Over the years, these ladies became friends in true Portland Style: at backyard barbecues, on the World Naked Bike Ride, at cyclocross races and over beers. It was only a matter of time before they realized they were destined to combine their professional super powers to create Hop in the Saddle.

Lucy Burningham is a writer who covers food, drink and travel for a variety of publications, including The New York Times, Saveur, Bicycling, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Lonely Planet guidebooks, Sunset and Imbibe. She’s worked as a journalist for the past 12 years and holds a masters degree in nonfiction writing from Portland State University. Since moving to Portland in 2005, she’s had numerous beer awakenings and now proudly grows hops for her rare batches of homebrew and seeks out stinky cheeses that were born to be savored alongside a good sour ale.

Ellee Thalheimer is an accomplished freelance travel writer and cycle tourist who believes that there are few better ways to travel and learn than by bike. Co-founder of the non-profit business alliance Portland Society, owner of Into Action Publications, zealous Oregonian, yogini, author of Lonely Planet’s Cycling Italy and drinker of yerba mate, Ellee rarely turns down an adventure. Her most recent project was authoring and publishing Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon. When away from Portlandia, she misses the bejeezus out of her husband Joe and her puppy dog Winston.

Laura Cary is a graphic designer who builds brands she believes in. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, she followed her wanderlust west where she began her career in San Francisco designing for clients who ranged from bicycle companies to the opera. In Portland, Oregon, Laura founded Cary Design Group, a brand and identity firm. Portland has provided a welcome sense of community, bold entrepreneurial spirit and support of her love of the outdoors. Laura lives in North Portland with her husband, their son, two dogs and nine bikes.