I'm a SoCal girl living in Utah with a background in Geology and guiding in the outdoors. I am currently working as a youth educator in cycling. Being able to mesh my knowledge of the earth with my passion for being active outside on road and gravel bikes is a true delight. I share my experience and knowledge in outdoor recreation to make it less intimidating and more accessible to underrepresented folks.
|Team||The Black Foxes|
|What is the main cycling discipline you ride/race?|
Road and Gravel
|Favorite Liv or Giant bike?|
|How did you get into cycling?|
I started riding at 4 years old, but I didn't ride consistently. It wasn't until I started commuting on a road bike in college that I got interested in riding more for the adventure and socializing with friends.
|Why is the Black Foxes' mission important to you?|
I grew up with little desire to venture outdoors primarily because my Black elders found it to be unsafe and unlikely for Black folks. I want to share my experiences and guidance in cycling so that future generations of BIPOC will see our participation in the outdoors as normal and essential to our well-being.
|Where is your favorite place to ride?|
Santa Barbara, CA, roads and Southern Utah groads
|You’re on a road trip to your favorite riding spot. Are you listening to a podcast or music? What’s on your playlist?|
For a long drive, I'm listening to podcasts like RadioLab and Risk! because I love an awe-inspiring, edgy story. For a short drive, I'm listening to easy-going sounds by Tycho and Khruangbin, or turning up to Cactus Jack and the Get Turnt playlist on Spotify.
|If you could choose a person to ride with (anywhere in the world, living or not living), who would it be and why?|
I would ride with Harriet Tubman because she would obviously be a force for BIPOC in the sport and I have a feeling she could scout some killer routes.
|What would you say to a non-cyclist or someone who is just getting into the sport to encourage them?|
Don't allow the mainstream cycling culture to intimidate you or dictate what makes you a "cyclist". Wear what you're comfortable in. Go your own pace. Ride in whatever way makes you feel free and empowered.
|Do you have a favorite cycling tip to share?|
Nutrition is key! Hydrate before your thirsty and eat before your hungry.
|Words you live by...|
To Be a Rock and Not to Roll.