The trails behind my childhood house are famed, but growing up, they were merely part of my backyard. Fairfax, California is mountain biking’s birthplace but to me, it is just home.
In high school, I started racing mountain bikes in the NorCal High School Mountain Bike League. The intense competition and camaraderie had me hooked instantly!
I started racing on the road in college and decided that college was the perfect time to try being a professional athlete because academia wasn’t challenging enough (cue intense sarcasm). I loved racing at a high level on various road teams throughout college, but it was the UC Santa Cruz collegiate team that felt like family and really fostered my love for the sport.