USA Cycling license: 285702
- Road: PRO (UCI Elite) – OrthoCarolina
- Cyclocross: Category 1 (UCI Elite) – Team Handmade
- XCO Mountain Bike: PRO (UCI Elite) -Rare Disease Cycling
I am from Chicagoland and moved to Madison, WI in 2002 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There I earned a BFA in Studio Art. While focusing on metalsmithing, I ventured into glassworking, textile design, mixed media installation, printmaking and painting.
I had aspirations of competing in cross country and track in college, but an illness near the end of high school derailed those plans. Though I stopped racing seriously, I ran a lot of half and full marathons for fun in addition to a lot of yoga, rock climbing and a little paddling. To mix things up I started cross training on the bike. Cycling really peaked my interest; without a clear life direction at the end of my student career, I began working at a bike shop to learn as much about it as possible.
The shop boys taught me how to ride; I ditched my car and learned the freedom that comes with commuting year-round by bicycle. I rode a bike nearly every day but never, ever expected to race one. In 2008, I won a free entry for the WORS series, managed to put together a passable bike from my co-workers’ spare parts and rode it once, a week before my first race in Sport. I learned that mountain biking is not unlike commuting on ice and snow…and it’s also a lot of fun! From my first ride I was hooked!
In my second season I qualified for a PRO upgrade and shortly thereafter I began my first year of racing at the UCI level in mountain bike and cyclocross, in addition to holding two jobs and some classes…
To find new inspiration, focus and adventure, my boyfriend (now husband) Dave and I relocated to Asheville, North Carolina in the middle of the 2010 season. Within a year I was lucky enough to represent the 2011 US National Team at the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Windham Mountain Bike World Cups.
I carried the momentum into 2012 having automatically qualified for UCI World Cups in xc mountain bike and cyclocross, only to fall seriously ill (lyme disease) for over an entire year. Enduro racing renewed my strength, skills and confidence as I recovered.
I’m incredibly grateful to be back at it, racing various mountain bike disciplines for the Rare Disease Cycling, cyclocross for Team Handmade, and road with OrthoCarolina!
When possible I love contributing to skills clinics for all ages, abilities, and leading mountain bike group rides and tours in the Pisgah National Forest.
Thanks for reading!