I’m an expedition cyclist, travel writer, speaker, and amateur photographer. My first bikepacking trip was in 1988 and I’ve since pedaled six continents to experience cultures and geographies at a human pace and scale. I’ve created and shared bikepacking routes around the world, including local ones like the Vermont Green Mountain Gravel Growler and the VTXL, as well as far flung ones like the track in Kyrgyzstan that has since been used in the Silk Road Mountain Race. I’m on the editorial staff at Bikepacking.com, a proud ambassador for Seven Cycles, Revelate Designs, and SRAM/Zipp, and a friend of the brands Search and State and Hammerhead.

The other half of my life is as professor and chair of the philosophy department at Williams College. In the past I chaired the Cognitive Science and the Science and Technology Studies Programs. My research and teaching is on mind, knowledge, cognition, and embodiment.

My wife Margaret and I split our time between our native New York City and Southern Vermont. I’m Nuyorican and my father drove a cab for 40 years in Manhattan and Miami.

Drop me a line at jcruz@williams.edu.

—Joe Cruz