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Tour de Wyoming

the startThe Tour de Wyoming kicked off for the first time in 1997. Some 45 intrepid riders gathered in Powell, Wyoming for a six-day ride that went up and over the Bighorn Mountains and finishing up in Casper. It was initially an event of the Wyoming Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sport. At that time Amber Travsky, who has been the Tour Director since it began, was Chairperson for the Council.  After three Tours, Cycle Wyoming was formed as a 501c(3) non-profit to put on the Tour de Wyoming.  The purpose of Cycle Wyoming is to promote and encourage cycling across the State of Wyoming.

The Tour de Wyoming planning committee is comprised of 24 volunteers, with most residing in Laramie. The Tour de Wyoming and Cycle Wyoming are fully volunteer driven and have no paid staff.  The goal of the Tour is to keep the costs minimal to make it inviting even to the first time rider.

Tour Planning Committee

The Tour de Wyoming is made possible by the Tour Planning Committee.  The group is 100% volunteer and many have given their time for nearly two decades to make the ride possible. Click on the names below to find out more about planning committee members.

Amber Travsky, Tour Director

Amber Travsky, Tour Director

Amber Travsky, from Laramie, is the founder of the Tour de Wyoming and has served as volunteer Tour Director since its inception in 1997.  When not working on the tour and spending time out on one of her stable of bicycles, Amber works as a wildlife biologist with her own company, Real West Natural Resource Consulting. She also runs the Laramie Kempo Karate Club and is a former adjunct instructor for the University of Wyoming and Laramie County Community College. Amber is a freelance writer and contributes regularly to the Laramie and Cheyenne newspapers.  She is the author of Mountain Biking Wyoming and Mountain Biking Jackson Hole.

Kevin Bretting

Kevin Bretting

Kevin, along with his wife, Tamara, has been on the planning committee for the Tour since 2011. His role is to order and transport all of the rest stop food needed for the week and help organize town arrangements. Kevin is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer in Laramie, and is also a dance instructor, specializing in 1920’s-1930’s era Swing Dancing. He loves movement and exercise and all of the healthy benefits that come with it. He has been cycling recreationally since he was 16 years old and loves to get out on these big open Wyoming roads. Kevin and Tamara have two young boys whom no doubt will join them on the Tour once they can hang on to a trailer-bike long enough to make it to the next rest stop. 

Tamara Bretting

Tamara Bretting

Tamara has been involved with the Tour de Wyoming Committee, along with her husband, Kevin, since 2011. She helps to organize and transport all of the rest stop food items that are needed throughout the week and assists with establishing town arrangements. Tamara is a chemistry teacher at Laramie High School and is also an assistant swimming coach for the high school men’s and women’s teams, as well as the junior high school swim team. She is a member of Zonta, a women’s organization whose mission is to advance the status of women worldwide. Looking for another form of exercise she could maintain for 2+ hours after having been a swimmer for the University of Wyoming, she’s fallen in love with cycling and will never look back.

Larry Foianini

Larry Foianini

Larry Foianini, 65, is a retired dentist who was born and raised in Rock Spring, Wyoming.  He currently lives in Laramie.  He attended the University of Wyoming for bachelor and masters degrees in zoology and physiology.  Larry spent 1969 and 1970 in Vietnam era Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) as an x-ray, lab, and pharmacy technician. Larry practiced dentistry in Laramie for 34 years. He is married to Mary (Melinkovich) Foianini, his high school sweetheart and also a Rock Springs native.  Larry’s favorite avocation is woodworking while his favorite activities include cycling, backpacking, and x-country skiing.

Keith Koenig

IMAG0316 (1)Keith Koenig

Keith Koenig lives in Cheyenne and is a retired United State Air Force Master Sergeant who is currently working for the Air Force as a safety professional.   Keith has been riding in the Tour de Wyoming since 2003 and has been a member of the planning committee since 2004.  Keith has ridden his bicycle in more than ten countries on three continents, but finds the beautiful, scenic mountains of Wyoming his favorite place to be in the saddle.  When not riding the roads of Wyoming, Keith can be found on many of the mountain bike trials around the state.  Keith and his wife, Lisa, along with their daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Will, enjoy camping and exploring the Rocky Mountain region.  Keith is also a member of the Cheyenne Cycling Club, the Wyoming Mighty Mopars, and the American Legion Post 6.   

