Last year I got to be a part of a really cool thing. My Ironclad teammates helped me win a bike race that qualified me for a special Pro Chase team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix (NVGP) in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Staying in-step with the Oregonians before me, I managed to secure the top amatuer placing at this high-profile professional event and brought home the ‘green’ Cat 2 jersey.
My personal end result was a combination of hard work, suffering, having crazy fun times on the bike, and, most of all, it was made possible by teammates and a support crew extraordinaire. The Pro Chase event showcased top talent from across the country at the NVGP and it was a target for many up-and-coming racers each season. For us riders, it was a ticket to try your legs and grit against some of the top cyclists in the world. It was complete with a training camp, director, mechanic, financial support for travel and race entry, all the fixin’s. It became a season goal of many and I was looking forward to cheering on the next Pacific Northwest woman who might earn the chance to try their hand at it this season.Read More