John has been active in the Iowa City cycling scene for over 10 years now and has loved witnessing firsthand how the cycling opportunities have evolved. “The development of the Woodpecker Trails and Creekside Park, the connection of the trails system throughout the area, and the growth of the Bike Library to name just a few. I also love how more people in the community have started riding, how businesses have tapped into this activity to promote events, and how the community has supported the development of cycling in general.”
John’s actively involved in the local cycling community, racing for the Goosetown Racing Club (and serving as their social media manager), and co-organizing the Drop In Road Ride that meets weekly on Thursdays. Additionally, John uses his skills as a professional visual artist to highlight different sections of the Woodpecker Trails along Clear Creek in some of his drawings and paintings. You can see John’s Work at the Iowa Artisans Gallery in Iowa City.
As a Bike Iowa City Ambassador John is looking forward to spotlighting the local races and events people can get plugged into. “Signing up for an event can be intimidating. Most people don’t realize that they can often compete without a lot of experience. I would like to help people feel more confident about jumping in and giving it a try. Most races or events have a place for all skill levels and it really boosted my confidence once I got started.”
Favorite place to ride in Bike Iowa City
The Woodpecker trails in Coralville. I always feel good when riding there whether it’s in the summer or in the snow. It’s in the middle of town but it feels like the middle of nowhere in the best sense of the word.