Rachel hails from Music City-Nashville, Tennessee, and moved to Colorado in July of 2010. Formerly a Tennessee State champion gymnast, Rachel had to retire as you’re over the hill after turning 20. So she picked up the bike at 19 and hasn’t looked back-but will do backflips if she can hold the State Champion Crit title in two different states. She has since competed in triathlon in varying distances and skate skis in the off season. Rachel is currently the curator of genius at Quick Left, sits on the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado Board of Directors and the committee for the University of Colorado Buffalo Bicycle Classic, Advisory Board Member for Denver Nordic Association, and is the Colorado representative of Ride for Reading. This year she’s looking forward to a full season of road and mountain bike racing, including Lotoja and Breck68. She also wants to instill in the team–and in the sport of cycling in general–the spirit of volunteerism and giving back to make the world a better place to live….and of course ride.
Personal Goal: “I will learn to climb grades greater than 7% (or at least get a compact crank) and work tactically and selflessly with my teammates in every race.”
Nickname: A resurrected one as of late from my DJing days-Jinger, and formally Scoots MaGoots (this one was left in TN, but is my fav)
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Current Home: Boulder, CO
Racing Disciplines: Road, Mountain and Cross
Strengths: Crits and Time Trials
Racing Since: 2008, I can thank the swim in triathlon for getting me into bike racing
Favorite Race: Hell of the South Road Race in Berlin, TN, CycloX Cross race in Longmont, CO or Steamboat Stage Race
Hobbies: backpacking, camping, trail running, skate skiing, climbing, starting and never finishing a book, guitar, piano, Belgian beer, and my most recent obsession-Maps(not sure why because I’m always lost??)
Favorite Post Race Drink: Probiotic Machine before, Powerbar gels during
Favorite During Race Drink: craft beer, Anejo Tezon, or Jameson(wait, did I get these backwards?)
Bikes: 2011 Izalco Focus road racing rig, 2013 Specialized Epic Expert FSR 29er, Raleigh AlysaI8 Commuter
Racing Highlights: Dead Dog Stage Race and Steamboat Stage Race. What made this my highlight was the fact that my face hurt more than my legs from laughing with my teammates so much. Love traveling to races with the team.
Rollers or trainer: Neither, I hate them both equally.
Bibs or shorts: Bibs!
Skinsuit or kit: Skinsuit
Speedplay, Look or Shimano: Speedplay and Eggbeaters
Carbon or steel: Ride carbon but I’d rather play on lugged 953 steel
If you could ride your bike anywhere, where would it be? Dordogne River Valley, France or perhaps Tuscany, or in my own damn backyard. Colorado is absolutely stunning!