Homecoming at The Bicycle Shop in Anchorage, AK!


Thanks to The Bicycle Shop for hosting our event, Racing the Trans Am Bike Race, a fun evening of stories from my race. Nick and I rolled right off the plane from San Diego and into a group of over 100 of our best friends in Anchorage. We’re only here for two weeks before we head back to San Diego for the group start of the Baja Divide.

Five years ago Nick had to beg for a job as a mechanic in the middle of the winter and now we get to organize awesome events and help get more people on bikes. Only later did I learn that the owner of The Bicycle Shop– Mike Shupe– was friends with my uncle JV in junior high.  Anchorage feels like such a small town if you grew up here. It is so cool to see the explosion of winter cycling in Anchorage and to see the oldest bicycle shop in Alaska killing it!

Thanks to Mike Shupe, Kristen Shupe, Ray Clayton, Chris Wineck, Jamin Hall, Christina Grande, Zac Heinen, Rick, Roland, and Devon. Big thanks to David Henke for supporting the event with audio and video.

It is great to be home.


7 thoughts on “Homecoming at The Bicycle Shop in Anchorage, AK!

  1. adventurepdx says:

    Yay! So I know that most of your winter will be occupied by Baja. Do you folks have plans beyond that yet?

  2. huhu says:

    was talk recorded? would be nice to watch/listen

  3. Michael Fenster says:

    It was fun to see the take that REI did on the video of your race. It brought back many thrilling moments of following your pings on the map and yelling out “Go Lael!” when I was the only one in the house. Continued best wishes. I assume you’ll find an appropriate beverage in Baja to celebrate with. And again, thanks for bringing us more snow.

  4. Marisa says:

    Hi, Lael. I’ve been following your blog for a while and reading all your posts about Trans Am. I’m on the roster this June! Yikes! I’m also deaf. Any tips or advice will be helpful.

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