|Birthdate||June 7, 1988|
|Hometown||Mooresville, NC, USA|
|What is your biggest cycling achievement?|
My biggest wins have been my back-to-back Pro GRT (US DH National Series) wins in Windrock, Tennesse in 2017 & 2018 followed by podiums at Crankworx for Dual Slalom (2017), US National Championships (2017 & 2018), and US Open Downhill (2017). But, my biggest accomplishment was taking the leap to put myself out there as a professional athlete later in my 20s. Now, at 30 I'm starting my most ambitious race season yet and I couldn't be more stoked.
|What is your biggest non-cycling achievement?|
Graduating from college with two bachelor’s degrees and honors; starting a career in the cycling industry; marrying my best friend.
|What is your goal for 2019?|
To continue to grow as a person and on the bike and give 100% in every opportunity that comes my way, while giving back to my local MTB community.
|Do you have another job outside of racing?|
In addition to racing downhill professionally, I am a certified mountain bike coach and own coaching business, Spoked, LLC. I have also worked for Liv as a contractor for the past 6 years, first as a demo driver in the Western US and then in Global Content Marketing. I still work for Liv part-time as a content contractor helping with web content and social media!
|What do you love about cycling?|
I love EVERYTHING about mountain biking. I love being outside, the adrenaline, the sweat, the dirt, the taste of a cold beer and Mexican food after a good ride, I love the confidence riding has given me, the strength (both physical and mental), and at the same time the humility to laugh at myself. I love riding alone, sharing rides with my dad, brother and husband, and constantly making new friends on the trail. I could go on and on…
|Why do you love riding for Liv?|
There isn't a brand out there that I would rather ride for. Over the past 6 years, I've seen Liv grow and with it, the opportunities for women in the cycling industry. Liv's goal to get women on bikes is REAL and every single Liv employee I've met uses that goal as their motivation mantra at work. Because of Liv, there are more options for women when it comes to bikes and gear, there is more support for women new to the sport, and there are more opportunities for women to grow within the sport - whether that is as an athlete, an ambassador, a rider, or as an industry professional. Oh, and did I mention I LOVE my bikes?
|What is your favorite place to travel?|
My favorite place to travel is where ever I'm heading next. I love going to new places!
|What is your favorite food?|
If I had to choose, I'd say a Southern seafood dinner at my parent's house. Blue Crab with butter for dipping, fried fish, hush puppies, coleslaw, and cucumbers and tomatoes soaked in vinegar.
|Who is (are) your favorite riding partner(s)?|
My husband on the mountain bike and my dad on the road bike. I love riding with new people who push me a little out of my comfort zone.
|"When I'm not riding my bike, I'm ______!"|
washing my bike! Haha, you could also find me on my computer writing or scheming the next Liv content project, cooking something yummy, hanging out with my cats, or enjoying time with my husband, friends, and family.
|What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?|
|Who taught you how to ride a bike/ got you into the sport of cycling?|
It was all my brother's fault that I fell in love with bikes (thanks, Alexander!) - when I was 10, my brother started racing BMX. I think I only watched one race before I decided I wasn't going to sit on the bleachers anymore. I bought a Gary Fisher BMX bike with my carefully-hoarded allowance money and started racing with my bro. My brother was always super supportive, even after he quit racing at 16. But my parents were the ones who put in the time and funded my racing until I went to college. They drove me to the track 2-3 times a week, hauled me all around the East Coast to Nationals, and ponied up the plane tickets to send me to the big races out West. Without my family behind me, I can honestly say I wouldn't be where I am today. And, even though watching their 30-year-old daughter race downhill might freak them out a little, it's always good to know that I have my parents support and they are still cheering me on.
|Have you taught anyone how to ride a bike or introduced someone to the sport?|
Encouraging new riders when they first start mountain biking is one of the most rewarding aspects of being a mountain bike coach. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching women at the beginning of their MTB journey who have now become leaders in their own communities. It’s humbling to know that I’ve played a role in shaping their lives and establishing a growing group of shredders in the Southeast.
|How do you plan to pass on your love of cycling in 2019 and beyond?|
I'm energized by some new opportunities to help grow the mountain bike community at home in addition to continuing to provide skills coaching services throughout the year!
|Words you live by...|
You'll never know what you are capable of unless you try.