As someone who came to the cycling and adventure world backwards......I grew up riding and packing horses into the West. My family would take 30 days each summer and spend it removed from civilization. I did not realize at the time what a gift my parents were giving me.
My professional life is an equine photographer. I have spent the last 26 years photographing the best of the Quarter Horse and Paint Horse industry all over the US and Canada. This occupation has taught me grit, tenacity and the art of adding in fun to any situation.
I found cycling five years ago....our children were growing up and I wanted to do something with them, not just watch from the sideline. I had no idea then how life transforming it would be. My hashtag is #myadventureredefinedme and how true that is!
I am a sponsored athlete for Salsa Cycles and Shimano. The support of companies has allowed me to do things just like this......I love helping other riders find their adventure on their bike. And what a life changing thing that can be.
I have been in long distance gravel races such as Dirty Kanza, Land Run, Maah Daah Hey 150 and Barry Roubaix. I will never podium at an event but am a solid back of the pack rider. The true race to me is between my bike and I. That said, I can't think of a better person to encourage others throughout the day.
My bike has helped take me out of my comfort zone, hold me there and then helped me grow. This growth has been mental and physical in nature and typically uncomfortable at times. I want to help you embrace the same growth. I can't wait to ride with you!
Have you ever driven through the barren Utah desert and wondered, “Who lives there?” Well I consider myself a full circle desert rat, having grown up on the shores of Lake Powell, 100 miles downriver from Moab, virtually in the middle of nowhere, attending a one room schoolhouse with 30 kids. My youth was spent camping and exploring every corner of the region with my adventurous parents and brother.
On a wild and random journey, I built a career in fine jewelry and traveled the world in search of rare gems and watches, all the while using the opportunity to cultivate my passion for ultra-endurance sports and competing in many of the world’s most extreme tests of endurance. I’ve raced “self-sufficient” through the Sahara Desert in the infamous Marathon Des Sables, run 135 miles across Death Valley in July at the notorious Badwater, and most recently finished 9th overall in the grueling and unsupported Dirty Kanza 350-mile XL
About 10 years ago I gave up my jewelry career to follow my passion for paying it forward and endurance cycling. I began creating events for fellow athletes, eager to share the amazing benefits earned through physical challenge that I’ve experienced in endurance events. My passion led me to coaching, as many participants wanted help preparing for my events. This evolved into a coaching business focused on helping every day athletes accomplish extraordinary things…
We returned to my desert “home” a couple of years ago in the Fruita area to establish my gravel events and coaching company. My life revolves around my family, coaching, bikes, the desert and sharing this most incredible region with others…by bike, of course. I know from hundreds of nights’ experience that when you walk away from the campfire and look up at the unencumbered desert sky the view will be like nothing you’ve seen before and something you will never forget. Are you ready? We sure are.