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.

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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