Volunteer Opportunities for BDR Ambassadors

1. Local Route Representatives


  • Become a specialist in at least one BDR route.
  • Help with route scouting and reroutes.
  • Answer route questions.
  • Help create and curate a list of route lodging and food options.
  • Work with local businesses to promote BDR and award the “BDR Business Supporter” sticker to businesses that serve BDR riders.
  • Recommend local businesses for Resources Listings (training, touring, rental companies, dealers, etc).

2. Movie Premieres & Dealer Relations


  • Help organize movie premieres.
  • Talk to at least 3 local dealers about movie events.
  • Organize at least 1 movie theatre event.
  • Recruit volunteers to help staff the event.
  • Work with local dealers and encourage them to stock BDR merchandise (dvds, maps, stickers, etc).

3. Community Outreach & Education


  • Organize or attend at least 2 events a year (trade shows, classes, presentations, etc).
  • Volunteer at BDR events.
  • Moderate BDR Facebook Groups
  • Teach BDR classes and clinics.
  • Organize and lead BDR presentations.
  • Lead Women’s specific outreach.

Benefits to Ambassadors

  • Have the satisfaction of being a part of the BDR organization and participating in planning its future.
  • Receive a special Ambassador t-shirt, sticker, patch.
  • Ambassador’s Name/Headshot /Bio listed on the the website.
  • Networking – gain new friends and contacts in the industry, and share your passion for BDR and the adv lifestyle.

Who Can Become an Ambassador

Individuals shall meet the following criteria to be considered for the BDR Ambassadorship:

  • Be a Seasoned ADV’er.
  • Be a current BDR Supporter (at any level).
  • Have a personal referral from a current Ambassador or BDR staff.
  • Have ridden at least two of the BDRs.
  • Have passion for the BDR mission.
  • Can commit to at least 20 hours a year as a volunteer for BDR.
  • Be a Team Player and Collaborative Spirit.
  • Bring about diversity to the Ambassadors group.

How to Become an Ambassador

  • We accept new applications annually September-December only.
  • If you have a personal referral from a current Ambassador or BDR Staff, please send an inquiry using the button below.
  • Individuals may be notified of their inclusion in the Program shortly after submitting an inquiry (please allow a few weeks).
  • Ambassadors can opt in/out of the Program on an annual basis.

BDR Ambassadors

Nathan Fant

Location: Gresham, OR


Bikes:KTM 500 EXC & KTM 790 Adventure R

About:  Nathan is one of the longest standing and beloved BDR Ambassadors.  In the past, he helped out as BDR’s Routes Manager, and is currently serving on the BDR Routes Development Committee.  Nathan is the co-architect of the ORBDR, is contributing to the development of the CABDR-North, and occasionally lends his talent as videographer and photographer for BDR projects.

Tracy Jeffries

Location: Kirkland, WA


Bikes: BMW 1200 GS Rallyee, BMW G650 XChallenge and KTM 350

About: Tracy is the true champion of the local ADV scene.   Tracy has volunteered for BDR since the founding of the organization in 2010. An ADV instructor and an industry insider, Tracy has inspired men and women to be better dirt riders, and has helped foster many relationships in the local ADV community.  Tracy is an advocate for women joining the ADV community.

Kristina Fant

Location: Gresham, OR

BDRs Completed: CABDR, WABDR, and parts of UTBDR

Bikes: KTM 690, Beta trainer

About: Kris Fant enjoys all things motorcycling and volunteering. An opportunity to do both at the same time for the BDR organization is a dream come true!

When she is not working her day job as

Trevor Morton

Location:  Sacramento, CA

BDRs Completed:  UTBDR, COBDR

Bikes: KTM 1190 ADV R

About:  Trevor is a prolific traveler, amateur photographer and passionate adventurer. 

