What kind of cyclist are you?
I ride bikes to have fun. My favorite type of ride is one that lasts all day, with a fair amount of rough and rooty climbing, a ripping descent, plenty of breaks and high-fiving, and a cold beer to finish it off. I also enjoy multi-day rides in new places and nights under the stars.
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
Like all little girls, I had a Barbie bike when I was young and spent time riding through chalk-filled cul-de-sacs practicing my skills. But really, it became more than just riding a bike in 2011 when I bought my very first mountain bike and learned to ride in the Rocky Mountains.
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Taking “adventure-mooning” to a new level with my husband on a bikepacking honeymoon to Peru, complete with 16,500 ft pass crossings and a fair bit of professional HAB (hike-a-bike).
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
Sleeping next to my bike at the base of Nevado Ausangate in the Peruvian Andes, a 21,000 ft glaciated monster in the Vilcanota mountain range.
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
It changes every day, but today... Italy!
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
The bicycle is my solution to combining physical activity with mental stimulation and release. It acts as a hobby, an exercise machine and a religion.
How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I plan to ride bikes for as long as my body allows. I hope to continue riding my bike long distances as a way of exploring new places, immersing in different cultures and meeting new people.
Who inspires you and your riding?
My husband! He always inspires me to push myself further.
Favorite Salsa model and why?
Right now I love the Red Point the most. It’s a great climber and also tons of fun on the downhill.
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race and bevvies?
Pre ride and during I like to drink Tailwind Nutrition for my energy and calories. Post ride, IPA and bourbon on ice!
When you’re not cycling?
When I’m not cycling I’m likely spending time outside walking with my dog, hanging out with friends and family, or seeing live music.
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
I never leave home without a smile.