Meet Our racers
I'm asked all the time why I ride/race bikes..The answer is easy - it's fun and it's good for you. I started riding seriously in 1998 when I got my first license and was pretty fit so I thought I would have a go at the Tuesday night crit. The last lap of the my first race and going into the last turn I was in the break of 4 and the rider in front of me took an abrupt move to the right and took me out - 1st broken collarbone. While I was recovering I was asked if I would help officiate/score the Tuesday night crit. That led to 5 years of officiating and becoming on of the areas lead Chief Refs. Then I decided to give a try to Ultra-marathon events and become a Randoneer and trained 6 days a week with a 100K 4 nights a week and 2 centuries on the weekends. I moved up to a Super Randoneer after completing the qualifiers for Paris-Brest-Paris which included a 200, 300, 600 and 1,000K events under specific times. As a side note - ask me if I want to do that 2 year span again - NO!! Then in the fall of 2004, I was convinced by a coach that I should try track racing and at that point I was convinced I would be an endurance racer. I trained for 10 months for my first track event - Texas Regional Championships. I entered both the endurance events and sprint events - thinking I would do well in the endurance events - NOT!! I podium and took a Bronze in my first track event - in the sprints. The rest is history with 2 trips to Worlds, Numerous Nationals and Regionals with top ten at worlds and nationals, and numerous 1st's at Regionals. The current goal is the 2018 World Championships in LA...
Well let's see... I guess it would be fair to say the bike found me. Beginning in the early years of life (3rd grade) jumping over trash cans and cars, then becoming a BMX Freestyle rider to later roll into Mountain biking in its infancy years. Needing to develop endurance for mountain biking I picked up the road bike and Cx racing in college. Got bored with all of that and gave Track racing a go. During the way earning a number of different championships. Somewhere along the way I also found the time to manage a bike shop, become a USA Cycling certified Mechanic, Official and Coach. Safe to say I have been involved in bikes in some form or fashion for the majority of my life. These days after eclipsing 50, I have slowed down slightly but still try to share the knowledge I gained all of those years by mentoring and co-owning professional and regional teams. During this journey it has been awesome to see riders I helped grow from barely knowing how to ride a bike to being the top in their discipline of the sport. Aside from playing bikes I play Architect and Interior Designer in real life. I could go on and on but the best way to get more of the story is to catch me out on that rare sighting of me on the bike!
Why do I ride bikes? Because I really like to eat cookies and ice cream, and who doesn't love sporting a farmers tan year round? Sarcasm aside, I, like many women, got into cycling because of a college boyfriend. Needless to say, I quickly realized I liked my bike a lot more than him and have been riding and racing ever since. I started out as a roadie, fell in love with cyclocross, and now find myself zipping around the local mountain trails and gravel roads of Southern California. Riding bikes makes me feel strong, lets me explore my world in a different way, and has lead the way to so many great friendships.
Feisty fifty! Well, almost fifty at least. By day a teacher/administrator, but after hours, the spandex comes out and the race is on! I discovered bikes after my 3rd child left me significantly overweight, and I knew I had to do something to change. I rode group rides and tours for 15 years before dipping my toes into racing and never looked back. Today, give me a crit, a road race, or a cx race, and I'm a happy girl. Come play bikes with me!
An adventure seeker at my core, I have always been drawn to the great outdoors and being active. A few years back, I took the leap and left corporate America in order to pursue my cycling passions full time. However, a back injury sustained while racing in early 2015 left me with a case of wanderlust and an even deeper appreciation for riding bicycles. Since recovering, I have set my sights on adventure by bike, including scouting and publicizing the Pony Express bikepacking route to be released, free of charge, to the public in 2018. While I discovered my love for the bike while racing criteriums, self-supported bikepacking adventures have stollen my heart.
With a family as bike crazy as mine, it was only a matter of time before I found myself drawn to cycling. Starting off with organized rides on the weekends and laps around our beloved White Rock Lake during the week, I didn't really have a place in the world of racing. Then, mom introduced me to cyclo-cross; now one of my all time favorite activities. Three seasons in, and I'm still going as hard as I can, always in it for the pure rush of joy and happiness I get in a race, although rising in the ranks doesn't feel half bad either. I'm off at college now so, sadly, I don't have as much time to race as I'd like, but whenever I can, I hop on my bike and get out there with the big girls to show off my stuff.
Bikes have allowed me to appreciate life in a different way; the respect for ourselves as well as our environment, the amazing people that belong to this community, how different you can perceive the city, and the encouragement to be better. Mountain biking in North Mexico was my first cycling experience, and every time I go back there (even though I like to try new things), I remember how much I enjoy it. I feel really grateful being able to discover new places, roads, trails, and amazing people who share the love for this awesome sport!
Born in the mean streets of Plano, I managed break free from the system by joining the wild peloton that used to pass through my neighborhood every Saturday. The rush of going fast, discovering new roads and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one in spandex has gone before has kept me seriously hooked on this sport for the past 4 years. Riding bikes has brought me great joy over and has allowed me to grow strong enough to pedal away from all my problems, responsibilities and lack of education.
I wrote a little poem when I was in 4th grade, "Whenever people see my bike, they say, 'I like that bike!' I ride it fast, I ride it slow. It doesn't matter where I go. I ride over ant piles and over curbs while my dogs chases me." I think that still sums it up pretty much. (Except now I have four bikes!)
A boyfriend used to take me mountain biking at Grapevine Lake on my old beat-up Huffy and I hated it with a passion and vowed never to cycle again. Then I found myself battling the West Texas winds in Lubbock commuting to school, and once again vowed to sell that bike and never cycle again. Little did I know that years later I would eventually meet my husband on a bike, cycle all around the U.S. and Europe, and race almost every discipline cycling has to offer. Cycling has taught me patience, perseverance, courage, mindfulness, and most importantly, how to have fun. And after a few mountain bike rides with a group of girlfriends, I even loved to enjoy Grapevine Lake trails. I could have never guessed that my two favorite disciplines are mountain biking and Cyclocross, both of which require a large amount of technical skills and bruises. In my spare time, I foster Labs, make jewelry, and try to keep my landscaping alive.