RCR Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Routt County Riders exists to advocate for all cyclists in Northwest Colorado and to protect the trails and thoroughfares we enjoy on two wheels. We are committed to leading our efforts with open and inclusive minds and hearts. While the culture of cycling in general has evolved greatly over recent decades, it remains evident that diverse voices are underrepresented within the community we cultivate. We all experience the privilege of opportunities given to us in the past by chance, birth locale, race, gender, and much more, and we seek to engage actively in the conversation that surrounds deliberate and overt inclusivity in the multi-layered spectrum of the outdoor industry. We are open to the potential for growth and hope that our trails and roadways will be interpreted as a space for all riders to enjoy their basic human right to freedom of movement.
Meet the Team
Laraine came to RCR in mid-2019 with a substantial background of experience managing nonprofits within the outdoor industry. She is an avid backcountry skier and mountain biker who finds healing through connection with nature and strives to advocate for more equitable access to the outdoors. She has lived in the Yampa Valley for over 10 years and loves it dearly.
Community Outreach Program Manager
Matthew met his wife Carri at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and married her (and Colorado) just a few years later. They even enjoyed a spring break in the ‘Boat. Maybe it was the Yampa Valley Curse that saw the Rochons retire to Steamboat in 2019 after 21 years in the Air Force. Matthew has two cycling children, Madeline and Kai. He enjoys Routt County cycling year-round; fatbiking in the winter, cross-country in the summer, gravel rides during shoulder seasons, and getting places without a car as much as possible. He is thrilled at the opportunity to make cycling more accessible to everyone in the community.
Community Outreach Program Coordinator
Paul has been involved in the bike world since 1987, when he started as a mechanic at Big Shark Bicycles in St Louis. He has been racing and fixing bikes ever since. Paul and his wife Roberta came to the ‘Boat full time in 2019. Paul is an enthusiastic new addition to the Bike Match program!
Programs and Events Coordinator
Lucy’s love for biking has grown exponentially over the years, starting from bike commuting in high school in Denver and college in Oregon, to getting the bikepacking fever and completing a 6-week trip on New Zealand’s South Island. Lucy comes from a background of leading trail crews with Northwest Youth Corps and Colorado Mountain Bike Association, and is stoked to help keep the riding in Routt County as flowy as ever.
I’m a husband, dad, business owner, 28 year steamboat resident and lifelong biker. From riding Huffys in the woods of Massachusetts as a kid to riding mountain bikes in Colorado and many other states and Canada as a bigger kid I have always been passionate about biking. I got involved with RCR to be an advocate for biking in our community and help improve the local Steamboat trail network.
Born in Massachusetts, Kyle is a year round biker that loves to ski. A Steamboat resident since 1995, he runs a built from the ground up landscape business. He spends most of his time with his wife Christine, daughters Ella and Norah, and dogs Lefty and Pepé. Can we ride bikes now?
Michelle is a 20-year Steamboat local and mother of 3 who loves to mountain bike, road bike, snowboard and do yoga. During the summers she coaches middle school mountain biking with SSWSC. In the fall she helps coach coed high school mountain biking with the Colorado High School Mountain Cycling League. With all of the new trails being built she thought is was a great time to volunteer her extra time with RCR. She joined the board to help advocate for all types of cyclists in the county.
Barb is a Colorado native who fell in love with cycling while riding her mountain bike to grad school at CU Boulder. After growing up in Colorado Springs, she spent her college and 20+ working years in Boulder County dedicated to the Environmental, Health and Safety industry. Working as a camp counselor in Steamboat many summers ago, she dreamed about moving here permanently. It took about 30 years to turn that dream into reality but she now calls Steamboat home and is thrilled to be a part of this community of exceptional people. As an avid road cyclist and mountain biker she is excited to work with RCR advocating for all types of cycling in Routt County.
Rob has lived and biked in Steamboat Springs for over 20 years now and wouldn’t trade it for anything else. He grew up on the east coast and then west coast before finding “The Boat”. To him, nothing beats being a part of small town community. Rob is proud to be an RCR board member and works hard to increase the stoke of cycling in Routt County. His other interests include long walks on the beach, kicking his feet in the water off the dock, and snuggling by the fire with that special someone. Oh, and snowboarding of course. Who doesn’t love snow too?
Jessica has been enjoying mountain biking in the Yampa Valley since 1995. She is the owner of her own company. When she is not working she is on the dirt or on the snow. Although she enjoys all types of biking her favorite is bike packing with family, friends, or solo, and occasionally racing. These days she is busy trying to instill her passion for mountain biking in her somewhat reluctant 8 year old daughter.
Ian London grew up playing outside in the great North Woods of Maine. He attended Colby College and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He joined Steamboat Lawyers Group in 2017 after putting in his time in the corporate world. Ian raced on the road for several years at the USAC Category 1 level, but these days can usually be found on trails or gravel. Steamboat is a terrific community for many reasons, but access to diverse, safe cycling routes is near the top of that list.
Why get involved? Bikes turned into a passion (addiction?). It started with one. But then the garage was filled with steel, roadies, commuters, downhill, trail bikes, and whatever that pile of parts is in the corner. It was bad when the fat bike showed up. I swore I wouldn’t do it! It was time to give back to a great bike community. Let’s go play in the dirt and have some fun! Say hello to your fellow trail users!
Heather first joined RCR in a staff role as our Program Coordinator in 2019, switching to a Board Member position in late 2020. She is passionate about the outdoors, and in summer you’ll most likely find her on the trails (the Oak Creek Mountain Park is in her backyard) riding her mountain bike or her trusty mule named Rooster. Heather moved to Colorado in 2000, and has called Routt County home since 2017.
Madison is a Colorado native who moved to Steamboat Springs at the age of four and (while not able to claim born-and-bred) the Yampa Valley is her home. Growing up on Emerald, mountain biking is her favorite two-wheeled mode of transportation – but you can also find her out and about on the dirt roads or the good old chip & seal getting back to her endurance roots. It was those same roots that led her to nordic ski for The University of Vermont where she graduated with degrees in both Economics and English. She works at Mountain Valley Bank as a commercial lender.
Penn is a Steamboat Springs lifetime-local whose passion for adrenaline and speed translates from the dirt to the snow. His background in mathematics and economics fuels development and innovation to the future of riding in the ‘Boat. When not fully throttled on his bike or sled, you’ll find him enjoying the Yampa River with other RCR members, who are also advocates for MORE jumps.
Holly grew up in Divide, attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and was able to spend almost half of her career in Colorado. She loves the outdoors and came to Steamboat for the great recreation and sports available year round. She can be seen biking most of the year to work or for fun. Mountain or road? Yes please to both, including self supported. She is involved in RCR because she wants to be part of where she lives and contribute to the wonderful lifestyle we get to enjoy here in Steamboat.
Steve “just plain likes bikes”. He grew up in the Front Range and worked there for years, bike commuting from the mid-70s to the mid-2000s, becoming one of the charter members of Bicycle Colorado. His family discovered the Yampa Valley back in the 50s, but it wasn’t until 1998 that he established Glas Deffryn Ranch (South Routt) in his retirement to raise purebred Scottish Highland Cattle. He is a longtime member of RCR and contributes his heart and soul to all things biking in the area.