Brief: WC alum Rick Wheeler bikes across country from coast to coast

By Grace Apostol

News Co-Editor

Over the course of two months, from August to October, Washington College Board Member Rick Wheeler ‘86 biked from Portland, Ore., to Portland Maine.

On WC’s website, there is a brief biography stating who Wheeler is in regards to the College.

Rick Wheeler, a vice president with Oakland Consulting Group, has served on the BVG since 2017,” the website says. “He chairs the Financial Affairs Committee and Trustees Committee. He is a former member of the President’s Leadership Council and was Reunion Chair for his class’s 25th reunion.”

According to Wheeler’s blog, he had been training eight months prior to the start of his journey on Aug. 17 of this year.

Throughout the trip, Wheeler biked through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine.

During his expedition, Wheeler would stay in hotels and make stops along the way throughout the states.

Over the course of the two months, a range of 46 days, Wheeler biked 3800 miles and accumulated 157 thousand feet in elevation.

Chief of Staff and VP for Planning and Policy Victor Sensenig, a colleague of Wheeler, touched on Wheeler’s journey of bicycling.

“It takes a great deal of determination and endurance to take on a challenge like this,” Sensenig said. “I think it’s a reminder that the most worthwhile endeavors are often not the most comfortable. Rick is an accomplished person who has made it a priority to give back to the College and continue to challenge himself.”

For more information on Wheeler’s trip, visit his blog at

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