Thomas Brown, a suicide survivor, rides for his brother, Marc Brown. Not only does he have a passion for documentary film making, he is also a photographer & video artist. He hopes his artistic mediums can one day help inspire others to transcend to a higher state of conscious awareness. Thomas has already gained experience with cross country travels as the Director of Photography for the film “Asphalt Gospel”, the story of a group of Progressive Christians that walked from Phoenix, AZ to Washington DC. Through dialog and fellowship, Thomas hopes to bring the conversation of the ride to a wider audience.
Zachary Chipps, a Recreation Leader for the City of Scottsdale, Arizona, is an avid cyclist, environmentalist, and advocate for suicide prevention through life progression. His experience working with children in after school and summer recreation programs has inspired him to be a catalyst for responsible social and environmental change for a better future. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, Zachary obtained his undergraduate education at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. His passion to see more of the country led to his relocation to Arizona in 2004. Within a year, Zachary lost his older brother Sean to suicide and has since sought a possible cause for, and solution to, a growing suicide phenomenon that permeates Western culture. An excellent communicator and critical thinker, he plans to bicycle across the United States to learn more about others’ experiences and educate those affected by this epidemic. Zachary currently resides in Tempe, Arizona.