Bicycle Travel Video Contest Judges
Karen Brooks is the editor of Bicycle Times magazine, and has filled a few different roles at Rotating Mass Media, which publishes Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines, over the course of ten years. In that time, she's had the opportunity to participate in many bicycle adventures and call it work. "I feel particularly lucky to get to come along on an Adventure Cycling tour of the Florida Keys this January," Karen says. "I will prepare with as many cold and snowy bike commutes to the office as I can stand."
Doug Davis is executive director of the Bike Town USA® Initiative, a role in which he helps oversee and promote the infrastructure development and branding of cycling in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. An explorer at heart, Doug has traveled the globe to photograph and film environmental issues and the sporting life. His most recent project, a a highlights video of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route produced for Adventure Cycling Association, features footage from his trip along the route. A portfolio of Doug's work may be viewed at www.dougdavisphoto.com.
Mike Dion created the film Ride the Divide, which won Best Adventure Film at the Vail Film Festival, has played on screens across the country, and can currently be found on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, and The Documentary Channel. He recently shot and produced the award-winning film Where the Yellowstone Goes with filmmaking partner Hunter Weeks. Mike has been producing and directing content for nearly 20 years, holding top-level creative positions at Starz Entertainment and The Hallmark Channel. He also spent many years with independent production companies and working on feature films including Far and Away, A River Runs Through It, and Dante’s Peak.
Ryan van Duzer
Ryan Van Duzer is an adventure filmmaker based out of Boulder, Colorado, who says he is usually riding around with a burrito in one hand and camera in the other. He first gained a love for bicycle touring when he rode his bike home to Boulder after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. Since then, he's ridden across the U.S. twice and down both the East Coast and West Coast. Ryan doesn't drive a car (though he admits to finally getting a license at age 32 as a requirement for a job), and he continually promotes cycling with many local and national bicycle advocacy groups. Ryan's goal is to inspire people to get off their couches and enjoy this beautiful world. His videos may be found at www.duzertv.com.
Friedel Grant launched into bicycle travel on a tour around the world with her husband, Andrew. The couple, who describe themselves as "two Canadians who love travelling by bicycle," pedaled 48,000 kilometers through 30 countries before settling down to ride bikes in The Netherlands. Friedel writes about bike touring on her website, Travelling Two, has published the Bike Touring Survival Guide, and wrote a chapter for the Adventure Cycle-Touring Handbook.
Ryan McAfee and Michelle Cassel
Michelle and Ryan are the creators of America ByCycle, a web series about the places they go and the people they meet while bicycle touring. Michelle and Ryan shoot, produce, direct, and edit all of their video content while they're touring, and they've produced several how-to videos for Adventure Cycling, including "How to Pack Your Panniers," "How to Read Adventure Cycling's Maps," and "How to Prepare for a Long Distance Bike Tour." The focus of America ByCycle is to educate, entertain, and inspire others to travel and experience their world on bicycles.
While pedaling through Montana on a cross-country tour in 1974, Mac learned of a grassroots movement based in Missoula called Bikecentennial (which became Adventure Cycling Association). One thing led to another, and since 1976 he has been working for the organization, where he currently serves as media specialist. Among his many other titles: tours coordinator, routes and mapping director, assistant director, and national coordinator of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. 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. He is also a magazine editor and freelance writer.
Mike "Kid" Riemer
Mike Riemer was born and raised in Seoul, Korea, where his parents served as missionaries for 43 years. Besides the countless adventures he and his family had there, they also traveled within Asia often, experiencing life and people in other places. "I can never repay my parents for the tremendous learning opportunities that resulted from how they raised me," Mike says. "It made me who I am today. My parents are both great storytellers, and it is something that I very much enjoy as well." That ability, he says, served him well as a newspaper photographer, then as a freelance journalist, and now as the marketing manager for Salsa Cycles. "I enjoy strong visuals and a good story," Mike says. "To me, that is really what a good video is, and when it works, it can inspire others to open themselves up to new possibilities. When people decide to take that risk, they can reap incredible rewards and live richer lives."