Zoey (she/her, Winthrop, WA) developed a strong aversion to biking as a child as she was dragged on a tag-a-long behind her parents on the White Rim and on a variety of other heinous family biking adventures. After swearing off the stuff in her youth, Zoey began a cautious re-exploration of mountain biking as an adult, which unexpectedly turned into a love for two wheeled adventure. Her bikepacking story began with strapping homemade bags to an old school 90’s Fuji Tahoe and heading into the mountains of Idaho. It evolved into strapping much improved homemade bags to the same bike and touring a loop of the Western Wildlands and the Great Divide Mountain Bike routes in 2023. Post loop, Zoey relocated from Salt Lake City to the North-Central region of Washington. She hopes to dive deep into the existing community in her new home, and contribute to the creation and expansion of an open, inclusive group of excited biker people!
Tayo Basquiat (he/him, Rio Rancho, NM). I cut my bikepacking teeth on the gravel/dirt roads and winds of North Dakota. I dig the rhythms, pace, solitude, and challenges of bikepacking. When I’ve met other bikepackers on my travels, the connection is often immediate and deep, as if we’ve been friends for years. Happily ensconced now on my little off-grid hacienda in the high desert, I’m excited to help other peeps enjoy the bikepacking experience and to help build this community. Down with cars, up with bikes!
Mick (he/him, Big Spring, TX) is co-founder Trail Warrior, a 501c3 non-profit providing guided Veteran expeditions in the form of adventure cycling and bikepacking trips. “While living near Reno/Tahoe and then Boise for years, I loved to take opportunities to go explore local trails by bike. I personally discovered bikepacking in 2014 and have never looked back. I’m either on a ride, telling stories about the last one, or planning the next one. Sharing the adventure of exploration by bike with those who served our country is a great way to give back.”
Matt McCourtney (he/him, Johnsville, CA) is an adventure enthusiast. From quick backyard blasts to deep dives into multi-day human powered travel, each adventures seems to inspire the next. With a background in cycling, commercial photography and backcountry fly-fishing guiding, Matt truly enjoys emerging himself in wild places and getting off the beaten track. If he is not in the backcountry, you can bet he is dreaming of his next adventure that will get him right back out there again. See you out in the wild…
Matt (he/him, Las Cruces, NM) has always sought out the wild and natural spaces in the world and encouraged others to do the same. His passion for sharing the outdoors started by leading the neighborhood kids off the playground and into the creeks of southern Iowa. After college, the kids and creeks got bigger as he lead volunteer groups into the Grand Canyon to remove invasive plant species. Currently residing in southern New Mexico, he created the Monumental Loop and a series of group rides designed to connect locals to the newly established Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument.
(he/him) I am a proud husband, father to two young children, and an active member of the Carbondale, Colorado community. I went on my first bikepacking tour in 2019 and was immediately hooked. Since then, I have explored many published and unpublished multi-day routes in the Rocky Mountains and desert southwest. The Colorado Trail is my favorite so far. In 2022, at the youthful age of 47, I discovered my passion for ultra-endurance bikepack racing, which I have pursued wholeheartedly ever since. Friendships, inspiration, and lessons learned from others along the way have had a seismic impact on my life. I often write about these experiences at my personal blog site mofogo.org. I am currently documenting a number of routes in Northwest Colorado that I hope to publish in the near future. My family is also in the midst of planning our first bikepacking adventure, together as a whole. We look forward to learning and growing alongside many new friends.
(She/her; Erie, PA) I have been cycling more seriously for the last five year and have fallen deeply in love with single speeding, ultra endurance racing, riding and bikepacking. I have been creating routes over the past few years as a way to explore new places and am excited to get to share more of what makes Pennsylvania a beautiful place to ride and enjoy. I primarily explore the western and central parts of the state and co-maintain a community cycling group called the Hellbenders Adventure Collective, encouraging women and non-binary cyclists to explore new types of cycling and new routes to enjoy.
Originally from Colorado, Laura Kelly (she/her, Yorktown Heights, NY) planned her first bikepacking trip with a friend to a campground at a state park in 2016. The trip was transformative, and she’s probably explored more of the Northeast by bike than by car. Laura honed her skills by tagging along with more-experienced bikepacking friends, and enjoys helping others find what works best for them. Her bikepacking philosophy is to be safe, eat snacks, take photos, and have fun. When she’s not out bikepacking or working, you can find Laura spending time with her family and dogs.
Kyle (he/him, Los Angeles, CA) found cycling in grad school at UC Davis, where is it often said there are more bikes than students. After moving to Los Angeles, he started riding the many fire roads through LA’s mountain ranges. Cycling became his primary hobby and way to connect with other people and with nature. Kyle is passionate about getting more people on bikes, and more bikes loaded up with bags to go camping.
I started the Missouri Bikepacking Facebook Group in May 2022, shortly after my first multi-day bikepacking trip on the Katy Trail.
I am a US Army Reserve Veteran. I deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I met my wife in the Army, and we have two sons that are 7 and 9.
I raced BMX when I was younger, and I sent my BMX bike to Iraq and Afghanistan to get around base.
I feel more comfortable on a mountain bike, but will often hop on my gravel bike when our local trail conditions are poor.
I love creating new routes, exploring new areas, and I am anxious to get more local group rides and events together.