Boulder Orthopedics Cycling
Years Racing: 20, Retired
Occupation: Animal Behavoirist
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

Marc is one of the four original team members who founded the Boulder Masters Cycling Team in 1984. Marc’s cycling accomplishments are extensive: He has won the Master’s Tour de Var in France in 1986 in the 40-year-old category. He’s the only American to have ever done so. He placed fifth in the Austrian National Championships in 1985, first in a points Tour of Styria Stage Race in Austria in 1985, thrid at road race Nationals in 1986 in Indiana, and fifth at Hilly Crit Nationals in Park City in 1987, plus one other fifth at U.S. Nationals. He was SM35+ Cyclocross State Champion in 1986 and also won around 115 races from 1982-1992 in Colorado, the USA and Canada, including Tucson Bicycle Classic, Whiskey Creek Stage Race in Mammoth, Calif., the Casper Classic and Dead Dog Stage Race. He made the pro break at age 40 at the Tour de Moore, a 105 mile race.

“I’ve won just about every race held in Colorado, while I raced, at least once … Now I just try to hang on to [teammate Mike Newsome’s] wheel while he yells at me,” Marc said.

Marc is a huge fan of professional tennis and continues to plan his riding around matches. He was a competitive tennis player in his youth but once he got on the bike, he made the switch.

“I then met (teammates) Andy, Brad, and Lars and that was it,” Marc said.

Marc enjoys riding his Specialized S Works Roubaix Road Bike.

“Well, I’m not racing now but riding and training … keeps me sane … I think I’d likely rob banks if I weren’t training hard,” he said. He doesn’t get bored training indoors; good music and Tour de France tapes help him pass the time. He enjoys Vic’s soy Lattes, French fries, Merlot, Twizzlers, M&Ms, and is a strict vegetarian.

Marc particularly enjoys cool early morning summer rides with friends. His favorite local road ride is Jamestown to Ward to South St. Vrain. He rides his bike most days, except Fridays, when he conducts his Roots and Shoots program on animal behavior at the local Boulder County jail. Known to wake very early in the morning to write, Marc is the author of 22 books.

Learn more about Marc Bekoff on his website: and at 

Marc Bekoff is Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is a Fellow of the Animal Behavior Society and a former Guggenheim Fellow. In 2000 he was awarded the Exemplar Award from the Animal Behavior Society for major long-term contributions to the field of animal behavior.

Marc Bekoff is the Author of:

Wild Justice The Moral Lives of Animalsby Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce

(University of Chicago Press, May 15, 2009)

Animals at Play: Rules of the Game (Animals and Ethics)

(Temple University Press, September 2008)

Animals Matter: A Biologist Explains Why We Should Treat Animals With Compassion and Respect (Shambala, November 2007)

Encyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships: A Global Exploration of Our Connections with Animals, 4 Volumes(Greenwood Press, 2007)

Listening to Cougar(University Press of Colorado, 2007)

The Emotional Lives of Animals: A Leading Scientist Explores Animal Joy, Sorrow, and Empathy – and Why They Matter(New World Library, February 2007)

How Animals Talk And Other Pleasant Studies of Birds and BeastsBy William J. Long, Rupert Sheldrake, and Marc Bekoff(Bear & Company, October 2005)

Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues: Reflectios on Redecorating Nature(Temple University Press, December 2005)

Encyclopedia of Animal BehaviorEdited by Marc Bekoff(Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004)

The Ten Trusts: What We Must Do to Care for the Animals We LoveCo-authored with Jane Goodall
(HarperCollins, October 2002)
(HarperSanFrancisco, November 2003)

 The Cognitive Animal(MIT Press, June 2002)

Minding Animals: Awareness, Emotions, and Heart(Oxford University Press, April 2002)

The Smile of a Dolphin: Remarkable Accounts of Animal Emotions(Discovery Channel Inc, 2000)

Species of MindCo-authored with Colin Allen(MIT Press, 1997)

 Readings in Animal Cognition(MIT Press, 1995) 

Coyotes Biology, Behavior and Management(Blackburn Press, 2001)

Strolling with Our Kin(Lantern Books, 2000)

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare(Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998)

Nature’s Purposes(MIT Press, 1998)

Animal Play: Evolutionary, Comparative, and Ecological Perspectives(Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Nature’s Life Lessons: Everyday Truths from Nature(Fulcrum Publishing, 1996)