Road Team – Cat 3
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Strengths: Hills and long road roads.
Favorite Race: Steamboat Stage Race.
Years Racing: 2
What motivates you to ride? I ride my bike because of the incredible places I am able to go and because of the strength I feel when I conquer new challenges. While I was living in Boulder, it seemed like there were endless possibilities for rides to beautiful, picturesque places right outside my door. I fell in love with the adventure of riding to new places and the comfort of revisiting old cherished routes. I am also motivated to ride because of how strong I feel when I am on my bike. Getting to the top of a hard climb or finishing a long ride is such an empowering feeling that makes me love the sport.
What racing obstacle have you overcome? During my first year of racing I had a hard time with criteriums. I couldn’t get comfortable riding in a pack, had a hard time with sprints and tended to play it safe during the critical parts of the races. This past season I decided to sign up for as many criteriums as possible and try a new tactic at each one. I started using the races as a way to learn and actually found some moves that worked after trial and error. Although I am far from a crit expert, I really enjoy racing them now and am excited to keep building my skills!
Favorite Part of Racing: I love the feeling of digging deep during the last few miles of a long road race, after you are already tired and can somehow pull out a little bit more.
If you could ride your bike anywhere, where would it be? I would love to ride through Iceland.
What are you most proud of in your cycling career? I am most proud of the two races I have done up Pikes Peak. Both times I rode up the peak felt like battles against myself to see what my body was capable of doing. I am really proud that I was able to finish both races feeling like I gave everything I could.
What is your favorite post ride meal? Chocolate milk and pasta.
What is your superpower? Baking cookies!
I grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and attended the Univ. Of Colorado Boulder for college. I started racing my last year of college and continued for an additional year after graduation. I recently moved out to New Hampshire to start medical school at Dartmouth and am very excited for this new chapter (although I defintely miss riding in the mountains of Boulder). Outside of cycling and school I love to hike, kayak and cook/eat!