About one year ago, I couldn’t really identify my athletic passion. I’d tried just about everything, from dance, to lacrosse, to soccer, to the swim-team, but I just didn’t feel that I really fit in with any of these sports. At the same time, I had started riding my mountain bike around my neighborhood just for fun, finding more passion in this activity than ever. One of my friend’s parents told me about an upcoming charity ride called the Urban Promise. I was immediately interested; I signed up, trained to participate in the fifteen-mile ride, and took my brand new hybrid bike to the starting point. I don’t think I’ll ever forget the excitement and confidence I felt as I crossed the finish line that day.
From that moment on, I knew that I wanted to pursue cycling as my passion. My parents, who have always been my biggest supporters, continued to train with me and cheer me on. Last season, I ended up signing up for two more charity rides in addition to the Urban Promise on my hybrid, the Githens Center Bike-a-thon (35 miles) and my biggest ride yet, the American Cancer Society Bike-a-thon (53 miles). As I continued to train, I felt more and more confident about my progress on my bike. I was so proud and wanted to keep on going to get to an even higher level.
During the winter months, my mom took me to spin class every Saturday at 6:30am. This is where I met Dennis Wall, who ended up recruiting me to ride with Team Evesham. I had always seen those blue and yellow jerseys in charity rides, and immediately wanted to be part of the team. Needless to say, I was beyond excited.
When I first met Sandy and everyone on the team, I already felt like I was part of the Team Evesham family. I would just like to thank everyone involved in the team, especially those who have helped me constantly improve and better myself. I ride because I finally feel like I have found an amazing sport, I get the privilege of observing leaders in action every week, my knowledge about cycling grows more and more with every ride, but most of all, I finally feel like I am part of a team, where everyone helps and supports one another. I can still remember when those days of riding just 15 miles felt like 100, and can’t help but smile. Now, I feel that I can absolutely say that I ride to experience growth as an athlete, a cyclist, but most importantly, a person.