Lives in: Dover NH
Occupation: Project Manager/Event Planner
What bike(s) are you riding: BMC Granfondo road bike with electronic shifting (back up bike: a Lemond Zurich); 1962 Raleigh 3 Speed; currently planning “N +1” bike (cyclocross/gravel bike to replace mountain bike and to use for commuting and touring)
Favorite bike route: Locally, any route in the greater Seacoast area that takes me by Lil’s, The Big Bean, a brewery, or ice cream shop. Or any combination thereof!
Most prized bike accessory: I became a more avid cyclist after I was encouraged by some friends to ride across the state of Iowa in RAGBRAI (look it up!). I joined a team called the Whiners and the team jersey is a favorite—the only way to get the jersey is if you ride across Iowa with the team. A yellow jersey with pink flying pigs—what’s not to love? The Whiners and Iowa introduced me to “journey” riding—sometimes it doesn’t matter how far or how fast or how long you ride, it’s all about the journey and who you are with and what you see and do along the way.
Helpful hint or tip for other women bicyclists: Start with an organized group ride and learn the basic safety tips and rules to ensure an enjoyable and safe ride. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Ride as much as you can. Reach out to friends and encourage them to ride also. And, of course, follow She Rides Seacoast and take advantage of the group’s scheduled events/workshops.
Biking story worth telling: The Whiners (see above) have an Australian contingent and several years ago, after my job was eliminated, I decided to go to Australia to visit some of my Aussie friends. Due to a several unavoidable circumstances, I arrived in Adelaide the Thursday morning before Easter weekend. The friends I had planned to stay with had holiday plans with people I did not know and were going out of town the next day. But, never fear, they had signed me up for Easter Cycle, a yearly cycling weekend sponsored by Bike SA. Attendees camp on an oval or in a park and, over the next 3 days, have a choice of 6-7 rides everyday—short or long road rides, gravel rides, themed rides, etc. That year it was held in Claire, South Australia, in (lucky me) a wine district of Australia. So, on Friday morning, my friends drove me to Claire, dropped me off with my borrowed bike/tent/sleeping bag, and I spent the weekend riding and exploring a new country. I was even interviewed by the local newspaper!
Why you bicycle: I enjoy the social part of cycling—I love to ride with friends and meet new people. I ride for fitness and to raise money for cancer research and other causes. I ride to clear my head on my way to/from work (and usually solve all of the world’s problems at the same time). I ride to eat!