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Our Team

At Trek Travel, we believe there’s no such thing as a crazy request. Maybe you’re celebrating a special birthday. Maybe you want to find an out-of-the-way restaurant. Or maybe you’ve decided to propose marriage on the spot. Our guides (now certified mechanics), crew and trip designers are trained to deliver ‘wow’ moments that are guaranteed to surprise and delight. They’re not just bicycle tour guides. They’re not just vacation guides. They’re your own personal travel concierges who are driven to provide exceptional service and so much more.

Our guests consistently rate our guides an average of 4.80 stars out of 5 and we have one of the most rigorous hiring processes in the industry (even Inc. magazine wrote about it).

Meet our Guides | Staff

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Meet Our Guides

Ally Petrilla

What I Love:

Music, movement, and laughter are three things I try to make sure are part of my every day--the things that make me GO.

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Alyssa Sponaugle

What I Love:

Replacing fear of the unknown with curiosity; languages & cultures; my Mom's chocolate chip cookies; mountains & oceans; first tracks on a powder day; KIDS - they rock my world; a humbling surf session concluded by a beautiful Guiones sunset; my family; a killer climb leading to an epic "singing" descent (yep, I sing if it's that good); camping in the mountains; doing it, instead of wishing I was doing it.

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AMIE CORSO

What I Love:

Life's about simple pleasures and a fresh perspective. Ride your bike long enough and a hot shower, cold drink and healthy meal literally make your dreams come true.

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Amy Davison

What I Love:

There's nothing better than making a meal with fresh, local food and sharing it with people I care about. Exploring the world by bike is a close second.

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Andrea Fair

What I Love:

I love to cook great food and drink great wine all-the-while spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy painting, traveling and competing in triathlon (while also cheering on my friends!). It makes me happy to help people do things they first thought impossible. Whether it be that first open-water ocean swim in a triathlon, raising thousands of dollars for charity or confidently riding up a long hill, the look of pride when they cross that finish line is something that brings me great joy.

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ASHLEY HARDY

What I Love:

Fishing, camping, anything outdoors, yoga, reading, making art, and IPAs

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Beth White

What I Love:

I love listening to live music, enjoying great beer, wine and food, as well as spending time with family and friends. My other hobbies include traveling, running, yoga, and appreciating art and cultural events. I am also working on my Spanish and French language skills, in hopes to do more international travel in the near future.

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Blake Irwin

What I Love:

Growing and cooking good food for good people.

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Božidar Strihić

What I Love:

I'm a passionate windsurfer, bike rider, folklore dancer, wine and food lover. And I'm a DJ, I can't live without a music.

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Brad White

What I Love:

I like to be outside doing. Riding, skiing, hiking, climbing, I love to be outside and active. Cubicle walls are my enemy.

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Carlos Camara

What I Love:

I have a great passion for life. Love being outdoors, soccer, martial arts, cycling, traveling, cooking, learning, coffee, wine, and beer.

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Céline Welker

What I Love:

I love to be outdoors in nature, hiking, skiing, and biking in the mountains. I love to travel, meet new people and enjoy the good things that life has to offer.

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Chelsea Murray

What I Love:

Finding new adventures!

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Chiara Ciurli

What I Love:

I'm driven by curiosity, and that leads me to constant adventure. I love new and exciting challenges, travel, sports, exploring nature and getting to know people from all over the world.

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Connor Brown

What I Love:

Exploring the Earth's natural systems and growing my community bring me the most joy. I like to get around by bicycle, horse, snowboard, or on foot.

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Cooper Mittelhauser

What I Love:

Exploring off the beaten path. I see the bicycle as a tremendous tool for exploring the world around us. My passion for adventure by bike has lead me to the most beautiful places I've ever been, and I'm always eager to share those experiences with others.

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Dan Frideger

What I Love:

Getting off the beaten path by bike, foot, boat, tricycle. Taking a long time in art museums with my binoculars. (You should try it!)

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Dave Edwards

What I Love:

I am passionate about traveling, photography and cycling to name a few, so guiding has truly been the greatest experience.

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Diego Guillen

What I Love:

New places, international food, photography, laying down to watch a good film, a cup of coffee, good friends to talk to for hours and an awesome bicycle ride of course.

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Elizabeth White

What I Love:

Moving ever-forward in life! Learning new things, experiencing new places, growing my relationships, becoming the best version of me.

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Eric Ladouceur

What I Love:

Carpe Diem! Meeting people, teaching someone something new, great conversations, biking, traveling, skiing, camping, rock climbing, slack-lining

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Gabrielle Porter

What I Love:

The natural world, history, good reads, good sports and African affairs!

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Giorgio Cordini

What I Love:

I think that riding bicycles is a fantastic opportunity and great joy to everyone who does it. I also believe that cycling is even better if shared with someone.

