Chapters

Gravel and Gratitude


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Intro

Intro

We’re grateful for gravel roads. Roads that aren’t crowded with cars, billboards, or artificial noise offer more room for the things we actually care about—things like fresh air and dreams and reflection and joy. We all find something different and deeply personal on roads that may not look like much on the surface. 

To explore those somethings, we bring you the stories of three riders who frequent the gravel roads of Colorado’s Front Range. Local photographer Adam Andres Pawlikiewicz Mesa teamed up with videographer Evan Green and producer Jalen Bazile to bring these personalities to life with three unique profiles in motion.

All of the creators and riders on this project share a bond in that they live in and give back to some of the same communities. Get to know the full crew: 

CREATORS

Photography

Name: Adam Andres Pawlikiewicz Mesa

Pronouns: He/Him

Age: 31

Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado (Ancestral Cheyenne/Ute Lands)

Affiliations/Communities: Latino, Mestizo, Ultra-endurance bikepacker, First-generation American, Polish-Colombian heritage

What would you do with a free day/weekend with perfect weather and no plans?
I’d take my gravel bike to go scout out a new area with minimal equipment, a fresh tank of stoke, some friends, and a small camera + lens to capture the adventure. It’d probably end with a ton of hike-a-bikes, some flats, a few beers, and a ton of laughs. If I’m not arriving home muddy and exhausted, well that just means we didn’t get rowdy enough. Either way, it’d be a great time.

Videography

Name: Evan Green

Pronouns: He/Him

Age: 33

Hometown: Plano, Texas 

Affiliations/Communities: Nat Geo Adventure

What is your favorite moment on a bike? 
Riding the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango during the summer of 2020!

Production

Name: Jalen Bazile 

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Age: 27

Hometown: Houston, Texas 

Affiliations/Communities: The Black Foxes, SRAM, Backcountry, Giant/Liv, Crux’inColor, Brotherhood of Outdoorsmen

What is your favorite moment on a bike? 
My favorite moment on the bike is in 2020, in Crested Butte, Colorado, a large group of friends showed up to ride together. 

RIDERS

Name: Krystal Salvent

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Age: 34

Hometown: Perth Amboy, New Jersey 

Affiliations/Communities: Black Girls Do Bike Denver, OUTRIDE, RFRJ (Ride for Racial Justice) 

What would you do with a free day/weekend with perfect weather and no plans?
I’d call all the homies! With the option of gravel or mountain biking. I would even pitch doing both, because why not? Being new-ish to Colorado and having a weekend, it’s an opportunity to ride new trail systems that are not close to Denver. A few hours’ drive can get me as far as Moab, Taos, Fruita, and as close as Colorado Springs. The possibilities are endless when bikes are involved! 

Name: Leonardo Brasil

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Age: 25

Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Affiliations/Communities: GRVL DNKYS

What would you do with a free day/weekend with perfect weather and no plans?
Definitely a bikepacking trip! I have a list of pre-planned routes that start from my front door in Denver (I don’t own a car), so I’d send out a group message to a few of my closest friends to see if they would be interested in joining, we would pick one of the routes, strap the bags to the bikes, and off we go!

Name: Brooke Goudy

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Age: Too old to be printed, but if you have to… I am 39

Hometown: Denver, CO by way of Montgomery, AL

Affiliations/Communities: Co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver; Ride for Racial Justice athlete; partnered athlete with Pearl Izumi;  ambassador for Deuter, WTB (Wilderness Trail Bikes), and Yeti; VIDA MTB Series ambassador and cofounder of the VIDA Impact Committee

Favorite moment on a bike?
My favorite ride was two years ago with my best friend. We went out to the French countryside and did some chill riding and headed up to the French Alps to get in a killer MTB ride. Nothing like shredding with your best friend with the Alps in the background.