My relationship with cycling has come full circle. It began with the pure enjoyment in the adventure of exploring new trails and new places, followed by 15 years of competitive cycling, and currently enjoying the mountain bike Mecca of the Sea to Sky Corridor where the riding possibilities are endless.
I bought my first mountain bike at the age of 17. Quickly I dove into the deep end of riding, shuttling Mount Constitution on Orcas Island, and touring the Gulf Islands. After graduation I took my bike to Europe where I toured 8 countries in 3 months. The following year at 19, I adventured to Nepal where I became the first woman to mountain bike the Annapurna trekking circuit.
In the early 90’s I joined a grass roots bike team through my local mountain bike shop. They encouraged me to try racing. After winning the BC Cup Series overall in 1991 and 1992 they offered to send me to World Championships in Bromont, Quebec. I had never raced outside of BC or at a national level competition, let alone a world class event. I threw caution to the wind, and raced as an independent (you did not have to qualify as a National Team athlete to compete in 1992), and placed in the top 20 out of more than 100 competitors. This set the course of my cycling career for the next decade. I went on to be 4 time BC Cup Champion, won my first Canada Cup in 1998, the over-all Canada Cup title in 2000, and represented Canada in 11 Mountain Bike World Championships from 1993-2004.
In 2011, after 16 years of living in beautiful Victoria, I traded island life for mountain life. I currently spend the majority of my time exploring the endless network of trails from Squamish to the Chilcotins and everything in between. My competitive nature has softened and I now enjoy passing on the knowledge and experience from my many years of training and racing at an international level.
So much has changed over the years: 1×11, 2×11? 26,27.5 or 29 inch wheels? Hard tail, full suspension, or Fat bike? No matter which bike, all I know for sure is that as long as I am able, I will continue to ride for the exhilarating, adventurous, fun-filled experience.