“I am never unhappy on a bicycle.”
Born of a conversation between two cycling friends on a mountain bike ride celebrating Independence Day, VestaVelo embodies the passion we share for cycling and the freedom we feel on bikes. Cofounders Virginia Schrader and Jeanne Twehous share with you their favorite rides—both mountain and road—in the spectacular North Country of New Hampshire and Maine. Virginia and Jeanne ride thousands of milies per year in the White Mountains and have lived in the area a combined 30+ years. As true local cyclists we know and have chosen the best routes for cycling in New Hampshire and Maine.
Jeanne is a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist and occasional instructor of Wilderness Medicine courses. She’s been biking for nearly 50 years, ever since she got a pink and white Schwinn for her 8th birthday. She has led bicycle tours for American Youth Hostels (now Hostelling International) as well as hiking and backpacking tours in the U.S. and Canada. She completed a circuitous almost-cross-country bicycle tour with friends and celebrated her 50th birthday riding down—and then back up—the Copper Canyon in Mexico with her husband. Hailing from Austin Texas, Jeanne uses her local knowledge and cycling experience in designing the routes of Texas Hill Country cycling tour. She lives in North Conway NH with her husband Bill and step-daughter Sage.
Virginia teaches Marketing and Hospitality Management at the local high school in Mount Washington Valley. For 10 years Virginia owned and operated an award winning luxury inn and fine dining restaurant and she was also a partner in the Bike the Whites cycling tours. Riding bikes (road, mountain, cross) is her greatest passion. She believes cycling has the power to change lives and wants to share her knowlegde of and devotion to the world's noblest invention, the bicycle, with the world. Virginia commutes by bike daily to work regardless of weather. Rain, sleet, snow, high winds, doesn't matter, she'd never miss her daily ride! Virginia lives in the Valley with her husband Bob and two teenagers, Robert and deGrasse.