Ohio Gravel Grinders Website Contributors
Kristen is a registered and licensed dietitian (RDN, LD) with a Master’s of Science (MS) in Nutrition from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) from The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She provides individualized nutrition counseling services for active individuals and teams.
Kristen is a level 3 USA Cycling coach with Source Endurance, category 1 domestic elite road racer and seasoned mountain bike and cyclocross racer. She has been racing bikes since 2012 in road, mountain, and cyclocross disciplines. In 2013 she completed Tour Divide in 23 days finishing with the 4th fastest recorded women’s time in the history of the race. The same year she founded and lead a women’s developmental cycling organization (Lady Gnar Shredders) dedicated to bringing more women into the sport and supporting their development. Kristen currently races at the national level in road racing events.
I started gravel riding 5 years ago. Having been an avid road rider, it’s been an interesting transition. I realized quickly that food and water are not easily obtained on most gravel routes, and you tend to need more of both due to the effort put out while riding gravel. I found OGG shortly after buying my first gravel bike. Riding with OGG has been a great experience and I love the scenery and remoteness of gravel roads. My gravel bike has opened up a whole new world of riding; all roads are now available to explore!
I’m another guy that has found gravel and loves getting out there whether it’s racing or looking for an adventure. I’ve been riding road, mountain, and cross for quite some time but it was basically a decade ago that gravel riding first caught my attention. Since then I hit gravel when I could but here in the recent past I’ve been finding myself drawn to gravel roads more and with my job as a rep for Giant Bicycle I have the luxury of being able to ride all sorts of gravel throughout the state. With the help of other local riders I’ve even uncovered excellent gravel roads pretty much outside my door in Geagua and Ashtabula County allowing me to keep my wheels on dirt and gravel that much more!
Tim rekindled the gravel spirit in our group. He was instrumental in developing the early routes for the group and continues as a logistical force for our rides. He also hates sausage gravy.
Peter returned to riding bikes after moving to Columbus as a way to spend more time outdoors. A desire to explore further soon led to gravel roads and meeting up with the Ohio Gravel Grinders group. After several years of riding and helping explore new routes, Peter left Ohio to hike the Appalachian Trail. He now lives in Coudersport, Pennsylvania and is still exploring new gravel routes.
Bill founded Ohio Bikepackers and has been meshing as many outdoor activities together as possible. Starting with cycling and backpacking as a kid, and now enjoying bikepacking, packrafting, and overlanding. He created some of the legendary routes like Candyland, Shoots and Ladders, and the AEP ReCreation Lands Triple Epic. Bill is a past Vice President and board member of Yay Bikes!
Doug has been riding bikes since he was a kid, and solidified his love of life on two wheels when he started mountain biking in 2009. Doug is the Ride with GPS Ambassador for Ohio Gravel Grinders, and has created or tweaked many of the routes for OGG. Doug has raced for Paradise Garage Racing team since 2015, in mountain bike, cyclocross and gravel disciplines. Doug usually hates smiling for photos, so you have to catch him mid-ride, or candidly.
Ray founded Ohio Gravel Grinders in 2012 and is a Defeet Barnstormer Ambassador. He enjoys long bike rides in the woods on gravel roads and lunch with coffee outside.
Ray moved to Columbus in 2007 and jumped into biking event organization and advocacy by launching Bike the Cbus, Columbus’ only city-wide bicycle tour now organized by Yay Bikes! Around the same time he developed Columbus Rides Bikes! blog which morphed into another Facebook group currently over 2200 strong to support the Tuesday Nite Ride. Ray has been instrumental in organizing charity rides to support many organizations including Ride the Elevator, Night of 1000/1001 Tacos and Yelp on Two Wheels. Ray is Immediate Past Chair on Yay Bikes! board.
Katie got into cycling in 2012 to challenge herself and improve her overall fitness. After trying several disciplines of cycling with varying degrees of success, failure or fulfillment, it was after joining a Swallow Bicycle Works ride in 2013 that the gravel bug bit. Since then, she has been active with the OGG leading two annual rides (The Great Thaw and The Fall Color Ride) and mapping routes out of south central/southwest Ohio and southeast Indiana. She also actively encourages others to get and explore the gravelly goodness we have available in our region.
Matt enjoys exploring the forgotten backroads of Ohio in search of adventure, camaraderie and type-2 fun.
Vince started riding regularly in 2013 as a way to gain fitness and to correct years of debilitating back issues. In 2014 he found gravel on a cold January morning and has been addicted to gravel ever since. This year he’ll be riding as a member of Paradise Garage Racing in events such as Dirty Kanza and unPaved of the Susquehanna River Valley!
Nick has been riding his bike to get where he needs to go as long as he can remember. In 2005 he traded in his tank of a cheap old mountain bike for a road bike and never looked back. When he moved to southeast Ohio in 2012 he started mountain biking and gravel grinding in earnest. He now rides just about any bike on any terrain in any weather. He lives in Athens, Ohio.
Eric first got the gravel bug in September 2012 when he decided last minute to ride the now-defunct Frankenbike 50 "monster cross" race at Scioto Trail and spent the night before installing appropriate tires on his bike. He did his first ride with OGG a month later and has been hooked ever since. When he's not riding it's likely that he's scheming up new routes or planning trips to out-of-state gravel events. He's not a fan of coffee outside (or anywhere else) but loves a good post-ride milkshake.
Michelle got into cycling in 2012 to try her hand at triathlons. A dedicated Tuesday Nite Rider, she loved the social urban rides that helped her become a stronger and more confident cyclist. In 2014, she joined local women’s developmental race team, Lady Gnar Shredders, and now dabbles in a variety of riding including mountain biking, cyclocross, and of course gravel. She enjoys bikepacking with her hubby and friends, and her favorite ride to-date is the 2017 Glacier National Park Adventure: