I started racing on the track in 2011 with the re-opening of Victoria’s Westshore Velodrome. Coming from an athletic family, and with a few mediocre results in provincial-level road races under my belt, I quickly advanced through the track program and then medaled in three events at that year’s Canadian National Track Cycling Championships. It had only taken a few months of training and racing, and I was hooked on track cycling. The amazing people, competitive atmosphere, fast-paced and exciting racing…after burning out of the road scene a few years earlier, this was a community I desperately wanted to be a part of. My results showed enough potential to garner me a spot on the National team heading to the first World cup of the 11/12 season in Astana, where I competed as a member of the women’s team pursuit, and also fought back from a crash in the Points Race to finish 4th at my first ever World Cup.
In 2012, after winning medals for Canada at the Olympic Test Event and at the World Track Cycling Championships, I made the Olympic Team as part of the Women’s Team Pursuit squad, and we brought home the bronze medal in London.
This year, I will be splitting my time between the track, and the road, racing for the Specialized-lululemon women’s team in Europe. After such an amazingly successful 2012, I’m so excited to see how much further my cycling career can go with some more training and race experience.
In between training, and racing, I also co-edit Victoria cycling blog stuckylife.com, and run various alleycats and fixed-gear sprint events during the summer. My long-term goals are to balance international-level racing with a commitment to support my local cycling community, and to continue promoting all aspects of women’s cycling.