Your Age: 26
Your Location (where do you ride mostly): Evansville, Indiana.
Weapon(s) of choice: Trek Procaliber 9.9
What’s an average day for you like? Most days you can find me at the local mountain bike trail at Scales Lake riding a couple of laps.
What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? I've always been competitive and a fast learner, so the hardest part for me was not being able to do things that the more seasoned riders were doing. The easiest part was just trying. You can't gain a skill if you don't go for it, and you won't get better if you don't keep doing it.
What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best part about being a female is that you get to prove the guys wrong when they say a girl can't do something. The worse part is that there aren't many women at races, so a win doesn't always feel like a real win when there are only three or less in your category.
What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like to see more of a presence by women. I think if we just keep showing up and ripping, the stigma will fade faster.
Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I'm really laid back. You can almost always find me in a race t-shirt and yoga pants. I want to be able to easily move when I want to.
What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? My favorite riding shorts are Shredlys. They always make a statement on the trail. I also love my SheShreds sweats.
Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I think when you feel confident, you are the best version of yourself.
How dangerous do you really think it is compared to what people do in their regular activities? I know from personal experience that my sport can be extremely dangerous. You can't predict when a crash will happen and you can ride your best and still have an accident. Trees and rocks aren't usually people's concerns when they go for a work out.
I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. I had a crash once where I was on a black diamond trail with a ton of rocks. I was riding a carbon hardtail and had an upcoming race. Because I was thinking of not hurting my bike and being extra careful, I managed to get my front wheel stuck on a rock. When I went to step out, I could only step onto a rock on the ledge. My cleat caused me to slip and my body was thrown from the bike and my face landed on another rock. I managed to not get a broken nose or large cuts that you could see. It felt like I had split open my lips. I managed to get a concussion but with the help of an amazing doctor, I was only out for a week with a migraine. It's the worse crash I have ever had with the luckiest outcome. I even rode another 30 miles after that.
What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? I think the feeling of freedom and going fast is what gets people addicted to mountain biking. It's a sport where you can see improvements almost every ride. Oh, you couldn't ride that section of trail last week? This week you have the line figured out and are flying through it. It's an amazing sport to feel and see improvements.
What is your favorite trick? I can't do it every time, but I feel amazing when I get a clean bunny hop in!
Do you own any other toys? I own a road bike for cross training.
What gets you pumped up for the day? Just knowing that I am going to be on a bike at some point makes me so incredibly happy.
What are three things you could not live without? Biking, friends, and my cat.
What are your expectations for this activity/sport? I have big dreams and expectations for mountain biking that include going pro and one day making it to the Olympics.
Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My biggest supporters have been a couple people in the Evansville Mountain Biking Association, which is my local mountain biking group. I love going to the group rides we have weekly and they have taught me everything I know and have always encouraged me. I wouldn't be the rider I am today without a couple of them.
Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? I could watch Emily Batty or Rachel Atherton. They have real passion and talent an you can see it come out when they race.