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 get on the podium! She has since competed in triathlon in varying distances, skate skis in the off season, and is addicted to hot yoga. Rachel is currently a VP 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 coming year she’s looking forward to an injury free season (she hopes!) while just having fun racing on the road and mountain bikes. 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: “Listen to my body to avoid season-ending injuries and continuing to grow the team to 100+ women who want to ride and race!”
Nickname: A resurrected one as of late from my DJing days-Jinger, and Scoots MaGoots (this one was left in TN, but is my fav)
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Current Home: Boulder, CO
Racing Disciplines: Road and Mountain
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: craft beer, Anejo Tezon, or Jameson
Favorite During Race Drink: Probiotic Machine before, Powerbar gels during
Bikes: 2014 Specialized Tarmac Build w/electronic Ultegra, 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. Breck Epic also lived up to its name! Hardest and most beautiful race I’ve ever done!
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? Mallorca, Spain (heading there in March!) and my backyard. Colorado is absolutely stunning!