Favorite Movie: Revenge of the Nerds
Cycling Nickname: 'Damn, Cowboy' (...ask for the story)
Kent, WA. 12 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A Wisconsin native, Jeff worked in Washington D.C. for a few years, then traded city traffic for Utah wilderness (including two back-to-back winters with over 700 inches of snow at the ski resorts!) He spent a number of years in health care, then several more in education as a teacher and an administrator. During 'shoulder seasons' between bike tours and teaching skiing, he still does staff development for the school system. Winter finds him wearing his ski-instructor hat at Crystal Mountain Resort near Mt. Rainier. Jeff has recently begun paragliding (ask him about his many humbling “failures to launch.") When not on a bike or a pair of skis, Jeff enjoys time with his wife and two adult sons. He loves getting to know the people that he trains and tours with. "I have the best job(s) in the world! I love my office!"
Favorite Tour: Canadian Gulf Islands
Why: "It's 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 Gulf Islands story from last summer: 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. Here we are on the water with lush, green 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've had guests who have toured all over the world say that this ride is one of their top five!"
Hood River, OR. 11 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Brad is an outdoor-sports junkie who owns Thermal Foundation Snowkite Adventures, a snowkite guiding business in Wyoming. His resume also includes mountain biking instruction. A natural entertainer, Brad constantly thinks of fresh new ways to amuse guests. (Hosting a one-man outdoor cooking show and writing tour-chronicling ballads are two of his favorites.) Prior to his guiding and showbiz career, he managed a grocery store. Recently, Brad spent time as a Community Health Worker helping vulnerable people on Medicaid get reconnected with primary care physicians.
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: Timberline Lodge [Columbia Gorge bike 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."
Who he'd want to have a drink with: Stefano Bertozzi, Dean of UC Berkeley School of Public Health. "I'd want to talk about the efforts to resolve homelesness."
Los Angeles, California. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Much like the Spanish Inquisition, no one expected Spencer to come from Los Angeles. His travels began at an early age with the necessity of an annual 'pilgrimage for sanity' to Yosemite Valley. In his first year of college he bought a bike instead of a parking pass to get to class. After his knees survived many years of riding a fixed gear bike, someone enlightened him to the idea of touring on a bike with actual gears. It has been all downhill since then. When not leading Bicycle Adventures' luxurious tours he's sleeping out in the woods and careening down trails with his bike loaded with camping gear. He is currently nesting in a little backyard trailer in Oakland California and guiding many of Bicycle Adventures’ southwestern tours.
First bike: "A way-too-tall Schwinn World Tour."
Favorite movie: Dumb and Dumber
Favorite book: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
When alone, pretends to be: Steve Perry
Cycling hero? Rex Hazard. He developed a rare lung disease, got discharged from the Marines, build a huge squiggly tubed tall-bike and rode across the country. Now he’s my roommate.
Cycling nickname: Speen
Favorite vacation spot: "Yosemite Valley will always take my breath away."
Hobbies: amateur theoretical physics, climbing rocks, posing on top of mountains, hanging out in hot springs, sampling the darkest beers he can find and welding bikes together.
Portland, Oregon. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
James has ridden his bicycle in 19 different countries. A San Francisco 49ers fan with a profound interest in science and technology, he currently studies Power Systems Engineering at Portland State University.He teaches robotics at an urban youth charter school, has a dog, makes good coffee and proudly lives on a plant-based diet. James loves meeting new people and discovering their different backgrounds and experiences. "One of my biggest passions is bicycle touring. It encompasses so many of my other passions."
First bike: "Something with training wheels."
Favorite movie: Lord of the Rings, extended versions (all of them.)
Favorite book: The Name of the Wind
When alone, pretends to be: Joe Montana or Inspector Gadget
Hobbies: bicycling, traveling, climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, reading, board/video games, 49ers, robotics, cooking, tinkering.
Taichung, Taiwan. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Simon spent 23 years in the Taiwan Army fixing tanks. He knows a thing or two about making things work! After leaving the military he became an avid cyclist. Once while representing Taiwan in a race in Japan, he went to familiarize himself with the course the day before. The police, however, didn’t appreciate his riding on the freeway and pulled him off the road. When they took him back to his hotel they wished him luck, kindly suggesting he save the freeway for the actual race day! Simon recently became a grandfather.
Favorite tour: Taiwan. He loves showing visitors his beautiful homeland, especially how much variety can surprise one on any single day.
Hobbies: Simon is a runner, a cook and makes home-made plum wine. He enjoys showing guests where to find the best bubble tea.
Motto: “I am Simon, no problem" (his response to virtually any guest request!)
Snohomish, Washington. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Commuter turned endurance roadie, turned cross-country MTBer, turned Enduro racer, Shannon has fallen head over heels (figuratively and literally) with the huge variety of mountain biking to be found in the Pacific Northwest.
Bike mechanic, bike fitter, and skills/mechanics instructor on her "on" days, and muddy mountain biker on her days off, she lives and breathes bikes.
Olympia, WA. 25 years with Bicycle Adventures.
