Thomas Bassett came to Montana in 2004 to go to the University of Montana. He graduated from UM in 2008 with a degree in biology. After finishing school Tom stayed in Montana and worked as plant/insect biology technician, until he found his true calling and started working for Adventure Cycling Association. When he is not working at Adventure Cycling, Tom spends his spare time baking, gardening, dancin' up a storm, collecting insects, hiking, and riding his bike.
David lived a good part of his life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he worked in IT for a telecommunications corporation. He grew restless working at a behemoth corporation so he took time off of his career to work in bike shops while earning a degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. After graduating David found himself in Montana. He has worked at Adventure Cycling Association since the summer of 2013. For leisure David enjoys all that Missoula and Montana have to offer including playing hockey, backcountry skiing, and backpacking. David is an avid bike commuter and truly enjoys the recreation of all types of cycling.
Rick joined Adventure Cyclist magazine in 2008 and works out of his office in the Columbia River Gorge in White Salmon, WA. He started off his career in the ski industry in Colorado and has continued in all facets of the sporting goods industry including the windsurfing, kiteboarding, stand-up paddle realms that brought him to the Gorge. He has been involved in publishing for the last 15 years and has been an avid mountain and road biker most his life. He enjoys all and any sports that the current season brings!
Richard was born in Virginia and moved to the Missoula area at the age of three. He loves it here in Montana and has no plans of leaving. He started working for Adventure Cycling in May 2004 after doing similar jobs for the Forest Service for the previous four years. In his spare time he enjoys crossword puzzles, camping, riding his swing bike, and playing banjo while singing with his dad.
Mike started at Adventure Cycling in 1993 in the Sales Department. Since then he has had many titles, including information specialist, editor of The Cyclists' Yellow Pages, editor of Adventure Cyclist magazine, and Macintosh computer guru for the office. Mike spends his time away from the office bartending, cycling in various corners of the world, and chasing a little white ball around a golf course.
Patrick joined Adventure Cycling in the spring of 2012. Originally from Spokane, Washington, he relocated to Missoula from Portland, Oregon, where he was involved with the cycling, musical, and culinary communities. Activities enjoyed away from work include conversing with his cat, Julio, and spending time with his wife, Michelle. He also enjoys a good joke from time to time.
This guy loves mountains. He enjoys nothing more than wandering through remote country by foot, bike, packraft, or skis, and word is, he never passes up a good fishing hole, fire lookout, or hot springs along the way. Casey snagged his dream job with Adventure Cycling Association's Routes and Mapping Department in the spring of 2008 after dropping out of his 4th (and final) university. His maps have been featured in the New York Times, Cartography Design Annual, and of course, Adventure Cyclist magazine. You could read more about him at his blog or check out his maps.
After spending most days of her childhood on a bicycle, Mandy moved to Alaska, started a family and a small business, and filled up her life with other things. One day in her fifth decade of life, it finally dawned on her that she missed that freedom, the wind in her hair, the intensely experienced sights, sounds and smells that bicycling delivers so splendidly. She promptly jumped in with both pedals, signing up for four long-distance bike tours within the next three years. Mandy has been a member of Adventure Cycling since 2003, and has wanted to join the Tours Department ever since she rode the Idaho Family Fun event with her niece in 2010. For her, being a part of this team is very much a dream come true.
Arlen joined the Adventure Cycling team in August, 2011, relocating from Putnam, Connecticut. In addition to leading tours for Adventure Cycling since 2005, he has logged more than 40,000 miles leading trips for middle school and high school teens since 1998. He served as tours director of two non-profit organizations, 10THGEAR and BIKETERNITY, while running his own computer software company, Rainbow Software Solutions. Arlen has cycled coast to coast on four occasions, three times with teens. In 2007, he was touched by the stories of boys afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has led charity rides, called JettRides, for the Jett Foundation of Kingston, MA, ever since. Arlen loves pie and is currently searching, by bicycle, for the Best Coconut Cream Pie in America. He rides, eats, and enjoys watching his two adult sons, Chris and Brandon, find their own way in life.
Paul joined the Adventure Cycling tours staff in November 2010. He moved to Montana in summer 2010 from Virginia, where he grew up and attended Virginia Commonwealth University, receiving a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. He has worked in various jobs for several nonprofit arts organizations in the years since graduating. He became interested in Adventure Cycling while planning a cross-country tour of the Southern Tier Route in 2007 and has been a member since then. Outside of work, Paul enjoys biking, hiking, home-brewing, graphic arts, sewing bicycle bages, and spending time with his fiance Jesi, and their four-legged companion Chica.
Lydia joined Adventure Cycling in the summer of 2013. After being raised in Boulder, Colorado, she wound up in Alaska where she spent the last 10 years filling her time fishing rivers, skate-skiing, hiking, working in Alaska tourism and enjoying the endless outdoor play Alaska offers. Moving to Missoula was a lifelong dream for her. She is thrilled to be back in the lower 48 in a town that feeds her love for drinking coffee, hiking mountains, and encouraging others to get out and experience the endless opportunities for outdoor exploration.
