Renee Wheelock; Tour Director While I love the road bike, my true passion is mountain biking and I cherish weekend get-a-ways into the mountains, to enjoy Colorado’s playground. I’m from ‘all over’, but I’m happy to call this wonderful state home. I’m grateful for a job that affords me an opportunity to spend time on my bike, help others get on their bike, surrounds me with interesting people and allows me to explore Colorado from the Rocky Mountains to the High Plains. I look forward to celebrating 6 years of Pedal The Plains with 1,000+ of my closest friends this September. Enjoy the ride!
Bill Almquist; Community Relations Manager Though not a “native,” Colorado has felt like home to me since I first visited at the age of 7. I’m excited to embark on this fun adventure called Pedal The Plains, and I’m excited to work with all of the individuals and communities that make it happen. In these divisive times, it’s amazing how something like a bike tour can help bring folks together to celebrate the natural and cultural beauty that we are so lucky to have right here in our own backyard. I look forward to seeing you pedaling the Plains (or perhaps riding the Rockies) real soon!
Liz Brown; Event Coordinator
I’m a Colorado native, no plans on leaving and I can’t get enough of this state. I appreciate snowboarding in June (thank you Arapahoe Basin) and riding my bike in January, vice versa when I’m feeling adventurous.
This past fall I spent a month venturing through Canada and the Northwest region of the US on a solo road trip. I explored 6 national parks, hiked nearly 100 miles, became close companions with a pair of hiking boots, drove 4,700 miles and thankfully never needed to use my bear spray.
One of the best parts of this gig is each year getting to visit new areas of Colorado. Whether in good company or on my own, I hope to never stop adventuring through the Eastern Plains and Rocky Mountains. Tolkien pretty much summed it up with, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost.”
Suzi Jolly; Tour Assistant After spending 6 weeks on a Grand American Road Trip- driving through the PNW rainforest, camping on the beach in Oregon, hiking through Arches and Zion National Parks, and visiting friends and family in Colorado – I officially fell for the West. I quickly moved to Colorado for the great access to skiing, hiking, camping, and all the outdoor activities a gal could dream of. An unexpected perk of my road trip was falling into the world of cycling. I recently worked for the Amgen Tour of California, USA Pro Challenge, and the Tour of Utah (twice)! I love the camaraderie, teamwork, and FUN that surrounds the cycling industry, and I am very excited to be involved with Ride the Rockies and Pedal the Plains this year.