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ABOUT

The Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance (OPBA) is all about cycling on the Olympic Peninsula—the “OP.”

We live here, so we ride incredible routes every day—every day we get to explore this incredible world of cycling. Many of us have logged tens of thousands of miles over a lifetime of cycling, while others discovered the joy and the rewards of cycling more recently. Many have cycled all over the world but the OP’s roads and trails are where we share great rides without ever leaving “home.”

The cycling community on the Olympic Peninsula is a diverse group with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and riding abilities. And, like others energized by a passion for cycling, we’re actively engaged in improving bicycle safety, making our cities and towns more cyclist friendly, and educating others about the many benefits of biking.

We’ve gathered a lot of information about cycling on the Olympic Peninsula and we aim to keep adding to our lists of great routes, super rides, and cyclist friendly places to stay, feast, have fun, and make great memories as you explore a whole new world of cycling adventure.

Come “Ride the OP!”

WHO WE ARE

OPBA was formed to serve the interests and meet the needs of cyclists on the Olympic Peninsula—whether they live here or come to visit in search of great rides. We’re a new 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated in Washington State in February 2017.

We envision the Olympic Peninsula as an entire region of cyclist friendly towns and cities where cycling is a way of life—a primary means of transportation, health and fitness, and community engagement and enrichment. We see the OP as a whole new world of cycling adventure, discovery, and enjoyment.

Our mission is to make cycling the OP better, safer, and more accessible for all cyclists. We work closely with governments and businesses, organizations and individuals, to promote bicycle safety, education, and training, while promoting the Olympic Peninsula as a premier cycling destination.

During the coming year, we’ll be growing our membership, adding new routes to our library of great places to ride and explore on the Olympic Peninsula, expanding the listing in each service category, and otherwise working to achieve our goal of becoming a principal source of information on all things related to cycling the OP.

We hope you’ll join us!

Become a Member of the Olympic Peninsula Bicycle Alliance!

Join OPBA

We offer several membership options and ways to donate to, or otherwise support the mission of OPBA.  All membership fees and other donations are tax-deductible.

OPBA Board of Directors

Ken Stringer
Ken StringerPresident
Ken Stringer is OPBA’s President. He’d only dabbled in cycling before coming to the Olympic Peninsula in 2012. Then he fell in with this “biker gang,” and has since logged more miles, climbed more hills, and enjoyed more adventures on his bicycle than he ever imagined he would. Retired from a career in government and management consulting, his focus is on cycling and community engagement. He’s a founder of CommunityPlus, a group dedicated to promoting civility, civil discourse and community engagement, and also serves on the Board of the Sequim YMCA.
Tom Coonelly
Tom CoonellyVice-President
Tom Coonelly is Vice-president. He’s been the moving force behind many local cycling initiatives and programs: he was a co-founder of the Spoke Folk Cycling Club in Sequim; as its first Ride Director, Tom helped launch the Tour de Lavender and make it a premier OP cycling event; under his direction, Sequim’s annual “Cranksgiving” food drive by area cyclists puts thousands of pounds of food on the shelves of the Sequim Food Bank. On and off the bike, Tom is a dedicated advocate of cycling, actively engaged in promoting road and mountain biking, bicycle safety, training and education, and expanding the cycling community.
Sherri Smith
Sherri SmithSecretary
Sherri Smith, our Secretary, discovered the joy and freedom of riding a bicycle as a kid. Her first long “solo” ride, though, was when she was in her 20’s—and that was a 30-mile trip from home to Michigan State University and back. Since then her cycling has taken her to Ireland, New Zealand, and Norway among many other places, and she’s a life member of the Adventure Cycling Association. Even so, she still finds the Olympic Peninsula ideal because of the numerous options it affords—from the Olympic Discovery trail, to relaxed trips down gently rolling country roads to the occasional epic climb up Hurricane Ridge. Her “biker gang” is the Sequim “Women on Wheels” club.
Tom Guobis
Tom GuobisTreasurer
Tom Guobis serves as OPBA’s Treasurer. He has been an avid outdoorsman for most of his life and enjoys anything that gets him out in the beautiful natural environment around us. Although this includes many activities, from hiking and cross-country skiing to fly fishing, sea kayaking and sailing, his main love has been cycling. Since he was five, he has enjoyed both road and mountain bike riding in the US and Canada, as well as in Mexico, New Zealand, and France. He has participated in group road rides like STP (Seattle to Portland) and Cycle Oregon, as well as private trips with Cycle America and Imagine Tours. He and his wife, Joan, live in the small town of Agnew, midway between Sequim and Port Angeles.
Buck Giles
Buck GilesBoard Member
Buck has been on two wheels since learning to ride a bike as a child growing up in rural Grays Harbor County. Cycling fever struck in the form of mountain biking during his college days. Being involved on campus with cycling clubs, group rides, and building trails helped him discover his passion for cycling.
He has continued his advocacy locally with his shop by supporting Reach the Beach Washington, Lake Quinault Cancer Ride, and working with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to establish more trails in and around Seabrook where his shop is located.
As a board member of OPBA and Grays Harbor resident, he works towards developing a brighter future for cyclists on the Olympic Peninsula.
Randy Barber
Randy BarberBoard Member
Randy Barber has been cycling his whole life, but got interested in endurance road riding in 1998 when a friend participated in a week long charity ride called the California AIDS Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. He participated in his first 500+ mile ride in 1999 and was hooked. Since then he’s ridden in 10 SF-LA AIDS rides, two Cycle Oregon and four Cycle Greater Yellowstone events, and numerous century rides among others. He’s passionate about promoting safe and courteous cycling. He also belongs to the Cascade Bicycle Club. Randy and his wife, Suzanne, retired to Port Angeles from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 and he’s been riding the Olympic Peninsula ever since.
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