Julie started working at Bikecentennial in 1985 as the receptionist for the organization. Over the years she moved to director of the Membership Department. In the hours away from the office, Julie is one of the driving forces of cycling in Missoula. She founded Montana Dirt Girls, a women's mountain bike & hiking group. She is a founding member of a Missoula mountain-bike advocacy group and is an officer of Missoulians on Bicycles. Her goal is to inspire more people to ride even if she has to do it one person at a time.
Mike made the big move from a small town in Maine in November 2013 to join the Adventure Cycling team. In his home town, Mike grew up in the outdoors hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling with his family. He attended the University of New Hampshire and earned a BA in Recreation Management and Policy and a minor focused in Outdoor Education. Throughout college and for two years after he graduated, Mike was a competitive Nordic skier, traveling the world to peruse races. Before Adventure Cycling, Mike led trips for a youth adventure program in Maine, for part of which he led two self-contained bike trips across the U.S. In his free time, Mike likes to be outside, and you’ll generally see him looking for another mountain to climb.
Carla bicycled across the country in 1976 with Bikecentennial; the trip changed her life and she moved to Montana. She's been a part of the Routes & Mapping Department since 1983, from the time of hand-drawn maps all the way to the present computer-generated mapping. Now that she is enjoying an empty nest, she has time for biking, reading, traveling, and doing crafts
In 1984 Teri joined the organization and since then she has held the title of Receptionist, Administrative Assistant to the Director, Sales Director and Sales & Marketing Director. A native Montanan, Teri loves to road bike, hike, alpine ski and travel the world with her partner, Thorsten and his son Max. She is also becoming an enthusiastic soccer bonus mom.
While pedaling through Missoula on a cross-country tour in 1974, Mac learned of a grassroots movement called Bikecentennial. One thing led to another, and he's been working for the organization since 1976. Among his many titles: tours coordinator, routes and mapping director, assistant director, and national coordinator of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. He wrote Cycling the Great Divide, considered the Great Divide route rider's bible. Today Mac works from his home office in the Tetons, helping to inspire would-be and veteran bicycle travelers through BikeOvernights.org, the Bike Bits e-newsletter, and more. In the non-Adventure Cycling part of his work life, he is a magazine editor and freelance writer — author of, among other titles, Insiders' Guide to Glacier National Park (Globe Pequot Press).
Originally from Chapin, SC, Geoff was lured west by Glacier National Park, MT, where he spent two college summers hiking and exploring. He then transferred to the University of Montana where he finished his B.S. degree in recreation management at the School of Forestry. Geoff has worn many career hats, from being a recreation manager at a private boarding school, to working in the airline industry and as a certified rehabilitation specialist. He joined the Adventure Cycling team in December 2012 as a sales and shipping associate, and considers it his best career adventure to date. Geoff has enjoyed exploring the trails, rivers, and back roads of Idaho and Montana with his wife Bridget and introducing their kids to the same. On his days off, you will find Geoff managing his family's recreation plans, whether it be taking a day hike in the Bitterroots, paddling a kayak on Holland Lake, going on a bike overnight to a lookout, fly-fishing the Blackfoot River (i.e. untangling a kid's line), or skiing the slopes of Snowbowl. And if you happen to hear the drone of bagpipes in the Missoula area, you may find Geoff there, piping his favorite tunes.
Jennifer originally came to work for Adventure Cycling while attending the University of Montana, where she earned her BA in geography in 1996. She returned to Missoula and Routes & Mapping in the fall of 2001 (though she never really left Adventure Cycling, continuing to draw maps on a contractual basis). When she's not in the office, you can find her curled up with a book, solving a crossword puzzle, or perhaps roaming about town and the local trails with her husband, Rob, and Tiika, the maniac puppy.
Cassie grew up on Colorado’s Front Range and learned to pedal a bike in the shadow of Pikes Peak. After studying Geography at CU-Boulder, she spent four years in Tucson, writing and designing publications for a national endangered-species advocacy nonprofit — and building up her first touring bike. She moved to Missoula in 2011. While earning her MS in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana, she directed communications for a wilderness-stewardship group, edited Camas, a regional literary magazine, and finally figured out all the fuss about singletrack. Cassie joined Adventure Cycling in fall 2013. When she’s not riding trails or roads, she’s probably cooking up something tasty to fuel the next adventure.
Beth started in 2001 for Adventure Cycling as the receptionist then spent some time as the sales lead. Since then, she has added many tasks to her position, including keeping our busy office organized and managing the Bike Bits email list. She enjoys reading, crocheting and baking in her time away from the office. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe and their two young adult kids, whenever they can catch up with them.
A Montana native, Gage moved to Missoula in 2003 to attend the University of Montana where he received a BA in English Creative Writing and Literature in 2007. After graduation, he spent five years employed in the corporate world before finding his true calling with Adventure Cycling in the spring of 2012. While out of the office, Gage enjoys cycling, hiking, gardening, reading, and floating the rivers around Missoula. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his wife Karen, their cats Toonces and Wednesday, and a tenacious pug named Napoleon.
