I grew up in Laramie and Sheridan, Wyoming. My Dad planted an adventure seed at a young age with some “don’t tell your Mom” backpacking, biking, skiing, and kayaking trips. I chose to attend the University of Montana, primarily for it’s quick access to trails and mountains, but also for an offered Pole Vaulting scholarship. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology/Pre Med. In the meantime (after retiring from the Collegiate sports scene), I dabbled with triathlon, trail running and mountain biking. It was through some group mountain bike rides that I met a cool guy named Owen Gue. He was entertaining, and we started “hanging out.” He was very supportive of me in pursuit of my competitive running and triathlon. As we grew closer, he invited me to work as a guide for TCH. I spent a full winter season working Tucson camps, and also had the privilege of working Mallorca, France, and Italy camps as well. My time working for TCH has waned a bit due to my choice to pursue a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I now have started up a sport-specific physical therapy clinic and specialize in working with endurance athletes of all kinds. Luckily, I am still able to sneak away to work several cycling house camps every year.
What is the best thing about working at The Cycling House?
I love working at TCH for many reasons, but some of the main highlights are for the chance to meet so many different interesting, fun, wise, hilarious, and inspirational people. Everyone has their own story and reason behind enjoyment and desire to ride bikes every day and call it vacation. I love to get to know people and see the them overcome their personal challenge that is made at the cycling house, whether it be breaking a PR up Mount Lemmon surviving their first 50 mile ride ever. Friendship is invaluable, and I find that I have made many amazing friendships through working at the cycling house, so that's pretty awesome.
Do you have a favorite ride?
Can I have three? - Sa Calobra in Mallorca, Spain. The Col du Galibier in France. And Lastly, Mount Lemmon in Tucson, AZ.
What is the most memorable day you’ve ever had on the bike?
Warm Springs Ridge loop in the Montana Bitterroot with a fall TCH camp of doctors. These guys would spend the morning presenting lectures to each other, and then go rip trail for the rest of the day. It was a hard ride with fun people and prime Autumn colors. The cold beer at the end is always a little icing on the cake.