I am a pro criterium racer and teammate of VeloGuide Pro Ryan DeWald racing for Team Skyline. I have lived in and around Philadelphia Pennsylvania my entire life. Started racing when I was 13 and started racing at an elite Pro level 3 years ago when Ryan began to grow the Team Skyline program. I have grown up learning all the roads in and around the Philadelphia South Eastern PA Delaware Southern NJ regions. Have raced all over the country and plan to continue my progression towards a top level racer. When at home I work as a coffee roaster barista for a local best ranked cafe called the Gryphon Cafe and as a mechanic for a long time Philly established shop named Bicycle Therapy. Both establishments have been staple small businesses for over 20 years. I am well connected within the Philadelphia cycling community having developed from a young junior racer through the ranks and now to the elite level. I am extremely passionate about the sport and driven to help others improve and enjoy everything it has to offer.
My ride with David was awesome! He was on time, great personality, took me on a route that I envisioned in my mind I wanted to do, and was all around fun to be with. Staying overnight in Philly for business I decided it was worth brining my bike and try VeloGuide out again, wasn't disappointed at all. Will definitely do VeloGuide again.
My friends are always asking me for recommendations of routes rides group rides races and overall training advice. They always come back with a positive response when they get to learn new roads and see interesting places that were right under their noses the whole time. I graduated from Philadelphia University now Jefferson University with a degree in Industrial Design in East Falls right near Manayunk. Having to climb the infamous Manayunk Wall that the international cycling classic goes up each year at the end of almost every ride was always a fun fact of my riding history. Would really enjoy to be able to share my knowledge and passion for cycling in the Philadelphia area with others. Ryan DeWald has taught me a lot of what I know about becoming a professional cyclist. Looking to bring more of the same levels of enthusiasm, professionalism and character that he portrays to the cycling community as well.
There are many interesting things to see around the immediate city, but also plenty outside of the city area as well. Within the City: -Philadelphia Art Museum -Ben Franklin Parkway -Scenic Schuylkill River Trail that runs north west around 30 miles, all the way from South St in Philadelphia. Up the Schuylkill River through Manayunk, to Valley Forge National Park, and continuing on to Phoenixville PA. -Infamous Lemon Hill that the International Cycling Classic Pro race goes up. -Fairmont Park/Belmont Platue with fantastic mountain bike single track trails. -Wissahickon Park with some of the best mountain bike single track trails in Pennsylvania. -The Green Ribbon trail that is great for Mountain bikes, or Cyclocross rides north east of the city. -Manayunk with the infamous 18% grade "Manayunk Wall" that the International Cycling Classic races up each year. Manayunk also offers fantastic coffee, and food spots to relax and catch a very small town european vibe of small streets and cool architecture. -The Gladwyne hills. This is an area just across the Schuylkill River west of the city where the majority of the Philadelphia racing community does their hill training and interval work. With minimal traffic, smooth road surfaces, many scenic large old historic houses, scenic nature, and quite environment. It is a go too for Philly cyclists to escape to and enjoy. -"The Mainline" This is the wealthier area of Philadelphia but provides many of the interesting off the beaten path back roads that wind their way through scenic tree cover and roll hills. Can provide a great place to make for a longer ride out of the city without ever really hitting the same road twice. -Valley Forge National Park. With a massive acreage of land, there are plenty of roads for riding within and around the park itself that have little to no traffic at all. Along with the Schuylkill River trail connecting in at various portions of the park., Makes for a great spot for starting, finishing, or just enjoying a ride within. -Chester County, with rolling horse farms, and local food farming this is one of the most scenic areas to ride around the south eastern PA region. Fun towns within that offer great food and coffee as well definitely a must for any road cyclist looking for that classic Pennsylvania countryside feel. -Brandywine, Kennett Square, and Granogue Delaware offer a lot of the same vibes, scenery, food, and terrain as Chester County. All staples of my daily training regime.