RAR Philadelphia

The RAR Philadelphia Chapter came into creation out of a lot of shared excitement. Philadelphia is a diverse city, full of grit and enthusiasm.

We are fortunate to be close by to many gravel events, bike races, bike trails, camping, etc. The Philadelphia Chapter of RAR hopes to knit together an already existing group of folks interested in adventure rides, and also work to inspire others who may be new to/curious about bikes.

CORE GROUP

Ruby Gertz

Ruby (she/her) started riding her bike as a commuter and has turned into an adventure cyclist over the past decade. Ruby rides her bike all over the city, whether for errands, transportation, or just plain fun. In 2015, with her best friend they did a cross-country bicycle tour from San Francisco to Boston. Since then, she has done several shorter bicycle tours. Ruby has also recently taken an interest in trail riding on her mountain bike. Her favorite thing about biking is riding alongside new and old friends!

@spokesandstitches @bicyclecowgirl

Sandra Guillory 

Sandra (she/her) has been backpacking for the past decade. Last year, she decided to try bikepacking and really enjoyed it. Mostly, she has ridden in PA’s state forests and rail trails and is looking forward to adding more overnight adventures in the near future. She has lived in South Philly for the past 12 years and is moving to Germantown in June 2021. She is excited to discover new nearby trails.

@sandra.sassafras

Silpa Reddy 

Silpa (she/her) has been biking for the past few years. As a 2nd gen Indian American, it took her time to find confidence and comfort. She tried bikepacking for the first time last year, riding the GAP/C&O trail from Pittsburgh to DC with a few good friends – and absolutely loved it. This year she found joy in solo riding and mindfulness, completing a few century rides. Biking has become a powerful mental and physical outlet, and a way of better connecting internally. She looks forward to hopping on her bike and exploring more trails, appreciating hidden gems, and making more great bike memories with friends.

@redsventures

Kelly Duignan 

Kelly (she/her) is a city commuter, and bike wanderer/enthusiast for 13+ years. Kelly started racing cyclocross and road in 2018, loves gravel events, and exploring new places with abandoned buildings, snack destinations, or dreamy camping sites! Kelly started a F/T/W/NB bike team (The Big Heat) with a friend in 2019 and is excited to connect with other people all over the country who are interested in bikepacking. 

@thebigheatcycling

Jeni 

Jeni (she/they), shortly after moving to Philadelphia 11 years ago decided to sell their car with the intention of solely using their bike to get around. Somewhere between doing long road rides with friends and beginning to work at Fairmount bicycles, Jeni fell in love with riding on dirt and getting carried away on their mountain bike. Their bikepacking history is a pretty good mix of road/dirt and supported/solo riding. They are looking forward to connecting with other packing nerds about what goes where and why!

@measuring @bagbagsphl

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