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Grace Heimsness

What I Love:

A good story always gets me, whether I'm writing, listening to, or reading it in an old dog-eared paperback. In the off-season you can find me at the rink playing shinny with the guys or on stage playing cello with my local symphony orchestra. Well-crafted puns, impromptu haiku slams, and live blues stumbled upon happenstance are just a few of my day-makers.

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Grant Chaffin

What I Love:

I am a lover of life and all that it has to offer. I love to meet new people and hear their stories. There is nothing better than sharing good conversation with good people over the course of a meal or a bike ride. I love to ride my bike and I know this because I discovered my love for cycling in a place where most people think it is a very strange thing to do. I love to help other people find a passion for bicycles, and I try to tell them how bikes can save the world. I love traveling and all of unique cultures, foods, landscapes, relationships, and experiences that come along with it.

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Ilona Kohlerova

What I Love:

Traveling & discovering new culture; hiking in the mountains, early morning run, watching a sunset, sharing a good wine...and I love spending time with my family and friends

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Ioanna Yiasemi

What I Love:

I love people, picnics, the sun, good wine, Italian coffee. I love getting to know a region through its people and their stories. I love the morning mountain air and seeing the world by bike. But more than anything I love travel adventures.

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Jacob Young

What I Love:

Backcountry skiing. Yoga. Running. Cycling. I am driven by nature and being outside. I always feel closest to God in those moments.

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Jake Rasp

What I Love:

Cars, guitars, music, movies, and science fiction.

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James Shanahan

What I Love:

Hearing all the stories the world and it's inhabitants have to offer

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Jason Harding

What I Love:

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Jen Goldstein

What I Love:

Setting physical and mental challenges for myself drives me; whether it's learning a new skill, going back to school, or training for an endurance mountain bike race. I love to be outside, spend time with family & friends, travel to new places, capture memories by photo, eat good food, drink good coffee and wine. I enjoy the simple things in life. Last but not least... I love to ride bikes and motorcycles!

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Jessica Burton

What I Love:

People and nature. I think that we were all created to connect with others and connect with the natural world around us. I appreciate times when I slow down to notice the beauty of life in and around me, and I love allowing space for others to do the same. I also love to cook, read and enjoy a glass of wine with friends.

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Jessica Singerman

What I Love:

Being outside, riding bikes, running, yoga, drawing, making stuff, sharing good food with family and friends

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Joaquin Gomez

What I Love:

Passion, nature, outdoors, enjoying life, making others enjoy, learning from others and from my mistakes

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Joji Calabro

What I Love:

I love to go new places, meet new people, eat great food, and hang out with my wife and two dogs. 

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Juan Manuel Gómez del Peral

What I Love:

I love riding my mountain bike - road bike as fast as I can sometimes and other times enjoying the nature and the sun through awesome places. I travel as much as I can to places where I can learn something new. I love history, researching about different things... and of course: I love the good cuisine with a good wine!

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Justin Schnittker

What I Love:

Great adventures, exploring our beautiful planet, people, powder turns on a snowboard, and of course riding bikes!

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Kelty McKenzie

What I Love:

Powder skiing, mountain and road biking, surfing, yoga, travelling, music

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KYLE FLANNIGAN

What I Love:

Experiences. I love new things: meeting new people, going new places, hearing new jokes. It is great world we have with interesting people and great stories. It's even better when you can share that with old friends. Also, I love teaching someone or helping them accomplish their goals. It's awesome to be part of a person's success.

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Laura Lee Pedersen

What I Love:

Riding, exploring, drawing, laughing, enjoying good food, drink, and company.

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Laurie Ness

What I Love:

I love traveling and exploring new places and cultures, especially from the seat of my bike. I am passionate about building connections through volunteer work with people and animals. I also enjoy nordic skiing, trail running, getting my hands dirty in the garden, pretty much anything outdoors.

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Leanne Welbourn

What I Love:

Traveling; cycling; running on the beach; photography; and always trying to see something new, even in the familiar.

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Lisa Lieb

What I Love:

The Mountains! Mountain biking, backcountry skiing, trail running, basically everything and anything to do with being out in the wilderness. Probably my next favorite thing to do is eat really good food, drink wine and perfectly made cappuccino is tough to beat!

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Marcel Peeperkorn

What I Love:

If not on the bike (going hard or easy) I will be exploring new places/food/drink and always reading, topics that interest me specifically are Philosophy, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology. I do enjoy the finer things in life but to be happy simply; good company, bread, cheese, wine or beer, and coffee with a book and bike to explore the world, I don't need more. I live life by a simple philosophy of "Better" inward and outward, for myself and to the world.

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Marcia McFadden

What I Love:

The outdoors, good music, good food, good wine, travel...Sounds a bit like this job actually.

