Eric Lange - Founder
Originally from Wisconsin in the United States, Eric set out on a long awaited adventure in the spring of 2008 and rode across the U.S., down through Mexico and Central America, eventually ending up in South America. Having covered 65,000 miles during this first 2+ year journey and having worked in motorcycle tourism along the way, Eric’s passion for adventure was only fueled by what he saw: The incredible scenery and culture in places like Bolivia, unforgettable rides through the Andes mountains, and of course, the stunning and almost “heart-breaking” natural beauty of Patagonia. All the exploration, discovery, and reactions from touring customers left him with the recurring thought that, "more people need to experience this." That sentiment has propelled RIDE Adventures to become the reputable travel service provider that it is today.
Eric and the Team are busy building the RIDE Adventures YouTube Channel, and always researching more and better journeys that our Customers will enjoy. The history of Eric’s initial travels through North and South America in 2008-2010 can be reviewed on his personal blog at http://travelswitheric.blogspot.com.
Tyler Miller - Lead Instructor, Guide & Business Development
When we first met Tyler down in Baja, it was like meeting a Spanish speaking combination of Mad Max and Laird Hamilton riding a dirt bike in an underground parking garage in Mexico. Only difference was ... he’s not that good at surfing and wasn’t brandishing a sawn-off shotgun.
Whether it’s surfing in Baja, jumping over trains on a mountain bike in British Columbia, heli-boarding in the Tetons, canyoneering in the Swiss Alps, or twisting throttle at any chance, this bandito is always looking for trouble. Tyler's experience, demeanor and skillset is a match for helping our customers in any situation.
Believe it or not, before joining us, Tyler had a career with a commercial real estate investment firm analyzing financial models and directing asset acquisitions, in a corporate office in Salt Lake City, Utah! You won’t catch him alive locked-up in an office again, as we think he may have developed an allergy to fluorescent light and walls.
Originally from the California central valley, Tyler now spends most of his time in Mexic0 but can be found seasonally stateside. You might find him giving riding lessons, organizing your trip, guiding your tour, wrenching on your bike, or tormenting Eric during filming sessions on our YouTube Channel.
Garrett Galvan - Digital Media, SEO & Content Management
Before Garrett joined us he was
Garrett is a bit of an all-rounder but his main background is in videography, photography and web-based content production & strategy. He's done work for Skyscanner, Travel + Leisure Magazine, Czech tourism, Turismo Espania, and many more. He will be producing a lot of videos for RIDE from our tours all over the world, perhaps on your tour!
He has three loves, his girlfriend Nina, his camera, and KLR.
Keith Riehl - Guiding, Training, Operations, & Mayhem
A guy who could be described as 'part Howard Hughes, and part MacGyver,' we're so glad to have a rider like Keith Riehl on our Team.
If you're lucky enough to have him along as part of an upcoming motorcycle trip, whether it be for mechanical needs, route-related questions, comic relief, or even if you just need some tires burned or fuel wasted, riders will be glad this multi-faceted ace is along for the ride. An Oregon native, Keith can be found ripping trails locally and exploring internationally by every mode of transportation; elephants, UTV's, and tuk tuk's included. He jumps at invites to adventures on a whim and even keeps bikes on a few different continents. When you're with Keith, there's never a dull moment.
Keith is such fun to hang out with, resourceful with our touring, renting, and training operations, and just a great guy all around.
Brandon Sargert - General Manager, Video/Content & Digital Media Director
Brandon is a West Coast native whose blood is fueled by entrepreneurship, problem solving, technology and the desire for adventure—all of which makes him an integral part of the RIDE Adventure Team. Being outgoing and enthusiastic, Brandon loves people and has an innate passion to help others discover their next thrill. When he is not on his KTM Superduke 1290 GT riding around the Pacific Northwest, he can be found off-roading or hanging out with life long friends and his cats.
