Founded in 2017, Radical Adventure Riders (RAR) mission is moving towards enhancing gender inclusivity and racial equity in the bicycle and outdoor adventure scene. RAR does this by providing connection, education, resources, and support for the community and industry.
Meet The Crew
Meet the rad folks who co-create and lead programs for RAR.
(she/her) moved to Alaska from San Francisco in 2006 for a news reporting job! About 4 years into that, Grande started to work part-time at a bike shop in Anchorage. Since then, she moved full-time into the bike shop world because she enjoyed working with the community at this level. She’s been a mentor with GRIT, sits on the board of directors for Singletrack Advocates who build and maintain singletrack mountain bike trails on Dena’ina land, and was a coach for a kids mountain bike camp called Mighty Bikes. In the 10 years of working at bike shops, she finds it very important to give back to those who make it possible for people to have fun on bikes and make it possible for folks like her to have a job in this industry. In 2018, she started her bike guiding company called Alaska Bike Adventures.
(she/they) (co-founder) is a queer cat dad, visual artist, organizer, and adventure cyclist based in Portland, OR. She is passionate about using her skills as an illustrator to represent and connect cycling communities. Mary’s desire to connect the community around bicycles stems from their days of running a small hot dog stand on the Little Miami Bike Trail in Loveland, Ohio, and feeding the cyclocross community at regional events. While design is Mary’s main gig, she enjoys working part-time for small independent brands that focus on creative design in the cycling industry. She currently works for Golden Pliers. On her days off, she loves to fuel herself with vegan snacks while meandering dirt roads in the PNW with friends.
(she/her) (co-founder) is continually searching for ways to intersect grassroots organizing with art and design to create a more inclusive cycling community. She is the founder of Friends on Bikes, a social cycling group for Black, Indigenous, and people of color who are women, trans, and gender non-conforming in Portland, OR. Aside from organizing, Molly moves pixels as a freelance lead designer with a background in user interface and branding design. Her continued passion, route making, is creating bikepacking routes accessible for all levels within the Pacific Northwest (and beyond).
(she/her) is a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation driven by a passion for justice—for Indigenous peoples and the land. By connecting her biking experience with the power of voice, she advocates for the inclusion of Indigenous peoples and their narratives in the cycling and outdoor industry at large. Her oral tradition is at the heart of her activism. As a storyteller, she advocates through various forms of narrative: writing, film, photography, social media, and mixed media artwork. She says, “it matters what voices are included in the discourse of the cycling industry because these voices shape policy and our communities, challenge harmful narratives and stereotypes, fight our invisibility, have the power to change the status quo, impact how we relate to land, and change the future.” The land is everything to Renee because it holds her ancestors, identity, culture, and traditions. Her choice of two-wheel adventures ranges from mountain biking, gravel, and bikepacking.
(she/her/they) conjures enthusiasm for life by practicing pleasure and play, living simply, and seeking joy. Being a parent, organizer, creator, and adventurer are a few roles that allow her to explore the depths of her pleasure and joy. A project starting, wandering, overlover and outdoor junkie, she utilizes experience and space curation, outdoor adventure, land base work, wellness rituals, and being a creator as the root of her community organizing efforts to enhance the quality of life among Black folk. Her work centers Black women, children, and queer folks and meets at the intersection of justice, principled living, healing, quality of life, and Black liberation. She is the co-founder of Red, Bike and Green-Atlanta and Black Freedom Outfitters.
Previously known as WTF Bikexplorers, we changed our name to RAR to be more representative of our community. It took about one and a half months (and much more behind the scenes) to get to our new name. We hope that we set an example of what a community-driven and transparent process could look like with our name change.
We also want to recognize and give thanks to the original co-founders of WTF BX. We’ve recognized the need for change and growth within leadership with the necessity of actively listening to and amplifying new leadership voices.