Driftless Region Bicycle Coalition is governed by a Board of Directors that are elected from the membership. Board meetings are open to the public and members are encouraged to attend. You will the board and committee meetings posted on the DRBC calendar.
Current Board of Directors:
Michael Baker – President: I have lived in La Crosse for over a dozen years and always walked or biked to work. Sold the second car many years ago. Cycling to me is a logical way to get around. It is also a love of mine. Having a full stable of bikes which take up the extra room in the garage left by the second car, I enjoy any cycling I can cycle to. I usually ride somewhere everyday and have been enjoying immersing myself in the growing bicycling culture in the La Crosse area. My goal is to spread the love and logic of riding a bike to my community. I don’t think automobiles are evil, mostly great dividers of community and a waste of resources. You don’t have to love the bicycle, just know it is a great thing.
Dan Novak – Vice President (Onalaska): I have been riding and working on bicycles since I was a child. I started commuting by bike in college and have been doing so ever since. The first organized tour I did was the Coulee Classique in 1985 and have been enjoying doing them since. I have volunteered in bike events and organizations since the late 80’s. I am currently a director of the La Crosse Area Labor Day Bicycle Festival/bikelacrosse.com in addition to serving on the board of the DRBC. One of my main goals is help the different groups who want to support bicycling work together in a friendly and efficient manor.
Carrie Melin – Secretary (La Crosse): My dad taught me how to ride a bike when I was a child and I haven’t stopped biking yet! I enjoy riding my bike to work, on errands, on the trails, over the hills and of course to local ice cream parlors. I am thrilled to be a part of the DRBC board to work to get more people on bikes, more often.
Brian McCarty – Treasurer (La Crescent): I’m primarily a recreational rider, participating in the various day rides in the area (June Dairy Days Minds in Motion, Catfish Days, etc.) One of my favorite rides is to go up Apple Blossom Drive to Great River Bluffs State Park, grab a snack and go for a short hike, and then bike back. I also commute to work in downtown La Crosse (though not every day) as well as errands in town (Library, bank, Post Office, etc.) I’m set up for loaded touring, bit I haven’t done a lot of it – just a few overnights. I’d really like to do a 3 or 4 day loaded tour sometime. For the past few years I’ve done some supported multi-day tours, my favorite being Tour da U.P., which does a different loop thorough Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2 days of biking, a day off, and 2 days of biking.I’m glad to be Minnesota’s representative on the DRBC – emphasizing we want to encourage biking in the entire area – not just La Crosse
Michael Barreyro – Board Member (La Crosse):
My priorities in life are 1) family and friends, 2) career, and 3) Freemasonry. Bicycling naturally fits in with these priorities because with family and friends, cycling enables my family to run errands and grocery, go to school and lessons, and socialize with friends on various social rides and events. Bicycling enables my career because my commute to work energizes me for the day, and also allows me to network with other professionals(both inside and outside of work) who share a common interest in bicycling. Bicycling also helps support Brotherly Love, one of the tenants of Freemasonry, by making it easier for me to interact with others that I would not be able to do in a car. It’s a wonderful feeling, on a bicycle ride, to be able to smile and greet strangers and have them return it.
I am an active member of the DRBC because I want bicycling to become a natural activity of people’s lives, no matter their priorities…everyday is “a nice day for a bicycle ride.”
Scott Hoffman – Board Member (La Crosse): I am a founding member of DRBC and have served on the board as the Secretary and Vice President. My bicycling interests are long distance touring, road riding, and commuting. I’ve been an active cyclist for 40+ years and have been a La Crosse resident for 30+ years.