Alison moved from her home state of Vermont to Missoula in 2006 to attend the University of Montana, where she recieved her MFA in Creative Writing. She arrived at Adventure Cycling Association in the fall of 2011 as the media/publications assistant. When out of the office, Alison writes poetry, drinks coffee with her boyfriend, Patrick, and rides her bike like it's her job.
Darrah joined the Tours Department in August, 2013. With a masters degree in African History, Darrah spent most of the past 20 years as a public librarian and educator in California and Utah. Although she grew up close to the beach in San Diego and Hawaii, she has traded the surf and sand for the thrill of the Rocky Mountains of Utah and Montana. Darrah loves to travel and explore the world and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities especially camping, hiking, and cycling. Curiosity and adventure are the name of the game! Darrah recently moved to Missoula with her husband and golden retriever — she appreciates Missoula's diversity and its healthy vibe and feels privileged to call it home.
Jim joined Adventure Cycling at the end of 2004. With his family, he relocated to Missoula from Truckee, California, where he was president of the Sierra Business Council. Previously, he directed Greenbelt Alliance in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a senior legislative assistant in Washington, DC for Senator Tim Wirth. Jim was drawn to Adventure Cycling because of his major enthusiasm for cycling and self-propelled transportation. Jim serves on the board of America Bikes , is a founding member of the Bike/Walk Alliance for Missoula, and served on the boards of Amnesty International USA and the Ginetta Sagan Fund for the Rights of Women and Children.
John started at Adventure Cycling as the web developer during May of 2006 after spending 7½ years at a local Missoula software development company. He is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but moved to Missoula in 1993 to attend the University of Montana and enjoy the Montana outdoors. John likes to spend his free time with his wife Kim and hiking with their two dogs Jema and Tasha. John and Kim both also enjoy playing in the local ice hockey leagues for fun and exercise.
Greg co-founded Bikecentennial in 1973 while on Hemistour, a bike trip from Alaska to Argentina. Greg has had many duties during the past 30 years, with the main ones being art director for the magazine and historian for the organization. He also photographs many of the cyclists who visit the headquarters in the summer, separates the recycling generated by the office once a month, and peppers the staff with jokes throughout the day. Greg commutes to work everyday by bicycle and is proud of the fact that he started bicycle commuting in 1957 when he entered the seventh grade.
Saara joined the Adventure Cycling staff in the fall of 2013, after working as a volunteer on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. She has been a bike commuter all her life and bicycle advocacy has long been one of her passions. She came to Missoula in 2006 to attend the University of Montana and graduated with a bachelor’s in Environmental Studies. She has a serious case of the travel bug and plans to explore the world bit by bit on her bike, while pursuing her obsession with photography.
Sheila joined Adventure Cycling Association in 2001 as the Controller and in 2009 moved to Chief Operations Officer. She previously worked at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. She received both her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Master’s in Accounting from the University of Montana. She spends her free time with her husband Ron, daughter Erin, and son Dylan. She enjoys going to bluegrass festivals and hockey games, as well as baking and reading.
Rachel joined Adventure Cycling in August 2011 after four years of working (and playing) as a graphic designer in Jackson, Wyoming. Growing up in Texas, she was raised to appreciate good music, good food and great adventures. When not in front of a computer screen, Rachel enjoys cycling, skiing, climbing, live music, and nachos.
Ginny is a Montana native that rode horses more often than bicycles growing up. All that changed when she moved to the big city of Missoula in 1989. Joining the team in 2005, Ginny coordinates the U.S. Bicycle Route System and has her hands in any number of things related to making bicycle travel more accessible and fun. Ginny's previous work experience was in event and program management, health and fitness promotion, and disease prevention. When not talking on the phone or madly communicating with scores of volunteers via email, Ginny likes to head outside for some biking, hiking, skiing, or skating.
Nathan has been in Montana since 1998, and now has the privilege of raising his son Aden here with his wife Christa. A native of coastal Maine, he had found himself employed throughout the country as, among other things, a Christmas tree harvester, a sushi chef, and a lobsterman before settling in Missoula and earning a BS in Geosciences from UM. When he is not attempting to corral a rambunctious 2 year-old, Nathan enjoys mountain running and thruhiking, and can often be found scampering up Mt. Sentinel with his border collie Camper.
Josh is a man of few words, whose mission is to inspire and empower himself to purchase a new bike each year.
Before coming to Missoula in early 2012, Melissa studied GIS at the University of Wyoming. After completing an M.S. degree, she biked cross-country from Los Angeles to Boston to promote cycling as transportation. This experience introduced her to bicycle touring and Adventure Cycling, both of which she quickly came to love. Three years later she was able to combine her career (GIS/mapping) with her passion (bicycle touring) by joining the Routes & Mapping crew at Adventure Cycling. When not at work, Melissa can be found biking, hiking, gardening, traveling, and enjoying music.
Top photo by Tom Robertson