My name is Scot Stucky (also known as the Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge Team). I am married to an amazing lady (Alex) and I currently sit in a cubical with windows, a view of some really nice storage containers, the hum of the HVAC systems and the tick-tak of other cubical people typing away on their cubical keyboards. So I got that going for me… Which is pretty sweet!
So to combat the harmful effects of life in a cubical, I try to turn the pedals as much as I can. Well, either that, or sit on the couch. Either one is good. But more the bike riding one.
I starting biking at a young age and never stopped… it was a freeing experience and a way to see the world when I was 10. I could totally ride to my friends house which was like 2 miles away!!! (the world is pretty small when you’re 10). I started racing mtn bikes when I was 15 and it just kept going from there. Although, until this past year, the winters were a time more for sitting on the couch than for riding… but I later found out it has a wholly different effect than a bike seat. Especially when the beer teams up with the couch… Who knew??
So I decided to trade the couch (and the warm car for that matter) for the bike during the winter and see if I could keep the wheels spinning year round. I think we’ll chalk this one up as a success!!
Some strenuous activity nicely paired with extreme sedentary behavior later
Makes You Growl:
Cyclists who think the regular laws don’t apply to them!
Gosh, this is tough. Who am I really? During the work week, I’m an IT Project Management for NOAA. And it’s pretty fun. The rest of the time I like to spend time with family and friends doing oh.. gee.. lots of stuff.
When I was 10, Grandpa Andersen bought me my first “big girl” bike and even put a giant speedometer on it. What big doors he opened for me with that bike. Transportation to friends houses, school and work; a way to see wildlife, to learn about balance, the list goes on. As a grown up (well, sort of) cycling still does those things for me and more.
Clandestinely climbed radio tower (age 14)
Hi, I’m Beth!
I started biking the summer between high school and college to get in shape for a new chapter in my life (OK, I wanted to look good to meet guys!). Little did I know it was the start of a 30+ year passion. This has grown into my love of functional biking — pedaling to work, dinner, and Costco — a great way to expend calories and avoid driving!
I spend the rest of my time working as a graphic designer, raising two four-legged furry beauties, reading voraciously, and hangin’ with my fabulous friends and family. All while indulging my obsession with eating and drinking
Always know what time it is
Dave started riding bicycles at the age of five, and hopes to someday get it right. Friends made fun of him for getting a Master’s in geography, but now he’s a self employed green mobility researcher and feels very smug.
At first he was serious about road racing, then jumped to mountain biking, then worked as a Montreal bike courier and now wants a trailer so he can haul groceries and small animals. He’s a very confused man who will probably never know which type of cyclist he wants to be when he grows up.
Dave has believed for years that the salvation of the world lies in spandex and clicky shoes. He loves that he can ride his mountain bike through summer heat waves and winter snowstorms and call it research!
Might Catch You Doing:
A fake accent for telemarketers
Mark Cavendish’s eyelashes
I teach, tune and play the piano and sing in the Boston area. For this I need to travel to wherever the fun event is taking place. I did my rounds in a car for years. I switched to bicycle transportation a few years ago and I enjoy riding so much there’s no turning back.
I had been off the bike and sedentary for decades, my health going down, but now that I ride everywhere, all year, I feel younger than my 60 years and I get good numbers at check ups.
There’s no greater feeling than gliding through the air with the greatest of ease getting where I’m going knowing I’ve had my workout.
My road home goes through a long river bed (it only floods once every ten years) and I tell you nothing beats the experience of riding through this valley of silver water, colorful shrubs and faraway trees on a clear winter’s night with a brilliant, starry sky. A resident remarks, “Kinda cold to be out riding, isn’t it?” And just to be agreeable I reply “I guess so!” no time to explain I’m actually warm to hot inside my gear.
I can move my ears
Makes You Laugh:
Rolling past “rush” hour traffic
Hailing from the land of retirees, flying insects, and humidity, I was once a stranger to the perils of icy winters. Now, fueled by beer and banjo music, cycling can once again be a year round adventure.
Weather Information Hoarder by day, I enjoy letting loose and speeding along gravel trails after work (one has to balance all that extra beer and food somehow). Amazed to still own my first car (which runs most of the time after 20 years), I rarely drive to work, and prefer to actually do something useful during the commute.
When not biking, I’m usually watching the weather move in.
