The Insider: Have bike, will build

May 29, 2012 5:43 AM


School is over, summer is nearly here and serious beach time or job hunting is ahead for lots of college grads. For several new Tulane grads like Michael Hoffman, summer means cycling 3,800 miles, coast to coast, and helping build homes along the way.

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It’s all about Bike and Build, a national program that engages young adults in spreading the word about the affordable housing crisis in America. Hoffman, from Coral Gables, Fla., left on Sunday (May 27) with his Bike and Build team to cycle from Virginia Beach, Va., to Canon Beach, Ore., planning to arrive on Aug. 8.

You can read about Hoffman and follow his trip onine, but before he left, he talked with the Insider.

Insider: Why did you choose Bike and Build?

Michael: It’s a great way to incorporate everything I’ve done in New Orleans in the last four years. It’s tied into so many things I’m interested in — being outside, travel and an awesome social component.

Insider: How have you trained for the trip?

Michael: I’ve been running a lot to build up endurance, biking and doing workouts at Reily (Student Recreation Center). I did a 35-mile bike ride last week. But it will be incredibly challenging. Every day is different; some days are 30 miles, some are 100 miles.

Insider: What is your interest in affordable housing? 

It’s an incredibly important issue our country faces. The lack of affordable housing affects families, crippling them as far as social mobility. This ride is the most important thing I can do this summer.

Insider: And what’s ahead for you this fall?

Michael: I’ll be moving back to New Orleans, and I plan to enter law school next year at Tulane.

Other May Tulane grads on Bike and Build trips this summer are Danielle Kraus, Kristen Slaymaker, Briana Pavlich and Jackson Lester.

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