A POSITIVE NOTE
While packing up my suitcase before the final stage of the Colorado Classic I was fighting back the tears as I thought to myself, “wow, this is it.” It was a surreal moment- I’ve lived out of a suitcase for the better part of the past six years and this was, in a way, the final chapter of that book.
For the most part, only family and close friends knew this was coming. I mean, I wasn’t necessarily hiding the information, I was trying to stay focused on the remaining races left on this years race calendar. Now the cat is out of the bag - I am retiring from professional road racing.
What an incredible “ride” it has been. I am so grateful for this journey as my life has been immensely blessed through the sport of cycling. From sponsors, team management, and donors, to hosts, teammates and of course, the fans! The past 6 years have been full of rich relationships and memories I will never forget. I cannot thank you all enough, nor can I list every single person because the support has been exceedingly more than I could have imagined.
I can, however, list three very important people that have been vital during my career - Nicola Cranmer, Mari Holden and Dean Golich. Thank you all for everything! For believing in me even when I failed to believe in myself, encouraging me and pushing me to be the very best cyclist, leader, and ambassador to the sport of cycling that I could be. You three are making strides in women’s cycling that no team has come close to achieving and I am so grateful to have been apart of such a wonderful program. I can’t wait to see what TeamTwenty20 does next!
After signing my first professional contract during my senior year at Marian University in 2014, to present day, my journey in this crazy sport has been filled will many successes and failures. Overall it has always remained fun. I told myself that when it is no longer “fun,” a re-evaluation is in order. Racing is a big investment as it requires a lot of energy, both emotionally and physically. If it’s left unchecked, it can drain you and leave you resenting the sport you once loved. My hope has been to avoid that trajectory by prioritizing my mental, emotional and physical health over the glory of cycling. My six years in the professional peloton have been full to the brim and I am thankful to be exiting when I am. Happy, healthy and on a journey just like everyone else. My next step happens to look and taste a bit different than what I am used to, but I am excited for the adventure that awaits! Cycling has, for a long time, been a priority in my life and will always have a special place in my heart. I have been racing at some capacity since age seven and I am grateful for what all of those years taught me, and I am ready to enjoy cycling at a different level. Most importantly, I am ready to establish a “home life” with my friends and family.
Plain and simple - I am not having as much fun as I used to, and that’s ok! I am proud to have accomplished what I have during my time competing and will always love cycling. I chose to move on while I still have a smile on my face! After all, cycling is a truly wonderful sport unlike any other!
Thank you to everyone who supported me over the past 6 years. It’s been a huge blessing that I will always be grateful for. I will have these memories forever thanks to you! Though I am exiting the professional road racing scene, I am not leaving the cycling world entirely. I could NEVER do that! I still have a few gravel races left on the calendar this fall and it looks like I will have a few more on the calendar next year… Maybe I’ll see YOU out there? I sure hope to!
Thank you for all of the love and support!