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I grew up in a very small town in western Minnesota, a place I was eager to leave, but where my roots run deep – roots I wouldn’t give up for anything in the world. Shortly after I turned 18, I gave up my little town without a traffic light and moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota. Minneapolis has a LOT of traffic lights. I bounced my way through university with big plans. I always knew EXACTLY what I wanted to be when I grew up. Unfortunately, that exact thing changed about every two weeks. I ultimately found a course of study that I loved in Communication Studies, a degree that I graduated with in 2003. I moved away from campus, but I will always be a Gopher; my blood runs maroon and gold.

After graduating in 2003, I found myself working a job that I didn’t like. In fact, I hated it. I was never happy, and life is too short not to be happy, so I walked away from a well defined career path and got a job at a bike shop. It didn’t take long to stir up the memories of riding my little, red, garage sale BMX bike on the dirt roads to my friends’ houses, of forging a trail through the Superior National Forest on a beat down and eventually broken in half Huffy “Mountain Storm,” of racing my Specialized Rockhopper at Lutsen Mountains. I rediscovered my passion for bikes, and followed it to the most incredible job a 20-something single guy could ask for.

I’ve spent the past several years traveling, working with Trek Travel, riding my bike on the most amazing trails and roads in the world. I’ve stood on the side of the roads cheering at the Tour de France. I’ve sipped Chianti while staring at a Tuscan sunset. I’ve ridden mountain bikes with some of the sport’s top professionals. I love what I do, and I love to share my experiences, through words or photographs. I travel so I have more stories to tell, and I’m always looking for new ways to share them.

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