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.
Levi’s been drawing pictures since he could hold a marker, an obsession that led him to a BFA in Design from Montana State University in 2014. During college he grew an interest in two expensive and dangerous hobbies: cycling and woodworking. After living and working in Bozeman for over two years after school, he found a spectacular career at Adventure Cycling in the Design & Media Department. When not in the office, he’d prefer to be with his wife Sally, illustrating something worthwhile, or riding one of his bikes.
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!
Maxton, originally from North Carolina, lived in over a dozen locales across the country before settling in Montana in November 2015. After strictly commuting by bicycle for 6 years, he decided to ride the TransAm and Oregon coast in the summer of 2015 where he discovered his love for long distance touring and the magic that comes along with it. Max met his partner Julia on the TransAm and they now have a son who was born in Missoula. Their family loves to host touring cyclists who are on the road at their home. Maxton has a passion for photography, gardening, and bluegrass music.
After working in libraries and museums in and around Chicago for sixteen years, Laurie was ready for a change. Not sure what the next step was, she decided to get rid of a majority of her belongings and bicycle across the country along the TransAmerica Trail the summer of 2015. After ending the tour in Astoria, she decided to return to Montana and settle in Missoula. Born and raised among the flat cornfields of North Central Illinois, it’s taking a bit of time and patience to learn to climb mountains, but Missoula is finally starting to feel like home. In addition to bike touring and camping, Laurie is passionate about architecture, local history, and traveling to new places in search of those things.
Laura joined Adventure Cycling in 2017 after eight years of working in bike tourism. Laura and her partner Russ founded The Path Less Pedaled after a fateful decision to sell everything and travel by bike. The subsequent three years on the road taught them about the kindness of strangers and the ways in which cycling can positively impact small and rural communities. A native Oregonian, Laura loves riding gravel roads through wide-open country and fly-fishing small rivers.
April started working at Adventure Cycling in the spring of 2015, after using their maps and the mantra "keep the ocean on your right" to navigate down the Pacific Coast on a solo tour. She hails from the sagebrush country of southwest Montana. Her first bike was a single-speed, banana-seat called The Pink Angel. She likes long walks on the beach and … wait, that’s for a different online profile.
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.
A Montana native, Mikayla is a student at the University of Montana studying communication with a business minor. In her free time she likes to ride her bike with no handle bars ... no handle bars.
Eva Dunn-Froebig came to Missoula to complete her master's degree in journalism at the University of Montana in 2000. Since then she has worked for the Missoula Art Museum and Run Wild Missoula, and volunteered for La Leche League of Missoula. She is a member of the Bike Walk Alliance of Missoula board of directors and a bicycle commuter. When Eva is not working or spending time with her family, she likes to escape to Missoula's North Hills to run with her dog Tipson.
Paul originally grew up in Chicago, Illinois, but has spent the past seven year working for different bicycle touring companies around the country. His first bike tour was a Southern Transcontinental in 2011 and he has been hooked on bicycle travel ever since. He has been a part of five Transcontinental Rides since his first, and already met his goal to ride in all 50 states. Besides bike travel, Paul enjoys any activity in the outdoors, playing chess, and cooking as much as possible.
Jake grew up in Logan, Utah and spent time in Big Sky, Montana and Jackson Hole, Wyoming before attending school in Missoula, Montana. He studied finance at the University of Montana through 2017 and was a student employee for Adventure Cycling for more than half his time in school. He started out as a volunteer restocking bins used for guided tours. Next, he worked as a membership assistant through the university’s work-study program. In 2015 he became the accounting assistant and was married to his wife Amber in the same year. Jake officially became an employee with Adventure Cycling in 2017. Jake fell in love with long-distance bicycle travel after riding from Bozeman, Montana to Sacramento, California in 2006. Now Jake can be found cycling on the trails and logging roads surrounding Missoula.
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.
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.
Brink grew up in Helena, MT and loves to ride, run, ski, and hunt Montana's mountains. He worked on software at two Missoula companies and later worked in residential construction with big ideas about how to transform residential building practices. Brink did some bike racing stuff too, but he's over that now and prefers taking full advantage of being spoiled by Montana's oceans of public land on adventures with friends and family. Brink joined Adventure Cycling in spring 2015 and takes pride in helping to advance the mission of inspiring and empowering people to travel by bicycle.
Hailing from the great state of Maine, Mike joined Adventure Cycling in the fall of 2013 as a Tours Specialist. After a brief hiatus, he returned as the Tours Assistant Director and is excited about getting people out traveling by bike. Before moving to Missoula, Mike spent six years with Apogee Adventures, planning and leading hiking and biking tours for students, including co-leading two cross-country (Charleston, SC to San Diego, CA), self-contained bike tours. In his free time, Mike enjoys all things active and outside, trying to find a tall mountain to climb.
Amy grew up in Northern California and moved to Missoula in 2013 to fulfill a lifelong dream of living in Western Montana. She earned her master’s degree in Geography from UM in spring of 2015 and began working at Adventure Cycling in fall of 2015. Amy loves to spend the weekends in the mountains, exploring the beautiful wildness that Montana has to offer with her boyfriend Garin. When not escaping into the wilderness, Amy can be found biking around town, hanging out at the Top Hat, or snuggling up with a good book and her two precious cats, Sugar and Spice.
