Breckenridge resident Kevin Michael Coggins poses with his bike while riding across America for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Whether out for a leisurely ride or exploring new areas while spinning the wheels on his most trusted steel frame, Breckenridge resident Kevin Michael Coggins has always admired the sport of cycling.
This admiration for biking grew when Coggins was 17 years old and was able to experience his first extended ride by participating in a six-day supported bike tour through his home state of Michigan.
“I think I was first inspired when I was 17 years old,” Coggins said. “I have always loved riding bikes, but I think part of that tour stuck with me as I progressed into the future.”
With the experience of his first-ever bike tour still sticking with him, Coggins said he struggled with alcoholism throughout his college years at Michigan State University and continued to battle alcoholism until about four and a half years ago when he says he was forced to quit drinking.
“I realized in that process that this is the best choice for me,” Coggins said. “I went with it and said that this is what I want. All of a sudden I have more money and I can buy a nice bike.”
With extra money, time and freedom from turning to a sober lifestyle, Coggins decided to fully embrace his passion for cycling by embarking on his first extended bike tour since he was a teenager.
In the summer of 2021, Coggins completed a successful bike tour […]