As a coach, student, and volunteer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I am ambitious when it comes to bridging the gap for inclusion in the cycling community. In my current role at a local non-profit, I specialize in creating a passion for the outdoors, focusing on underserved communities. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve gained through the years. I continue doing the work I’m doing because of the connection it gives me to the community. Constantly learning and growing with the community is a gift.
|Team||The Black Foxes|
|What is the main cycling discipline you ride/race?|
|Favorite Liv or Giant bike?|
|How did you get into cycling?|
I got into cycling because all of my xc skier friends were using it as cross-training.
|Why is the Black Foxes' mission important to you?|
It is essential to normalize blackness in outdoor spaces and ensure that blackness is welcomed and not ostracized or scrutinized. I strive to create a safe place for my black and brown community.
|Where is your favorite place to ride?|
Anywhere in Colorado
|You’re on a road trip to your favorite riding spot. Are you listening to a podcast or music? What’s on your playlist?|
I love music and podcast - Music > Podcast. I have music from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Kodak Black, Chastity Brown, Gunna, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and many more amazing artists.
|If you could choose a person to ride with (anywhere in the world, living or not living), who would it be?|
Marshall Taylor - Because he's a Boss and actively challenged the racial prejudice he encountered on and off the track throughout his life. He was a pioneer role model for other athletes facing racial discrimination.
|What would you say to a non-cyclist or someone who is just getting into the sport to encourage them?|
Ride your bike and see how it feels. Then show your friends its healing powers.
|Do you have a favorite cycling tip to share?|
Look where you want to go!!
|Words you live by...|
For every dark night, there's a brighter day. - Tupac Shakur