Marc Axelberg

Location: Carlisle, PA

BDRs Completed: MABDR, PA-Wilds BDR-X, Most of the NEBDR

Bikes: 2020 Africa Twin Adventure Sports

About: Marc has been riding since a young person- with breaks for life events that we all experience.

Bryan Pullen

Location: Harrison, ME

BDRs Completed:COBDR, UTBDR, AZBDR, NMBDR, MABDR, NVBDR, WYBDR, IDBDR, NEBDR (development team member)

Bikes: KTM 350 XC-F, KTM 950 SE, KTM 950 SM, KTM 1290R, BMW R1200GS, Aprilia RSV4 1100

About: Bryan has 57 years experience riding motorcycles, progressing from motocross racing as a teenager, through sport bikes to the adventure bikes he now rides.

Kane D. Wagner

Location: Youngstown, OH

BDRs Completed: MABDR; sections of AZBDR, UTBDR, & COBDR

Bikes: 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700, 2012 Husqvarna TE310, 1974 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

About: Kane has always had a passion for adventure and the outdoors and when he purchased his first motorbike in 2012, he was hooked.

Juddy Arnold

Location: Carlsbad, CA

BDRs Completed: UTBDR, NVBDR, CABDR South, AZBDR and multiple sections of COBDR.

Bikes: ’22 KTM 890 Adventure R, ’18 KTM 500 EXC-F, ’94 Suzuki DR350SE, ’77 Yamaha XT500, ’09 Suzuki TU250X, ’05 & ’03 Yamaha R1, ’82 Suzuki GS1100E, ’75 Honda CB400F

About: As one of BDR’s longest-serving Ambassadors, Juddy enthusiastically works to expose more people to adventure riding and the freedom, wonder, and possibility it inspires. He has been the Trail Master/Host for multiple adventure rallies, including the 2019 BDR Desert Ride Fundraiser. He also promotes Backcountry Discovery Routes through his professional relationships within the motorcycle industry, and runs a private club for adventure riders based in California. 

Neil Taylor

Location:  Durango, CO

BDRs Completed:  All

Bikes: BMW R1250GS HP, BMW R1200GS Rallye, KTM 450 EXC

About: Neil is the CEO & Founder of Backcountry Expeditions, one of BDRs Preferred Tour Partners & Sponsors. He is a retired British Special Forces Veteran with over 23 year’s experience in expeditionary planning and ADV motorcycle instruction.

Douglas French

Location:  Sedona, AZ


Bikes:  BMW 1200GSA, R NineT Scrambler

About:  Douglas grew up racing motorcycles. 

Andrew Phillips

Location: Nottingham, NH

BDRs Completed:MABDR, NEBDR, and COBDR

Bikes: BMW R1200GSA, BMW F650GS Dakar

About:  Andrew Phillips has been riding motorcycles for more than 35 years—including nimble dirt bikes on wooded paths, vintage racing, hill climbs, and long excursions on GSAs.

Victoria Zandonella

Victoria Zandonella

Location: Bridgewater, CT

BDRs Completed: MABDR, Scout on NEBDR

Bikes: Yamaha XT250, BMW F650gs

About:  Victoria has been riding off-road since age 10 with an undying passion for the road less traveled.

Todd Polonsky

Location: Neversink, NY


Bikes:KTM 500 EXC-F, KTM 790 R, Electric Motion Trials Bike

About:  Todd started riding dirt bikes at the age of 8. He is a lifetime member of the AMA and has ridden Enduros on a competitive level.

Jill Oliver

Location:  Snohomish, WA


Bikes:  KTM 1190, KTM 350 EXC

About:  Jill loves the spirit of the BDR organization, and credits it with giving her the tools and network to make adventure motorcycling a reality.

Tim Gettier

Location:  Wirtz, VA

BDRs Completed:COBDR

Bikes: R1200GSA

About: Tim was first introduced to Dual sport / Single track travel in 2008.

