Rene grew up in a family-owned motorcycle business and because of that has always loved everything outdoors and two wheels. Over the last ten years Rene, along with her husband, stayed busy with two companies: Gateway Harley Davidson and Gateway Devo Cycling, an amateur road cycling team. Developing individuals and growing the sport of cycling has been very important to both of them. In 2016, they sold the Harley Davidson dealership. Two months later, Rene applied for a grant through the Strider Education Foundation and was awarded the opportunity to host a biking camp for kids with Down Syndrome. The camp was one of the most beneficial experiences of giving Rene had ever experienced. Rene has a sister with Down Syndrome, so understands just how special these kids are. It was from this great experience that she began fulfilling her passion for children, getting them outside, and empowering them.
Rene is working on building a mountain bike park along with pump track and skills courses within her community’s existing parks. Ultimately, she hopes to have it all connected with safe trails. Rene has plans to change the world two wheels at a time and knows that starting within her community will help spread this culture. Rene has a personal goal to find funding for every grade school in Jefferson County, MO, by September 1, 2020. As a mom of eight children, Rene knows first-hand the ease and enjoyment that comes from learning to ride a with a Strider Bike at a young age. She also knows that it is imperative to get more kids outside and off the couch.