2019 Bikepacking Summit Presenters
Our goal is to gather a group of people who we'd like to spend the weekend with, in hopes that you feel the same. We will be announcing presenters as they are solidified!
Pepper Cook originally hails from Denver, Colorado and has spent the past few years living overseas in New Zealand and Australia. In between bike shop jobs she has enjoyed bikepacking through the rainforests of Australia, lava fields of Iceland and mountain ranges of Peru. While not on a bike trip Pepper spends her time organizing group overnighters, guiding school mountain bike trips, collecting paper maps, and wooden spoon carving. Pepper believes the bicycle is a tool that can be used to further equality and strength around the globe.
Joe Cruz (joecruz.wordpress.com and @joecruzpedaling) took his first bikepacking trip in 1989, and since then has pedaled to experience geographies, culture, and history at a human pace. He’s pursued extended expedition-style trips on six continents, with highlights that include Kyrgyzstan, Tibet, Peru, Pakistan, Syria, and Cuba. Closer to home he co-created the Green Mountain Gravel Growler. Joe is professor of philosophy at Williams College, and is an editor at bikepacking.com. He and his wife split their time between their native New York City and Vermont.
Photo by Joel Caldwell
Greg Hardy is the owner of Rockgeist - Bikepack USA located in Asheville, North Carolina (www.rockgeist.com, @rockgeist). With a background in Materials Science, in 2014 Greg transitioned his career from medical devices to custom bikepacking gear. He believes the best bikepacking experiences come from the right collection of personalized details. Over the years Rockgeist has grown into a small team of talented bikepackers sewing custom gear with a focus on technical singletrack riding, dyneema fabrics, and customer service.
Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Lael Wilcox is one of the top female ultra-endurance cyclist in the world, notably winning the 4,300 mile Trans Am Bike Race in 2016 and setting the record for the 2,750 mile Tour Divide in 2015. Lael didn't begin cycling until she was 20 years old. She has spent the past twelve years traveling around the world on her bicycle, logging over 100,000 miles in 35 countries. In addition to racing and riding, Lael puts a lot of effort into getting more women on bikes. She organizes a teenage girls bicycle adventure program in her hometown and has hosted two international women's scholarships. Lael spends her winters guiding for The Cyclist's Menu in Southern Arizona. She is fortunate to partner with Specialized, PEARL iZUMi, Revelate Designs, Komoot, Wahoo, Hope and Ergon.
Rugile “Rue” Kaladyte
Rue is a photojournalist who worked as a staff photographer/videographer at Alaska’s largest newspaper before pursuing a freelance career in story-driven media projects. In 2018, she documented ultra-endurance cyclist Lael Wilcox racing the Navad 1000 in Switzerland and the French Divide. Their upcoming projects include covering the Tour Divide and the Silk Road Mountain Race in Kyrgyzstan. When she isn’t working on location, Rue can be found visiting family in Chicago or escaping winter in the desert of the southern Arizona.
Charly comes to us with extensive backcountry experience. Always an explorer, he has been over much of the continent by foot, bicycle, motorcycle, and on 4 wheels. Lately his focus has been avid trail running, hiking, mountain biking, and bikepacking with his pup, Jack. He began facilitating learning 35 years ago and during that time he has been a professional educator in emergency and wilderness medicine, communication skills, self protection, and navigation.
Charly is also on the Board Of Directors for Pisgah Area Southern Offroad Bicycle Association (SORBA) and functions as their Trails Coordinator managing over 200 miles of trails in Pisgah National Forest as well as municipal, county, and state lands.