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.
I am committed to...
Bringing my best everyday... as well as encouraging girls and women to discover the awesomeness of riding bikes!
What piece of advice would you give to your 13-year-old self?
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.
Who inspires you?
I'm inspired by my teammates and all of the women behind Liv. They are truly dauntless and unapologetic in their dedication to promoting and advancing women's cycling.
What's your secret talent?
I'm an excellent speller.
What's one thing you learned about yourself in 2020?
I've learned that no matter how prepared I think I am, something might happen that I couldn't expect, so it's important to have a Plan B, and C, and D....
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