Cycling Bio: I have been an avid cyclist since the age of 12 when my friend and I first started to push the limits of our endurance. What started out as, “I bet we could ride to the mall and back” – a 20 mile round trip on Huffy mountain bikes – soon became long weekend rides in the mountains of North Carolina.
My first big event – as well as my first real “group ride” – was the 1994 Assault on Marion. Six weeks later, I attacked the Fabulous Fourth Metric Century, and from there I jumped into every event that I could find. I was in love. In 1995, I completed my first Assault on Mt. Mitchell …in a painfully long 11+ hours!… but the elation I felt from tackling this monumental task far outweighed the exhaustion that held me to the couch the entire next day. Though I’ve been back numerous times, I’ll never forget my first.
Eventually, I began racing. It was inevitable. Though I’m not as competitive a person as some, I enjoy pushing myself to my limits – and sometimes beyond. It took me several years to adjust to the enormous differences between the almost casual group events and the edgy, nervous races, but with gracious help from many (too many to name here), I learned.
In 2007, I began coaching professionally with Per4mance Training in Charlotte, NC (now TotalCyclist). In 2010 I took over as head coach of the Spartanburg Junior Cycling Team, and in the same year won the SC State Road Race Championships (Masters 30+ division). In 2011, I returned to the Assaults as Director, and now, I race with the elite Team Athletix Benefitting Globalbike – a great team and a wonderful cause!
- 1st : SC State Road Race Championships (Masters) – 2012
- 1st : SC State Road Race Championships (Masters) – 2010
- 3rd : Friday Night Fights Criterium – 2011
- 4th : SC State Road Race Championships (Masters) – 2011
- 7th : Roan Groan Road Race (Masters) – 2012
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