One of Chad's earliest memories is seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time as he and his parents were moving west from Iowa. He was only about 3 years old, but says, "I knew we were headed in the right direction!" He spent a lot of time in the outdoors growing up: hiking, fishing and hunting with his parents. As a youth, soccer was his favorite sport. "I was like a junkie for the black and white ball, chasing it constantly." During college, music became a passion. Over the years Chad has played bass guitar in a number of different bands. In his 20’s and 30’s his interests turned toward travel to foreign destinations: Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Asia. Ultimately, "Nature is my temple and I like to get my spiritual 'fix' as often as possible." Any given weekend you'll likely find Chad somewhere outside.
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 book: "I have been a reading junkie for 50 years now, so it's hard to pick a favorite. Maybe Friend of the Earth by TC Boyle."
Favorite vacation destination: "'Nature,' ... whether it's in the wilderness or my backyard. We often forget, but nature us what we are."
Portland, Oregon. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Kurt’s first guiding experience was shepherding 7 teenagers across the U.S. in the summer of 2007. "It was a huge learning experience for me - and it helped me land a guiding job when I went back to university afterwards.” He spent the next 3 years leading backpacking, day-hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, sea kayaking and rafting trips while double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography.
After graduation he explored a bit before landing in Seattle, where he eventually found himself working shoulder-deep in the corporate world at Expedia as a Senior Geographer. But it wasn't quite right, he says. “I’m a nerd for maps, so I can’t say I didn’t have fun. But the guiding life tugged at my heart so hard that I didn’t have a choice but to join Bicycle Adventures, working alongside my best friend James and wife Renee. Helping facilitate an unforgettable experience with the people I love in some of the most beautiful places far outweighs the world I recently left behind!”
Vice: "Chocolate chip cookies!"
Nights spent touring: 671 between 2004 and 2017
Countries cycled through: 28
States cycled through: 23
Tires worn out: 15
Portland, Oregon. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A Pacific Northwest native with a passion for ecology, Renee spent many summers working as an Interpretive Ranger in the Columbia River Gorge. She's a lover of animals and has been living a plant-based lifestyle for over a decade. Renee currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and says, "I couldn't imagine a more lovely spot to hail from."
How did you get started riding? "In 2010 I was studying abroad in Costa Rica when I was invited on my first bicycle tour (with my brother and the man who is now my husband). It was the most adventurous and challenging thing I had ever done, and I was hooked! My idea of international travel will forever include a bicycle. So far I've been lucky enough to have toured in 9 countries, and can't wait to add more to the list!"
When not out on tour, you'll find Renee doing something else outdoors: backpacking, mountaineering, running, gardening, birding, chasing the sunshine, etc.
Thing to know: "I can't live without a good cup of coffee!"
Seattle, WA. 6 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Born in New York City, raised in Northeast Pennsylvania at his family’s country inn, Will has over thirty years in hospitality and outdoor recreation. He's always been passionate about adventure and tried his hand at everything from chef work to management. He migrated west to Park City, Utah, where he taught skiing, mountain biking and climbing for ten years. Now on the West Coast, he calls Seattle home. When not running tours for Bicycle Adventures, Will manages the snow sports school at Mt. Rainier's Crystal Mountain Resort. He holds certifications from the International Kiteboarding Organization and the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Says Will, "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.
Seattle, Washington. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Camille was born in Louisiana, raised in Mississippi, went to high school in Pensacola, Florida, then studied International Business at Mississippi State University. The heat and humidity in all of those locations really deter folks from endurance sports, so Camille didn't get into cycling until she moved to Seattle and was tricked into signing up for a triathlon in 2010. Slowly but surely, her love of biking surpassed her love of running. That coupled with her love of travel and adventure led her to pursue tour guiding with Bicycle Adventures.
First Bike: It had a banana seat and unicorns
Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Hobbies: Traveling, playing kickball, training and fundraising with Team in Training, pursuing a quest to see all 32 NFL teams in their home stadiums, and riding bikes!
If you could have lunch or a beer with anyone, who would it be? Drew Brees, Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints
Kent, Washington. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Jenna is the daughter of a black sheep and a park ranger who met skiing in Montana. A shy but daring child, she took up skiing and cross country running and track by her teen years. While completing her studies in education at Western Washington University, Jenna became interested in cycling both for fun and transportation. After college, she visited 30 countries by age 30 and biked (twice!) from Seattle to San Diego. She became a ski instructor, launched a hostel, a ski club and a Seattle biking group, and worked in Special Education in the Kent and Seattle School Districts. She's also managed to include volunteer stints in Mexico and Australia and language schools in Guatemala and Ecuador. Jenna reflects on life during the Seattle Half Marathon every November when she recommits to staying curious, living simply and making time to laugh with loved ones. She dislikes socks.
First bike: A Big Bird Big Wheel
Favorite movie: Tommy Boy or The Other Guys
Favorite book: Paddle Your Own Canoe by Nick Offerman ("...actually, books by comedians in general.")
Something unique: "I was born with a clubfoot and wouldn't have been able to walk if it hadn't been corrected."
If you had a superpower, what would it be? "Upon hearing or reading a language, instantly become fluent in it."
