Meet Kendra

Growing up in North Liberty, Kendra spent summers on two wheels, riding to her best friend’s house, biking to her father’s work at the University of Iowa Oakdale Campus, and riding to Iowa City to check out record stores and see movies. However, that passion for cycling subsided from 2005–2022, until she took up cycling once again in early 2022. Since then, she’s never looked back, and has logged over 1,000 miles in 2022 and has participated in three gravel cycling events.

As a transgender individual, Kendra is unique in the biking world and uses her creative talents to share her experience with group rides, events, and promote cycling in Iowa. As Kendra “Aspire” Dolezal, she has found love and freedom in cycling.

“The name “Aspire” comes from wanting to rise high, and achieve new goals. But Aspire isn’t totally about me, it’s also to inspire others along my way.” 

Kendra has loved exploring the growing trail system in the area, which allows for safe and enjoyable cycling experiences. You can find Kendra on the many different group rides in the corridor. “We are blessed to have so many great cycling groups and I love getting out and meeting new friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery we call home.”

Favorite place to ride in Bike Iowa City

My favorite place to bike would be the Clear Creek trail! It’s peaceful and beautiful all along the trail. I love getting on the trail just West of Tiffin and riding into Coralville. And i’ll be very excited to see the trail finally getting connected after the I-380/I-80 interchange is completed! And, further down the road, i’m looking forward to having the trail connected to Kent Park.

Favorite cycling event in Bike Iowa City

My favorite bike event is CORE4! Since returning to cycling, I’ve found a love for gravel riding/racing and maybe some local single track.

Bike organizations you're involved with

The group I love the most so far is the Iowa City Bike Library. I love what they offer the community and how accepting they are.