Hello friends and fellow cyclists,
It is with bittersweet feelings that I announce to you my resignation from my position as Western Region Director for the Wisconsin Bike Fed. On October 7th, I will begin my new role working for the International Mountain Bicycling Association as Executive Director for Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists; this position will also support Hansi Johnson’s great work for IMBA Upper Midwest. I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and very excited to continue helping to improve cycling in the midwest.
I began working for the Bike Fed with the Share & Be Aware campaign three years ago. This program has made the organization truly statewide, with regional staff available to support all communities. Through it, we have reached millions (yes, millions!) of Wisconsin citizens, whether they ride a bike or not, to make our streets safer for everyone. I take away many fond memories of serving my community and exploring Wisconsin’s rich cycling traditions.
There is much gratitude and appreciation to give but I’d like to give a special thanks to the following, without their support our local programming could not have been as successful: Nick Meyer and the staff of Volume One magazine for their incredible advertising and promotional support, Eric Johnson of Anybody’s Bikeshop who volunteered at over 12 events this season, Terry Hintz of Eau Claire Bike for his donations to support our events and last but certainly not least Joe Wawrzaszek & Dave Flanagan of Spring Street Sports who helped me immensely in establishing a presence in the Chippewa Valley and continue to support the Bike Fed every year with our membership drive & by being members themselves.
I’d also like to thank all of you. If you’re reading this post then YOU are the Bike Fed! By simply riding your bike, you are a roll model and an advocate. By being a member you are staying connected to what’s happening in Wisconsin cycling (sometimes behind the scenes) and strengthening our voice. Your support is what makes it all possible, without you we’re nothing. Thank you. It’s been a great ride and I’m glad to have been part of it.
Editor’s Note: Everyone at the Bike Fed will miss Andrew and “Earl the Girl” but we wish them well in their new adventure in the Twin Cities. In the Spring of 2014, the Bike Fed will be post a job description to hire the next Northwest Regional Director to continue the great work Matt did for us.