Natalie Santelli (President/Team Manager, Sponsorship Goddess, Cycling Apparel Goddess) was introduced to the sports of cycling and triathlon in 2011, and the wheels haven’t stopped spinning since. She joined the Fort Follies in 2013 and enjoys mentoring new riders and growing the sport of women’s cycling. Would your business like to sponsor the Fort Follies? Do you have skillz and would like to contribute to our cycling apparel designs? Have ideas about the team in general? Feel free to contact her! When Natalie isn’t cycling, she can be found at the Eye Center of Northern Colorado, working as an Optometrist, or playing with her Weimaraner, Mia.
Christi Leong (Co-Founder, Money Goddess) was a co-founder of Fort Follies and for the first two years served as the Fort Follies President and the Race Director for the City Streets Criteriums in 2013. Prior to starting the veterinary program at Colorado State University, she worked for World Triathlon Corporation/Ironman in the merchandise division and has experience with product sourcing, development, sales analysis, and marketing. She is our money gal, so if you have to pay for dues, kits, t-shirts, beanies, sponsor product, or anything else – she will find you! 🙂
Rachel McCrary (Membership Goddess, Mountain Bike Gang Goddess) Before 2014 I was a recreational weekend warrior on the bike. I completed a few Triathlons, road my bike to and from work, and mountain biked a handful of times each summer. In 2014 I decided to challenge myself and successfully finished the Santa Fe Century. Following that road ride I spent the summer riding my mountain bike. I did a few short races in Fort Collins and Laramie, but my greatest achievement was completing the Laramie Enduro! In 2015 my goal is to push myself to train harder and longer so I can cut time off both my Santa Fe Century and Laramie Enduro finish times. I am excited to be on a women’s cycling team so that I can share my love of cycling and the outdoors with awesome ladies!
Heather Haaland (Apparel Goddess) She finds, designs and makes team apparel. Have an idea for items that aren’t a jersey or bibs, haala her way!
Maria Kelly (Sponsorship Goddess, Cycling Apparel Goddess) is an enthusiastic cyclist and triathlete. She enjoys road biking above all, but you may also find her attempting to dig up some dirt mountain biking. Originally from Iowa, she graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville with her Bachelor’s in Nursing. After working for two years in Iowa, a snow storm brought her to Colorado after the interstate was shut down. She first discovered cycling as a secondary exercise to supplement her running due to the encouragement of her now husband (Keith); however after getting hooked, running has taken a back seat. Since beginning cycling she has done several triathlons, bike tours and a few local races. Climbing is her favorite aspect of cycling and she can’t wait to tackle Rist Canyon when summer arrives! In her free time she enjoys skiing, camping, backpacking and hiking. This year has proved to be busy as she began a Master’s Nurse Practitioner program at CSU Pueblo while working at Banner Health in Greeley and CRMC in Cheyenne WY. Fort Follies has given her a great appreciation of the cycling community and love for the sport of cycling. She is excited to share in the leadership responsibilities this next year to increase awareness of women’s cycling. Also on the forefront are the increased opportunities in the Fort Collins area for involvement in multiple grass roots races: Criteriums, New-Belgium Short track, Cross, Time-Trials.
Suzie Livingston (Social and Social Media Goddess, Mountain Bike Gang Goddess)
Tori Royle (Mountain Bike Goddess) got into mountain biking after moving to Colorado in 2010. What started as recreation quickly became a passion. She has been racing at the local grassroots level for the past two seasons. To date her biggest accomplishment has been completing the Steamboat Honey Stinger relay, but has goals to compete in several other races this upcoming summer. Outside of biking, Tori is a physical therapist at Rebound Sports & PT and enjoys running, snowboarding and spending time with her husband and two boxers.
Gail Hogeland (Member Benefits Goddess)
Whitney Schultz (Co-Founder) is a professional racer who started racing in Austin, Texas in 2007. After an accidental run-in with the University of Texas at Austin cycling team (fondly known as Texas Cycling), was informed bike-racing was cool. She excelled through the ranks quickly and has been competing at the national level since the spring of 2009. In 2013, she was signed to Colavita-Fine Cooking women’s professional cycling team. In her personal life, she graduated in May of 2010 from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Marketing and moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she works for a small software company and commutes by bike. However, she has always seen the void in Fort Collins for a women’s grassroots program and a place for women to learn bike skills in a comfortable environment. With her experience putting together a successful and growing program, and knowing what it takes to grow as a racer, she’s very excited to be making Fort Follies a reality and help rally the ladies in Fort Collins to get them on bikes, racing, and be a bigger part of their cycling community!