Great Divide Classic 2021
Photo by Eddie Clark
Ultra Endurance Cyclist
Ambassador of Sport
I think "professional athlete" is a kind of one-dimensional way to describe my relationship with long distance riding. Even after 25 years of racing, I still love competing and being part of the community, and I especially enjoy checking out new events and routes. But even more than that I enjoy giving back to the sport that has sculpted me into the rider (person?) I am today. Providing experiences and opportunities for others is what led to the launch of my Backyard Series – the Fat Pursuit and the Gravel Pursuit. It doesn’t stop there – I love to speak, mentor and educate. I'm still constantly learning, tinkering, experimenting, and growing as an ultra-endurance cyclist, and I always want to share my take-aways with others. Check out the different workshops, camps and one-on-one consultation I offer below.
Clinics & Workshops
Teaching is one of my favorite things to do. I offer clinics, workshops, and camps geared for a wide range of topics and abilities, anything from beginner bikepacking to winter ultra expeditions. I also am permitted and licensed to lead multi-day rides for individual clients in the Greater Yellowstone Region, my home and one of the best places on earth to ride.
Participant and Event
Need help picking gear, logistics management, thoughts on training, and mental prep? With decades of racing experience, I understand systems and can help you ride your best ride.
Need a suggestion, guidance, or help in creating a memorable event? I've consulted with race directors on several big events and helped steer the bikepacking and gravel community in preserving its uniqueness and core values.
I love sharing my trail experiences, what I've learned and how it translates to business and to everyday life. Gravel, snow pavement, and singletrack, racing in deep cold winters in Alaska, Wyoming, and the Midwest or blazing hot locations around the world...it's been an amazing journey. I think tales from the Tour Divide, Iditarod Trail, Trans-Am, Silk Road, and many more will inspire and delight your group.
Ride Forward comes from a mantra I used in my adventure racing days: "never stop moving forward." Our team took that mantra very literally. It reminded us to be efficient, be aware of our surroundings, pay close attention to what we carried to survive and kept us engaged in all aspects of our journey. All these factors ultimately affected our forward progress. The "never stop moving forward" philosophy was so embedded in me I brought into my everyday life to constantly move forward with my business (at the time it was in construction), relationships, friendships, passions, hobbies and partnerships. It also meant to not have regrets or get bogged down in the past but also reflect and learn to move forward more fluidly.
Fast forward from adventure racing to hundreds of different types of outdoor pursuits and races later leading up to the start of my career as an ultra long distance cyclist that mantra still sat strong with me. Following that forward movement I made the decision to pursue my passion which started with a branding process. I was told to come up with some kind of tagline for myself. Ride bikes is what I loved to do, Forward was always my compasses direction. With that #RideForward was born.
Ride Forward is a way of life!
A 60km, 200km or 200 mile bike race on a network of groomed snowmobile trails. Groomed is relative. This is a backcountry event that will require some experience and winter survival skills. You will be challenged, humbled and rewarded in many different ways.
I've never been one to build a deep event schedule but somehow have managed to tick off thousands of racing miles and many events every year. History tells that story. I schedule a few things, have a bunch of desires floating around in my head where half of them become reality and then many times sporadically decide on Thursday to race 100 miles or even a thousand miles that Saturday.
Racing is a lifestyle.
Sponsorships start with a relationship. Sponsors are partners. Partners work together to bring out the best in each. I have built these relationships and am deeply thankful for them as they have helped bring out the best in me.
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