Brandon worked in the aviation field as an IT tech, product development/design/
Known as ‘Mr. Safety,’ you will hear Brandon continuously reminding riders to “wear your gear”. Here is a link to a TikTok video on what not to do. https://vm.tiktok.com/
Bradly Horsley - Guiding & Operations
Diego Villalpando - Booking Operations & Baja Extraordinaire
Lars Caldenhoven - Peru Operations, Sales, and Guiding
Lars Caldenhoven is our local operator in Arequipa, Peru, but comes from Holland with a lifetime of adventure, travel experience, mountain guiding and other activities around Europe. Following his interest in Native and Latin American culture, Lars spent over a year traveling and learning about these regions before settling down in Peru in 2001. He continues to call Peru his home with his family since then, and guides many of the motorcycle trips and 4x4 tours we offer in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Speaking 4 languages almost fluently and ready to answer your travel inquiries anytime, you can contact Lars on this link.
Chad Berger - U.S.A. Moto Tour Guiding
A few years back, Chad had the vision to create a dual sport motorcycle adventure route in his home state, and the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail was what we got.
This long-time motorcycle riding enthusiast set out on multiple research missions over a year's time, dealt with every type of weather Wisconsin can throw at us, and eventually announced that this trail that reaches from the Illinois border to Lake Superior was complete. Mixing pavement riding with off-pavement terrain throughout the route and actually dipping into Iowa along the way, anyone trying to figure this route out alone would have to make the same investment Chad did to complete it.
Chad's handiwork as a semi-pro photographer has helped announce "The Trail" to the riding world, and if you're lucky, his photography skills will be part of your adventure when you ride the guided tour of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail.
Jeff Taylor - Ecommerce, SCO, SEO, Webstore, Managment
Jeff has a background in digital marketing, product management, and fueling start up ideas. He is also a Type A adventure traveler who just loves to get to new places and do new things. He frequently does caveing expeditions, canyoneering trips, overland trips (truck and moto), climbs mountains, backpacking, mountainbikeing, with an occasional stroll down the beach in a fast boat.
So it made perfect sense to have him jump on with the RIDE Adventure team and start helping build one of the best resources for adventure riders you can find.
Quinn Ludeman - Web Development, Video Production & Customer Service
And then there's this guy. Quinn is a Central Oregon native who picked up his first bike at age of seventeen. He instantly fell in love with being on two wheels and spent every waking second he could on his bikes. Since then, Quinn has owned thirteen bikes and has ridden countless number of miles. From street to dirt, to mini bikes to liter bikes. It doesn’t matter, if he can get his hands on a bike he’ll ride it into oblivion.
How does someone that young ride so much? Well being stationed in one of the hottest places in the US is how. After high school, Quinn went straight into the Air Force where he then found himself working as an avionics technician at Luke AFB in Arizona. For four years he spent everyday fixing flyers then flying down the road. During this time he also became a MSF certified motorcycle training instructor where he taught to all military members on base. Quinn has since then separated from active duty, moved back to Central Oregon, where he now currently resides, and joined the Air National Guard.
Jesse Alderson - Film Production & Customer Relations
Born in California but never belonged, being the fun, entertaining adrenaline junky that he is, he needed more to life than being confined to a concrete city. Nicknamed Tazz in his childhood you can probably imagine the kind of personality he might have, and you are probably right! Jesse came to the Pacific Northwest with adventure coursing thought his veins. Sport oriented from outdoor to indoor anywhere from playing on the field to getting down in the dirt. There is never a dull moment with this guy, dorky, loving and fun!
Living most of his life Remodeling homes, landscaping, and everything else related to the labor industry, he decided that the life he was living was not the thrill he was looking for, this led him to remodel his life with motorcycles, thus giving him the rush he needed, Swinging his leg over the seat of his first bike was life changing. Jesse, having the all or nothing attitude started his motorcycle journey with his first bike being a Yamaha FZ1 Fazer, “woah, Quite the starter bike” with training being so far out he decided to go out and become a self taught rider, it didn’t take more than two days for him to hit high speeds (on a closed corse of course ;P ) and he has been addicted ever since.
Always down to explore new places, figure out the next best ride and his willingness to try anything that comes his way, Jesse brings a fresh new outlook to Ride Adventures and is on the forefront of new ideas never afraid or getting his hands dirty. That being said, Jesse is a very friendly, entertaining, but laid back and easy to talk to individual. We are lucky to have him on our team!