Bike Utah Staff

 
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Crys Lee

Executive Director

Favorite style of riding:

Anywhere I can get on my road bike.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Biking has been a way to connect. My solo bike rides can be a type of meditation as I take time to clear my head and connect my mind and body. I have also connected to people while riding. Some of my best friends were made while riding a bike.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Together with cities and communities, we are working to build more family-friendly paths, trails, and bike lanes and educating the next generation of riders who will be using those resources.

What about bicycling excites you most?

I love the strength and confidence riding a bike can give people and the feeling of community as people are outside exercising and interacting. Biking is our future here in Utah and I am grateful to be a part of building that future to create healthier and more connected communities.

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Jackie Baker

Community Relations Director

Favorite style of riding:

I love long rides on dirt.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Riding provides a unique perspective of my community, the environment, and the world. Bikes literally and figuratively take us places we would never go otherwise.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

If I can encourage more people to ride more often, our communities will be more livable, our commutes more enjoyable, and our air more breathable.

A place in Utah you haven't ridden yet but really want to:

I’d like to explore the Bears Ears area. I also need to spend more time in the Uinta Mountains.

What was your biggest cycling adventure?

I traveled to Kyrgyzstan in August 2018 and attempted to race the Silk Road Mountain Race. “Attempted” is the important word!

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Chris Wiltsie

1,000 Miles Program Director

Favorite style of riding:

Urban

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It forces me to slow down and take in my surroundings. It also turns transportation into a more meaningful experience by affording me exercise and quality family time.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

I work to get bicycle infrastructure built throughout throughout the state.

What about bicycling excites you most?

I love that a focus on bicycling can become a panacea for so many modern problems: obesity, vehicle congestion, unsafe roads, well-being, etc.

Favorite bike you've ever owned:

Larry vs. Harry Bullitt. It allows me to ride with my child and dog on the bike with me. My wife also rides with me more because it slows me down (it weighs up to 100 lbs when fully loaded).

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Jace Burbidge

Youth Program Manager

Favorite style of riding:

Commuting and exploring.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Bicycling has been a catalyst for so much for me. From the connections bikes foster when meeting someone at a stoplight to the community support they build when advocating for everyone's right to get around. Bikes are rad!

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

By putting kids on bikes whenever possible. Kids are the future and I hope the future is into bikes.

What about bicycling excites you most?

Accessibility! I love it when more folks have the opportunity to ride. Breaking down barriers like fear of the road and financial accessibility and sometimes just supporting someone with the patience and care to find their own balance makes me so happy!

A place in Utah you haven't ridden yet but really want to:

I would really like to ride all the way around the Great Salt Lake through the West Desert. It seems so big and dreamy out there.

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Lulu Avila

Youth Program Coordinator

What is your favorite style of riding?

Mountain Biking

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Bicycling has transformed my life and introduced me to the most incredible places and people. I’ve never run out of happiness on my bike; I like to think I get by with a little help from my bike.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

In a perfect world all children would have access to bikes regardless of socio economic backgrounds, race or ethnicity. My hope is that through my work I can make a difference; whether that be bicycle youth programs, volunteering for different bicycle non profits, or just wrenching on bikes for the next kids bike giveaway.

What was your biggest adventure on a bike?

My biggest adventure thus far has been my solo bike packing trip through Monte Cristo, Utah. The whether was perfect, my dog was by my side, and my bike was rolling!

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Tegan Feudale

Communications Coordinator

What is your favorite style of riding?

Mountain Biking

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Biking keeps me fit, gets me anywhere I want to go, and helps reduce my carbon footprint.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

By supporting organizations that are working on the trails and infrastructure that I use daily.

Favorite bike you've ever owned:

My Norco Range, it was custom painted for me and is hands down the most fun mountain bike I've ever had.

What was your biggest cycling adventure?

I bike toured through the Baja for a little over three weeks, it was a great adventure!