Name: Joel Gerhardt
Favorite biking genre/style: Currently loving the Gravel and seeing the countryside.
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: 2015 Dirty Kanza Half-Pint….truly a DIRTY ride this year and I was very happy with my completion time and overall happiness on the ride.
Years riding: 12 years seriously, but I’ve enjoyed riding bikes since I was a wee little boy!!!
Favorite bike: 2014 Specialized Crux Carbon…slightly upgraded…..every single part.
Favorite post ride activity: beer/bourbon, hanging with the ride participants, or grabbing a bite to eat….as long as there are stories tell/listen to and laughs to be had, any post-ride activity will do!
Why do you ride: I always joke that riding is my “therapy” and way to clear my head. I truly believe that the physical health and benefits from riding are kind of a secondary benefit to riding. Primarily I ride to get away from the world and spend quality time alone or with others to connect, relax, and enjoy life. The friendships and relationships I have developed through riding have proven to be the strongest in my life!
Name: Scott Schleisman
Favorite biking genre/style: Anything that pedals and has two wheels
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: Favorite Ride – Dirty Kanza
Years riding: Since I was 5, you do the math
Favorite bike: Yellow LeMond Buenos Aries – not because it was the best but rather it was the bike that got me into cycling as an adult.
Favorite post ride activity: Drinking chocolate milk and remembering how lucky I am to be able to ride my bike
Why do you ride: Life is better on two wheels
Name: Sheldon Thompson
Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain Bike and Gravel! The endurance stuff is what I like to do.
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: 2015 Dirty Kanza 200 and The Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge
Years riding: Since I was a little kid. Racing for around 3 Years.
Favorite bike: Specialized Epic and Crux
Favorite post ride activity: Beers, Burritos, Friends, and High Fives. No particular order.
Why do you ride: It doesn’t matter how bad of a day I’ve had as soon as I get on a bike it all goes away. Riding calms me as well as gives me a rush!
Name: Jeremy Gorham
Favorite biking genre/style: MTB is my favorite but I ride alot of different styles.
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: really enjoy taking my Specialized Pfix to the skatepark.
Years riding: 27
Favorite bike: Currently it is my AllCity Nature Boy SSCX.
Favorite post ride activity: A cold beer and eating something with bacon on it.
Why do you ride: Riding clears my head, I’m able to go out and not worry about anything and just enjoy being on my bike.
Name: Mark Devine
Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain, Road, Cross, Vintage
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: Favorite ride as of yet would be some of Arkansas toughest trails followed up by a few cold ones with friends. My greatest cycling accomplishment would be Cat1 2003 Midwest Fat Tire Series overall winner and helping other cyclist achieve their riding goals however I can.
Years riding: 24
Favorite bike: There is no way I can have 1 favorite bike. Currently it’s a Specialized Enduro 29
Favorite post ride activity: A few cold sports drinks…
Why do you ride: I ride because its fun, healthy and makes me feel like a kid again.
Name: Shawna Macan
Favorite biking genre/style: Road/Gravel/Cyclocross
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: RAGBRAI, Dirty Kanza Half Pint, Cyclocross racing
Years riding: 7 years
Favorite bike: Specialized Crux
Favorite post ride activity: Eating
Why do you ride: I ride because it makes me feel like a kid again. I love the wind in my face and going fast downhill. I love the thrill of crossing the finish line of a race or a huge accomplishment of a long hard ride. I love the camaraderie and community that comes along with cycling. I enjoy slowing life down and riding to the coffee shop, grocery store, or farmers market. I ride because it keeps my mind and body healthy!
Name: Ryan Turner
Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain Bike
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: finishing the DK Lite or a half Aquabike, any ride on single track
Years riding: 21
Favorite bike: SpecializedEpic
Favorite post ride activity: Drinking an ice cold beer with my fellow riders
Why do you ride: I love the challenge, the mental tests that occur on almost every ride, being in the woods, & the freedom of riding.
Name: Jodi Green
Favorite biking genre/style: Road Biking and Triathlon
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: Completing two Half Ironmans.
Years riding: 8 Years
Favorite bike: Specialized Ruby
Favorite post ride activity: Hanging out at Luna Azteca with my riding partners from Epic.
Why do you ride: I enjoy the fresh air and great workout!
Name: Michael Gier
Favorite biking genre/style: Mountain biking, but been doing a lot more road lately, especially commuting.
Favorite ride/greatest accomplishment: The Monarch Crest Mountain Bike Trail near Salida, CO. Absolutely epic.
Years riding: 22 years
Favorite bike: 2007 Epic
Favorite post ride activity: Planning more rides
Why do you ride: Freedom, adventure, exercise