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Matt Pourbaix

What I Love:

Freedom, baguettes, being an OK cyclist, mysteries of the universe, sport fishing, charcuterie, watching the Miami Dolphins lose, dark pubs full of rambling older gentlemen, Bandita and pelicans.

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Melissa Fowler

What I Love:

Being OUTSIDE! And also: riding objects with two wheels, backpacking, running, sailing, free diving, yoga, and spontaneous adventuring. I love meeting new people in random places, drinking great coffee, and discovering “local” beers. 

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Michael Flieg

What I Love:

Cycling is my true passion, I enjoy mountain biking most but truly just love to pedal. I also enjoy sharing my passion for cycling with others through coaching and guiding.

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MICHAEL MORELAND

What I Love:

Any time spent on the bike is a good time. I enjoy good food, coffee, beer and music. I love doing anything in the wilderness, especially with my family.

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Mihael Zanjkovic

What I Love:

Sports, music, dancing, travel, freedom, suitcases and gear. Oh, and guiding bike trips!

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Mike Richardson

What I Love:

As a gear head I enjoy testing the limits of my equipment. I also love how a passion for cycling can bring people together regardless of nationality or language. Some of my closest friends came into my life through very hard and scary days on the bike.

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Nick Humphries

What I Love:

Travel, bikes, coffee, good food, landscape, shapes, adventurous conversations with interesting strangers and catching a wave from time to time

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Pavel Drastik

What I Love:

Anything what makes me happy! Friends, surf, ski, bike, traveling, outdoors...these usually do it for me!

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Penelope Rowson

What I Love:

To grown, to learn, to laugh, to dance, be free, be happy! I love sharing stories of epic adventures, traveling the world, witnessing scenic mountainous views, meeting people, experiencing 'once in a life time' moments and challenging myself. I also love to jump off things on my mtb, riding DH and MX and having great banter ! "

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Penny Gatward

What I Love:

Starlit dips in the sea with my daughter.

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Raphael Raymundo

What I Love:

Nothing really prepares you for the vast and awe-inspiring beauty of our planet. Equipped with my little Fuji camera, bike and backpack, it's my quest to discover, to explore, to capture and share these very moments from my own perspective.

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Rebecca Falls

What I Love:

Road and Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Rock Climbing, Yoga, Involvement with local social and environmental issues, Traveling to new and exciting places (preferably by bike!), Checking out new vegetarian restaurants and recipes

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Ryan Osswald

What I Love:

I enjoy singing, playing guitar, and songs with other people. I enjoy the quiet of the woods, whether its mountain biking, running, or cross country skiing.

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SAMUEL CLARK

What I Love:

Tell me a great story, take me on a surprise adventure, or give me a packet of liquorice or a slow-roasted lamb shank to make me happy.

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SCOTT HEATHER

What I Love:

Nice trails, good weather, handmade tools, crafts, art, and live music.

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Sheila Romane

What I Love:

My passion for health, fitness, adventure and overcoming my fears drives me. I moved to CA from the east coast in 2001 to play beach volleyball. Since then I have moved from the beach to the mountains and have fallen in love with the many outdoor activities that CA offers. I enjoy rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, cycling, and most recently, skiing. I've had a handful of opportunities this season to get into the back country with my skis and am stoked to explore so much more next year.

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SONJA SCHMIDT

What I Love:

Backpacking the world, road and mountain biking, meeting all sorts of new and inspiring people, beautiful sunsets, good beer, live music, yoga, learning, reading, being on the river, hiking in the mountains, swimming in the oceans, Italy, Montana, spending time with my boyfriend, family and friends.

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Stefano Lingua

What I Love:

Friends. Family. Nature. Mountains. Sports. Climbing, skiing, biking, hiking. Enjoying all this things in the company of people! Those are the causes for which I wake up every day with a smile! Too many beautiful things to do and to discover in this world.

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STUART BERRYMAN

What I Love:

The experience of sharing what I love with others! Spending time with family and friends over a home cooked meal with a good glass of wine. I love the beach and the mountains. Sunsets, cooking, and beer. First tracks on a snowboard. Single track on a mountain bike. Georgia football and Braves baseball. Laughing until my sides hurt. Traveling the world.

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Susanna Maddalon

What I Love:

I am an outdoor enthusiast: I love hiking alpine paths, cycling challenging climbs, climbing breathtaking peaks, back-country skiing, snowboarding, roller skating. Being in nature helps me clear my mind, feeling more grounded and peaceful. I also love travelling and learning about different cultures.

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Terra James

What I Love:

Learning! Basically anything new is intriguing. The process from ignorance to expert is exciting and keeps me going. I'm most passionate about meeting new people, bikes, good food and drink, cultures, lifestyles, traveling, photography, psychology, reading, and anything outdoors.

