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So, I understand you have been riding mountain bikes for quite a long time. Tell us about how you got started?
I started riding mountain bikes when I was 7 years old. My dad was a big supporter in keeping his kids outdoors as much as possible and away from the TV. So on the weekends when my brother, sister, and I were not in school we would be riding. And we loved it.
At what age did you start racing? What type of races were you competing in?
I did my first race in 1999 at Snow Summit Resort in Big Bear, CA. I was 10 years old. It was a Shimano kids race and I clearly remember seeing Gary Fisher there helping push my little brother up a climb he couldn’t make. I didn’t know who Gary Fisher was until later in life, I just remember this eccentric looking guy with tiny spectacles and a cool blonde goatee. I won the race that day and beat all the boys in my age group. The next day I asked my dad if I could race in the junior women’s XC race 12-14 category. Well, I won that one too.
Was your family supportive?
They were all very supportive. We all raced XC and traveled together as a family. Even my grandparents were supportive and they would come to as many races as they could.
What were some of the highlights early in your career?
The biggest highlight in my early career was when I won my National title in 2006 in the Junior Expert XC class. It got me a 100% funded trip to race in the World Championships in Rotorua, NZ. My whole family came to cheer me on, which was amazing.
There is a bit of a gap between your XC days and current race schedule. What were you doing during that time?
I decided to take a break from racing for a bit and focus on obtaining my global marketing degree. I ran college cross country for two years and continued riding my bike throughout college and raced a few random road races for fun. A week after I graduated I was offered a job at Crankbrothers in Laguna Beach. It wasn’t long after working there that I found myself riding my bike on some of the steep, technical trails in Laguna and absolutely loving it. My passion for cycling sparked back up again, but in a new way. A gravity way.
So, what made you make the transition from XC to enduro and gravity events?
I think I owe a lot of it to moving to Laguna Beach and learning how to ride more technical trails. One thing my dad did not support was me racing gravity style events. I think it was his fear of me really hurting myself while I was still growing. But now I’m 26 and there’s not a lot he can do to stop me, haha. I have the fitness discipline from my XC days and with the helpful coaching I receive from Kyle (Strait) and the abundance of technical trails around here and the newly developed bikes that can pedal and handle technical trails, the transition just happened naturally.