|How did you get into cycling?|
My parents encouraged me to be physically active all my life. Before I could walk, I tagged along on hikes or ski days in a backpack carried on my dad's back. Before I could ride a bike, I rode aboard a carrier on his bike. Once I could ride on my own, family outings quickly expanded to two-wheeled day trips. when I was 8 years old, I went on my first multi-day cycling trip, carrying my own gear. In the 90s, when I was in high school, mountain biking and singletrack riding had blown up and I bought my first real mountain bike so I could join a group of my guy friends who were riding trails near my house. After a while, they recognized my abilities and encouraged me to try racing in the local high school series. The rest is history.
|Why do you ride?|
Cycling helps me maintain my strong connection to nature and it challenges me physically, mentally and technically. It's a vehicle for discovering new places. If I'm having a bad day, all I need to do is get on my bike and everything feels right again. Cycling has helped me find my tribe and a place I truly feel I belong.