2013 Race Bike: Trek Superfly Elite
Favorite Race: Xterra Freedom Fest MTB Race, Oahu
"Everything about Freedom Fest was amazing. I got to do what I love most in my most favorite place in the world, and I had my family there to share in the experience. The race was held at Kualoa Ranch where Jurassic Park and Lost were filmed, so there were huge props still standing throughout the course. I saw everything from cows to breathtaking ocean views from cliff tops, which helped keep my mind off how much pain I was feeling. It was defiantly one of the most difficult courses I've ever ridden. I met some cool people from all over the world who got a kick out of my "country" accent, and I truly enjoyed experiencing the local island hospitality that Hawaii is known for. I couldn't have asked for a better day on the bike."
Why Race? "I like challenging myself and pushing myself to reach my goals. I like to see how much my body can take because it's always a lot more than what my mind thinks it can. We're all a lot stronger than we think we are. Sometimes it takes encouragement from your friends, your coach or your teammates. When you finally reach those goals, it's such an incredibly rewarding feeling. I race because I LOVE it!"
Tentative 2013 Race Schedule:
Charlotte Winter Short Track Series, Charlotte, NC
6 Hours of Warrior Creek, North Wilkesboro, NC
Maxxis Southern Classic Series, NC, SC, VA
Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell, Old Fort, NC
River's Edge Mountain Bike Marathon, Uwharrie National Forest, NC
Fool's Gold 100, Dahlonega, GA