Michelle’s journey with biking began as a kid riding a neon green BMX bike around the neighborhood, later using it as a means of commuting to tennis practice during her teen years. The long way home from practice provided her first taste of the freedom and fun a bike can offer. Michelle rediscovered the joy of recreational cycling in 2020 when she joined the Gravel Scouts, exploring longer rides and gravel adventures.
What sets Michelle apart in the biking world is her unique blend of passion for biking’s physical and mental benefits. In her professional life, she conducts research at the University of Iowa, exploring how physical exercise, like biking, contributes to a healthier brain as we age.
“I love biking for my heart, brain, and the smiles! I ride for fitness and at the same time love the smiles of pure joy that come from getting on a bike at any age.”
Michelle’s dedication to active living at any age extends to the community as she is working to establish a Cycling Without Age program in Iowa City. Cycling Without Age is part of a global movement which aims to reduce social isolation and promote physical and mental health by bringing the joy of cycling to seniors, adults, and youth who are unable to bike independently. Utilizing uniquely designed e-trishaw bikes, trained volunteers are paired with one or two passengers for safe outdoor adventures, conversations, and new relationships.
Favorite place to ride in Bike Iowa City
Woodpecker and Clear Creek Trails in Coralville
Favorite cycling event in Bike Iowa City
Bike Library’s Farm Cycle.
You're ready for some grub after a ride. Where will we find you?
Big Grove in Iowa City