Capturing cycling's spirit: Detroit Spoke

Detroit Spoke is where several of Erika Fulk’s great loves meet: Biking. Photography. Detroit.

Photographer Erika Fulk describes herself as someone who loves, “good beer, bike rides - not at the same time - and talking about Detroit."

"I think the funnest thing you can do on a Friday night at 7:30 p.m is go to the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester and watch some amazing bike racing (racing starts in June)," she says. "It's like race car driving meets dancing meets the sounds of an airport. Try something new. Get on a bike. If you know of a spot where bikes, nature and Detroit meet, let's meet up. I'll have my camera!”

In 2011, Fulk professed her love in a Huffington Post Detroit blog and said she fell “slowly at first, then like a rock dropped into a pool; head first, fast, and with ripples that touched every part of my body.”

Her passion for Detroit is still strong, and she is using her website, DetroitSpoke.com as a way to share it with others.

“Detroit Spoke was a way for me to combine all the things I had been doing into one website. For a few years now, I have been helping out with a lot of really neat projects, working with a lot of non-profits, and doing my own bike race photography. Eventually, I would like people to be able to see what I see, and that’s that Detroit is a lot more than what they think it is," Fulk says.

In fact, Fulk organized a USA Cycling sanctioned bike race in downtown Detroit so that people could see parts of the city she fell in love with.

The race, known as 2011 Criterium Detroit City, brought hundreds of cyclists and spectators.

The course zagged around many key Detroit landmarks and exposed folks to both the vibrant city Erika fell in love with and the sport that shares her heart.

She hopes Detroit Spoke will inspire people with similar passions to share their stories with her.

Erika wants to know what others see and what they think biking in Detroit should be.

“Detroit has a lot of really amazing bike programs, tours, bike shops, and group rides. I just want to be a voice in there. The cycling community in Detroit and metro Detroit is full of some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet. I’m fortunate to be a part of it in so many ways,” she says.

 

You can see some of Erika’s photography on DetroitSpoke.com and share your stories on Twitter @DetroitSpoke.

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