Lives In: Barrington, NH
What bike (s) are you riding:
Road bike: Cannondale Supersix Ultegra Di2, Mountain bike: Kona Cindercone, Cyclocross bike: Raleigh RX 2.0
Favorite bike route:
There are many routes that I enjoy, including my commute to work over the bay, riding with a paceline down Rt. 1A and riding at night with lots of lights on the Rockingham rail trail. However, my absolute favorite type of rides involve exploring new roads for the first time - deviating from the route I've pre-loaded into my Garmin computer to see where an old crumbling road goes - or just taking the scenic route home from work in search of a place to get a decent cup of coffee & a cookie. The best rides have no agenda and good friends.
Favorite new bike gear/accessory:
My Castelli CW 6.0 full finger cross gloves. They fit like a dream giving me full dexterity, wick away sweat and have tacky palms that don't slip when I'm carrying my bike over obstacles. Sometimes I leave them on in the car and pretend I'm a race car driver. I'm also quite fond of my KASK Mojito helmet, which is super adjustable and comfortable.
Favorite places to refuel:
Breakfast: Lil's in Kittery - try the classic cruller. It is a magical delight, you will not be disappointed. Big Bean in Newmarket, NH - I suggest you save this for the end of the ride, I love to get a custom omelette with black beans, avocado, goat cheese & hot sauce.
Lunch: Calef's country store in Barrington. Grab a Vermont Sweetwater Company maple seltzer (carbonated maple sap!) from behind the deli counter, and have them make you a wrap with snappy old cheese and bacon. Eat outside at the tables on the covered porch for some pure New England charm.
Snacks: Applecrest in Hampton Falls for cider donuts & hot cider. Calef's for a pickle from the barrel to restore electrolytes after a good ride through the hills (mountains) of Strafford. Scratch Baking co. in South Portland, ME, everything there is just...amazing.
Dinner: My latest favorite is the Stone Church in Newmarket post rail trail ride for what I call "Thursday Night Tacos". I get the steak tacos with chipotle sour cream. After an honest winter spin session, or a long ride ending on the coast, I'll stop at the Beach Plum in North Hampton or Portsmouth for one of their generous lobster rolls.
Current cycling goals:
I plan to spin on my trainer this winter to try to stay in shape for some early spring classic gravel rides like the Vermont Overland Maple Adventure Ride, the Muddy Onion and Rasputitsa. All of these rides traverse some challenging but absolutely gorgeous VT gravel roads. I also plan to work on hill climbing next summer, which I hope makes me a stronger road rider and cyclocross racer next fall.
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists:
Make bike friends. It's easier to keep up with your riding goals when you have lots of friends who motivate you to get out there. Ask others for help and advice. Always carry spares. If you're not having fun, you're doing it wrong.