2010 California riders lunching in the redwoods


Climate Ride California Spotlight - GusTavo Guerra-Vasquez

Emily Kern on June 13, 2017, 11:25 AM

Last year, he joined us as a Diversity Rider on Team Los Angeles County Bike Coalition (LACBC), and now, GusTavo Guerra-Vasquez is back for a second year with Climate Ride.

The Diversity Program got its start with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and Climate Ride as a way to offer financial assistance and training support to better reflect the L.A. community’s diversity on the ride. What first caught GusTavo’s eye and encouraged him to apply was the word “diversity.” GusTavo works as a Diversity Trainer and Human Services Administrator, and was also the first person in his family to graduate from high school and a…

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Mother Daugher Duo: Felice and Talia ride with Climate Ride California

Emily Kern on June 12, 2017, 9:34 AM

Meet Talia and Felice! This mother-daughter duo joins us from Virginia. In 2014, Talia took a trip to the Arctic and learned first-hand from the native people how their communities are affected by climate change. She is studying environmental science in college and committed to climate change awareness and advocacy. A cycling enthusiast, her mother Felice jumped at the opportunity to support Talia and share this experience with her.

When Talia is not on Climate Ride or in…

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Climate Ride California Spotlight - The Arkins!

Emily Kern on June 11, 2017, 9:28 AM

David Arkin has participated in five Climate Rides, including one with his daughter in 2014 and his wife in 2016. This year, it’s his son Austin’s turn to ride!

Austin is in his first year at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has been practicing his pop-wheelies amid the usual Climate Ride training. David is an architect, and both Austin and David are fundraising for California Straw Building Association (CASBA) which promotes plant-based, minimally processed building materials such as wood, straw, hemp, and bamboo, in place of typical building materials which leave a large environmental footprint.

Fun fact: Sunday Day 2 of the Ride, we will be having lunch at MEarth Green Classroom which is solar powered, living roof and LEED certified was designed by David and his wife, Anni Tilt.

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Climate Ride California Spotlight - John and Max Sladkus

Emily Kern on June 8, 2017, 1:01 PM

Max and his father John have done an overnight camping trip and a few century rides together on their tandem; however, this will be their biggest adventure yet! Both are excited for the challenge and opportunity to make a difference in the world.

John is a bike touring enthusiast who dreams about biking around the world someday. He and his wife biked across the country together twenty years ago, and the apple doesn’t fall far from the trees. Max is the youngest Climate Rider to date, narrowly beating a 12-year-old on NYC to DC in 2010. Although Max is the youngest Climate Rider ever, he’s very humble. When I asked, what his friends think about biking 250 miles, Max replied, “I haven’t told them yet. I don’t want to brag.”

Welcome Max and John. We’re so glad you’re with us!

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Climate Ride is a Swirl of Opportunity for Rachel Jacobson and Bike East Bay

Emily Kern on May 10, 2017, 12:03 PM

Combining her professional interests with a personal goal to challenge herself, Rachel Jacobson describes participating in the upcoming California Climate Ride as a “swirl of opportunity.” One year ago, she explains that riding in Climate Ride wasn’t even on her radar. Now a year later, she has not only registered to ride, but has also found herself as the natural fit for captain of the Bike East Bay team.

Bike East Bay is building bike-friendly cities through advocacy, education, and fun events. Supported by over 4,000 members in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bike East Bay leads campaigns to win new bike lanes and upgrade streets for people who bike, walk, and take transit. Since 2011, Bike East Bay has brought a fantastic group of riders to the California Climate Ride each year. This year, over half of the team is Climate Ride Alumni, but for Rachel, it is all entirely new. She…

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