Bruce Homstad

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In the mid-1980’s I worked at a small bike shop in the Phoenix-Metro area of Arizona at a time when mountain biking was just beginning. I had already been using my bicycle as a means of transportation, but with an invitation from friends, ventured out into the rocky trails of Usery Mountain Park in Mesa, Arizona for my first experience in recreational mountain biking. I was hooked!

A few years later I bought an awesome black road bike with the idea that I would enter some road races. I completed a few duathlons (run, bike, run) as I had some running experience, and, was a big fan of the brand new sport of triathlons (swim, bike, run).

I had the opportunity to experience the cycling culture in Seattle, Washington for several years. Now I know the first thing that came to your mind when I mentioned Seattle is the rain. But the rain did not faze the cyclists who rode year-round. Bicycling is frequently the first choice as a means of transportation in the Emerald City. As with most cities, limited parking, congested traffic and high gas prices are great reasons to choose your bicycle for that commute. For me, bicycling has also provided a means to justify eating Oreo cookies.

So here I am in Kansas City, a city with some wonderful trails, great neighborhoods, and local markets. A city should be experienced by bicycle to really appreciate all that it has to offer.

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