Like many kids, I had a bike when I was little. I have fond memories of walking into a store with my parents and picking out a white Huffy with those cushy covers on the frame. Mine were purple and pink. I remember my Dad taking the training wheels off and telling me to just go ride; I’d figure out the balance. He was right. I loved that bike. I’d climb the hills around my block over and over and make up little games in my head. When I got older the venue switched to summers in Portugal on my bike exploring the village my aunts lived in. I’d go from that village to my grandpa’s village to meet up with my cousins so we could explore the surrounding area on our bikes. I wasn’t more than 12 and I loved the freedom it gave me. All the while still playing those little games in my head while riding my bike. The college years came and I bought myself a bike to have at home, but didn’t ride it much since I had school and 2 jobs. It always followed me though and lived in my garage through the years while raising 5 kids (Yes, that’s right…5 kids)!
Fast forward to summer 2012, I decided to get a road bike, but didn’t want to spend much. I bought a brand-less bike from Nashbar.com. Andy came into my life about 2 years later and he taught me a lot about road cycling. We rode Bike MS that year and the year after. I really loved it.
In May 2016, I looked into Team Evesham and decided to join. My first group ride was the Friday morning before Memorial Day. The group rides were fun, but most of all the people were great. Two months after joining I bought my current bike – Trek Emonda and I named her Raquel (I can tell you that story sometime, if you’re interested). It’s amazing what a decent bike can do for your love of riding.
Today I ride with Team Evesham and it’s an escape. It frees my mind of the daily stress. There’s nothing like the silent swish, swish, swish of the pace line, the focus of maintaining your speed, the smile that appears on my face while racing someone to the end of a breakaway, and the camaraderie of the group to melt the stress away. That’s why I love riding.