Meet Our Biking Guides

We are:

Certified Wilderness First Responders

Incredible Cooks & Certified Food Handlers

Passionate Riders & Skilled Mechanics

Friendliest, Most Fun Loving Guides in the Biz

ASHLEY KORENBLAT

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Everybody feels better when they get outside!

Your Hometown:

Moab, Utah

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Clif shots--my favorite, something salty like pretzels, arnica--it really works for bruises, at least 5 chapsticks and 3 sunscreens

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Every Western Spirit trip. Really. It is just so fun to be out with the whole day to ride and a guaranteed opportunity to relax and see the sunset.

What is your claim to fame?

Advocate for public lands.

I beat Missy Giove in a dual Slalom and I saved the Slickrock Trail from oil and gas development.


MARK SEVENOFF

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Meeting folks from all walks of life that share a passion for the outdoors is enlightening -especially in our day and age. The fact that we get to do it through cycling just makes it that much more fun!

Your Hometown:

Moab, Utah

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Two spare tubes, lighter, tp, advil, snacks

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

#breauxdureaux (check the # on IG for deets)

What is your claim to fame?

Ashley's husband!

Mark bikepacking the Colorado Trail.


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Natalie Flower

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

I think that riding bikes is the best experience on the planet and I love to sharing that with people.

Your Hometown:

Prescott, Arizona

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

SNACKS, sunscreen, tools, a mini coke, and my handy wind breaker

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Riding my bike from Portland to San Diego

Do you have a trailname?

Marge is the name and she loves to go bowling.

Natalie loading up the shuttle in Sun Valley.


Justina Liss

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Sharing a love of bikes and the experience of being in the backcountry.

Your Hometown:

Bark River, Michigan (in da U.P., eh?)

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Water, Clif bars, lifetime supply of sunscreen, multitool, and many band-aids

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Discovering trails in Moab my first season in the desert.

What is your claim to fame?

I probably hold the world record for fastest double braids.


Libby Lutz

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Educating people about the great outdoors and why it is so important to be a steward of our public lands! Also, getting to bird while riding a bike is pretty awesome.

Your Hometown:

Denver, CO

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Water, fruit snacks, sunscreen, raincoat, and chapstick

Most fun you have had on 2 wheels? 

Riding around Winter Park with friends and dogs!

What is your claim to fame? 

Probably being the weird bird girl...


MATT GRADY

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

For the opportunities to share remote experiences with people.

Your Hometown:

Athens, Georgia

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Sunscreen, tools, all the snacks.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Colorado or Idaho trips

Matt's "map talk" in Sedona Arizona.


Willie Sloop

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

I love being with people away from the distractions of daily life. Getting to know our guests in the theater of bikes, nature, fun and food provides a unique way to unwind. Our trips are really about these four things, nothing else really matters out there.

Your Hometown:

Portland Oregon

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, Snacks.

What is your favorite camp recipe?

Fried chick, mashed potatoes, collard greens...


SEAN HAYES

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Because everyone needs a bike vacation... even if you don't you do.

Your Hometown:

Harleysville, Pennsylvania

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

13mo old cliff bar, orange peels, and a First Aid Kit

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Shreddin' the Red!

What is your claim to fame?

Time Magazine cover.

Sean making something delicious.


Adam Rosenfeld

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Showing people our amazing public lands and educating and empowering them to respect and protect them.

Your Hometown:

London, England

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Margarita flavor Clif blocks, all the tubes, all the water, pocket bacon, pocket hot dogs

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Winning races!

What is your claim to fame?

World's heaviest hardtail mountain bike! The blue whale.


ROB LUTHER

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

It's great sharing what I enjoy most with other people, seeing peoples' reactions to a stunning, remote piece of backcountry is incredibly rewarding.

Your Hometown:

Ilion, New York

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Water, first aid, duct tape, multi-tool and a rain coat.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Road trips from CO to BC riding all the trails along the way.

Do you have a trail name?

The Sizzler. You'll have to ask Tim or Sean for the story...


Frankie Solares

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Seeing people achieving their goals is a great joy.

Your Hometown:

Guatemala City, Guatemala

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

A Chicago deep dish pizza, two 9v batteries, a forgotten PB & J, three packets of mustard, and a random assortment of 8-track tapes. 

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Riding around dirt and sketchy curvy paved roads in north Vietnam.

What is your claim to fame?

My cooking.


James Hendershott

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?:

I want to share the experience of unplugging from the outside world and being immersed in the moment of riding bikes in fun environments and eating tasty food.

Your Hometown: 

Social Circle, Georgia

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

First aid kit, pocket pancakes, sunscreen, empty food wrappers, a few pounds of snacks.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Every time I reach that magical moment of flow.

What is your claim to fame?

1999 Georgia state fair doughnut eating champion.


Michelle Mulder

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

The biking is just a bonus. I love cooking for people, sharing my love for birds and flowers, adapting to the weather or other extraneous variables, making new friends, and showing our guests my favorite campsites. 

