Meet the 6 Peloton superfans who’ve logged a whole lot (and 1000’s!) of miles to trip in particular person
Like me, Kolbuch was a COVID-era Peloton user and bought the bike when his gym closed during the quarantine. In addition to cycling, he is a fan of the other modalities of the platform, such as B. weight training, and said it’s important to him to have the opportunity to experience the gym energy firsthand. It built on the support and camaraderie he found on the leaderboard during the isolation he was experiencing during the pandemic.
“I love the fact that during classes you have thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people from all over the world riding with you at the same time,” Kolbuch said. “Just really knowing that these people are listening to the same directions and sweating with you makes it all such a rewarding experience.”
So was 30 minutes in the presence of Rigsby worth the international adventure? “Oh, definitely,” Kolbach said. “I absolutely have to come back.”
A first (but not last!) visit to New York City from Detroit
Peloton Member: Sara Huvaere
Distance covered: 615 miles
A little over two years ago, Sara Huvaere’s brother bought a Peloton bike, but she was skeptical of the hype. “I was like, ‘I don’t know…’ but once I understood it, I never regretted it,” she told me in the dressing room.
While this was the first time Huvaere had flown from her home in Detroit to Manhattan to take an in-studio class, she has been engaged in the peloton community on a virtual level, reaching out to other riders and instructors using the hashtags she has adopted supported. (By adopting specific hashtags in their Peloton bios, members form subgroups that can interact on Instagram and Facebook, and even meet in real life.)
“I’m part of the Rad Ones group for Rad Lopez — I have to say that first because those are the people I talk to the most,” Huvaere said. “Then the Kween K. clique [for Kirsten Ferguson]you get to the crew [for Jess Sims]Marcel’s army [for Marcel Dinkins]. I’m all in, I could keep chatting!”
Huvaere made her fellow Kween K. clique proud by making a pilgrimage to the studio for Ferguson’s live birthday run. So was it everything she had imagined?
“And more!” She said. “I’ve met Jess Sims and Camila Ramon, and they’re all just amazing people — all of them. That was the best part.”
As we spoke, I assumed that she had fulfilled her dream of running alongside her role model IRL and could return to Detroit feeling fulfilled. But it turns out this journey is just the beginning.
“I’m flying back to class on September 3rd and 4th,” she said. “This is a real community, so it’s just cool to have that full circle moment.”
A decade-long journey from Indiana, Pennsylvania
Peloton Member: Laura Musser
Distance covered: 326 miles
Many people claim to be “Peloton OGs,” but Laura Musser has the belief to back it up: The Pennsylvania resident and mother of two bought her bike in 2013, just a year after founding the company.