TEAMS AND ATHLETES
What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?2 things:
Longevity as an athlete. Being able to evolve, grow, stay competitive, relevant and motivated for decades. I’m pretty proud of that and it’s taken hard work and creativity and thick skin to be able to pursue my passion for this long.
Being the first person to ride the entire length of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and find the place where my Dad’s plane was shot down in the Vietnam War. This was by far my biggest expedition and cycling achievement personally. The ride was also my biggest career achievement in being able to film an Emmy Award winning documentary, Blood Road (http://bloodroadfilm.com/) in the process and follow up with a film tour and speaking tour to be able to share this healing story with so many other people. The ride was also the impetus for me to launch the Be Good™ Foundation in my father’s name.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?Launching the Be Good™ Foundation that will allow me to use my bike as a vehicle for change. Rebecca’s Private Idaho, Blood Road film tour, MTBLAO rides are all part of the mission and efforts of the Foundation. www.rebeccarusch.com/begood
When did you first start cycling?My first memory on a bike is as a kid in Downers Grove, IL with a purple Huffy and a banana seat! Fast forward a few decades and I didn’t find cycling again in the same passionate way until age 38 when I transitioned from adventure racing to 24 hour solo mountain biking. The rest is history.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?Idaho: because over 60% of this state is public land full of mountains, rivers, desert, trails…need I say more?
Baggies or Spandex?Both.
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)Geena Davis for her amazing work on women’s equality and inclusion with Women’s Sports Foundation, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, support for Title IX. She’s taken her platform as an award-winning actress and used her voice to pave the way and make room for more women and girls in sports, media and leadership. “If she can see it, she can be it.” And, of course, her powerhouse character in A League of Her Own was pretty awesome.
She’s a great example of someone who’s achieved everything in her own career and then created a huge platform for others in the wake of her success.
And…she’s seen Blood Road and loved it. That was surely a highlight of the film tour, seeing her drop into the theater in LA to watch the film.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?Social profiles are a strange and incomplete window into another person’s world. What you don’t see from social profiles is that we’re all more diverse than we seem. We are all similar in our struggles, our insecurities, and our need for support from our communities and each other. When you don’t see me on social media, that’s because sometimes I just need to check out, unplug, recharge my own batteries and simply go on a bike ride. It’s not that I don’t love connecting with you, it’s just that I need to connect with myself and my bike on a regular basis too! I promise I’ll check back in later…just not instantly.
For Kirt Voreis, riding bikes has always been about having fun. From riding recumbents to sending the Black Sage FEST jumps on a 29er, he’s never been one to limit himself to one type of bike. Armed with amazing bike handling skills and a colorful personality, Kirt has continually shown it’s more about how you ride rather than what you ride.
• Right Here, Right Now // Kirt Voreis (9:34 mins)
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What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?Winning my second Dirty Kanza title because I proved to myself that the first year wasn’t just a fluke.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?Anything I’ve done that’s made my parents proud.
When did you first start cycling?When my dad decided it was time to teach me how to balance on my bike. I proceeded to crash and split my chin open, but that feeling of freedom was all I needed to fall in love with the bike.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?I’d love to explore Indonesia by bike because it’s where my mom is from.
Baggies or Spandex?Both!
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)
Jimmy O. Yang.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?I’m originally a swimmer and I’m happiest near water.
What is your greatest cycling accomplishment?Winning Dirty Kanza in 2015.
What is your proudest non-cycling accomplishment?Watching my wife, who is the executive director of the NorCal HS Cycling League, inspire the next generation of cyclists. She has been in this role for a decade.
When did you first start cycling?I picked up a bike late in life. After a collegiate career playing lacrosse at Cal Berkeley, I discovered the MTB while teaching at a prep school back east when I was 24 yrs old.
If you could ride anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?The South Island of NZ. Road, MTB, gravel, you name it, NZ is a magical place to ride your bike.
Baggies or Spandex?Bagdex...you know, cuz I wear both.
Who is your celebrity role model (or crush?)Jeff Lebowski.
What would you like people to know about you that they can't see from your social profiles?That I’m a shoe whore and have more pairs in the closet than my wife does.