Your Hometown:

These days I’m calling myself a resident of Ogden, Utah

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

SPF Chapstick, gummies, a pump, toilet paper and a hopefully at least a bandaid.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

The Markagunt Plateau Triple Crown (in a day) with a few of the WSC homies.

What is your claim to fame?

One time I ate a chilly cheese dog in less than 60 seconds.


Ben Gelderloos

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

I think bikes are a great tool to connect meaningfully to a place. Getting people out and having fun on two wheels (with some quality food of course) is the perfect way to share some places that have shaped me.

Your Hometown:

Boulder, CO.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Trusty multitool, g bears (short for gummy bears), 'dines (short for sardines), bacon strips (short for tubeless tire repair plugs), and a replacement smile.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Riding the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango with a couple of my best buddies will always stand out. The fun to suffering ratio was 1:1 but it was such a good time to do some of the state's best riding day after day. Now it's my job except the truck carries the camping gear.

What is your claim to fame?

My co-workers ask to see my ID at the drink cooler, but that's ok because I don't get half as sore after riding as they do. 


Britney Charme

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

My guests inspire me! I absolutely love sharing rich and meaningful experiences with the folks that go on our bike trips. Every single person who comes on a Western Spirit trip has something valuable to bring to the group and to the experience. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time. 

Your Hometown:

Boise, Idaho (and Truckee, CA).

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Starbursts, my handy Buff, first aid kit, bike tools, more candy.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Everything I've biked in Tahoe- always beautiful, always fun.

What is your claim to fame?

Chess enthusiast. My travel set goes with me everywhere and I’m always down for a game!


Blake Stretton

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

The opportunity to show others the magic of the outdoors on two wheels.  What better way to explore a new or already loved place?  Plus the food we cook is pretty legit. Some might say I am an aspiring grandmother, no one will ever be hungry or disappointed. 

Your Hometown:

Scottsdale, AZ. 

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Most importantly, all the snacks, a multitool, flat kit, Voile straps, and large amounts of sunscreen.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Biking coast to coast on a whim, but honestly anytime I am on a bike.

What is your claim to fame?

My father invented Toaster Strudel...just kidding!


WESTON SHIREY

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

Unplugging from the day to day and plugging into nature is a core value of mine. I love to share unbelievable views, rides, and food in nature with anyone I can.

Your Hometown:

Park City, Utah

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Snacks, layers, first aid, pumps, and tools.

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Party shreds are my jam. Anytime I can get a solid group of friends on single track is a win; and après is a must.

What is your claim to fame?

I like to ride bikes A LOT, and I like to ride them real fast.

What is your signature camp recipe?

I love them all but I think my dutch oven lasagna still takes the cake.

Wes checking the view just outside of Moab.


MARK TAYLOR

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

I love bringing people out into the backcountry and exposing people to our beautiful public lands.

Your Hometown:

Detroit, Michigan

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Med kit, pump, multi tool, water and pocket bacon

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

Anytime on 2-wheels.

What is your claim to fame?

People like my hair.


Laura Long

What inspires you to take people on bike vacations?

There's a quote that goes something like.. you know.. by that one guy... ? haha...

But seriously, cycling has brought so many good things into my life. An awesome community, immersion in nature, new places, new challenges, freedom and simplicity, good health, and pure fun (both types!) to name a few. Everyone should have access to this and taking people on bike vacations allows me to be a part of it.

Your Hometown:

Green Oaks, Illinois

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Sunscreen, water, snacks (most likely a Snickers), photos of the fam, and a journal or notepad

What is the most fun you have had on 2-wheels?

So my dad, brother and I rented mountain bikes in Phoenix one afternoon. The singletrack was fun, but the ride back from the trailhead was by far the best part of the day. The sky was a lit in an orangey-purple that only existed for for an hour. The air was warm, breezy and fresh. I remember cruising downhill on buttery pavement through the neighborhood singing "Handlebars" by the Flobots - all hands proudly raised high off the bars, of course. We made it back to the rental trailer with perfect timing and in high spirits. Moments like this are the most fun on two wheels!

What is your claim to fame?

I'm born on the luckiest day of the year!


Jamie Marshall

Wait...You're the mechanic!

Yes! While I do spend a lot of time in the backcountry, one of my first jobs was working at a bike shop. I worked at a bike shop while I was in college too, and somehow I am a mechanic once again here at Western Spirit. Bikes manage to keep pulling me back into the shop and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 5 points if you can guess my college degree.

What inspires you to ride bikes?

Growing up in Moab, mountain biking was inevitable. However, I really only became serious about riding when I started racing in high school where it quickly became part of my every day life. I have many friendships forged through riding with complete strangers, and more great memories while on a bike than I can count. It doesn’t matter if there is bad weather, if I’m having a bad day, or if I’m riding alone; any day spent on two wheels is a reason to smile.

Your Hometown:

While I was born outside of Utah, Moab has been my home for nearly 20 years.

You can always find these 5 things in my pack:

Shock Pump, Tire Pump, and CO2. You’ll never find me without air! I suppose I have water and snacks too.

What is your claim to fame?

I have a faster lap time than our boss Mark S. on Daves Trail, a local downhill trail.