There are many people, who without, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Among them are my sponsors. Not only do I stand by their product, I value their friendships.
I met Ray, part-owner, at a crit race in 2014. He was one of those people you just know you’ll like from the start. After our initial conversation, he became a sponsor of mine and one of my closer friends. His commitment to making his wheels “Not made in Asia,” generosity, honesty, willingness to make things happen, and ability to make Andrew and I laugh is something I admire about Ray. Not to mention, my iRT wheels are the best wheels – training and racing – I’ve ridden. My go-to set is the Five-Eighty-Five Carbon Clinchers. They’re smooth and fast, maintaining top-end speed, and you don’t have to worry about replacing a tubular if you flat.
If I could tape my whole body in RockTape, I would. I mostly use my RockTape for support and stability in my right knee, but it’s not just on-the-bike use. I also use it for preventive pain-management with my right ankle, muscle fatigue relief in my left leg, wrist support, lower back relief, my posture, swelling, getting rid of bruises and lining a tire in a pinch. It is the only kinesiology tape I’ve had to physically pull off to get off my skin, even if I’ve forgotten to tape up before applying sunscreen.
KIND has been with me the longest, providing me with the fuel I need to get through training and energy when I’m not traveling. From granola at breakfast to Strong & KIND bars while traveling to satisfying a sweet tooth with their Dark Chocolate Almond & Coconut bars, KIND has the variety to meet any taste bud and nutrient needs.
When I started up racing bikes again, I actually started out on my dad’s Ibis “Spanky” before getting my own aluminum Cannondale. I loved it. And then I loved when I got my first carbon frame, a Cannondale Super Six. It wasn’t until I got a Giant, though, that I became spoiled. My weapon of choice for the road is my Giant TCR Advanced Pro and my Trinity Advanced Pro TT for time trialing.
My life has been forever changed thanks to Rotor. I first tried out Rotor rings in early 2015, with just changing my big ring to a Q-ring during a rest week. It took five minutes to know I wouldn’t go back to my regular circular rings; the whole week I wouldn’t shift into my small ring. After the week was over, Andrew and I got a small Q-ring for the road bike and a set of Q-rings for the time trial bike. Since then, the knee pain I had been dealing with almost every day diminished, my pedal stroke became more efficient, and muscles in my right leg that had laid dormant for so long began firing and building. It’s been a game changer and I am happy to now be a part of the Rotor family.
The only sports drink I’ve been able to drink on the bike successfully. My favorite flavor is their Ruby Red Grapefruit. Not your typical sweet energy/electrolyte mix, the grapefruit packs a nice tartness to it that makes it easier to drink on the bike. At least, I think so. But tart for the tart; right? All profits go to charitable organizations, and they have single serve packets so you can try before committing to pomegranate, ruby red grapefruit and/or tangerine. They also have chocolate recovery.
Andrew and I met Josh and Emily of Evermoore Films in 2015, while in the throes of wedding planning. Not only were they nice and creative, they decided they wanted to help us with getting to Rio. As a result we have amazing wedding videos and a pretty awesome testimonial video leading up to Rio that are now memories Andrew and I can cherish. I wish I could bring them around everywhere I go to get the cycling journey on film.
I’ve been part of Team CAF for two years now and with CAF’s help I’ve been able to upgrade my equipment and keep focused on training. They are a great organization that truly helps those with disabilities succeed in sport, and ultimately help them to succeed in life.