MEET THE CHRISTENSON FAMILY

JUSTIN:
My name is Justin Christenson. I am a Colorado Native and currently work for Key Bank’s Business and Commercial Banking Team in down town Denver. My family currently resides in Highlands Ranch, & we love the Denver Metro Area. Bicycles have been a big part of our lives for about 10 years. I have mostly mountain biked on most of the trails in the Denver Area. Cycling is a great way to manage stress and my health. I especially love summer sunrise rides along the Bluffs near Sky Ridge Hospital.

I am excited to be a part of the Peak Pedaler spot light. This will be my 4th Ride the Rockies. Many years ago I realized that I had not seen the vast majority of the state of Colorado. After this realization, I came up with a goal to see and get acquainted with every nook and cranny of this great state. I am always looking to find the best scenery, people, and food. Ride the Rockies has provided a great way to see this great state.

The best way to do Ride the Rockies is to do it with friends and family. It is an adventure– and having support and encouraging people with you is critical for success and maximum enjoyment. I did the 2016 Ride the Rockies with my daughter. That was an awesome experience and a lifelong treasured memory. I am looking forward to having my 18 year old newly-graduated son join us this year.

MAKENZIE:
Hi! My name is Makenzie Christenson, and I’m so excited to be doing Ride the Rockies for the second time this year! I’ve been living in the Dominican Republic for the last year and a half, and although I loved running with an ocean view in the mornings, I was dying to get back into the mountains here- and Ride the Rockies is the best way to do it!

I’m 21 years old and will be starting my second year at BYU Provo. I took a two year break from school to go and serve in the Dominican Republic as an LDS missionary. Before my mission, I lived in Provo, Utah studying Dietetics, and am super excited to be going back to school in the fall!

I was raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and I love anything that can be done outside! I love swimming, yoga, running, golf and cycling. I swam competitively from the age of 8 until graduating high school. During my first year of college I transitioned from competitive swimming into triathlon training – which led me to find a passion for cycling! After my first year of school in 2016, I joined my dad for my very first Ride the Rockies and loved it!

Though I am considered a “veteran” Ride the Rockies rider, I am super excited as well as a little nervous for this year’s ride. The nerves always come with looking at the routes and seeing all the crazy rides we will be climbing throughout the week. But I’m even more excited to be riding and training alongside my dad (who will be doing the ride for the 4th time this year) and younger brother (who is a new rider) this year.

GRANT:
My name is Grant Christenson. I am the youngest and newest member of our family trio doing ride the Rockies. I am a very recent graduate of Highlands Ranch High School. I had a very busy final end to my high school experience that included Pole Vaulting on the Track team, RTR training rides, and finishing an Eagle Scout Project in May. It has been very busy indeed.
Throughout my teenage years, I have gathered a lot of outdoor experience. I have climbed several 14er peaks and descended into the Subway and the Narrows in Zions National Park. The hardest endeavor was my 50 mile hiking excursion into the Gore Range in Colorado. I ended that hike richly blessed and a changed person. Our family has a tradition of trying to do hard things. I would like to continue in that tradition in this year’s RTR outing.
This year will be my first Ride the Rockies. I have watched my father struggle and then succeed doing previous RTR trips. I am also looking forward to spending time with my Father and Sister. After Ride the Rockies, I will work for the summer; afterward, I will leave for my 2 year Mormon Mission in the fall.