My name is Bradley Wiltfong and I am very excited to be your 2017 Summer Bike Camp instructor. I am new to the area, but already growing to learn and love life in the PNW. I grew up in the Midwest, attended school at KU, and have been cycling for the past 8 years. It started as a necessity. The bike was my only form of transportation as I commuted to and from school and explored the town. It all snowballed from there...I eventually got hooked up with the local cycling scene, joined a competitive race team, bought five more bikes, and spent all my free time out on the open roads in the ceaseless winds of Kansas. It was wonderful. Flat, but wonderful.
I graduated KU with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology in the winter of 2015. Throughout college, I had been working as a Group Leader for the local Boys & Girls Club. I supervised and lead groups of elementary students, planned and carried out fun activities, and mediated more than my fair share of silly little conflicts. Once graduated, I pursued more professional employment with the Boys & Girls Club and took over as Program Manager of a local Boys & Girls Club site. It was like going from 0-100. All of a sudden, I was dropped in immediately responsible for the daily operations of a site that served 160 elementary students daily, managing 10-12 staff, balancing budgets and collecting revenue, and maintaining relationships with the school administration and parents. I love it. Managing all the stress, all the responsibilities, and creatively solving problems is incredibly fulfilling for me. I thrived in this position and learned a lot about my strengths, my weaknesses, and own idiosyncrasies as a leader, manager, and individual.
That brings us to now. In early 2017, I made the decision to drop everything and move to the PNW to start a new life. My girlfriend had already been living here for 6 months prior, and after a long treacherous trek across the county in late January, I arrived. While looking for jobs, I happened upon this posting for a "Summer Bike Camp Instructor" that seemed like a perfect fit. After learning more about the position, I knew it was. I am very excited to be coming on as an instructor this summer and look forward to helping guide and teach your kids about the joys, responsibilities, and realities of being a cyclist. Cycling is a wonderful hobby and sport and I am very excited to share my passion and hard earned knowledge with your kids this summer.