Starting in 2019 Full Cycle will be sponsoring a select group of Colorado women to support a year of Adventure riding. The goal is to create a small community of rad women doing rad things. What is rad though? Each woman on the team is going to determine how she will represent by choosing from races, charity rides, adventure riding missions, blog posts or social media, and other events. They will also be leading group rides, participating in charity events, seminars, teaching sessions, or donating time to charitable groups. We want to create a small tight-knit group that is supporting each individuals efforts through training partners, sharing of knowledge, and physical presence at events. This team will not be simply a way to sponsor personal motivations or a strict race schedule, but rather a unique schedule of events and have full encouragement and buy-in from the team.
I've lived in Colorado a decade now, by way of Chicago and raised an Iowa girl. A bikepacking trip at age 16 cemented my love for cycling. For 20 years, post-college, I've tried the gamut of racing - triathlons of all distances, Xterra, running, adventure racing, urban challenges, and cycling - enjoying it all but succeeding the most in team time trials (2-person/4-person), team pursuit at the track, and cyclocross in Chicago.
After Ironman racing for 5 seasons, I switched back to Sprint triathlon racing with my husband and went to the ITU World Championships twice in two years. After a break to start a family (5 and 7yo), I'm back to racing primarily still Sprints.
What Angie hopes to get out of FCWAT this year:
Comradery with a group of strong enthusiastic motivated ladies that are eager to ride, race, train, and push themselves and not always just for the perfect picture.
I've always loved to ride bikes, starting when I was a kid on my light blue Ross 10-speed. As kids we would cut trails in the woods behind my house and see how fast we could ride the loop on our 10-speeds. I also spent hours attempting to ride around the 1 mile loop of my neighborhood without touching the handlebars, until one day I finally did it. It built some solid bike handling.
Fast forward through years of competitive soccer, rugby, skiing and rock climbing I found myself back on a bike riding the Horsetooth reservoir dam climbs rehab'ing a torn up ankle. This rekindled the fun of cycling and I spent the next 15 years mtb and road racing throughout the country.
After one too many crashes and surgeries, I retired from that to focus on my career and kids. With my 5 year old daughter now tearing it up on her bike, its the right time to slowly working my way back into fitness and having some fun along the way with this awesome team.
What Sharon hopes to get out of FCWAT this year:
I hope to participate in some fun events with a team of like minded ladies who want to have fun and compete hard!
I have always been drawn to adventures, whether in the form of creative or athletic endeavors. I grew up on a lake in Gettysburg, PA and spent my summers in the water, swimming, waterskiing and wakeboarding. I played nearly every sport in school, was a competitive gymnast, and very much involved in the visual arts and music. In 1995, I headed to Fort Collins, CO to pursue a degree in Fine Arts at CSU. This was the perfect setting to cultivate my creative and active lifestyle. I played soccer, became hooked on rock climbing, and enjoyed exploring the outdoors as inspiration for my artwork and athletic pursuits. Twenty four years later I am still here in CO having the time of my life. I’ve been teaching art, competing in triathlons, open water swims, and running for the past seventeen years. I have finished four Ironman distance triathlons and many Chesapeake Bay Swim crossings with the company of my dad. I have also completed the Horsetooth 10K Swim three times. I continue to be passionate about doing a little bit of everything, from surfing and yoga to biking or hiking a 14er, and I’m always up for the next adventure!
What Catie hopes to get out of FCWAT this year:
I’m mostly excited about being part of a group of like minded women. Looking forward to meeting new training partners, making new friends, and having the opportunity to positively impact our local community.
I was born in Colorado, raised in Iowa and moved back to Colorado as soon as I could after graduating from the University of Iowa. I bought my first ‘real’ road bike in 2008 and immediately signed up for RAGBRAI. Then, I decided to give triathlons a try, so I learned how to swim and completed a couple of sprint triathlons in 2009, an Olympic distance triathlon in 2010, and was hooked. Over the next seven years, my triathlon journey took me to the finish line of three Ironman races and six half Ironman races. In 2017, I injured my back and have had to step away from running and triathlons and now my main focus is riding bikes, especially on gravel/dirt roads. I participated in four gravel endurance races last year, including DK100 and Crusher in the Tushar. This year I will be taking on the Belgian Waffle Ride, DK200, Crusher in the Tushar, SBT GRVL, and Rebecca’s Private Idaho.
What Leah hopes to get out of FCWAT this year:
I am somewhat new to Boulder (lived in Denver until late 2017) and joined FCWAT to meet other women in Boulder who love to ride bikes and seek out adventures.
I started cycling at the age of 33. That was 3 years ago. I got two parts down: pedaling and suffering. Everything else is still a learning curve or in exploration. I rode a little bit of cyclocross last fall. I tried riding on the track once last summer. And I now have a mountain bike (as of last week). I love being outside...night hikes are very popular in my world, kayaking and whitewater river rafting are a big hit, too.
What Noemi hopes to get out of FCWAT this year:
Get better at cycling in general by riding all of the different bikes that I have recently tried. Get to know other outdoor enthusiasts and cheer on my teammates in their personal endeavors in the outdoors.