Marilyn Krysl

Marilyn Krysl

Peggy McCrackin

Peggy McCrackin

Peggy lives in Laramie and has been riding the Tour de Wyoming since 1999 and has served on the Planning Committee since 2000. She worked for over 25 years as an Information Technology professional before embarking on her career re-visioning quest. In recent years, she has been engaged in a variety of community-based work including launching a communal garden, co-founding a girl’s running program, directing a fresh-food growing and sharing program, and has recently joined ARK Regional Services as an instructor in the areas of yoga, computers, and horticulture. Peggy looks forward to the Tour each year not only for the excellent riding, but for the chance to share the best of Wyoming with old and new friends from across town, the state, the country, and the world.  

Mike Milam

Mike Milam

Mike Milam is a nine year committee member and ten-year rider of the Tour de Wyoming. He lives in Laramie. He retired from the University of Wyoming in June of 2012 after almost 24 years of service. Mike now spends his time hiking, cycling, skate skiing and traveling as an excuse to take pictures. When not engaged in these activities he is volunteering on various committees around Laramie or enjoying time with his granddaughters.

Alan Moore

Alan Moore

Alan Moore lives in Laramie where he has been a professor at the University of Wyoming for over 20 years. He currently works for Laramie County School District #1 in Cheyenne as a data analyst. Alan has been riding on the Tour de Wyoming since 2006 and has been a member of the planning committee since 2009. Other than cycling, hiking, and backpacking, he enjoys rather more sedentary endeavors like playing violin in the UW Symphony Orchestra, playing piano, and playing chess. His only claim to cycling fame is having cycled self-supported with the true cyclist in the family, his wife Cindy, on a trip from Portland, Oregon back to Laramie one summer after the Tour.

Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore lives in Laramie. Cindy fell in love with cycling riding her first tour in 2005 and hasn’t missed a tour since. She began volunteering on the committee in 2007. In addition to cycling, Cindy enjoys hiking, jogging and snowshoeing. She also likes to knit and read. Cindy works for the Albany County School District as a home bound teacher.

Juiie Nutter

Julie Nutter

Julie Nutter has lived in Laramie since 2007. She is the wife of Mike Nutter, the Tour’s volunteer coordinator.  According to Mike, Julie’s first passion is her black lab, Zeb, who puts meaning in her life by sleeping and eating most of the day. Julie loves being outdoors in all kinds of weather by biking, skiing, and running, with an occasional indoor swim in there for good measure. Julie joined the tour in 2008 with the hopes of meeting some like-minded people. She certainly was not disappointed. She became a member of the planning committee in 2012.  Julie says she can’t think of any better way to spend her summer than on a bike in beautiful Wyoming with 350 of her best friends.

Mike Nutter

Mike Nutter

Mike has lived in Laramie with his wife, Julie, since 2007. He retired from the United States Air Force and is now enjoying the slower life in Wyoming by fishing, hiking, and getting outside more. His wife still makes him work but not as much as he used to. He has been a part of the Tour since 2008 when he was first volunteered to help at one of the rest stops. You usually won’t see him on a touring bike because he says it makes him tired, but he does enjoy eating the food and talking to everyone that stops at the rest stops. He joined the planning committee in 2012 as the Volunteer Coordinator.

Shaun Shafer

Shaun Shafer

Shaun is the head medical coordinator for the Tour.  He lives in Laramie.  Shaun is a former rider in the Little 500 bike race (Breaking Away movie) and a local eye surgeon. He earned his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, did his internship in internal medicine at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati and completed his residency at Akron City Hospital where he was chief resident. He also has an M.B.A. and B.S. in molecular genetics from Indiana University.

Lowell Spackman

Lowell Spackman

Lowell and his wife Susan have ridden at least a portion of all but the first Tour de Wyoming bike rides. He has been on the organizing committee since 2003. The challenge of climbing the various passes that the tour has offered motivates him to keep on riding. Two of his favorite rides were 2007 when we rode down Spearfish Canyon and over to Devils Tower, and 2013’s ride over the Beartooth Highway and up Dead Indian Pass. Finishing these rides provides a real sense of accomplishment. When not riding his road bike, Lowell enjoys running with the Blub Brothers, swimming, mountain biking, skiing, or most any outdoor activities. Lowell has been employed by the State of Wyoming in the Department of Environmental Quality for the past 25 years as a soil scientist.