Cycling Nickname: Animal
Cycling hero: "Grandma, who bike-toured Norway in her 60s."
When not riding, you'll find Jenna: Reading, looking at maps, visiting friends or listening to music.
If you could have lunch or a beer with anyone, who would it be? "My family, all together."
Bellevue, WA. 6 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. Ask him about climbing, then skiing off of the tallest peak in North America.
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. 6 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 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 raising his amazing daughter and whatever adventure Bicycle Adventures puts in front of him. The skinny tires driving Bicycle Adventures have also fueled a rather wonderful conflict with his mountain bike lifestyle: "Do I ride road or dirt today? Both!" When not riding (and sometimes when he is) Matt directs Bicycle Adventures' operations and mountain bike tour development.
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
Leavenworth, WA. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Before moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Celeste had yet to ride a road bike as an adult. Now 15 years later, her summer is not complete without at least one long-distance ride, a triathlon and a maybe a half-marathon or two. Guiding bike tours is at least career #5 or #6 and this is hands-down the favorite! An ultra-organized planner, when she is not volunteering with the Boy Scouts or the American Diabetes Association, she is drawing up contingency plans, just in case. "I love taking pictures of abandoned buildings and I secretly plan for the zombie apocalypse."
First bike: A yellow and purple low rider with a banana seat and tasseled handlebars
Favorite movie: Star Wars: A New Hope
Cycling hero: Greg Lemond
Can't live without: My rosy red lipstick
If you could have coffee with anyone, who would it be? Carrie Fisher
If you had a superpower, it would be...Turning hate into love with a hug!
Sammamish, WA. 11 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. 9 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Community Manager Maui Starnes has been managing the staff of Bicycle Adventures for 6 years. She also leads Seattle-area tours highlighting local cuisine and wildlife. A Pacific Northwest native, she has a keen sense for trails and intimate knowledge of local dog parks. When not guiding, herding or managing the company's social media, Maui enjoys a good chewy fir or alder stick and a romp near Bicycle Adventures' World Headquarters. Prior to her career with Bicycle Adventures, Maui was a stay-at-home puppy. Herding comes naturally, so keeping everyone together on a tour is easily managed. Given the extent of her stateside experience, she hopes to travel to Australia and New Zealand someday to test her skills against her cousins, the native sheep dogs.
Favorite Tour: Volcanoes of Washington "...it's close to home, with good throwing sticks and 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
Portland, OR. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Shantel fell in love with cycling when she moved to Portland, Oregon in 2013. In 2017 she capped off her first long-haul self-supported tour from Anchorage over 6500 miles to the tip of Baja. Besides cycling, she loves partner dance - both blues and swing. Movement is a big part of Shantel's life, and actively practices Acroyoga. You might catch her re-hydrating in a local brewery or coffee shop - she explores new spots whenever she gets the chance! Drawn to sunshine and the great outdoors, when she's not guiding, you'll likely find Shantel on a self-supported bike tour and/or just about anywhere on the Pacific Coast.
First bike: Jamis Ventura Comp
Cycling hero: Lael Wilcox
If you had a superpower, it would be:Flying
Favorite vacation destination: Anywhere with sunshine!
Sammamish, Washington. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A lifelong cycling enthusiast, John enjoys all forms of the sport. He attended the University of Maryland ("Go Terps!") He has an other life making video games for Xbox - which may explain why, if he had a superpower, he would fly. John loves being outside, traveling and teaching mountain biking. He looks forward to sharing his passion for cycling with many like-minded guests as a Bicycle Adventures guide. He lives in Sammamish, Washington with his wife and two teenage daughters.
First bike: "First real bike? Monsoon BMX 20-inch"
Favorite movie: Point Break, the original movie
Cycling hero: Bryn Atkinson
Favorite vacation destination: Hawaii
Who I'd want to have a drink with: Valentino Rossi
Puyallup, Washington. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
When not guiding tours for Bicycle Adventures, you'll find Holly teaching math to 6th graders, or organizing 5k events for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her cycling hero is Chrissie Wellington, four-time Ironman World Champion, "...because she wears a normal helmet but crushes every race." If she had a superpower, it would be to move badly-parked cars so everyone would fit. She'd like to be known as an optimistic guide who helps guests exceed their goals and expectations. It would be impossible for Holly to give up almond butter and apple slices.
Favorite movie or book? "Robin Hood."
Favorite vacation destination: Bend, Oregon
Snoqualmie, Washington. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Sarah grew up in North Seattle and studied Fine Arts at the University of Washington. "Art is a lifelong passion of mine. I love being outside, exploring and learning," she says. Drawn to "...lonely roads, epic views and interesting people," Sarah's worked on farms, a trail crew, a plant nursery and at the local homeless shelter - just to name a few. She loves Celtic music and plays the Irish bagpipes and whistle. When not guiding, you'll find her making art, growing plants or exploring the Snoqualmie Valley.
First bike: Purple Huffy
Favorite book: Spell of the Sensuous, David Abram
Favorite vacation destination: New Zealand
If you had a superpower, it would be: "Time travel, Dr. Who style!"
If you could have lunch or a beer with anyone, it would be: Duncan Trussell