Sometimes referred to as the “accidental advocate”, Dave started bicycling to work as a way to reduce his carbon footprint. He since served as a Board member of the Virginia Bicycle Federation, the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council’s Transportation Committee, and has been active in advocating for safer road markings, more bike lanes and other actions to make Virginia even MORE bicycle friendly than it already is. He is a League of American Bicyclists Certified Safety Instructor, a graduate of Adventure Cycling Association’s Leading Tours Training Program, is certified in Wilderness First Aid, and is a member of the Bicycle Tour Network Association.
Dave loves the history, the flora and fauna, the views and the feeling after a good day’s ride. He loves sharing the sites and stories of Virginia with cyclists of all levels and ability. In a group ride, he tends to ride “sweep”, bringing up the rear while sharing information and observations about the area and the experience. Dave tends to be kind of quiet a lot of the time, but his wit and wisdom never fail to engage those he connects with.
Tasha, known as the Core Happiness Coach, started her adult riding on a hand-me-down 1970 something Schwinn 21 speed. Then she graduated to a second-hand Bianchi with only two front rings. There were many a hill that she walked that bike up, but her love of being outdoors and moving on the road kept her going. She has yet to buy herself a new bike, but Dave bought her the perfect bike for Christmas one year (a Surly Longhaul Trucker) and she still tends to be the last one to the top of a rise, enjoying the ride along the way. Tasha is also a graduate of Adventure Cycling Association’s Leading Tours Training Program, a League Certified Instructor, and an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid Instructor.
In a past life (back in the 90s) Tasha led people through high and low ropes course initiatives and facilitated other group adventures. She loves creating space and opportunity for people to enjoy themselves and have unforgettable positive experiences. Her jovial nature and positive, encouraging outlook relaxes and connects with those around her.