I started cycling primarily as a way to commute to the lake for rowing practice in undergrad, but was always hell-bent on identifying as a runner outside of rowing, so it was never my primary sport. Over the years I cycled to pad my running volume and commute but it wasn’t until 2020 that I fully immersed myself in the sport. That winter I broke my leg and was left with a plate and 6 screws in my leg, making any high-impact activity pretty uncomfortable. As I got back on my feet, diving into cycling felt a lot less daunting than returning to running. I swapped my sneakers for wheels and haven’t looked back since.
What is your favorite pump-up song?
Yes, Sir I Can Boogie by Baccara or Rasputin - Club Mix by Boney M.
What you can’t leave for a bike ride without?
Sunglasses and fuzzy peaches
What inspires & motivates you?
The growth that comes from pushing your limits. Some days that means epic long rides and other days that means just getting through the day.
What events are you planning to participate in this year?
I’m headed to Kyrgyzstan in August to race the Silk Road Mountain Race. I’m so excited to explore a new part of the world and to find a new mental and physical limit. This will probably be the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I’m both terrified and excited to take it on.
I’m also really looking forward to kicking off the summer with the rest of the Evergreen gals at the Merritt Crown. I’ve never done a mountain bike event before and am always excited by firsts!
Anything else you want to share?
I’ve never been the fastest or the strongest or the smallest rider and have often felt out of place in the cycling community. To be part of a team where everyone has their own goals and simply just loves to ride and is committed to growing the women’s cycling community feels really special. I’m really proud to be part of Evergreen Racing.