Colin Strickland’s path to becoming a Red Bull cycling athlete started by scooting around on a 20-inch huffy, throughout the dirt paths of his family’s 23-acre organic farm near Austin, TX. As a young child, the sensation of losing traction and skidding tires on dusty trails foreshadowed a career in professional cycling. The fixed-gear bicycle, then, opened up the back door entrance to professional cycling for Colin. This started with the urban fixie commuter craze in the mid-oughts and sprung into high gear with the rise of Red Hook Crit. Until witnessing the international spectacle of Red Hook, making a living by riding bikes was hardly on Colin’s radar. These days, Colin has been shifting his focus to post-pro racer life and, with Wheelhouse Mobile, has been leveraging his skills as a craftsman to rehabilitate vintage Spartan trailers into comfy and capable tiny homes on wheels.
One of the riders on the TransIceland trip Reportage we hosted with Chris Burkard was pro cyclist Emily Batty. In this video series, she documents the journey across Iceland from her perspective. Episode one is the setup and episode two covers the beginning of this harrowing ride…
For those of you who have ridden this trail in Laguna, you know how easy Aaron Gwin makes this look… I love watching this guy ride!
Velocio recently sat down with Rebecca Rusch, the pro cyclist turned bicycle adventurer about her life, her career, and her aspirations in a 5-question format interview.
You’re an icon in the culture of riding and you have a committed following. How does the bike community inform your life and what are your goals for contributing to it in the future?
The bike community has become my tribe and provided more gifts in my life than I can list here. Through the bike, I’ve found the tool to fuel my curiosity, my wanderlust, my motivation, to form human connections and build a meaningful career. The bike is an iconic tool for exploration that is understood and embraced worldwide. I found my husband through the bike, my family, myself and my purpose.
There are some gems in there, so be sure to check it out at Velocio!