/ What is your favorite style of riding?
I'm always up for the biggest adventure possible - long distance rides that immerse me solidly into the landscape. I don’t really have a preference for trail type - I love challenging and technical riding just as much as playful and flowy experiences. Take me anywhere - it doesn't matter if I'm in a lush PNW forest or going across an endless ridge line traverse in the Alps - as long as I’m pedaling, you'll find a giant smile on my face."
/ Any race plans this season?
I used to race when I first started mountain biking. These days I'm much more motivated to carry a photo pack and create photos of the outdoor experience. All that said, if I needed a challenge, I would most likely try a multi-day enduro race.
/ How are you involved in your cycling community?
I've spent the better part of the last decade working for bicycle-focused non-profits like IMBA and PeopleForBikes. Much of that time working has been directly with mountain biking destinations across the US, showcase their amazing trails and communities. It has been a rewarding space to work in and the experiences are ones that that I'm extremely grateful for. In the future, I look forward to continuing the work of sharing the stories of community supported conservation and outdoor recreation.
/ What is your favorite piece of Club Ride?
My favorite piece of Club Ride gear - the Savvy shorts! I just finished bike-packing the Baja Divide Cape Loop and I lived in these shorts - extremely comfortable for everything from long hours in the saddle to sleeping out under the stars.
Where Leslie will be this year...
May 1-3 | Indianapolis, IN | PlacesForBikes Conference
June 22-29 | East Burke, VT | Adventures at Kingdom Trails
July and August | Switzerland | A Return to the Alps
September | Morocco | Mountain Biking in the Atlas Mountains