Jade Ptacek

Jade Ptacek

Marketing Project Manager

What kind of cyclist are you?
Mostly a roadie, but just started cyclocross.
 
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
When I was young, we’d often go out as a family and bike around the neighborhood, but it became more than just riding a bike about three years ago when I purchased a better bike and started hitting the trails every weekend. Last summer was the first summer I started to take it more seriously because I started competing in triathlons.
 
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
I’m still fairly new to the world of cycling, but this summer I was the bicycling leg of the YWCA Women’s Triathlon relay team. My mom did the swim portion and my future sister-in-law completed the run. We ended up winning overall for the relay teams. It was a rewarding experience to compete as a family team.

Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Mickelson Trail in Western South Dakota (Deadwood/Lead area). I tried to ride it on an old hybrid though, which was a poor choice.
 
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
I watch way too much GCN and they go to Mallorca for a lot of road races. It looks like a beautiful and challenging place to ride.
 
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
Community – I’ve participated in a handful of other sports and nothing has a community quite like cycling does.

Sustainability – It’s a sport that I can continue to do for a long time.

Variety – There’s so many different types of cycling and training. Also, I can compete as much or as little as I want to.

How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I’ll be upgrading my road bike soon, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I find myself on a gravel or fat bike.
 
Who inspires you and your riding?
My Grandpa was the first person in the family to be interested in cycling, and he bought me my first set of clipless pedals and bike shorts. He didn’t even start riding until he was over the age of 60, so he taught me you can continue to stay active and compete at any point in life.


Favorite Salsa model and why?
My favorite changes every week.
 
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
I’m still figuring out the pre-ride food—I know what not to eat—but post ride, I like going out for apps paired with an IPA.
 

When you’re not cycling…
Traveling to see family and friends, or completing art projects when I have time.

 
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
Some sort of granola bar or gel.