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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."
Issaquah, WA. 6 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 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 - 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."
Kirkland, WA. 9 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. 10 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!"
Tucson, AZ. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
"To be on a bike ride is like playing in life’s playground, 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. She is also a yoga practitioner, botanist, gardener...and cyclist.
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're 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 cyclist 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 biking 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."
Bainbridge Island, WA. 12 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Ruth is 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 one 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. 5 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A childhood spent in Northern Mexico and Southern Arizona gave Noe a passion for the Sonoran Desert. He spent 10 years volunteering as a crew leader for the Arizona Trail, a National Scenic Trail traversing the entire state of Arizona as it winds from Mexico to Utah. A passionate cyclist, Noe spent a decade as Event Director for El Tour de Tucson, the Race Across America and the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo mountain bike race. Besides leading the majority of Bicycle Adventures' Cactus Classic tours, Noe's also led guided tours in Honduras and Mexico's Copper Canyon. His regional expertise and playful-but-professional attitude make him a guest favorite.
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!"
Issaquah. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Growing up along the west coast from California to British Columbia, Jeremy fell in love with bikes at a young age. "One of my first bikes was a motorcycle frame with pedals that weighed 40 pounds. It made any hill seem like a mountain." Since then Jeremy has ridden his bike solo across the country from Bellingham, Washington to Boston, Massachusetts. He loves to travel to new places and appreciates the pace a bike has to offer. Currently he enjoys spending time with his young son Ison, teaching him how to ride, and finding some time to mountain bike and commute to work at Bicycle Adventures.
Favorite book: The Matrix or Big Fish
Favorite Bicycle Adventures trip: California Redwoods
Why? "Riding through the Avenue of the Giants is the best. These old Redwood trees offer perspective and scale to life. Throw in some great rural and coastal riding and you've got a trip with the whole package!"
Hood River, OR. 9 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. 3 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 BA’s luxurious tours he is sleeping out in the woods and careening down trails with his bike loaded down 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.
Snoqualmie, Washington. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
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 and still loves it. From running marathons & 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. x "I love biking and traveling because it can fit almost all of these things together in one." Ask him about biking the word'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
Portland, Oregon. 3 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.
Seattle, WA. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
If you call the office, you're most likely to hear Jessica's cheery voice on the other end. A multi-talented artist-guide-customer-service dynamo, Jessica has been spotted riding across the Great Plains and perched on mountain tops with an easel, sketching. If she hasn't led your upcoming tour, she's probably painted it at some point in her amazing life.
Jessica is a product of Southern California suburbs who escaped cul-de-sac life to draw in Italy, study in China and hitchhike to Mexico for tacos. In 2012 she self-published an art book of nearly 300 watercolors to fund daily ice cream stops on her solo self-supported bike tour across the country. On return she moved to Seattle to roast her own coffee, start gardening and host potlucks at her neighborhood brewery. She gave up a car to feel the rain on her neck and exchange high-fives with fellow bike commuters on sunny days. Her philosophy on adventure - and life - is to hold a smile on the uphills and say 'yes' when opportunity presents itself. Reaching the top is always worth it. Click here to check out her fascinating blog.
First bike: "Pink, with handlebar streamers, a hand-me-down from my sister that I outgrew within a year."
Favorite movie: Amelie
Favorite book: Anything by Michael Pollan.
Superpower: "Neutral Fahrenheit Woman! Bring on Siberian tundra or an erupting volcanic blaze, there's no temperature too extreme. Blankets, air conditioners and oven mitts are preposterous inventions when degrees don't matter."
Cycling hero: "Old friend, fellow guide and adventure partner Spencer Harding. He's my bike guru and taught me everything I know about bikes, from changing my first tire to welding a tall bike."
Cycling nickname: Lala
Hobbies: Eating, biking, painting
Redmond, Washington. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
After receiving a B.S. in Biochemistry at U.C. Davis in 1983, Kevin realized medical school no longer interested him and opted for the adventure of flying planes off of aircraft carriers. Ten years later he went back to his science background and opened the Captain's City Brewery in Coupeville, Washington. Four years later he reversed course again and became a firefighter, retiring from that in 2014. The joy of bicycling and interest in exploring new places and meeting new faces led him to Bicycle Adventures. Kevin loves to learn new things. Current pursuits are welding, growing new crops, knitting and education. He says, "I'm discovering how much I've lost out on by not reading every day."
Kevin's first cycling challenge was riding 100 miles in '70s gym gear on a Schwinn Varsity to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.
Cycling hero: Greg LeMond
Favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
If I had a superpower..."When you have a superpower, the first rule is not divulging that you have a superpower."
Who I'd want to have a drink with: Jim Webb, former United States Senator and Secretary of the Navy.
Bonney Lake, WA. 4 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!"
