Meet Brian.

Brian grew up in rural NE Iowa, riding bikes on gravel roads around his family’s farm. Now he enjoys the Johnson County area. He likes being outdoors, watching the seasons change, riding through town, hanging out with different people, visiting local businesses, getting chased by dogs (when they don’t bite), watching cows run alongside him, and all the other adventures that cycling in the Iowa City area provides. Brian is a teacher at West High where he runs a secret bike “shop” with Steve Merkle to help get more youth on bikes. Together they fix up bikes and give them to students who need a new ride.

Brian does much of his cycling with his kids: Axel who is 11 and Lumen who is 9. They have been cycling for years already. In fact, Lumen did her first 50-mile ride when she was 6 years old. They ride mostly on trails, single track, and gravel. For the past two years, they have been riding with the Corridor Devo cyclocross team, which has turned into a big passion for them. Brian and his kids hope to continue exploring and riding in JoCo!

Favorite place to ride in Bike Iowa City

Woodpecker Trail in Coralville or any gravel road in Johnson County.

Favorite cycling event in Bike Iowa City

Jingle Cross. It’s like the Super Bowl, but with bikes.

You're ready for some grub after a ride. Where will we find you?

Big Grove in Iowa City is my favorite post-ride stop because it’s close to the gravel roads that I enjoy riding.

Bike organizations you're involved with

I am most involved with the Corridor Devo cyclocross team because both of my kids are a part of the team. They really love the sport.