I admit it, dropping my training wheels was one of my first memorable accomplishments in life. I was the little girl riding around the neighborhood barefoot in my swimsuit on my Mayflower bike with a banana seat, rainbow tassels, and flower covered basket with a live bunny poking his head out. By 8th grade, I was one of the only girls with my own transportation to the mall. Dancing and cars were too cool in high school, but after a year of college, I immediately bought my first mountain bike. I had found myself again. Not only did it allow my body to recover from that horrific freshman 15 but I could now get around quickly and had a health outlet for stress. As soon as I put the bike into motion, time stopped and the world around me dissolved into patterns of color and sound. It was abstract. My realizations about life became dominated by my internal understandings, rather then social pressures.
My competitive nature soon took me to the race scene where winning on the local level transformed into professional status and racing at the National level. Throughout this journey my purpose in life became clear: to inspire women to discover the bike. By connecting with women at all levels and interests, I soon found the biggest limiter to be the clothes. Spandex being the ultimate dissuader, my mission became to bridge the gap between fashion and function to offer women the freedom to ride their bike in style and comfort. That is my alibi.