Born in the Yellowhammer state, Ally developed an affinity for magazine design in Alabama; she fell in love with bicycles in Texas. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design and Printmaking from The University of Alabama in 2014, she headed to Austin where the bike scene consumed her. There, Ally spent her weekends matching road mileage to the temperature (106 miles in 106° once) and weekdays commuting around the city. Now she prefers to stick to dirt, rambling around the backcountry. Ally began her dream job at Adventure Cycling in 2017 after experiencing a series of truly transformative bike tours.
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.
Lisa joined Adventure Cycling in November 2014, bringing with her 24 years of experience to provide strategic and creative leadership for internal and external communications. Previously, as creative director at Catalyst Communications in Boulder, CO, she helped retailers and manufactures gain a foothold in the outdoor industry and provide support to cycling advocacy. Her work with Bikes Belong forged her advocacy for sharing the road and the importance of developing safe routes to school and bike trails. Lisa’s life-long love of cycling has pervaded all sectors of her life. She strives to inspire and educate people on the virtues of adopting a bike as their main mode of transportation. Contact: E-mail | LinkedIn | Instagram
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.
Jim, a recent Missoula transplant by way of New Mexico, was raised in Southern California. Having lived all over the U.S. working for various publishing and design firms, Jim and his wife Jeanne have found Missoula to be a place to finally call home. “Having grown up biking in the mountains outside of Los Angeles, I can only say this town is certifiably bike crazy. We’re looking forward to exploring all the trails and back roads."
Originally from the Twin Cities, Dan studied German in Duluth, worked as a mechanic in the Marine Corps for five years, and studied creative writing at Columbia University. He finally moved to Missoula in 2013 for graduate school and stayed because, well, duh. He first caught the mountain biking bug in Minnesota and has lately been considering cycling of the paved variety. If there’s snow in the mountains, you’ll likely find Dan out there with his snowboard. If the snow has melted, he’ll be on his mountain bike.
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.
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.
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.
Jamie joined the Adventure Cycling staff in the spring of 2015. In 2007 he earned a BA from The University of Montana in Cartography/GIS and has been making maps nonstop since then. He has been bike commuting all of his life and looks forward to learning the ropes of bike touring. When not tinkering with maps and computers he can be found hiking and boating around Montana and Idaho.
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.
A native Missoulian and UM graduate, Mad Max has spent the majority of his life astride a bicycle. Though most folks see the bicycle as a means of transportation, young Max saw it as a way to get airborne. With childhood enthusiasm, he turned his poor parents’ yard into an obstacle course of elevated wooden skinnies and large dirt jumps. Before he was old enough to be legally employed, Max moonlighted at a local bike shop, using his meager profits to purchase bigger suspension products. A member of the ironically named “Safety Team,” Max continued to hone his airborne antics into adulthood. Max followed up a decade in bike shops with a brief career as the finance director for a car dealership, which bolstered his bike collection and professional resume. He has since broadened his bicycle endeavors to include cyclocross and touring, though you're sure to find him aboard a downhill bike on the weekends. He levels out all the adrenaline with rafting, fishing, hunting, backpacking, brewery hopping, hiking, cooking, and pontificating Middle Eastern history, terrorism, and contemporary politics.
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.
A life-long midwesterner by way of Chicago, Annette is thrilled to be tucked away in the mountains of Western Montana. She has been fundraising for cycling and transportation advocacy groups for more than ten years. Her fondness for riding in extreme weather conditions led her to complete a solo tour of the Natchez Trace Parkway during a sweaty July, where she subsisted on peanut butter, banana & honey sandwiches, and fried chicken. Annette adores all things off-road cycling, especially long, vicious gravel races. She is on a quest to craft the perfect homemade energy ball, and enjoys good coffee, good beer, and good jazz records.
Alex visited Montana for the first time when he was nine years old and pretty much began counting down the days until he could leave Memphis, Tennessee, for Big Sky Country. A graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism, he edited a pair of weekly newspapers in Montana and worked in marketing/public relations in the cycling and outdoor industries in Utah before joining Adventure Cycling. Alex is a mountain biker recently (and perhaps dangerously) less afraid of catching air, a relapsing runner, and a BBQ snob. When he’s not working on Adventure Cyclist, he and his wife, Keriann, are trying to stay one step ahead of their wily corgi, Huck.
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.
Josh joined the Adventure Cycling team in 2007 working as a database assistant. He quit his job in the spring of 2012 to ride from Fairbanks, Alaska to Mexico with his fiance (now wife), but was able to weasle his way back into the organization later that same year as the membership coordinator. Between bicycle touring and racing, Josh has pedaled throughout much of the US, Canada, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Spain, and Italy. He loves sharing his experiences with others, as well as hearing stories from other cyclists.
Nathan has been in Montana since 1998, and now has the privilege of raising his sons Aden and Bay 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 rambunctious boys, Nathan enjoys going up mountains.
Emma joined Adventure Cycling in August 2015. After falling in love with bike commuting in Washington, DC, she started leading women’s social rides and did a bike overnight with a friend. That’s when her passion for cycling transformed into a passion for bicycle travel. Her first official bike tour was RAGBRAI XVIII and she looks forward to helping more cyclists achieve their bike touring goals.
Top photo by Tom Robertson