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Tony Ferlisi

What I Love:

The Desert Southwest, Mountain Bikes, Powder Skiing, Reading, College Football

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Valeria Rossini

What I Love:

Besides cycling I go crazy for rock-climbing (mostly bouldering) and yoga. I went all over Europe to visit the most important climbing spots. Whenever I can, I love travelling with my boyfriend and Boo (our dog) in our camper van exploring the world!

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Wiebe Moeys

What I Love:

Theatre, triathlons, cycling, openwater swimming and running

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Wouter Alaerts

What I Love:

Burning legs, lungs gasping for more air, the heartrate pounding out of your chest and at the same time the clicking sound of going up one more gear: bike racing, I love it! And also skiing, hiking in the Alps, (music) history, Italian food, sunny weather (I am from the North) and espresso macchiato.

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Zack Jones

What I Love:

Anything that earns heavy snacking, doting on my wife and my High Desert Dingo, binging on Game of Thrones and Luke Cage, box wine tasting, riding bikes on dirt (or rock, or snow, or buttery smooth roads in the Alps), form AND function, dreaming big, dirty martinis at fancy restaurants, getting a little bit lost, audiobooks on long drives, seeing 100+ feet underwater, skiing up mountains then back down, laughter, nerding-out on science & history, making friends, basically just living an unregrettable life.

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Zeb King

What I Love:

My love and excitement for life is what constantly challenges me to learn, grow and share with others! Whether its riding 106 miles in freezing rain or hiking up the Virgin River Narrows in Zion National Park, I try to find the beauty in every moment of life. Every one of us has an inner voice that calls us to adventures and urges us to live outside of our comfort zone and with that we can create unforgettable friendships and connections to some of the worlds most beautiful places! Riding new trails, meeting new people and laughing hysterically are just a few of the things that keep me going each and every day!

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Meet Our Staff

Ashley Goschey

What I Love:

My dogs are what get me up in the morning. My passion for travel is what brings me to work. My love for food is what keeps me alive. My need for nature is what keeps me sane. My desire to lift heavy and run (slowly) is what keeps me healthy. My enthusiasm for photography is what gives me creativity. My desire to learn is what keeps my mind young.

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Benjamin Caperan

What I Love:

To be happy

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Brie Willey

What I Love:

Interacting with people and hearing thier stories, traveling the world, creativity & design, cycling & being outdoors, discovering local flavors & cold brews, spending time with my incredible friends & family.

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Bryna Rudy

What I Love:

Traveling. Speaking Spanish. Badgers. Family. Friends. Boating.

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Dave Burke

What I Love:

Biking, photography, travel, good food and good people

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Grace Timmerman

What I Love:

Anything outdoors, anything musical, anything food-related! And especially adventures.

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JENNY BINKOWSKI

What I Love:

Early mornings when it feels like the rest of the world is fast asleep. Adventure companions new and old. Hot breakfasts and ice-cold IPAs. Long runs in crisp fall air. Fresh tracks through open glades. Cutting across glassy water. Open roads that stretch on forever. Wisconsin's finest Babcock ice cream.

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Kari Krukow

What I Love:

Nature, Running, Cycling, Walking, and time with my two kids and dog

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Katherine Usher

What I Love:

Family, Friends, Food, and naturally TRAVEL

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Kelsey Gibson

What I Love:

Traveling, experiencing different cultures, road trips, beer flights, morning jogs, and quality time with quality people

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Kristin Kellerman

What I Love:

Eating, drinking, traveling, biking, running, reading, singing. But I need to do it with adventurous and fun people!

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Lindsay Juley

What I Love:

Live music, traveling, ultimate frisbee (our team exclusively wears jorts), film, hiking, tennis

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Mark Thomsen

What I Love:

Those good feelings you get after an amazing backcountry ski run in an unnamed location or the refreshing beer after an epic mountain bike ride as the sun sinks below the horizon. And of course my wife Shelly.

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Meagan Coates

What I Love:

Designing the best cycling trips in the world, traveling, yoga, photography, anything in the great outdoors, running, all kinds of biking, cooking, reading, stand up paddle boarding, hanging out with friends, family and my wonderful husband, Ben.

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Sarah Makoski

What I Love:

I love to do fun activities outside in the fresh air like biking, hiking, throwing the baseball or just going for a long walk. If you ask me if I want to go outside my ears might perk up like an excited dog. I also enjoy cooking a great meal, relaxing at home, photography, yoga and a good active challenge.

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SEAN PEOTTER

What I Love:

I love the mechanics of things. I have been a bike mechanic my entire life and it has taken me a long way. Cycling for me has recently been more about the enjoyment of the ride than the thrill of the race. I'm also a jack of all trades. Have yet to find a trade that I don't enjoy.

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TANIA BURKE

What I Love:

Biking, traveling, cooking, reading, watching sunsets, cold beer and hanging out with my husband John

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