Our Community Leader Program
P/C: Dillon Caldwell
we have invited special guest riders who exhibit prowess on the bike and exceptional leadership within their communities.
Our goal is to provide resources to those who have dedicated their time to bettering the lives of those around them through the bicycle so that they may have better access to our event.
We will be announcing riders throughout the coming weeks, so stay tuned as we continue to roll out the roster!
Meet Sarah Sturm! As we were creating this program, our goal was to bring together people who love riding bikes, but also put their communities first. Sarah is an athlete paving her own way to what it means to be a professional in the sport of cycling. She is as fierce of a competitor as she is a role model, working professional, and all around wonderful human.
In her own words, "I ride for the snacks, I ride to suffer, I ride to connect with both community and the land beneath me." Sounds like a perfect match for The Last Best Ride!
To get a feel for her absolutely awesome approach to riding a bike, Check out her feature episode with Wahoo Frontiers.
Follow her on Instagram: @sarah_Sturmy
Before Lentine Alexis became a classically trained chef, she spent 9 years as a professional endurance athlete traveling the world and finding unexpected ways to fuel her endeavors. It had never occurred to her that part and parcel to competing in the world arena in long course triathlon, ultramarathon running and adventure racing would be answering the call of a massive bowl of ramen or a slab of homemade chocolate cake. But this was precisely the discovery that she made about herself, and about the nutritional, psychological, and emotional needs of bodies pushing to be their best.
Over the past 15 years, she's sought to magnify that message with her work as a chef in the sport's nutrition/wellness industries. after spending time as an athlete for Luna Bar/Clif Bar and as the Culinary Director at Skratch Labs, she is presently a candidate for a M.A. in Ayurvedic medicine and develops recipes and menus for athletes at every level of sport from Olympic to every day. She is cooking fuel, but more importantly she hopes to cook up a bravery in her clients and colleagues that encourages them to hang up their fears of food and failure, and dive deeply into their athletic experience. Her debut cookbook, written for athletes and "other overachievers" is due out in fall of 2021 with Roost Books/Random House.
Say hello to Matthew Accarrino. Not only is Matt is an athlete with true grit, but he is also a renowned chef, who was 2014's Food & Wine Best New Chef, a four-time James Beard Foundation Award “Best Chef West” finalist and semifinalist, and whose San Francisco-based restaurant, SPQR, has earned a Michelin star every year since 2012.
He knows how to bring people together around the dining table, and is highly involved with his community on and off the bike as an ambassador for Outride, a non-profit whose mission is to bring the benefits of bikes to more people and children.
Hear Matt tell his own story of how he found cycling and cooking in his Bike Flights Roam feature video.
Say hi to Rosael Torres-Davis. This Puerto Rico native got introduced to cycling during her time in New York City, starting on the track at the beloved Kissena Velodrome, Then onto road racing at the CRCA RACING Central Park women's development series, and so on!
A former Fashion Designer and Milliner (!), Rosael collaborated with designer Lela Rose, and her work has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, online Vogue, and UK Tatler Magazine.
More recently, she works as a Social Media Manager, which allows her more time to ride bikes! And she is a member of king kog sun and air cycloross and mathletes race bikes, NYC- and Philly- based teams, Respectively, that give back to the community through W/T/F clinics, social rides, and more.
Now relocated to Philadelphia, she is discovering the wonders of mountain biking and the awesome trail systems and community the city has to offer.
Did we mention that she is a kick-ass baker too? Follow her on Instagram @ms.fahrenheit27 to see her latest bakes!
We Welcome Community Leader Janel Spilker, a former pro road cyclist with a record of palmares that puts her up there with the heavy hitters. These include the 2011 NRC title, wins at the Cascade Classic and Joe Martin Stage Race, as well as incredible experience racing in Europe at the Giro Rosa, the World Championships, and more.
Now retired, Janel spends more time having fun off-road and managing her business, Janel Cycling, which focuses on cycling camps and coaching athletes of all levels. In her efforts to help more people fall in love with bikes, she works closely with Liv and Giant, and organizations such as The Network for Advancing Athletes (NAA) and COTA.
She has recently relocated to Bend, Oregon, which means more time on gravel and dirt aboard her Liv Devote & Pique 29!
Support Janel by following her on instagram @janelspilker and checking out her website, www.janelcycling.com
Krystal Salvent is a fitness badass who started cycling in 2018 when preparing for America’s Most Beautiful Ride, a 100-mile ride in and around Lake Tahoe, Nevada to help fund research for Leukemia and Lymphoma. That same year, she moved from New York City to Colorado in the chase of more cycling adventures, and we are so pleased that TLBR is on her list for 2021!
