Riding bikes has been a monumental aspect of all our lives at Yker Acres. Riding bikes keep us happy, healthy, and adds balance to our daily routine. We are so lucky to have very well maintained bike trails in our area of Duluth. We don't have to travel far to have access to paved trails, mountain bike trails, or the endless dirt roads.
Matt passed on his passion of riding bikes onto Josey and he pursued his dream of becoming a professional cyclist.
Josey got his first road bike for his 8th birthday (He is now 20!). Needless to say it was the BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER! This started a lifetime activity that consumed Josey's spare time, money, and dreams. For years he would save his money for all things "bike related". His dream? To someday race the Tour de France. So be inspired by a young boys passion for bike riding and watch the video...
Josey's loved riding his bike and Matt loved riding bikes with him. This passion turned into years of traveling around the USA racing road, mountain biking, and cyclocross. It has allowed Josey to travel to far away places like Canada, Belgium, Germany, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Scotland, and Spain (and counting...)
Farming is hard work. It is a job that never has a time card. You have to be able to do chores everyday and be around for the unexpected stuff like piglets being born, making sure all the pigs are okay during bad weather, pigs getting into places they are not supposed to be, and many other unexpected mishaps. So biking for Matt is a way to escape, clear his head, stay fit, and most of all HAVE FUN! This spring we were able to get away from the farm for our first vacation in 20 years to explore the mountain biking trails of Utah and Colorado. Of course, we don't have to travel far to enjoy amazing biking trails-we have many right here in Duluth, up the Northshore, Brainerd, Hayward, Grand Rapids, and so many more!
Even though I am not as fast as Josey and Matt, nor do I race bikes, I still enjoy biking. It has helped keep me healthy and I love riding trails in the woods on my fat bike because it allows me to go at a slow pace and absolutely go anywhere I want with those squishy, fat tires.
Even our farmhand, Tiffany loves riding her bike. She enjoys riding her mountain bike and recently has been riding road bikes. She was President of the UMD cycling club and plans on riding for life. Riding keeps her life balanced between farmwork and fun.