Balance Cycling Founder and President
After years of riding and racing with area clubs, Ryan decided to create a community of cyclists unlike any he'd experienced. In 2005, Balance Cycling was born and the Minneapolis bike scene finally had access to a club of dedicated riders who put group dynamics before personal gain. As a true team player himself, Ryan attracts people who want to win, but can do it with just the right mix of self-confidence and selflessness. As the club continues to grow, Ryan continues to meet the diverse needs of his riders with new programs, routes, events and leadership. Ryan is a former Cat 2 road racer known for his work horse ethic and powerful sprint. When he isn't riding his bike, you'll find him at his Minneapolis-based website design and development company, Clever Clever.
I ride my bike not just because it's healthy and a great way to stay in shape or because of the occasional random friendships you make along the way whom with time sometimes become special people and precious assets in life. I ride because when I do so I feel like a kid again, and with every push down on my pedals I get closer and closer to that little boy, whom I never seem to catch, because he is way too happy, smiling and full of energy. One day I will catch him, when my silhouette fades in the awesomeness of a beautiful red and orange sunset, when my sounds are no more, my sight is dark and the lake still.
In the meantime, I look forward to see you on the roads or give you something to look at, as I ride away from you.
Cycling has been a lifelong passion for John and he is now focused on the road after many years of mountain trails in Colorado. Endurance rides, hill events, and long distance tours are his specialties.
Along with his fellow leaders he likes to develop group dynamics while improving individual performance. Contrary to professional road racing this equates to “the kings protect the pawns”—the strongest riders show their strength by helping the slower riders. His greatest satisfaction comes from seeing the huge fitness gains of the group by the end of each season.
John began riding with Balance Cycling after meeting the crew for RAGBRAI in 2007. It quickly became his goal to keep up with the faster riders so the best riding stories could be seen, not heard later. He found that the Balance group was very supportive of that goal, who always provided advice and valuable feedback as well as being a great social environment for quirky, bike addicts like himself.
Juliet is a veteran cyclist and spin instructor with a passion for the bike, competitive edge, and selfless work ethic. Known for her steady pacing and patience with beginner riders, Juliet has been with Balance Cycling since its humble beginnings.
Juliet is a Ragbrai “lifer” who balances time on her Cannondale with time on her yoga mat.
Shannon discovered the world of cycling six years ago and fell in love with it immediately for the pure athleticism of the sport. Shortly thereafter she met Carlos while riding in St. Paul who introduced her to Balance Cycling, which opened the doors to the cycling community as a whole as well as the Balance family. Over the years she has developed a passion to see women improve and become more confident on their bikes.
During the off-season, Shannon enjoys running, yoga and spending time with her boyfriend Carlos and their two bunnies Arlo and Luna.
Marketing folks would call Mark a “serious enthusiast” rider for the last 15 years. He would say he just loves riding. Balance initially wooed him with their predictable ride schedule, great peloton organization, and convenient central location, but he ended up staying because of the people. “In the end, biking is a lot like any other sport, it's a great way to be outside with friends, but the gear is lot cooler.” Mark co-leads the Medium group on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. When not in a bike kit, he is a psychologist.
Often referred to as the North Loop's secret weapon, John has been tripping the light pedal fantastic since most folks were still watching Lunch with Casey. He has met guys who've met Lance, spun in Marina del Rey with Johnny G (Goldberg), and been pushed up a mountain by the time trial champion of Colorado. His cycling philosophy includes the down-home wisdom of Jed Clampett, the inspiration of Albert Einstein (we both came up with the Theory of Relativity while riding bikes—Einstein just came up with it first), and the optimism of Mark Twain, “Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live.”
John likes the fact that Balance rides can be simultaneously a challenge and a blessing.
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