Puyallup, Washington. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Scott grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Shaped by its beauty and abundant recreational opportunities, he was fortunate to be raised by parents who valued time spent outdoors and limited time with televisions, computers and game consoles. After graduating with a degree in cellular and molecular biology from Pacific University in Oregon, Scott worked in biotech as a cancer biology research assistant. Life in a dimly-lit lab hunched over a microscope quickly burned him out and contributed to some unhealthy habits. Now with the lab in the rear-view mirror, Scott spends winters instructing snowboarding at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in Washington, where he coaches the Freeride program. "I love coaching talented teenagers, helping them develop confidence in the mountains, good mountain etiquette and respect for the environment, safety and steep terrain."
Best thing about guiding: "During the summer I’m bagging miles on my bike not only for recreation but also for work. I couldn't be more excited to spread passion for cycling while contributing to making Bicycle Adventures vacations amazing and epic."
First Bike: A GT Interceptor BMX bike ("...I never needed training wheels, just lots of bandaids!")
Favorite Movie: Stand By Me. "It reminds me of my childhood...trekking around the woods adventuring with friends and family."
Favorite Book: "I read a lot of crime fiction in my free time...I love Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher series and James Patterson’s Alex Cross series."
Superpower: "I'd choose the ability to fly."
Hobbies: "I love the great outdoors: hiking, biking, running, snowboarding and golf occupy most of my free time. When the weather isn’t cooperating I enjoy cooking, reading and binge-watching NetFlix and Amazon Prime."
Olympia, WA. 23 years with Bicycle Adventures.
One of Chad's earliest memories is seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time, as the family was 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. "The wilderness has become my temple and I like to get my spiritual 'fix' as often as possible." Any given weekend you'll likely find Chad somewhere 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 book: "Who can pick a favorite? Maybe Friend of the Earth by TC Boyle."
Favorite vacation destination: "Impossible to pick. If you are a parent, do you have a favorite child?"
Portland, Oregon. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Kurt’s first guiding experience was shepherding 7 teenagers across the U.S. during the summer of 2007. Says Kurt, "It was a huge learning experience for me, and it helped me land a guiding job when I went back to university afterwards.” He led backpacking, day-hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, sea kayaking, and rafting trips for 3 years while double-majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography.
After graduation, he traveled a bit before landing in Seattle, where he eventually found himself working shoulder-deep in the corporate world at Expedia as a Senior Geographer. “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. 3 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. 4 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.
Bellevue, WA. 4 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."
Lynnwood, Washington. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Sean grew up in Los Angeles and studied economics at Cal State University, Northridge. He loves the outdoors, great food, classic American literature, SCUBA diving...and of course cycling. He enjoys learning the history of the areas where he's exploring. When he's not guiding for Bicycle Adventures, you'll find Sean out on his own adventure, backpacking or exploring new locations. "I have a thing for picking up trash in my neighborhood and when I'm out hiking." His cycling heroes are people who decide to go on a bike tour with no previous cycling experience.
Why he left L.A.: "Do I need to explain?"
First bike: A department store mountain bike. "It opened my horizons beyond my cul-de-sac and introduced me to the possibilities."
Favorite movie: Raising Arizona
Book: "Anything by John Steinbeck, especially Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday."
Victoria, B.C, Canada. 1 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Andreas is from the great white north, a Canadian, and former mountain and road bike racer. He started riding serious distances and the toughest trails in the Pacific Northwest at age 10, eventually becoming an avid bicycle tourist and explorer. Over the years managing bike shops led to managing and leading expedition bike tours...in over 45 countries and on 5 continents. Now back home in Victoria B.C., when not riding his bike you'll find Andreas designing 3D models, tinkering with his vintage motorcycles or kayaking in the Gulf Islands.
First real bike: Pink Giant ATX 875 Women's bike (it's all that fit!)
Favorite Movie: Moonrise Kingdom
Favorite Book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Favorite Place to Ride: China ("Oh the mayhem!")
Days on tour since 2013: 720
Days in a tent since 2013: 395
North Bend, WA. 4 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
Issaquah, WA. 14 years with Bicycle Adventures.
A Washington native raised in Forks (of Twilight fame), Julie came to Bicycle Adventures after stints at Starbucks Corp and Amazon.com. She's spent a bit of time exploring Asia and Mexico. Though running was always her solo sport of choice, she converted to cycling when she came to work at Bicycle Adventures, discovering she loves the camaraderie of riding with others. She volunteers for the Olympia Marathon and Seattle's Major Taylor Project. Unlike most of the Bicycle Adventures staff, she owns just two bikes.
I'd love to have lunch with: Aung San Suu Kyi or Bob Roll
Favorite vacation destinations: Phuket, Thailand; anywhere in Oregon; New Zealand. "Anyplace with a beach."
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 Oregon's Crater Lake
Favorite hike on a Bicycle Adventures tour: The Narrows in Zion National Park
Hobbies: Reading, riding, running, yoga, hiking, watching bike racing
Wenatchee, WA. 4 years with Bicycle Adventures.
When not guiding, Lori runs a bike shop in Wenatchee, Washington. On days off she loves to load up with camping gear,seek out some fun singletrack, find a flat spot with a great view, set up camp and light a bonfire. “Every bike camp trip has an outrageous story!” says Lori. She commutes by bike 20 miles each way to work.
