Meet Your Neighbor: Duncan Sisson | SierraSun.com

Meet Your Neighbor: Duncan Sisson

How long have you lived in Tahoe?

For six years. I am originally from Buffalo, N.Y.

Why Tahoe?

I decided to move here to ski, and summers are just as great. By the way, I did my first skiing of the season today. My friends Rosana and Emily guided me and kept me safe on our ride through Hour Glass Bowl at Mount Rose.

And how was that?

The snow was great, I believe this is going to be a big winter.

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How do you manage having such distinct summer and winter occupations?

My legs get tired in winter and my arms get tired in summer from fishing in Alaska. (laughs)

Tell me about “Biking for a Better World.”

My friend Jake Spero and I decided we would do bike rides and bike tours to raise money for worthy charities. We went to Sacramento and registered “Biking For a Better World” as a business and shortly after became a non-profit corporation. We did this because we love to ride bikes and travel. We are satisfied to raise money for whoever is in need. We are currently raising money for “Disable Sports USA.”

How was your trip riding a bike from Alaska to Argentina?

Incredible. A bike ride was a great way to see it all.

How long did this trip take?

Eight months.

How many miles total?

15,200 miles.

Was this all biking?

Yes, the only flight we took was from Panama City to Cali, Colombia. We cheated.

Was it tiring?

Yes, but we couldn’t think about it.

Did you do any volunteer work during this trip?

Yes. In Pisco, Peru we took a day off and volunteered helping a women to rebuild part of her house, which was destroyed by a recent earthquake.

Tell me what was shocking and what was amazing along your trip.

I was shocked by how many people are illiterate and all the pollution along our way, recycling is not people’s goal yet. I found amazing the culture and the people from the Andes.

Who now supports “Biking for a Better World”?

We throw a bunch of fundraisers throughout the year to raise money. Local business and our friends supports us too. Corporations like the Cliff Bar and Zoic provide us with equipment.

” This week’s interview was done by the Sierra Sun’s Liz Motta. For future suggestions, please e-mail lmotta@sierrasun.com, using neighbor as the subject.