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Cycling Advocate - 'The Metal Cowboy' - to Speak at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — Likened to a modern-day Mark Twain on two wheels, Joe Kurmaskie is better known by the moniker “The Metal Cowboy.” Ithaca College will present “Mud, Sweat and Gears: An Evening with the Metal Cowboy” on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Textor 101. The event is free and open to the public.

Kurmaskie is a bicycling advocate, syndicated columnist, performer and bestselling author of five books, including “Mud, Sweat and Gears,” “Metal Cowboy: Tales from the Road Less Pedaled” and “Momentum Is Your Friend.” His multimedia presentation includes some stand-up comedy, storytelling, arresting images and audience interaction. Kurmaskie’s books will on sale and he will be available to sign purchased copies following his presentation.

When he’s not rallying against 12-lane bridge projects or being chased through Botswana by 12,000-pound elephants for charity, Kurmaskie resides in Portland, Oregon, where he is an educator for Literary Arts and Community of Writers. A contributing writer to such publications as “Bicycling,” “Details” and “Men’s Journal,” he founded Cadence Press, which published “Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet” by active transportation pioneer Mia Birk.

Kurmaskie’s presentation is the kickoff event for “Moving Forward: An Active Transportation Symposium,” a three-day series of programs taking place around Ithaca that will provide an opportunity to engage with national experts and fellow community members around innovations in bicycle and pedestrian planning, design, research and advocacy.

For more information on Kurmaskie’s talk, contact Marian Brown, special assistant to the provost for sustainability, at 607-274-3787 or For more information on the symposium, visit