Susan Spackman

Susan Spackman

Susan has been riding at least a portion of each of the Tour de Wyoming rides for the past 16 years; only missing the very first Tour. She has been on the organizing committee for the past three years. Her career as an elementary school teacher in Laramie, Cheyenne, and Hanna, WY has allowed her to cultivate her love of reading to her students. In the summer, she enjoys pedaling the various bike routes around Laramie, Cheyenne, and Centennial as training rides for longer adventures such as the Tour. Last summer she, husband Lowell, and friends from Cheyenne and Grand Junction rode the Oregon Coast. She also enjoys going to Laramie’s Recreation Center, skiing, and adventure travel throughout the world. Some of the memorable adventures have included spelunking through a water cave in Guatemala, tramping on the Milford Track in New Zealand, and climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Kim Sorenson

Kim Sorenson

Kim Sorenson resides in Laramie. He retired in July 2014, after a thirty-five year career in education where he served as a Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, and Elementary and High School Principal. Kim credits the Tour De Wyoming with helping him establish and reach several personal fitness goals five years after a serious health crisis. Skiing, fishing, camping and hunting are the activities he loves when he is not out on the road on his bike. He loves working with people to help them plan and organize fun events and activities. Kim is married to Rozanne Sorenson, an elementary teacher. Kim and Rozanne are avid, recreational bicyclists, and can often be seen riding their tandem bike around Laramie with their Grandson, Colben, in the trailer. Kim is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Laramie County Community College in Laramie and a Ski Instructor at Snowy Range Ski Area.

Deanna Suder

Deanna Suder

Deanna Suder has been on the committee since 2015.  Her first tour was in 2012 to celebrate 30 years of marriage. she completed that tour on her ancient red Nishiki 10-speed that her husband (Steven) gave her the first year they were married.  After climbing Teton Pass on that bike, she decided it might be a good idea to update!  Deanna works as a physical therapist with children with disabilities through the Developmental Preschool in Laramie, as well as with older adults through a local home health agency.  Deanna is a runner at heart, who took up cycling to ease the wear on her joints.  She also enjoys hiking, camping, Nordic skiing and just about anything outdoors.  Deanna and Steven have 3 grown children–Beau, Heidi and Cody.

Steven Suder

Steven Suder

Steven has been on the committee since 2015 and resides in Laramie. He and his wife, Deanna, participated in the 2012 Tour de Wyoming to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. Steven thought it would be cheaper than a cruise but now, three Tours and two new bikes later, he’s not so sure.  Steven was the wrestling coach for the outstanding University of Wyoming wrestling team.  He served in that position for 19 years and is now Coordinator for Academic Advising in the Center for Academic Advising and Career Services at the University of Wyoming.  He is the father of three – Beau, Heidi Joy and Cody.

Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker

Greetings.  My first Tour de Wyoming was in 1999 with 14 tours recorded since, all on the same road bike. My first bike was a Huffy Stingray (circa 1957) which substituted for a ‘horse’ most days.  I enjoy the tour for the effort it requires, followed by a good meal, a decent shower, and a well-earned rest.  The people I meet are an added bonus. Laramie (where Jackie lives) requires seasonal cycling unless one is able and willing to travel to more suitable climates in the winter, so my ‘off’ season fitness is running, skiing, and cross fitting.  My favorite tour jerseys are 2005 (Antelope), 2007 (Devils Tower), and 2009 (Animal Prints). Since I have to work to support my interests, I am employed as an academic professional for the University of Wyoming (College of Business).  Maybe this year I’ll purchase that new bike!

Casey Wood

Casey Wood

Meg Wood

Meg Wood

Past Members

Past Tour Planning Committee Members

Through our 19 years of the tour, a number of other individuals have served on the Tour Planning Committee. Our thanks to everyone who ever helped out.

George Barnes
Mitch Bock
Birdie Boltz
Beth Cable
Bob Clark
Denise Clark
Jon Gardzelewski
John Hartman
Diana “Judi” Hulme
Van Jacobson
Teri Lund
Cat Martin
Phil Martin
Jay Meyer
Sue Neizgoda
Ron Phillips
Tom Riedel
Clay Rouse
Kelly Steiner
Angie Varca
Rich Vincent
Michelle Visser
Nick Visser
Don Woods
Pauline Woods
Bob Young
Carolyn Young