I’m a native New Yorker who works in design, wears red glasses, and loves to race her wheels through the mud. What started as a need for transportation became somewhat of a gateway drug. My bike expanded the scope of where I could go and what I could do. I love the freedom, I can go anywhere on my bike, even places the cars can’t. During my senior year in design school, I heard about an alley cat street race and was intrigued by the orientation and problem solving aspects of the competition. I signed up and so began my obsession with racing my bike. I honed my navigational skills by taking on longer rides. I bicycle toured down both U.S. coasts, hitchhiked across the country and volunteered on Permaculture farms in Mexico. With each trip, my love of cycling grew.
When I returned to NYC, bike in tow, I knew I had to continue riding. I had a hunger for racing so my trusty track bike and I headed out to the Kissena Velodrome in Queens, NY. It was a true community at the track. I was instantly welcomed. I joined a team of about nine women and donned my first real team jersey. That year was 2008. It was my first year racing and the first time I came in contact with the sport of cyclocross. I still remember attending my first race. I watched spandex clad, muddy people run, ride, dismount and remount, and dodge obstacles. I had to try it. I did, and I was hooked. Since that year I have raced back-to-back road and cyclocross seasons.
After a strong 2015 season, I’m excited to get back in the mud and am honored to be wearing Richard Sachs’ name and sponsors again.