My bike racing career started back in 2010 when a couple of friends rode with me to David Douglas, one of them lent me his Bianchi San Jose, and I came in 1st for beginner women. It remains one of my only 1st place finishes, but it got me hooked. I’ve been racing on the dirt every season since, and actually managed to podium at Short Track this past season in women 2 through sheer force of showing up and racing mid-pack. For many years I was on Team Slow, a great group of friends – but most of them no longer race so the team fizzled. I’m looking forward to being on a more active team! Though I had a couple of injuries that kept me from racing most of this season, I’m excited to get back into it.
I’ve not done any road racing – unless you count Mt Tabor’s fixed gear category or the Steens Mazama 1000. I think I’ll be riding the Swift Summit 200 next year (previous years I was kept away by…getting married and my first anniversary). If I ever have the time, I dream of more self-supported endurance events like Bike Nonstop US and the Tour Divide. #Dreams.
When I’m not racing but I am on a bike, I enjoy loaded touring (on and off-road), gravel, long road rides, and a little mtbing. I also dabble in running. I can be found the last Friday morning of (almost) every month on the Steel Bridge, handing out free coffee and pastries to people biking and walking as a volunteer for Breakfast on the Bridges. Our November/December holiday edition is on December 20–please stop by if you’re a bridge commuter.
For my jobby-job, I work at Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership in communications, community relations, and fundraising. My husband Kirk and I share our car-free home with our adorable dog Cordi and Gimli the bearded dragon.