What kind of cyclist are you?
I love spending time on a bike in beautiful places with my friends. I enjoy challenging myself with technical mountain biking and some racing, but the main reason I ride is to adventure in the mountains surrounding my hometown in the Shenandoah Valley.
How long has cycling been a part of your life? When did it become more than just “riding a bike”?
My parents have been involved with my hometown’s cycling community since the 1990’s, so I’ve grown up exposed to cycling culture. Bike riding has been more of a lifestyle for me than a hobby. Some of my earliest memories are watching my Dad and his friends ride and race their bikes. I’ve been hanging out at races, in aid stations, at mountain bike festivals, and doing trail work since I can remember, and slinging sandwiches and timing race sections throughout high school. I’ve grown up in an incredible mountain biking area and an association of riders. I rode my BMX bike and my mountain bike off and on until my senior year of high school when I joined a composite mountain biking team that raced in the VAHS Series. I branched out to try more local races and events throughout college completing my first Shenandoah Mountain 100 when I was 18. I am now 22, and I’ve prioritized cycling in my life because it is my favorite thing to do! I enjoy riding trails with some history, either because they were CCC projects, or are old logging access roads since made into singletrack trails. Getting to pretty overlooks only accessible by bike or foot is always satisfying, and sharing those moments with all levels of riders and friends is very special.
The cycling accomplishment you’re proudest of to date?
Completing the Tour de Burg twice. It’s a five-day long locally based stage race put on by my father since 1996. The race has mountain and road bike days. There are usually four mountain bike days, each covering 35-65 miles with 5000’ to 8000’ of climbing each day. The road has at least 100 miles and 9000’ of climbing.
Favorite place you’ve been on a bike so far?
I enjoy riding sections of the Massanutten Trail which is about 70 miles long and has some of the most technical riding opportunities in Virginia.
Favorite place to daydream about that you haven’t yet ridden?
I went to Moab for a day trip while I was staying in Durango last summer, we rode Mag 7 (which was awesome), instead of The Whole Enchilada because of weather reasons. I would love to go back to ride other trails in Moab or check out Sedona!
How do you describe what the bicycle means to you?
I am grateful that riding gives me a way to connect with my family and friends. Cycling promotes healthy lifestyles and creates an outlet to nature, and that is even better when shared with those you love.
How will your future as a cyclist unfold?
I hope to continue riding as much as possible, and share with others how cycling can provide opportunities to enjoy the beauty and history of your local area.
Who inspires you and your riding?
My Dad is my biggest inspiration. He has accomplished some huge cycling feats, is an active member of the local cycling club, the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition (SVBC), and a big contributor to local trail building and maintenance projects. I’ve also been inspired by our family friends, living or with roots in Harrisonburg, who have made cycling and sharing cycling with others an integral part of their lives by teaching, coaching, opening bike shops, putting on races, establishing and attaining goals within the SVBC, and by just genuinely loving bike riding.
Favorite Salsa model and why?
My Redpoint, wow!! I’m blown away by how fun it is. It feels very upright and comfortable when riding steady terrain or while climbing, and adapts immediately to descending and technical spots.
Favorite pre, during, and post ride/race food and bevvies?
I have a lot of food allergies, so I’m limited in what kinds of food I eat, especially while riding. My go to ride foods are raisins/Craisins, tuna, bananas, leftovers from last night’s dinner, Enjoy Life chocolate bars, gluten free pancakes, sweet potatoes, sunflower seed butter, and bacon. I like eating oven fries or spaghetti after rides, but any form of beef or venison with vegetables or rice or something sounds good to me - especially with a glass of wine or a Corona.
When you’re not cycling…
I like to fish! We have an extensive amount of trout water surrounding our area, and multiple rivers nearby which house small and largemouth bass, and musky. I also enjoy hunting for deer and grouse, hiking, and cooking. I spend a lot of time with my boyfriend, family, and friends, and I have really fun jobs - working at a locally owned shoe store, and teaching lessons and maintaining trails at the newly opened downhill park at Massanutten Resort.
What don’t you leave home without on a ride?
Tire plugs and snackies. Helmet.
See Lindsey ripping trails in our video: Stokesville