Loren was born in rural Southern Oregon and learned to ride a bike on the dirt roads, irrigation ditches and driveways of the Siskiyou Cascades. He’s been exploring the world (and himself) on a bike longer than he can remember. He started his career in teaching alternative education in high school setting and then did advocacy and development work at the community college level before the siren song of cycling lured him back into the Outdoor Industry. After 8 years in Whitefish, Montana, he swapped borders for the small town of Patagonia, AZ. His days of breathing fire and focusing on bike racing are (almost) behind him, and he’s fallen in love with big days exploring rarely traveled paths and bikepacking. He says Bikepacking Roots represents a unique confluence of his own passions, values and approach to riding and is excited to serve the board and advance the cause.