Our Profiles in Leadership series will introduce you to some of the great people accross North Carolina who have been inspired to join the North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League in our mission to get #morekidsonbikes. We need YOU to help. If you’re inspired, please consider attending our Leadership Summit on September 10-11, 2016 in Greensboro, NC. Registration is open – so please take the next step and register here.
Where are you from/what is/are your “home” trails?
I live in Durham, NC and, to be honest, I mostly ride the urban trails like the Ellerbee Creek Trail and American Tobacco Trail. When I get the chance I ride off road and Little River and Umstead.
How long have you been mountain biking?
I’ve had an interest in mountain biking since I was a kid, starting with being the luckiest girl on the block when I got my Huffy Sweet Thunder in the late 1970s. I had a strong interest in BMX and trail riding when those styles became popular in the 1980s. While riding trails was my first passion, I joined the TriCyclists Bicycle Racing Club in 2001 to race road and crit and even tried out a few cyclocross races. Finally, I tried my hand off road with a couple races in 2013.
What involvement do you have in the cycling or youth development?
My children keep me busy. My son was involved in boy scouts for the last four years.
What’s your motivation for getting #morekidsonbikes?
I really like the idea of this sport becoming more accessible to kids and want to be apart of bringing that joy to our youth. Other than the more obvious benefits of challenging oneself and participating in team dynamics there are many transferable lessons about the environment, geography, and discipline I hope the riders learn.
In what way(s) has cycling made your life richer?
Cycling played a fundamental role in my childhood as being on the bike became the most accessible tool to develop my sense of exploration, independence, and critical thinking about the communities around me.
What elements of cycling do you hope to pass onto the kids that participate in NCICL?
I hope children learn to challenge themselves and build confidence in not only their physical abilities but transfer those skills to other endeavors.