Ever since moving to Colorado, she has experienced some of the most exciting times on the bike, connecting with other athletes, who like her, are from disinvestment communities (Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks), who want to let everyone know that they TOO love to ride bikes.
Krystal truly believes that cycling can change people’s lives: “Bikes have allowed me to journey, adventure, and give back but also build a community.” This is why she is a co-leader with Black Girls Do Bikes-Denver helping promote cycling among a community of BIPOC women, femmes, and girls in Colorado. She is also an ambassador of OUTRIDE, a non-profit focused on providing evidence-based cycling interventions to improve social, emotional, and cognitive health in youth.
Lastly, when Krystal is not riding bikes, you can find her hiking, snowboarding and volunteering with the Chill Foundation, an organization focused on inspiring youth to overcome challenges using board sports
Please support Krystal and all of these wonderful Organizations By following them on Instagram:
Logging in the miles, getting more women & girls into tech, and more kids on bikes, are at the top of Karlene Edwards' everyday to-do list.
Karlene bought her first road bike in 2008 while living and practicing law in NYC. After a running injury, she turned to cycling as a way to de-stress from an all-consuming job. In 2014 after moving to San Diego, Karlene began riding more than ever, instantly falling in love with the sport and the community. In 2020 she logged over 8k miles, completed her first double century solo, and started exploring gravel riding, along with completing many RCC challenges like Compass challenge, Four Ways to Saddle Peak in one day (which she won) and the Rapha Festive 500.
For over two years, Karlene served as a board and committee member for Women in eDiscovery, an organization whose primary purpose is to educate and recruit women into the legal technology field. There she participated in several community outreach programs with high schools and community colleges and has also volunteered with San Diego Girls in Tech. As a result of this community involvement, Karlene was nominated for Mesa College's WBL Employer Champion Award.
Today Karlene serves as an Outride Ambassador, where she looks to introduce, influence, and encourage more women and girls to pick up cycling. Particularly those from low-income communities who may not have the means or opportunity to explore cycling.
Let's Ted King to our group of Community Leaders!
What can we say about Ted King that hasn't been said already? A New Englander through and through, Ted King's passion for bikes goes far beyond the horizon, always keeping us on our toes, not knowing what he will tackle next.
So yeah, Ted loves bikes, and after a ten-year professional cycling career, he dipped his toes into gravel and got sucked right in. Ted co-owns UnTapped Maple, a sports nutrition company based on the delicious merits of pure maple syrup. On the day-to-day, he is involved in cycling in various ways that go far beyond the occasional race or challenge.
Ted, along with his much better half, Laura (See below!), is co-founder of the gravel event, Rooted Vermont. He also hosts the King of the Ride podcast, creates popular YouTube videos, and coaches a handful of athletes, all with the goal of sharing the knowledge he's gained over his life on two wheels.
Perhaps most noteworthy, Ted helped create the King Challenge, an annual fundraising ride along New Hampshire's seacoast. That recently celebrated its tenth anniversary and reached the one million milestone for the Krempels Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury.
Give Ted and His Projects a Follow:
Photo Credit: Paul Reitano
Joining our Community Leaders is Laura King! Before sticking with dirt via mountain and gravel bikes, Laura raced triathlons of all distances for over a decade. Co-founder of Rooted Vermont, and with over ten years of experience working in the cycling industry, she is also a co-director of the popular gravel event.
Becoming a new mom in 2020 did not stop Laura (or her husband Ted [See Above]) from adventure-seeking; if anything, bringing little Hazel into the world has spiced up their lives! Starting with staying active late into her pregnancy, living that #vanlife with a newborn while traveling around the country, and balancing endurance training while breastfeeding. You can check out her stories about this ongoing journey Here.
Laura enjoys traveling the world as a family, fostering community, and encouraging the sport's growth.
Support and Follow Laura at:
The next round of Community Leaders comes in a set of two! Whitney and Zack Allison are founders of bike sports co., a company that offers biking expeditions and adventure travel experiences that welcomes all skill levels to Northern Colorado and beyond.
Whitney and Zack share over two decades of pro-level road and gravel racing between them, and Bike Sports is an inclusive avenue for them to bring you along for the ride and see the world as they see it.
Whitney is also a coach with Source Endurance and co-creator of Gravilla Feminina, the first-of-its-kind women's gravel camp. She has a knack for imparting bike wisdom to new female riders and recently started an inclusion scholarship for her other cycling camp endeavors.
Both Whitney and Zack will be racing the Big Horn Sheep course to maximize the fun and allow time for introspection. To her, time alone on the bike while surrounded by nature can be one of life's greatest pleasures, and we agree!
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Land Use Statement
We are in the process of submitting our event proposal to the anticipated relevant cooperating landowning entities. Full race courses will be Finalized and revealed upon proposal approval from said cooperating landowning entities.