Cycling House!

I've been following your website and social media for the last year, waiting for the right timing to reach out and apply to be a part of your team.

I am writing to express my enthusiasm to be a road and gravel bike tour guide at the Cycling House. I'm an adventurer that loves to be around people outdoors and have fun.  With my background as an endurance athlete, avid cyclist, and outdoor enthusiast, coupled with my diverse skills and experiences, I am confident in my ability to contribute positively to the Cycling House team and provide exceptional experiences for tour participants.

My flexible schedule will allow for me to be available for various tours throughout the year.  This flexibility, combined with my willingness to take on any needed guide tasks such as driving support, setting up camp, helping with meal preparation, or riding with faster or slower riders will help ensure I can step in wherever you need me.

My entrepreneurial spirit and experience as the owner of SkyGOAT apparel company have equipped me with strong organizational skills, which I know are essential for planning and executing successful tours. I am accustomed to wearing many hats and thrive in dynamic environments where adaptability and initiative are valued.

As President of the US Ski Mountaineering Association, I have honed my leadership, communication and teamwork abilities, essential for leading diverse groups of cyclists and fostering a sense of camaraderie during tours.

My 18 year background in ski industry reservations and eCommerce management and project management has honed my attention to detail and ability to manage logistics efficiently.  More importantly, I understand the importance of guest service and relations and it's value to them and the business.

Additionally, my knowledge of basic bike mechanics and commitment to safety and wellbeing (obtained an EMT certification years ago - now lapsed) make me well-suited for guiding tours while prioritizing the comfort and security of participants.  I also have the ability to easily travel to US locations via my camper van, eliminating the need for additional housing accommodations.

My wife is from Montana so we visit regularly, spending most of our time in the Flathead Valley, Missoula and Bozeman.  I truly enjoy spending time in Montana and would love to assist your team in delivering exceptional bike tours for your guests there and other locations. I am excited about the prospect of sharing my love for cycling and exploring the region's scenic paved and dirt roads with Cycling House guests.

Thank you for considering my application. I am eager to discuss how my background, skills, and enthusiasm can contribute to the success of Cycling House tours. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a meeting.

Cheers!

Ram Mikulas

 

 

Ram Mikulas

Summit County, CO ∙ bikeram@gmail.com ∙ 970-409-9216

Professional Summary:

Dynamic and customer-centric professional with extensive experience in business ownership, project management, and operations. Adept at leading teams, managing relationships, and executing strategic initiatives. Passionate about promoting an active lifestyle and fostering memorable outdoor experiences.

Professional Experience:

Customer Success and Sales (September 2021 – Present)

  • Spotlio – Remote Girona, Spain
    • Provide consulting and trusted advisor services to Spotlio customer accounts in North America / Pacific.

Business Owner (May 2019 – Present)

  • SkyGOAT Mountain Lifestyle Apparel – Summit County, CO
    • Conceptualized, designed, and developed an apparel company catering to outdoor enthusiasts.
    • Managed all aspects of business operations including strategy, marketing, sales, and finance.

President (December 2016 – August 2022)

  • US Ski Mountaineering Association – Summit County, CO
    • Developed and led the strategic vision of the association, overseeing all operations and partnerships.
    • Implemented initiatives to promote ski mountaineering and outdoor recreation at a national level.

Additional Experience:

  • Reservations and eCommerce Manager at Copper Mountain Ski Resort
  • Marketing Operations Manager at Intrawest Colorado Ski Group
  • IT Project Manager / Vendor Manager at Janus Capital Group

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Recreation Business Management, University of Northern Colorado

Passions / Hobbies:

  • Gravel Biking
  • Road Biking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Ski Mountaineering Racing
  • Trail Running
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Dirt Biking
  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Paddle Boarding

LinkedIn Profile

Some pics of recent bike trips... Guatemala, Girona Spain, Colorado, Utah, Montana, etc!

 
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Additional Reasons Why I Will Make A Great Guide For The Cycling House!

With a deep passion for cycling and the outdoors, coupled with a dynamic personality and diverse skill set, I am confident in my ability to deliver exceptional experiences for tour participants while embodying the values and qualities you seek in your guides.

Connecting with each and every guest on a personal level is important and fun for me. I appreciate and embrace the unique qualities of individuals and have compassion and patience to ensure everyone feels valued and included.

I have a easy going and dynamic personality, with the ability to engage individuals from all walks of life. I pay attention to social cues and adapt my communication style accordingly, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all participants.

Anticipating, troubleshooting, and solving challenging problems on the fly is a strength of mine, as is sustaining energy and motivation through long days and non-glamorous tasks. Whether it's working in the kitchen, performing basic bike maintenance, or facilitating conversations, I appreciate and respect all the work that needs to get done.

As an experienced endurance athlete and avid cyclist, cycling is not just a passion but a way of life for me. I'm open to constructive criticism and thrive on continuous improvement, making me an ideal fit for a role where on-the-job feedback is valued and essential.

From 4-star hotels in Europe to sleeping under the stars in Montana, I am comfortable and adaptable to various environments and circumstances. My experience in business ownership and project management has honed my ability to think on my feet and handle the unexpected with grace and composure.

I am ready and eager to take on the challenges of this role, to love what I do, and to contribute positively to the Cycling House team. Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my background, skills, and enthusiasm align with the needs of Cycling House.

Thanks!  Ram