“Don’t worry, those clouds aren’t that ominous”
Descending fast steep curves
Doing it again minus the screaming in my head
Growing up, riding a bike was just a way to get from point A to point B. I started biking for recreation when I met my “active” husband. In 2001, we decided to participate in Ride the Rockies – a ride that is over 400 miles long in one week. To get ready, I started commuting on my bike to and from work.
I grew to love riding my bike to/from work. In the morning it is cool, aren’t many people out, and I ride toward the beautiful Boulder Flatirons. In the evening when I’m stressed, I ride and arrive home less stressed.
I am now to the point where I hate exercising inside. The music at the gym is too loud and I am easily bored. Plus I need the fresh air. I start feeling suffocated inside. That was the motivation for riding this winter-love to ride to work and hate working out in the gym.
Lead by example
Makes You Growl:
Hi, I’m Lanette Dykman, and I’m a geek. Not a big geek, but I do work for a software company and have been known to deal with bits and bytes. I have always been active and have a zest for the beauty that is life and all it has to bring. My husband and I have biked around the world, I currently compete in West Coast Swing dance, and we love new adventures. I’m always interested in trying new things to push my fitness level and rarely walk away from a challenge!
Dream Job At 12:
Cup of hot chocolate with a peppermint stick
By day I play scientist and like many other professions, this involves hours of interpreting wiggles and dots on a glowing screen. Many days, I’d rather be outside in a blizzard than stuffed in a temperature controlled room with stale air.
Growing up in southern California, I rode everywhere due to not having a car. This was a place where road biking was a contact sport; shoulders and bike paths were non existent and riding in spandex was for weirdos. After a several year hiatus from riding anything but mountain trails, Heather reintroduced me to the benefits of commuting to work by bike.
Pedaling puts me in a great mental state, no matter the weather situation; especially if it’s perceived as a little ridiculous by others. Clearly, passing cars impeded by snowy roads or rush hour traffic = awesome. When we ride, many bicyclists give a head nod or a wave that says “hey man, enjoy the ride, have a great day.” This beats the universal greeting amongst cooped up drivers, wouldn’t you agree? Besides, bike commuting is much more flexible. If I want to ride fast, I can do that. If I want to ride slowly or goof off and take a longer route, I can do that too.
Commuting into Boulder, we are fortunate to have wide shoulders, miles of bike paths and a reasonably high percentage of auto drivers who are aware of and generally respectful of cyclists – probably because many are also cyclists on other days!
Riding with no hands over speed bumps and curbs
Finished a pitcher of Guinness in 15 minutes
Growing up in Colorado and enjoying soaking up the sunshine like a sponge soaks up water, it was easy to get out and ride!! Moving to the Seattle area to work for Boeing, I now understand how that sponge feels, soaking up rain… But fear not, that doesn’t end all! Between some great friends, the shenanigans sport of Cyclocross, and the IBWCC, I mustered up my enthusiasm, setup my fenders, and started bike commuting more regularly. I miss the days of CO, but hope to be there again someday, to once again enjoy the lack of oxygen and the abundance of sunshine!
“Have Gore-tex will travel!”
Leslie Mayer lives in Boulder, Colorado and works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She loves to run, hike, bike and Nordic ski. As a former Floridian, she prefers biking to work in sandals and cotton shorts.
My name is Scott Dresser and I have been riding a bike actively since re-discovering biking after college. I commuted for many years in downtown Boston on an early mountain bike with slick tires and evolved later to my first road bike.
After moving to Colorado in 1996, both road and mountain biking became core activities in an all-around active lifestyle. I have bike commuted to work as a residential remodeling contractor when possible, but also enjoy telemark skiing, hut tripping, swimming, ice hockey and almost anything in the mountains, all year round. I am a past National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) instructor and a Wilderness First Responder.
My wife, our dog and I enjoy the mountain views from our home in Lafayette, CO.
Carpenter pretending to be a project manager
Trauma surgeon (we use a lot of the same tools)
For many years I commuted by bicycle all year to work in Colorado. The experience for me was far superior to car driving. During rides, I was constantly thinking of ways to express the joys and rewarding challenges of winter bicycle commuting to others in ways they could comprehend. I thought if people could see and understand how much gratification can be derived from it they might try it.
When friend, Scot Stucky created the Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge, it provided a perfect backdrop to capture what it is like to ride a bike all winter long. I took a leave of absence from work and filmed ten Colorado riders traveling from home to work and back all winter to produce the movie A Winter of Cyclists.