I knew Kurt from online for some time before I finally met him in person. Like any online relationship it was vail thin in the scope of things. We simply both shared some of the same passions. When I did met Kurt in person at the 25 Hours in Frog Hollow bike race, he recognized me right away and said hello before I did. Kurt’s character became clear right away.
In my opinion, one of the things that stands out about Kurt is his personality. If you watch him talk others you’ll see he truly listens and engages with them. It’s easy to see why he used to be a teacher. This must also be a big help with Bikepacking Roots advocacy work too. His personality is the same online as it is in everyday life, which is rare.
Just last month at the start of the Colorado Trail Race I watched as Kurt interacted with multiple people, as he fetched coffee and checked his tire pressure at 3:30 am. He did so in a relaxed and humble manner, while most were abuzz with nervous energy. You could see Kurt was in his element and looking forward to testing himself.
I’ve always been in awe of his ability to push himself on the bike as well. It’s been great following his racing achievements, but even more amazing has been to watch him mold multiple passions into one with Bikepacking Roots. The Bikepacking community is lucky to have Kurt in our corner.
It was great to see Kurt talking about focusing on what’s most important and sacrificing in his answer above, in regards to the question about barriers. This is something I learned from my thru-hiking and try to pass on to others whenever I can. Reading Kurt’s answer was as if I had written it myself.