Rider Spotlight: Chelsea Taxman

Israel Riders Chelsea Taxman and Ethan Weinstein stretching at a rest stop

At any given rest stop, you’ll see riders splayed out on mats, rehydrating and munching on sweet and salty snacks–refueling, you might say. Look around, and you can literally see exhaustion…until suddenly, on the side, there’s a young woman hula hooping with just as much skill and ease as she rides a bike. Today we were both part of the Tzofim group, riding 70 miles (some of us averaging 14 mph!) from Ashkelon to Mashabei Sade in the northern Negev. Meet Chelsea!

Tell us about yourself.

I am a recent graduate of the Camassia Institute for Sustainable Communities where I received my Permaculture Design Certification.  Currently I am consulting in my hometown of Omaha, Nebraska to provide the permaculture philosophy, dance, and nonviolent communication.  I am also a singer/songwriter and brand new cyclist.  The Israel Ride is my first multi-day ride!

How did you hear about Hazon/the Israel Ride?

My sister, Lindsey Savoie, learned about Hazon in 2002 and has participated in a few rides and has been anxious to get on the Israel Ride.  She invited me to join her on the ride in return for another adventure I hassled her into in Hawai’i.

Favorite snack when biking?

I love GoRaw brand sprouted “chips” – Ginger, Flaxseeds, Coconut, etc..

Tell us more about hooping.

In Omaha, I helped create a hoop group this past year (www.omahoop.com) promoting dance, exercise, laughter and community.  I also started a business where I build and decorate custom adult hoops and collapsible hoops for bike riders and travelers.  I also teach private and group hoop classes.  I brought hoops along to share at the Israel Ride for stretching purposes, color and fun!

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