#LoveWhereYouLive

Almost a year ago, I moved to Roanoke, Virginia. Why? Mountain biking. Little did I know, that my move to Roanoke would be about so much more than just glorious trails and ample gravel roads for training. It would deliver an incredible community, a city replete with culture and food destinations, and all sorts of…

Race Report: Big Frog 65

Summary The irony of this event is that it was supposed to be my first NUE series event, way back in 2020. I remember asking friends, veterans of the event, for beta, and gearing up for my first season “as a pro” and… then COVID happened. Now, two years later, with a full season of…

Season Opener: Stokesville 40k

I spent January with my left foot in a boot thanks to a late-season stress fracture, so when the Stokesville 60/40 MTB race rolled around as my 2022 season opener, I was admittedly a little nervous. I’d only been riding my bike for 4.5 weeks and didn’t feel like my fitness was anywhere near what…

Summer Come; Summer Go

I love summer. Its my favorite season. I love the sunshine. I love the long days. I love the heat. The only part I don’t like about summer is that it comes so late and leaves so quickly. Already, on August 18, when I’m writing this, I am entering my second week of teaching sixth…

I Belong Here

For a year, I started pro/elite races with the nagging feeling that I was an imposter, an outsider: that I didn’t belong. I didn’t really have my pro card, I was just registering in the pro/open races that allowed for non-pros to race in the open category alongside the “real pros.” Even in Cat. 1…