Robert Reger

Location:  Boulder, CO


Bikes:  Yamaha WR25OR, Yamaha Tenere 700, Yamaha WR450F

About:  Roger strongly believes in the BDR organization and its mission. 

Jack O’Connor

Location:  Pt. Pleasant, NJ

BDRs Completed: COBDR

Bikes:  Husky TR 650

About:  Jack runs the Pine Barrens Adventure Camp Riding School, an adventure motorcycle touring and training company on the east coast. 

Shalmarie Wilson

Location:  CO


Bikes: BMW R1250GS

About:  Shalmarie is a professional on and off-street instructor shalwilson.com 

Mark Plank

Location:  Temple, TX

BDRs Completed:  IDBDR

Bikes:  Suzuki DR 650SE, Kawasaki KLX250, KTM 300 XCW

About:  Mark is retired military and has a background in law enforcement. 

John Ciribassi

Location: Mainesburg, Pa


Bikes: KTM EXC350F, Yamaha T7 (2), BMW R1200GS

John is the owner of Emmaus MotoTours

About: John has been riding since he was in grade school, riding mostly motocross (Yamaha YZ 125 and CZ 250).

Scott Lovern

Scott Lovern

Location: Buford, GA

BDRs Completed: Parts of CABDR and COBDR

Bikes: R1200GSA

About:  Scott started riding on his grandparent’s property on a TK70, and then progressed to a 250 and rode as much as he could.

Craig Palen

Location: Middletown, MD

BDRs Completed: MABDR

Bikes: 2014 Suzuki Vstrom 1000, 2009 Kawasaki Ninja 500

About: Craig has been riding off/on road and racing for the past 50+ years. First in the very rural area of the southern tip of Michigan 

Erica Carrell

Location: Chattanooga, TN

BDRs Completed: MABDR

Bikes: BMW F800GS, Honda CRF250L

About:  Erica firmly believes in the BDR’s mission and is excited to be a part of the team! She is eager to help and encourage all riders, especially women who may initially be intimidated by the sport. 

Matt Manuel

Location: Surrey, BC

BDRs Completed: Oregon

Bikes:2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

About: Matt has been riding adventure bikes for the past 20 years and loves exploring anywhere with anyone. An advocate of riding in general, and especially adventure riding, he helps organize local rides for all skill levels and

Kirk Lakeman

Location: Dawsonville, GA

BDRs Completed: MABDR, NEBDR, WYBDR, COBDR, and sections of other routes

Bikes:KTM 790R, KTM 350 XCF, KTM Freeride E-XC

About: In over 40 years of riding (trail riding, racing off-road, adventure bike riding) I have gained considerable off-road and

Chris Cawein

Location: Moscow, TN

BDRs Completed: UT, CO, ID

Bikes: 2016 BMW R1200 GS, 2020 KTM Six Days EXC500, 2008 KLR 650

About: Chris recently retired after 35 years at FedEx. He held various positions in management and project management. A lifelong

Robert Pack

Location: Johnson City, TN

BDRs Completed: MABDR, NEBDR, sections of WYBDR & COBDR.

Bikes:2022 KTM 890 R, 2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, 2022 KTM 350 EXC, 2019 Honda Grom.

About: Robert rides ADV and other off-road motorcycles as much as possible, preferring long multi-day rides and challenging terrain. Over the past year or so he has assisted a fellow BDR Ambassador with route development.

Johnathan Langley

Location: Gilbert, AZ


Bikes: BMW GS1200 Rallye, KTM790 Adventure R, Husqvarna TE300, KTM 500 EXC, KTM 1190 Adventure R

About: I’m a lifelong lover of motorcycles and traveling. After spending 25 years in the powersports industry, I’m now splitting my time between the Canadian Rockies and the Sonoran Desert, riding everywhere and everything in-between.

