Brad is the brain behind the bike — the one who makes it all happen — the visionary. He founded Wish for Wheels in 2004 and works tirelessly toward our mission of bringing kids’ dreams a new set of wheels. According to Brad, Wish for Wheels is special because it allows kids to experience the freedom, independence and success of riding a bike. He enjoys mountain and road biking, and bike rides with his two daughters and son. Brad’s favorite movie is Breaking Away – he loves it when the Italians come to town.
“My dad and I rebuilt an old chopper style single speed bike. We took the whole bike apart and repainted the frame, added a glitter banana seat, chopper bars, the whole nine yards. That was one of my favorite bikes. In elementary school we used to hang out after school, eat Good Humor Ice Cream, and jump our bikes on dirt jumps we would build. The banana seat chopper bike my dad and I built was an awesome jumping bike.”
Peri joined the team in January of 2017 as the Operations Administrator. Her professional background is in teaching Elementary and Preschool. Peri was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Fort Collins after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado. While, she is no expert on bikes or riding, her son is quickly falling in love with cycling and loves to practice riding on his Radio Flyer Balance Bike.
“My first bike was waiting for me under the Christmas Tree when I was 6 years old. It was white, with pink designs, and pink tassels on the handlebars. I especially loved the white tires. Growing up, I was convinced that bike was magic. Every kid in the neighborhood learned how to ride without training wheels on that bike!”
May grew up in beautiful Boulder, CO and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Shortly after graduation, May joined the Wish for Wheels team focusing in community outreach and is now the Relationship Developer. Between traveling the world and playing in the great outdoors, May has grown to learn the importance of being active. She enjoys snowboarding in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer!
“I remember first learning how to ride a two wheeler, it was a purple Schwinn with purple streamers. My family and I were camping in Shelf Road, CO with my best friend and her parents. I had just gotten the bike and was dying to give it a spin. We started at the top of a hill and gave ourselves a push and just started pedaling. Looking back now, I am grateful it was a grassy hill, we definitely took a couple of falls!”
CYCLING CLUB DIRECTOR
Sharon has taken people to a level of fitness on and off the bike that they never imagined they could get to. She gets such gratification in helping people, motivating them, and elevating their abilities to believe in themselves. The mind is a powerful engine. Harnessed with the right words, action and movement, she believes there’s simply nothing you can’t accomplish.
Sharon has been teaching indoor cycling for 15+ years, and Director of the Wish for Wheels Cycling Club for 5 years. She is the founder of Living without Limits focusing on fitness and cycling coaching and corporate wellness. Sharon won 2 gold medals at the 2013 Maccabi Games in Israel in time trial and road race. She’s also the 2014 Colorado Road Race State Champion. When she’s not inside motivating people, you will find her outside training on her road bike or coaching individuals.