Name: Kasey Clark
Location: Northern Virginia
I was born in the UK and moved to NJ when I was young. Bikes always made moves easier, giving me a way to explore my surroundings. I raced mountain bikes beginning in the early nineties and continued through college in Vermont. As I got older and moved around, including time in Japan and Africa, bicycle riding and the community around it have always helped me meet new friends. In 2015 I founded the VeloPigs Beer and Bicycle Social Club. A few years later, my wife and I moved from Connecticut to Northern Virginia, where I continued building the VeloPigs. The club now offers weekly gravel rides with 60+ participants, regular social gatherings, community service and the occasional special event.
What's your day job?
For the past 14 years my wife and I have worked as vegetable farmers. We currently operate a farm for a nonprofit.
Favorite type of cycling:
Anything on dirt
Current number of bicycles owned:
6 (2 singlespeed gravel bikes, 1 geared gravel bike, a singlespeed MTB, a dual suspension MTB and a vintage MTB)
Primary bike build:
I could never settle on just one!
Favorite memory on a bike:
I met my wife while serving with the Peace Corps in Malawi. Years later we went back with bicycles and spent the month riding around the country and visiting friends as well as our host villages. Most of that month would be a favorite bike memory.
Weirdest riding experience:
Pacelining a fully loaded bikepacking rig with the Sri Lankan Airforce club team while touring Sri Lanka.
Dream riding destination:
Riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Ideally as part of the Tour Divide Grand Depart.
What’s your favorite thing to carry in your Route Werks bag?:
gummy cola bottles
Favorite cycling snack:
gummy cola bottles
One random fact about you:
I’ve participated in the Hadaka Matsuri (Shinto Buddhist Naked Man Festival) in Okayama Japan twice. My second year I was able to grab one of the wooden amulets and thereby guaranteeing my good luck for the following year.
Socks under or over leg warmers?: