I am a 37-year-old professional cyclist:
Discipline: Road Cycling ⋅ Racing Age: 38 ⋅ Strengths on the bike: Sprinting, Aggressive Attacks, Domestique, Power Climbs, Team Player ⋅ Coach: Kendra Wenzel ⋅ Resides: Portland OR ⋅ Started Competitive Cycling: 2007 ⋅
I grew up in the mountains of Northeastern Washington, with a love for the outdoors, I was adventurous from the start. I remember watching Mary Lou Retton in the 1984 Olympics, knowing that I wanted to grow up to be an athlete and represent my country as she did. I remember always trying to race my sister, on foot, by bike, and in the water. I believe I was born strongly competitive, my sister, on the other hand, was not. This drove me crazy so I would try to find a way to compete even if that meant I was running from her.
Cycling was my first true love, later at the age of 14 came rock climbing, then running track, and shortly after came soccer. Soccer is where I learned to love team sports and the family/community that it fosters. This is where I first revisited my dreams of becoming a professional athlete. My plans were derailed when at the age of 15 I lost my mother to cancer and was forced to grow up rather quickly, supporting myself, and seeing that I finished high school. Soccer kept me focused and I graduated top of my class. But my new focus was to get out of the small town I grew up in and I found my way to Seattle.
I found cycling again when I took a job as a bike messenger. I didn’t realize it at the time but this job would end up taking me all over the world to compete in messenger championship races and eventually to San Francisco where I would discover road racing and my dream of becoming a professional athlete.
Over the years I put myself through college and discovered my creative side as a Graphic Designer. I won the Portfolio Show in my program and started building my client base before I even graduated. This allowed me to eventually work for myself and be able to dedicate more time, energy and focus to my cycling career. I now stand on a new path in Portland OR, where I am all in. With a strong support system around me, I am here to give my everything to my sport, to work towards accomplishing that little girl’s dream and represent my country, one day being that inspiration to another little girl.