Meet Jenn Dice. A rockstar both on and off the bike, Jenn is the Vice President of Government Relations at the People for Bikes Coalition. A mountain bike extraordinaire, you’ll find Jenn crushing the Leadville 100 or screaming down Mount Kilimanjaro whenever she’s not working hard to make bicycling more accessible.
Tell us your story in 140 characters or less:
I work at PeopleForBikes, a national movement w/ 845,000 members to make bicycling better in America. I organize the Business Network to help build political clout.
What’s the most rewarding part about your job?
Working with passionate people every day. We work to change the world through bikes.
Favorite place you’ve ever traveled and why?
Tourmalet, France. On the Trek Travel Etape de Tour trip a few years ago we got to climb the Col du Tourmalet and spend a week in France (including Paris on the final day of the Tour de France). It was mind blowing and life changing all at once. So much fun, so challenging and so gorgeous. Being a female riding a road bike in a male oriented ride was also fun. I got a lot of cheering and support.
If you were a trip designer at Trek Travel, where would you design a trip?
Argentina – I just got married and we are planning to honeymoon there this fall. Can I just pay Trek Travel to organize our honeymoon?
If you could only bring one unnecessary item on a trip, what would it be?
My French press.
What is one thing you never fly without?
Smartwool socks. Planes are freezing and I love Smartwool socks. Makes you feel all warm and cozy like slippers.
Tell us about your best day on a bicycle.
As part of a WorldServe fundraiser, I got to hike up and mountain bike down Mt. Kilimanjaro. The amazing people of Africa and 13,000 feet of downhill will change your life.
What and where was the best meal you’ve ever enjoyed?
Another hard one, you people ask tough questions. I’m a foodie and read lots of foodie blogs and magazines. I seek out hot new places in cities when traveling (which is a lot). My work takes me to Washington DC, regularly and my favorite is Little Serow. Two years ago it won a bunch of awards and it’s Thai and prix fixe. The chef brings out many dishes throughout the night which is always a great surprise. I love it when a meal is interesting, spicy, adventuresome and extraordinary.
Favorite hotel you’ve ever stayed in?
21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. I am obsessed with modern art and design and you are surrounded by it in this creative, boutique hotel. That combined with world-class mountain bike trails right out the backdoor makes it pretty much my nirvana.
What is the best advice you’ve never followed?
Outside of your family, who inspires you the most?
Mark McKinnon – I would love to be 1/10 as smart as Mark someday. His ability to listen, learn, interpret, strategize and communicate on any topic and issue is mind-blowing. And, his love for his amazing wife Annie. I want to be them when I grow up.
*Mark is a political advisor and Global Vice-Chairman of an international communications consultancy.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
“Be an agent for change.” That and … “Get s*&$ done.”