Like most people, I learned to ride a bike when I was quite young. Riding a bike gave me a wonderful sense of freedom at an early age. I have such fond memories of riding my beautiful Miyata 610 I bought when I was just 16 years old!
Although I never stopped riding, it wasn’t until my early 40s that I started riding in earnest. I began commuting to work by bike and signed up for the Orange County Wheelmen’s annual Amtrak Century in 2009, unsure if I could ride such a long distance. My husband Greg and I had so much fun on this, our first century, that we joined OCW! We have since discovered randonneuring with RUSA, and are now committed ultra-distance cyclists, having ridden over 35 brevets, centuries, and double centuries in two short years.
In 2009, I took the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling TS 101 course. This wonderful class taught me to feel confident riding on the road and sparked my interest in bike advocacy. As a League Certified Instructor, I am now able to help others become confident on the road, so they too can get out and “enjoy the ride”!