For the majority of my life I lived in Arkansas. We don’t have real mountains there and I didn’t know mountain biking was a thing until I moved to Colorado. I started mountain biking because I enjoyed the satisfaction of knowing you’re flowing a trail right. I love the feeling when you conquer the drops you always dreamed of. Putting those skills you learned over the years to work and to do those things with friends you have met along the way is the best feeling ever.
|Team||The Black Foxes|
|What is the main cycling discipline you ride/race?|
Mountain bike: enduro/downhill
|Favorite Liv or Giant bike?|
|How did you get into cycling?|
My boyfriend Vitaly introduced me to mountain biking. It was one of our first dates.
|Why is the Black Foxes' mission important to you?|
TBF mission is important to me because together we are working to normalize BIPOC to THRIVE in the outdoor spaces at their level of comfort. We are building a more inclusive and stronger community.
|Where is your favorite place to ride?|
I'm pretty lucky with all the amazing trails and bike parks in Colorado. This is a tough one. My favorite trail is 401 in Crested Butte and I got to experience my first time on that trail with some of The Black Foxes. The climb was disrespectful but it was worth it! But, I would have to say Angel Fire Bike Park in New Mexico is my favorite place to ride. It offers miles and miles of downhill trails for all levels. You get to choose how crazy you want to get on the trails!
|You’re on a road trip to your favorite riding spot. Are you listening to a podcast or music? What’s on your playlist?|
Music! From Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Post Malone, The Movement, Kbong, Da Baby, The Dream, Rebelution, Stickfigure to Spice Girls. I am the type of person who will love one song and will listen to it on repeat. That current song is "Life Is a Circle" by The Movement.
|If you could choose a person to ride with (anywhere in the world, living or not living), who would it be and why?|
Myriam Nicole. I enjoy watching her race UCI Downhill. It is my dream to meet her and ride just as good as her one day! If I could ride anywhere in the world with her, it would be New Zealand because of it's exotic environment and world class trails.
|What would you say to a non-cyclist or someone who is just getting into the sport to encourage them?|
This is your ride. You are in control. Have fun and never say never!
|Do you have a favorite cycling tip to share?|
Always check the weather forecast!
|Words you live by...|
Focus on things you can control instead of the things you cannot.