Cat 3 Mountain
Melissa grew up among the cornfields of central Illinois and moved to Chicago shortly after university. After buying her first mountain bike for commuting in Chicago and realizing knobby tires are much more fun off road, she migrated west in search of epic single track trails and mountains. To overcome a fear of technical riding, Melissa began racing mountain bikes not long after moving to Colorado. Nothing improves technical riding than the peer pressure of someone breathing down your neck.
When not on a bike, Melissa teaches high school mathematics and volunteers with the Alpine Rescue Team, a mountain rescue team serving Clear Creek, Gilpin and Jefferson County. She is a National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) coach with Evergreen High School and is passionate about encouraging young women to give mountain biking a go.
Personal Goal: To bike-pack the Colorado Trail and race the 6-day Breck Epic
Hometown: Middle of nowhere, Illinois
Current home: Golden, Colorado
Racing disciplines: Mostly mountain but have dabbled in cyclocross
Racing since: 2001
Favorite race: 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, Mohican 100 and Kowalski Classic
Bikes: Yeti SB 4.5, Yeti ARC-X Cyclocross, Moots Vamoots CR, Specialized S-works Stumpjumper
Pedal preference: Shimano SPD
Rollers or trainer: Trainer . . . if I must!
Bibs or shorts: Shorts
Skinsuit or kit: Kit
Water or drink mix: Water with the occasional Fizz
Favorite mid-ride nutrition: Honey Stinger waffles
Place I would most like to ride a bike . . . anywhere but New Zealand is on the bucket list!
When I am not riding a bike I . . . love spending time outdoors skiing, hiking, ice climbing or just enjoying the scenery.