Age – 27
Occupation – Sales Associate Bob’s Bikes
Category 3 racer aspiring to be a 2!
1. What kind of bike do you ride? Is there a story behind that?
I have a Specialized S-Works E5 Mario Cipollini paint job. My boss, Roger, told me I couldn’t ride my 10 year old Cannondale that was too big for me anymore so he picked a bike out for me and I worked my butt off to get that bike!
2. When did you start riding?
I started riding the day after Thanksgiving in 2007. My Dad wouldn’t give up on getting me on a bike so I made a deal with him; I will go for a ride but if I hate it he can’t say another word. 26 miles later on a hybrid and running shoes with the Harpeth Bike Club in Franklin, TN on the Natchez Trace I was hooked. Miserable, but hooked!
3. How often and where do you ride?
My coach, Tracy McKay, has me riding 5 days a week. Sometimes I sneak in an extra day if it’s too pretty to pass up! I usually head out Highway 78 but I’m always up for a new route!
4. What is your favorite aspect of riding in Birmingham?
We have so many options to choose from when it comes to Birmingham’s cycling community. There is a group out there for everyone! I also have the opportunity to ride with many talented riders. If you want to get better then train with those that are better than you and I definitely have that here!
5. What are the things you would like to change about riding in Bham?
Probably the same as anywhere; better drivers, better roads, and maybe a few flat places to ride!
6. Any particularly awesome story?
There are too many! Crashes, getting lost, great races, and I’m sure there are many more to come!
7. Why do you ride?
What it has done for my life. I was, in a sense, “lost” when I graduated and was no longer competing in college athletics. My father could see that and literally drove me nuts telling how much I would love riding. He was right. It has filled the void. Not only for competition but I have grown as a person. Riding has brought back discipline and at times my sanity. I have also met so many great people.