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
Ryan King, Chair
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 lived in Colorado for 20 years and has been riding with OUTspokin’ for ten years. He and his partner joined the group for fitness and to meet new friends. Scott loves the outdoors. When he isn’t riding, he enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, running, and hiking. He also is the proud father of his four-legged fur baby, Rosie.
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!
Beth Wampler has been a member of OUTspokin’ since 2015. “I love the camaraderie—I’ve met so many great people. And OUTspokin gives me the chance to do rides I might not do on my own.” Wampler is an avid road and mountain biker, and has biked in Croatia, Thailand, Vietnam, France, New Zealand and Scotland, as well as all over the US. She also published a short-lived but much-loved national women’s cycling magazine called Two-Wheeled Women. Beth hails from the midwest, but is sooooo glad to call Colorado home since 1980.
Andy and his partner moved to Colorado from Chicago in 2017 to be near the mountains. Little did they know how much harder road biking would be with actual hills. They both joined OUTSpokin’ right after moving here to meet other people in the LGBT community with similar interests. Off the bike, Andy loves reading, writing, hiking, skiing and pretty much anything outside.
Board Meeting Minutes
Board Member Application
Please contact us to find out about current and future openings.