Tom Nagle

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

BDRs Completed:NEBDR, Many sections of COBDR & UTBDR

Bikes: KTM 1090R, KTM 500EXC, KTM 450 EX-F, Kawasaki KLR650, BMW K1200RS, Triumph Trophy Sport

About: For Tom, motorcycles have absolutely been positively life changing with 33+ years of touring, guiding, off-road racing, and training.

Wendy Naessens

Location: Greer, SC

BDRs Completed: WYBDR, MABDR, and sections of NEBDR

Bikes: ‘06 KTM 200EXC, ‘75 Honda CB200, 2016 Kawasaki KLX125

About: As a young girl Wendy Naessens cruised on the back of her father’s Honda in Honolulu, Hawaii, and as a grown up, she mastered clutch control in Chicago’s big city traffic on her 1975 CB200.

Greg Skarvelis

Location: Redmond, OR


Bikes: KTM 690 Enduro and Tenere 700

About: Greg has been an avid motorcyde rider since the age of 16 when he picked up his first motorcycle, a Honda CB750.

Kyrie Eppley

Location: Corbett, OR

BDRs Completed: WABDR, COBDR and IDBDR

Bikes: KTM 690r, KTM 350EXC-f, Husqvarna 300TE, Beta 200 Trials bike

About: Kyrie dabbled in riding dirt bikes in the desert of Arizona with her Dad and brother as a young girl.

Jim Blais

Location: Chesterfield, VA


Bikes: Yamaha T700

About: After a career in the financial service sector for a major motorcycle company and then as an owner/operator of a dealership, retirement is Jim’s next career!

Devon Pelkie

Location: Bellingham, WA

BDRs Completed: WA, ID, UT, NM, WY, AZ, MA, Most of OR

Bikes: KTM 790r, Husky 701 LR, Husky 501s

About: Devon began moto-riding in 2006, as the pieces fell in place; finances, family, time available.

Chris Bronstorp

Location: Albuquerque, NM


Bikes: BMW R1250GS

About: Chris Bronstorp is a man that isn’t afraid to get his hands a little dirty. Having a degree in fine arts in sculpture and trained as a diesel mechanic, there was no question whether he’d take his motorcycle off-road.

Chip McMann

Location: Lebanon, IN

BDRs Completed: WY, MA, NM, AZx2, UT, NV, ID, COx6, WA

Bikes: KTM 1290 SAR, KTM 1190 Adventure-R, KTM 500 EXC-F, KTM 300 XCW

About: Chip is an adventurer at heart and motorcycles are his method of travel. He enjoys seeing the world and meeting new people and find that motorcycles are a great facilitator of both.

Lana Tsurikova

Location: Framingham, MA

BDRs Completed: MA, NE

Bikes: R1250GS, KTM 250 EXC-F

About: Lana comes from the car racing world, but after discovering adventure riding, this became a love from the first sight. She travels locally and internationally to explore new routes and to meet new people.

Mani Vermaas

Location: Brookhaven, GA

BDRs Completed: MA, CO, ID, CA-South, WY

Bikes: T7, F800GS, TE3001

About:Mani got started in riding ADV bikes as an escape from Brooklyn over the past 10+ years. 100+ mi later and many BDRs under his belt, his passion continues.

Hank Wallace

Location: Ashland, MA

BDRs Completed: MA, NE

Bikes: R1250GS, KTM 250 EXC-F

About: Hank enjoys all kinds of motorsports, but ADV riding has become his passion. He loves the BDR’s mission and shares it with everyone he can. Although you may find him at a local motorsports competition or motorcycle track day on occasion, getting out on the trails and finding a new place to ride is what he loves the most.

Jovani Roa

Location: Pingree Grove, IL

BDRs Completed: CO, WY, CA-S, Red Desert BDR-X

Bikes: Ténéré 700, KTM 500-EXC-F

About: Jovani is a professional RiderCoach and instructs ADV & dirtbike classes, 2-wheel and 3-wheel street courses, and sportbike clinics. He is passionate about BDR’s mission to promote rider education, safety, and responsible travel along the routes.

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