Who keeps OUTspokin’ rolling?
The fun kick-off parties, the busy ride schedule throughout each season, the delicious BBQs, and the club’s fundraising don’t just organize themselves! The dedicated volunteers on the board of directors work behind the scenes year-round to keep the club true to its mission. They make sure it continues to be a vibrant, growing group and a vital part of the LGBTQ+ community. There is always a lot to dream up and decide, and these people are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and serve as leaders of OUTspokin’.
Current Board Members
Kim Eickhoff, Chair
Kim has ridden with OUTspokin’ since 2007. She originally joined the group to meet other healthy LGBTQ+ people when she moved to Colorado. However, as she began riding more regularly with them she realized that she loved cycling, especially riding in the mountains. It is so beautiful and spiritual, there is really nothing else like it. She has also met many amazing people through the group and created some wonderful friendships. “This is a great group of people and I feel very lucky to have found them. I love OUTspokin’!”
Ryan has called Colorado home since 2000 and joined OUTspokin’ in 2017. Providing the opportunity to meet new people and stay active, made joining OUTspokin’ the ideal fit. “I’ve been fortunate to meet amazing friends and challenge myself with rides.” Ryan was new to the sport of cycling and found the OUTspokin’ group was fun and genuine. He quickly became an enthusiast. “The people with the club are fantastic and welcoming, I immediately felt comfortable with riding even though I had very little experience. It’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made to join OUTspokin’!”
René Hickman, Secretary
René has loved riding bikes since he taught himself to ride his first 2-wheeler at the age of four. After years of racing and coaching René began looking for a community of cyclists within the LGBTQ+ community that would share his passion for cycling and activism, and found OUTspokin’ at the age of 51. René rides both road and mountain bikes, and when he’s not riding he’s hiking with his dog Finn. Cycling is his passion and he is grateful to have this ability to share this passion with a community of like minded, fun loving individuals.
Melanie Scott, Treasurer
Melanie is a Denver native and loves the sunshine all year round. “OUTspokin’ offers me the opportunity to ride with active healthy men and women and have fun while building friendships and creating positive visibility for the LGBTQ+ community”. When Melanie is not playing outside, she attempts to catch glimpses of her two grown daughters, and enjoys seeing live music and her work as a case manager at a spine rehabilitation clinic.
Scott has been riding with OUTspokin’ for the past nine years. He and his partner, Steven, joined the group to meet new peeps who share their love for cycling as well as the outdoors. Scott’s favorite rides include Independence and Vail Pass. When Scott isn’t riding his bike, he enjoys traveling, gardening, and hiking! He is also the proud father of two dogs, Bella and Rosie.
The riding addiction started when I got my tricycle! When I attended CU Boulder, I probably was on my bike more than I was in class. I have ridden extensively in San Francisco and Marin County, New Mexico, and Colorado. I especially love riding in 10 – 14K feet in the mountains. Century rides began in 1982 but my new favorite distance is 40 – 60 miles. During 2015, I rode the Triple Bypass, NM MS150, Copper Triangle, Bob Cook Memorial Hill Climb, Red Rocks Century, Denver Century, and more. Over the past ten years, I have become more interested in food and fueling the body for endurance rides. I enjoy sharing recipes and making healthy ride food. OK – I’m a foodie in general. Helping others with their riding is my pleasure. Leading rides, fixing flats, and flying downhill are all part of the sport I adore.
My husband and I joined OUTspokin’ through the app called Meetup. With no expectations except to possibly find new trails rides, we found an accepting, friendly, and giving group of people that we are proud to be a part of. I am happy to be on the board and to use my experience and knowledge as a photographer to help the group grow. Come ride with us!
Board Meeting Minutes
Board Member Application
Please contact us to find out about current and future openings.