Hi, all, I am trying out for #beablackburnranger2016. This is a brand ambassador for the bicycle accessories company, Blackburn Design. Each year, as a way of giving a little back to the community, Blackburn Design selects 6 people to represent them as brand ambassadors.
I think I would be a great brand ambassador because I am a fanatic about bicycle riding and bicycle touring. In fact, this year, I took a long distance trip over Vail Pass to the hot spring city of Glenwood Springs.
Colorado has been a great leader in creating safe spaces for bicycle riders. I would like to advocate for all bike riders in creating a national system of routes and trails made just for the wheels of the non-motorized community. That includes skateboarders, kayakers, fishermen, and of course, all forms of two and three-wheel transportation.
Whether or not Blackburn chooses me, I will do the same things. I will be "out there" in the land I love, living life. To me, that is a lot more important than using my right hand to click a mouse, while the rest of my body withers. However, as a journalist, getting the nod from Blackburn Design will help me gain a bigger voice in advocating for the community.
While I am on the topic of advocating, I got a nice note from the Warm Showers community. They are a non-profit organization which encourages members to offer their homes to touring cyclist. The word is touring, this is not Motel 6. Instead, Warm Showers is a chance for touring cyclist to meet advocates for the sport. It is not just riding a bike through spectacular country that counts, it is the people you meet along the way. Everyone has a story. I would like to tell many of yours.
Please let Blackburn Design know you think I will make a good ranger candidate. Through my years I have advocated for many causes, but I am the worst at advocating for myself. I need your help to do that! Please help me share the attached photograph.
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My Blackburn Ranger 2016 video is Here.
You can check out the Warm Showers program Here.
You can check out the Adventure Cycling Association Here.
You can APPLY to #beablackburnranger2016 Here.