Home: Portsmouth, NH
Occupation: Certified Surgical Technologist, Bike Fitter
What bike (s) are you riding: I ride all sorts of bikes - predominantly my Trek Madone for road riding/racing/training. I ride my commuter to and from work, my Trek Stache on the trails, and my Trek Boone when I'm racing cyclocross.
Favorite bike route: My favorite bike route varies depending on my mood. I love being able to cruise along the ocean on 1A in New Hampshire, getting some elevation in if I ride into southwest Maine, or riding the rolling hills and farmland inland.
Most prized bike accessory: Either my new Bontrager Velocis neon Porange (orange and pink) shoes, or my Colonial Bicycle Company winter jacket - I've worn that thing in single digits and been warm!
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists: Don't be afraid to reach out to other women with questions, or to invite them on a ride. Don't worry about being the slowest one, just go out and give it a try. We were all beginners at some point, and we all learn by riding with those that are faster, stronger or more experienced than us.
Why you bicycle: I use cycling as a way to explore my surroundings, get outside, meet new people, and test myself. Riding a bike balances me and helps me process my day. I've met all of my best friends and my significant other through riding, and riding a bicycle is how I get to work. Riding a bike is eco-friendly, simple, and it makes my day better. I hope I can impart the joys of riding on other women through the Seacoast and beyond.
Unfortunately, Jessie will be leaving the Seacoast area at the end of the month after being accepted to a PT Program in Glendale, AZ. The "Shifting and Hill Climbing Skills" clinic she was leading will still be held but will now be taught by Sue Allen.
We appreciate Jessie's contributions to She Rides Seacoast. She will be missed and we wish her all the best, and hope to see her again, in the future.