|Liv Factory Racing
|February 20, 1995
|Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|What are some of your favorite places to ride locally?
Tzouhalem in Duncan, Vedder in Chilliwack, and Harper in Kamloops.
|What is your specialty?
Mountain Bike Cross Country Rider
|What are some of your notable cycling career results and/or achievements?
- 2022 National Champion Enduro
- 2021 National Champion XCO
- 2x Paris to Ancaster Winner
- 6x UCI Wins
- 26 UCI Podiums
|What is your favorite event on your calendar?
Mont Sainte Anne - having World Cup finals in Canada will be a super cool way to end the season!
|What's your favorite Liv bike?
Brava. There's something special about the sharp snappy race feel of a cyclocross bike, the sleek finish, and then the absurd amount of fun you can have racing and testing the limits of a dropbar rig.
|What is your favorite Liv gear?
Toolshed 13 mini-tool. There's a lot of multi-tools out there and it's just solid, reliable, and nicely tensioned so easy to use.
|Why do you ride?
I love riding to challenge myself to improve - to become fitter and faster, to be outdoors and explore, and just enjoy the sensation of being in motion.
|When did you first realize you loved cycling?
Re-discovering mountain biking after university while working at a bike shop in the summer. I didn't have a bike at the time, but one of the guys at the shop lent me a singlespeed which I started riding and racing at the weekly local series.
|Is there a woman in your life who has played an important role in your cycling journey?
I feel extremely lucky to have found Catharine Pendrel and Sandra Walter as friends and mentors in 2019 when I started racing the World Cup. They've both had incredibly long, successful careers as leaders in Canadian mountain biking.
|What do you wish you knew when you were starting out as a cyclist?
I think I entered the sport in a very healthy way and have enjoyed learning along the way, I wouldn't wish a different path from where I started.
|Who inspires you?
People who work relentlessly to become better. No matter the level, you can see when someone is committed to working on their dream.
|What does the future of cycling look like to you?
I think it looks like a space where everyone is welcome and there is more emphasis on inclusion than elitism.
|How do you hope to have an impact on the next generation of cyclists?
As a leader by example... By being connected and involved in my community so the next generation see me part of the same circles as them, not just a racer on the results sheets or behind a screen.
|What have been the biggest barriers for you so far in your cycling journey, and how have you navigated/ overcome them?
The biggest barrier in my cycling career has been my willingness to accept risk - on the bike, and in my commitment to being a bike racer.
I think acknowledging the progress I've made and not being unnecessarily critical of myself has helped me feel more legitimate as a professional racer. The same goes for my time working in bike shops; realizing that I am competent and valued in these spaces.