Has someone ever told you not to put all your eggs in one basket? Well, usually I’d say that’s good advice, except for when those “eggs” are bicycles. After moving to Minneapolis to finish school in 2008, I discovered the culture and utility around bicycles. Shortly after, I sold my car and committed to being a year-round commuter. Now, after years of doing this, I’ll still give myself a silent (yet solid) low-five after a successful commute where I had to “brave the elements.” It’s all about the mini victories.

I graduated with a degree in Environmental Policy, Planning & Management, with an emphasis on Sustainability. It hasn’t led me down a certain path but it’s definitely made me who I am. I’ve always been most interested in Food and Farming Policy that controls how our food is produced, distributed and supported. One day I’ll be working on a farm tucked away in the mountains. For now, if you want to nerd out about squash and tree species, or maybe argue about the economics of logging, I’m your gal.

After bouncing around different cyclist cliques I determined that I REALLY like racing bikes. I’ve tried most of the racing genres, but the only thing that kept me hooked was riding in the woods and dirt. Now it’s all about cyclocross and mountain bikes. I try not to take myself too seriously, but it’s truly fun to be competitive and let it absorb me. If you’re gonna do it, might as well go all in.

When I’m not playing bikes I spend my time watching Wes Anderson movies, sipping bourbon and listening to MPR podcasts.