After spending nearly a decade as a reporter for The Indianapolis Star, Robert Annis finally broke free of the shackles of gainful employment and now freelances full time, specializing in cycling and outdoor-travel journalism.
Over the years, Robert's byline has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Bicycling, Men's Journal, Popular Mechanics, Paste, Bike, Indianapolis Monthly, Gear Institute, and VeloNews. When he's not hunched over a keyboard, you’ll likely find him either pedaling the backroads and trails of the Midwest on his bicycle or hopping around the globe in search of new adventures.
Robert is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Society of American Travel Writers, North American Travel Journalists Association, Midwest Travel Journalists Association, and the Adventure Travel Trade Association, but please don’t hold that against those wonderful organizations.
You can find examples of Robert's work on https://robertannis.contently.com/ or read his 140-character random nonsense at www.twitter.com/robertannis.
I desperately try to hold Sally Marchand Collins’ wheel as the 4’10” firecracker rockets down Aynes Loop in Brown County State Park.
Her tiny pistons are a blur as she bombs through the bermed corners, kicking back loose dust from the dry singletrack. I try to use my much more sizeable mass to catch up on the downhills, but she’s descending like the professional skills coach she is.
Yes, we have our fair share of singletrack in Indiana, and while my beloved state doesn’t have the elevation of Colorado or the slickrock of Moab, we manage to make the most of the terrain we do have. That’s especially true of Brown County State Park, an IMBA Epic Ride Center and one of the crown jewels of Hoosier singletrack. Brown County might not be well known outside of the Great Lakes or the Rust Belt, but it’s quickly apparent why riders hailing from across the Midwest flock to the park about an hour south of Indianapolis every October.