I did most of my growing up in Colorado Springs. I always loved camping, hiking, skiing, and exploring the rocky playground that I got to call home. Aside from playing with big rocks, most of my time as a youngster was spent in a pool swimming competitively. I continued swimming through college at a small school in Michigan until, one day, it ended. As my senior year of college came to a close, I fell in love with running and cycling. My passion for the outdoors drove me back west to Washington, where my love for cycling and trail running only grew, and I began finding new interests that gave me an excuse to be outside. I now like to compete as a triathlete and love finding ways to constantly keep my training fun and engaging through activities that blur the line between playing and training.
What is the best thing about working at The Cycling House?
The best thing about working at The Cycling House... I get to interact with some amazing people on a daily basis. From guests to guides and even random folks I meet on the trails, there are so many awesome people with amazing stories and a wealth of knowledge and experience who I love being able to spend time with them in this unique way. Also, the food! I'm a huge fan of the food!
Do you have a favorite ride?
My favorite ride. I expect this to change a couple of dozen times this year, but I think right now my favorite ride has gotta be Mount Lemmon. It can be long and hard, but it’s hard to find an excuse not to smile as you wind your way up that piece of rock. And the sense of community on that mountain is incredible.. everyone is in it together to confront their own individual goals.
What is the most memorable day you’ve ever had on the bike?
Joshua Tree National Park. Sandwiched in the middle of a week of camping, climbing, and playing in the desert, a group of ten buddies set out to ride 100 miles through the beautiful, outlandish landscape of Joshua Tree. It was a day that was filled with quality conversations, hardy laughter, good food, beautiful views, and well-placed drafting. After one broken derailleur, a couple flat tires, a bit of caffeine, and plenty of gallons of water, a great ride came to a close. Tired legs and happy hearts led to a great evening of recapping the day as we refueled around the campfire.