Leslie Kehmeier is a Colorado born outdoor adventure photographer and mountain bike nerd who doesn’t currently call anywhere home. Always on the go, Leslie is most comfortable running through airports to catch a flight or steering the wheel of her Sprinter van (Henry) in search of good food, amazing coffee and marking another place off the list in her quest to tell yet another story about life outdoors. Check out more work from Leslie at thewideeyedworld.com
/ 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