Class of 2015

Not Your Average Joe

I’ll never be a road racer, or a pro cyclist, but I love this sport! I’m a Colorado native and first time rider on RTR. I bring an upbeat and comic perspective to my writing. Contrary to my identity above, I fully expect to be in the middle of the pack. Where else would the class clown be, but in the thick of things cracking jokes and trying to make people laugh? I love the thought of being able to share my experiences on Ride The Rockies. Read Not Your Average Joe’s intro here.

Michigan Mini-Pumper

I’m a firefighter, EMT and an avid cyclist doing my best to train for the Rocky Mountains from the shores of Lake Michigan. I’m riding the same 60 ft. hill over and over…I think it’s helping! Nothing restores my soul like riding my bicycle. In the chaotic world of firefighting and EMS you can see the worst of the worst; that is one reason why I love jumping on my bike and riding. When I am on my bicycle all the worries and stresses of life melt away and they are replaced by the soothing wind in my face and picturesque views.  Read The Michigan Mini-Pumper’s intro here.

Bicyle Neophyte

I’ve been cycling 6 months. Yesterday, I reached the top of Sandia Crest Road. Pedaling just fast enough that gravity didn’t push me backwards while I leaned forwards. I have a very active imagination, recently rediscovered my love of writing, make friends exceedingly easily and can use an idiot camera like the best of ’em. Follow me while I bend my mind and body into stronger shape in order to ascend the beautiful RTR terrain with 2 months of training available to me. I’ve already signed up for 3 riding events in May that will help me prepare for Ride The Rockies. Seriously, what was I thinking when I signed up for the women’s road race in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic? I’ll try not to finish dead last, but I certainly won’t be at the winners circle. Read The Bicycle Neophyte’s intro here.

I am sixteen years old, have done Ride the Rockies three times under my own power, and am an avid cyclist. I can comment on how awesome climbing a mountain pass was, or how spooky the psycho cows were going down the other side, like the cows on Ute pass three rides ago. As a Peak Pedaler, I hope to inspire other kids to consider doing Ride The Rockies in the future. Read The Mitchman’s intro here.

Class of 2014

Megan Bunker

Speeding Beauty, Salt Lake City, Utah. The season of 2013 was my first cycling season. It was an amazingly fun journey that took me to the tops of awesome climbs and face-to-face with asphalt.

2014 Peak Pedalers "Victory Crew", from Cleveland, OH. Victory Crew rode for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s with her husband Doug, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over ten years ago.

Victory Crew, Cleveland, OH. Victory Crew rode for the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s with her husband Doug, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over ten years ago.

Wendy Newell

The Renaissance Daughter, Edmond, Oklahoma.
A team this unpretentious, can’t help but make friends. We socially network old-school because knowing everyone is a necessity when dad loses his wallet every other ride he takes.

Denise Van Ryzin

Stuck at Sea Level, Kailua, HI. Training at sea level for a 5500’ start line? I’m freaked out more by RtR than I was of doing an Ironman!

I’m BUILT for downhill – at 237 lbs I’m NOT your polka-dot jersey candidate. But I can smoke ’em on the descents.

Middle Aged Gasper, Mobile, AL. I’m BUILT for downhill – at 237 lbs I’m NOT your polka-dot jersey candidate. But I can smoke ’em on the descents.

Class of 2013

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Jeff Thomas, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Riding the Rockies on a tandem means experiencing the thrills and the pain, the energy and the fatigue, as a couple. During the good and the bad, you’re always a team.

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Michael Olivier, Fort Collins, Colorado. I am a stay-at-home dad who trains by day with my 2yo and 4yo kids on the back of our cargo bike and trains by evening and weekend on the Front Range roads of Fort Collins on my road bike. We recently relocated from Asheville, NC with three things in mind: Sell the car, bike everywhere and get into the Ride The Rockies.

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Dan Grunig, Denver, Colorado.
I have the best job in the world. My days are filled with working with people across Colorado to get more people on bicycles, and teaching safe biking and driving practices.

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Leslie Shapiro, Miami, Florida.
I’ve taken my fascination with technology and turned it toward my passion for cycling. I can spend days researching gear ratios and nutrition plans. That technical curiosity also led me to do my own bike maintenance. I own over a dozen bikes (yikes!), mainly so I can frequently build them up and tear them down, swapping components based on my plans for each bike.

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Ingrid Muller, Boulder, Colorado. You would think that after riding in seven Ride The Rockies tours, I would run out of things to write about, photograph or learn. Yet each year I ride, I see another part of the state I’ve never seen before, meet people that amaze me, photograph scenes I won’t find anywhere else — and learn once again that a girl can never have too much chamois butter.