Hey! I’m Justin. As a new transplant to Iowa City from Colorful Colorado, I knew that my cycling adventures would change. However, the sheer amount of gravel accessible right out your front door hands down beats out Colorado. Whether exploring Amish country to the Southwest, or exploring the state parks and nature preserves that litter the area, there is boundless adventure to be had, especially if it involves peanut butter mud and B-roads!
I lived in the Front Range of Colorado for the past few years where the cycling culture can be….intense. It’s not everyday you go for your normal loop and get passed my professional teams. Unfortunately, that type of cycling culture can feel exclusive, pretentious and overall not welcome if you’re not on a very expensive bicycle, super thin, and of certain class. I worked at Community Cycles in Boulder, Colorado, a non-profit bike repair shop and found my passion in cycling: to help everyone get on bicycles and enjoy them for what they provide whether it be exercise, mental health relief, a way to connect with nature and with others. My aim is to making cycling an inclusive community where all are welcome and seen.