Some of my favorite memories as a child were of riding my yellow Schwinn 10 speed on dirt paths and through the woods with a few of my friends. Who knew that 40 years later, I would still be doing the same thing!
I started mountain and road biking in 1989. Like many, my cycling got put on the back burner while family, kids and work took priority. In 2017, I got my first experience with gravel. This local event had stream crossings, dirt, sand, mud, singletrack, double track, steep hills, rocks, roots with minimal pavement. It verged on the ridiculous and I was hooked! Since then, I have ridden thousands of gravel miles. I have ridden a few of the organized events like Rasputitsa and Rooted in Vermont, but my favorite rides are local adventures with friends, food and laughter.
Rhode Island is a unique state to ride in. Within a 30-mile radius, you can put together a rural route in nature that includes beaches, the woods, farms, and covered bridges, but being such a small state, you are never far from urban areas.
In addition to gravel, I love getting people on bikes. I volunteer with a local chapter of Cycling without Age, NEMBA (New England Mountain Bike Association) and a youth mountain bike team. I enjoy riding with people at all different levels of fitness and experience. I enjoy creating routes of different distances and difficulty so everyone can enjoy time on their bikes.