I was born and raised in Durango, CO, and came up through the junior cycling program Durango Devo. I started mountain biking when I was young and didn’t love riding at first, but I went to Devo to see my friends and eat snacks. When I did my first NICA race, it wasn’t until high school that I discovered that I’m a bit competitive. Over the last eight years, I have raced with Durango DEVO and then Fort Lewis College, exploring many disciplines and achieving many of my goals. I do many adventures outside of racing, including backpacking trips, skiing, and mountain peak summits. I enjoy coaching the current development athletes and exploring new areas by bike with friends!
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What's the best thing about working at The Cycling House?
I’m relatively new to The Cycling House, so I am still discovering all of the great things about a guide. So far, the best thing about working at The Cycling House is spending time with new people and sharing an adventure by bike! I love that guests are excited about exploring on two wheels and eating fantastic food because that’s what I am passionate about too.
Do you have a favorite ride?
Favorite ride? I have too many! One favorite is the Caption Ahab trail in Moab, Utah. I love mountain biking and gravel riding. In Montana, there are so many gravel roads to explore; you could ride all day, see amazing views and get into some pretty remote places.
What is the most memorable day you've had on the bike?
I have had so many memorable days on the bike! I can’t give one specific day, but an amazing day on the bike for me goes like this: its golden hour (or as I call it, glory hour) just before the sun starts to go down. It is a crisp fall evening, and all of the leaves on the trees are illuminated. The best pals are there, and we all descend a perfect, flowy piece of single track or a winding dirt road with breathtaking views. Then we eat a giant burrito at the end! The sun feels so warm and fuzzy, and I can’t help but smile.