My Cycling Story
I am an aspiring professional cyclist, as well as a Speech-Language Pathologist living in Southern Ontario, Canada. Having completed my MHSc degree in August of 2016, I am very excited to dive a little bit deeper into the cycling world, and see where my bike can take me!
2017 Race Season
In 2017 I am excited to be racing with Rise Racing, a semi-professional team of 8 Canadian women based in Southern Ontario. I am really looking forward to being a part of this local cycling team, and the community opportunities that this year will bring! This upcoming season I will also be making big steps in terms of my race calendar, with some highlights being 3 UCI stage races, 3 one-day UCI races and Canadian Nationals.
How it all started
I got my first road bike in the summer of 2011. I quickly fell in love with road cycling, and within a few months, most of my weekends were being spent riding through the country with my boyfriend, Mark, who is now my husband. A few years later, I started riding with Neworld Cycling club, getting comfortable riding in a group, and training a little more consistently. Finally in August of 2014, I signed up for my first road race, Lake of Bays, in Huntsville, ON. Growing up, I was not involved in any competitive sports, so, needless to say, I was beyond nervous to try my hand at racing. But, by the end, I was hooked.
In 2015, I raced with Giant Toronto p/b Powerwatts. This season brought with it a steep learning curve, where I practiced positioning in the small Ontario peleton. The season culminated with a win at the Ontario Provincial Road Race championships.
2016 was an exciting year for me. I had the opportunity to race with the Cyclery Opus team out of Ottawa. As part of this team, I got the chance to race my first UCI stage race, Joe Martin Stage Race, in Fayetteville AR. One of the season highlights was Canadian Nationals, where the team took home the Elite and U23 titles in both Road and Time Trial disciplines. My personal season highlight was a 4th place finish at Tour of Whiterock, part of BC Superweek.
In 2017 I raced with Rise Racing, a local team of women with similar road racing goals. We competed at Tour of the Gila and Redlands Bicycle Classic, two hallmark stage races on the North American Calendar. Unfortunately my season ended abruptly after a crash at BC super week in July.
2018 and 2019 brought me back to Cyclery Racing Team, and also saw me transitioning into Track Cycling and the Canadian National Track Cycling Development team. Over the past two years, I had opportunity to represent Canada at the Pan American Championships (bronze medal), Pan American Games (2x silver medalist in Team Pursuit and Madison), Hong Kong world cup (8th place finish) and most recently the Track Cycling World Cup at home in Milton, ON where we finished in the bronze medal position!
Onwards and upwards!