Her other passions are paragliding and speedflying. “I love being able to travel with my wings. 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 (obviously) another love. Being able to take a wing along enables me to get a totally different perspective.” Life goals include traveling to the Karakorams in Pakistan to paraglide and swimming with a whale shark. She's hoping to check off the whale shark swim during one of her winters in Hawaii, which she spends with her partner and best friend Armond. Says Lori: “I am happiest when I'm 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 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."
Seattle, WA. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Jennifer grew up in the Seattle area, and can't think of a better place to live. She enjoys being in a city with great restaurants, art and friends, yet close to the mountains and ocean. After 14 years in healthcare administration, Jennifer left to fulfill a longstanding dream of biking the Pacific Coast Highway. She believes her Training & Development background helps her to "meet people where they are" regardless of cycling ability or fitness level. She is just excited to continue bike touring, and to share it with anyone who will listen! When not on tour, Jennifer’s favorite Sunday morning activity is lounging in bed, snuggled up with Manny and Ziggy, her 6 lb. chihuahuas, and an “old fashioned” paper copy of the New York Times.
First bike: "I don't remember, but my first motorcycle was a 50cc Yamaha Zinger. I do remember a second or third bicycle with a sparkly purple banana seat and handlebar streamers."
Favorite movie: The Triplets of Belleville
Favorite book: Charlotte's Web
Cycling hero? "A woman I met in Eugene when I was 17. She was not much older than I, and despite not (yet) being an accomplished cyclist, was setting out to bike across the country. I wish I had asked her name."
Cycling nickname: Cookie Ranger
Favorite vacation destination: "Anywhere I haven't yet been."
Hobbies: "Surfing, skiing, baking, being a very new cellist, and telling really bad (good?) puns."
Tualatin, OR. 11 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 to unbridled passion. When she isn't guiding, you'll find her, smiling, out on a trail somewhere - or in the winter, on a pair of skis. Her two boys Charlie and Jalen are living out their own dreams - respectively, in Montana and Oregon.
Favorite tour: "Just one? The Methow Valley cross-country ski tour, New Mexico's Santa Fe & Taos bike tour, Oregon Coast to Crater Lake, Oregon Wine Country, Washington Cascades Epic...so many...all for different reasons."
Favorite tour dining spot: Cafe Pasqual's [on the New Mexico tours]
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."
Sammamish, WA. 9 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. 7 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, Oregon. 2 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Carrie fell in love with road riding through the freedom and fitness she felt via commuting and bike packing. Her happy place includes, "I love sports that interact with natural elements: mountain biking rocky trails, kite surfing in the ocean, kayaking rapid-filled waters, and alpine skiing - especially in powder." If not outdoors she enjoys creating upcycled bicycle jerseys and other unique upcycled lifestyle performance clothing. She is a Portland native who has lived up and down the West Coast. "The Northwest vibe runs in my blood. I returned to Portland because it is a super-RAD creative and casual city, especially good for healthy living, known for tolerance and creating good craft beer." She volunteers for Dress for Success, an organization that helps women achieve economic independence. She's also the volunteer president of the EcoVoices Club, an arm of Toastmasters, a nonprofit educational self-improvement public speaking and leadership program.
First bike? Schwinn with sparkly streamers dangling and a white banana seat
Favorite movie: Princess Mononoke
Favorite book: "Too many options… I have been reading a long time. I will say I LOVE the public library."
Cycling hero: Danny MacAskill
Favorite vacation destination: “For multisport fun and easy travel - hands down, New Zealand."
If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be? Yvon Chouinard or Rose Marcario
Proud accomplishment: “I am thrilled to say I have a house plant that is 10 years old.”
Favorite part of guiding? “Creating a safe environment that encourages everyone to explore, find the joy in where we are and share the fun.”
Sammamish, Washington. 1 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. 3 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
Bellingham, Washington. 3 years with Bicycle Adventures.
Boston born and Washington raised, Ginny left her home in Seattle and moved north to beautiful Bellingham, The inspiration? A Modest Mouse concert at the small town’s theater plus the Mount Baker snowpack. Whatcom County has been home base for the past 14 years, with stints in Hawaii, Montana, the San Juans' Orcas Island and Alaska. Her love of bicycle touring started on a trip out to La Push, Washington many years ago. Her love for adventure sent her on a ride across the United States from Seattle to Boston with her 'adventure dog' and best friend, Tuff, in tow.
When not guiding, you might find Ginny and Tuff playing on the Olympic Peninsula, learning to surf, and singing karaoke. She'll be attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in the fall.
First bike: Mongoose BMX. "I rode it like a 10-speed."
Favorite movie: Zoolander
When alone, pretends to be: Lady Gaga
Cycling nickname: Eagle Eye
Favorite vacation destination: "Tough one. It's a toss-up between Montana's Flathead Valley, Washington's Orcas Island or the Olympic Peninsula."
Hobbies: Snowboarding, skateboarding, running, 'playing' guitar, writing, hanging out with my dog Tuff...and oh yeah, riding my bicycle.
If you could have lunch or a beer with anyone, who would it be? "Me, in 20 years."
Snoqualmie, Washington. 2 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