Hi there! Thanks for checking out my site.
Let me tell you a little about myself:
I graduated from Indiana University Bloomington May of 2019. It was there that I discovered my passion for bike racing. Fall of 2016, I met Hayley Kwasniewski. She was on a Little 500 women's racing team, Independent Council. She invited me to accompany her team on a ride over the weekend. I went, joined their team that same day, and proceeded to race in the 2017 Women's Little 500. I was hooked. I raced my first few crits that following summer, in addition to participating in Bike & Build's "Drift West". After Bike & Build, I was sold on the idea that I could accomplish anything I set my mind to. To test that notion, my buddies Thomas Torbik, Jake Richards, Josh Richards, and I completed an "Everest" Challenge (I was the first woman in the state of Indiana to do so!).
The more I rode, the more deeply and irreversibly I fell in love with riding and racing my bike.
I eventually left Independent Council to focus on races outside of the Little 500 and joined IU Cycling Club to start competing in collegiate races. However, after a year away from Little 500, I found myself unable to resist and joined RideOn's Little 500 women's racing team. After joining RideOn, Hayley and I worked together to start a movement to create more equality in the Little 500 scene (check out the VeloNews article about our efforts).
[Just a lil curveball: I was attending IU on a full ride pursuing a degree in Contemporary Dance. My entire life, I thought I wanted to dance in a company as a profession. But the more I rode my bike, the less I wanted to be in the studio. Even early on, I could tell the cycling world is where I truly belong...]
So here we are. I am a 23-year old retired dancer who moved to San Marcos, TX in May of 2019 to pursue a career in cycling. I am passionate about empowering women, creating gender equality in a male-dominated sport, and finding and surpassing my mental and physical limits. In the process, I like to advocate for organizations like Bike & Build and Rescue Project. Combining my passion for bike racing with affiliated philanthropic efforts on the professional level is the dream!
Photo by Erik Bingesser