Sarah Swallow Interview: Adventure Cycling & Community Organizing

What sounds like more fun that getting paid to go on bike adventures, to create new routes, and to organize events for other cyclists? Sounds too good to be true, right? Yet, that’s exactly what Sarah Swallow is doing.

Sarah manages to blend adventure cycling, community organizing, and advocacy work into one creative and inspiring package. Whether you’re interested in joining her in Southern Arizona for a ride, learning how to organize your own event, or create cycling routes, you’ll want to listen to this episode.

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Photo by Hubert d’Autremont

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Stuff We Discuss In This Episode

  • Sarah’s events including Ruta Del Jefe and the Sky Islands Adventure Ride Series.
  • The importance of advocacy in the outdoor recreation industry and its potential to protect places and advocate for change.
  • The biodiversity of Southern Arizona, including the Sky Islands, and the mining industry’s impact on the region.
  • Sarah’s journey as a bicycle entrepreneur starting with bicycle tours at age 12 and continuing on to be a bike shop owner and then Specialized ambassador.
  • How Sarah has created an inclusive environment at her events and how others can do the same.
  • How folks can get started creating their own local bike events.
  • How to use Ride With GPS for route planning.

Connect With Sarah Swallow

👉 Instagram: @sarahjswallow
👉 Website: https://sarahjswallow.com/

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About The Host

kristen bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @kristenlbonkoski

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