Bunyan Velo Evening of Adventure by Lucas Winzenburg

If you're in the Minneapolis area, we invite you to join us from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at Angry Catfish on Friday, March 20th, for an evening of bicycle travel presentations and live music! 

Listen to stories from Joe Cruz, Ben Hovland, Kat McCarthy, Amy Oberbroeckling, Aaron Ortiz, and Mark Sirek. Hear songs from Ben Weaver. 

LynLake Brewery will be pouring free beer all night and Salsa Cycles will have loaded touring bikes on display. We’ll have dozens of prizes to give away from our wonderful sponsors, including Anhaica Bag Works, Banjo Brothers, Porcelain Rocket, Randi Jo Fabrications, Salsa Cycles, Surly Bikes, and Swift Industries.

This event is free and open to everyone, whether you’re a seasoned expedition cyclist or just have a casual interest in bicycle touring or bikepacking. Come celebrate the end of winter and get excited for springtime riding!

You can RSVP for the event on Facebook, here.

Guest Gallery: Kevin Scott Batchelor by Lucas Winzenburg

Kevin Scott Batchelor is a photographer, cyclist, and musician based out of Boulder, Colorado. Growing up in a rural town in the southernmost county of New Jersey, Kevin never dreamed he'd be living in the beautiful mountains of Colorado with his wife, Charlotte. Thanks to the awe inspiring beauty of his adopted home, Kevin has rediscovered his passion for photography and lust for all things outdoors. As bicycle industry insider, he has unique access and understanding of its internal workings, a perspective that he's happy to share through photographs and words. 

Find Kevin on Instagram here.

Bunyan Velo Story on Vimeo by Lucas Winzenburg

Earlier this summer I was drinking my morning coffee on a bike camping trip in Afton State Park when I received an email inviting me to speak at a fall conference in New York City called The Future of Travel. It had a preliminary speaker list that included the CEO of Lonely Planet and the President of Vimeo, among many other impressive speakers. I had no idea how in the world I ended up on the list of invited speakers and in all honesty the idea was somewhat overwhelming. I decided the best thing to do would be to file it away mentally and go back to enjoying coffee and breakfast with friends on that beautiful morning in the park.

I didn’t do anything about the email for a week or two, until I told my lovely girlfriend Theresa about the invitation and she pushed me to accept and offered to come support me in New York.

I accepted, and last month I told the story of Bunyan Velo for the first time. It just so happened to be on stage in front of hundreds of people at The Times Center. You can view the entire 10-minute talk below.

Thank you to all of the readers, contributors, and sponsors who have made this project possible!

Guest Gallery: Johan Björklund by Lucas Winzenburg

Johan Björklund is a librarian and ride organizer from Vänersborg, Sweden. I stumbled upon his work earlier this year and it has been one of my obsessions ever since. Johan’s photos of the quiet roads, landscapes, and animals near his home in the south of Sweden are ethereal and enchanting. I couldn’t be more pleased to share a selection of them in this week’s guest gallery.

Follow Johan on Instagram here, and look for more of his work in the fifth issue of Bunyan Velo!

Guest Gallery: Erik Mathy by Lucas Winzenburg

My friend Erik Mathy first picked up a camera when his mom handed him her Pentax K1000 back in high school. Photography quickly became an obsession for him and he decided to study photojournalism at the Rochester Institute Technology. Erik went on to work in the offices of Magnum NY, as a freelance snowboard photographer in Maine, and as a staffer on the 24 Hours in Cyberspace project, but ultimately took a long hiatus from photography, opting to ride bikes instead.

Years later, Erik picked up cameras again after meeting and being influenced by guys like Jason Boucher, Errin Vasquez, and Eric Benjamin. Most recently, Erik has been revisiting his first love by shooting entirely on 35mm film. He's happy to be capturing beautiful places on film while spending time with good friends. 

Find more of Erik's photos on his Exposure site, here.