2017 Fort Follies Team

 

Laura Aguirres (road) – My name is Laura and I am originally from Argentina, My interest for cycling started in California 6 years ago when I joined my boyfriend (Dale) and his friends on long bike rides in the Davis area. My excitement for cycling increased when Dale and I moved to Fort Collins a few years ago. My goal for the future is to enhance my cycling skills and get to know new peeps to ride with! 🙂

Suzanne Akin (mountain) – I’ve been a bike to the bars gal for a long time and I had done a few mountain bike trips here and there over the years, but really got into mountain biking a couple years ago when I finally got my own bike.  I try to get out on my bike 2-3 times/week in the summer but I’m a winter slacker right now. 🙂 Excited to get back on my bike!  Look for my colorful hair on the trail and come visit me at my shop in Old Town, Akinz.

Karen Allison (road) – I love to ride!  My peace is when I’m on my bike!  To me, there is never enough time to ride. I work two jobs and try to ride as much as I can between jobs and maintaining my house. I am  single and my 25 year old daughter lives with me. She thinks I’m crazy because every time I see a hill I say “oh, I’d love to ride up that hill” or “I’d love to ride that road”, etc.  She says she can’t take me anywhere… lol

I have been riding all my life casually but seriously training and riding great rides like Ride the Rockies and other long distance rides over the past several  years. I love being outside, camping, cycling and getting that intense exercise (well as intense as you want to make it). I would love to do a bikepacking trip. I look forward to riding with others that share the same love of cycling.

Tiffany Ankrum (mountain) – I have been cycling for about 11 years. I used to race more frequently than I do now. Four years ago I started to coach youth cycling and that has taken quite a lot of time. I really enjoy teaching young people mountain biking skills and just having fun. One of my goals is to do a multiple day mountain bike trip either the Colorado Trail or the Great Divide.

Jane Brewer (road, mountain) – I grew up in the heart of NYC, so the most I rode bikes growing up was pedaling my sweet Schwinn banana seat bike around in circles on the pavement. After a move to Crested Butte in 2002, I really started to love cycling and humbly learned how to mountain bike there. It was hard not to fall in love with riding singletrack when some of the most incredible trails are right outside your doorstep. Cycling (mostly the crashing part) inspired me to my current career as a NeuroStructural Chiropractor. My husband and I moved to Fort Collins in early 2015 and are having fun exploring the trails around Northern CO!

Celeste Cannon (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I was nine years old and had spent 6 weeks with training wheels before I finally learned to ride a bike.  I will never forget that feeling of flying and the freedom my bike gave me!  I’ve been racing since 2004, working my way up from beginner to expert over the years.  I love anything to do with bikes, whether it’s working on tackling rocks or doing hours-long road rides and exploring new places.

Molly Cropp (road, mountain) – I started cycling about 4 years ago. Initially I thought I liked road racing but I’ve quickly realized that I’m not a roadie. I’m trying to transition now to the mountain bike and we’ll see how that goes. I’m hoping to do more mountain bike races next season and to get on my bike in general. But I do also plan on doing running races, so hopefully I can fit it all in!

Jessica Crouch (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I grew up riding horses but quickly figured out bicycles are much easier to house in city limits. I really fell in love with bicycles after several amazing self-supported bike tours, and took a shot at racing cyclocross  in 2008 and fell headfirst in love with racing after that. After relocating from Nashville to Fort Collins, racing and riding has taken a bit of a backseat to home renovations and a new job (letterpress printer for Wolverine Farm) but I still love riding and always looking for fun folks to ride with.

Lisa Cunningham (road) – I have lived in Fort Collins since 2008. I am a very active stay-at-home mom with three kids, involved in a lot of nonprofit and community-based volunteer work. I bought my first road bike a year ago, and for the past year have been leading a weekly road ride (25-30 miles) among my gal pals on Thursday mornings at 9am. I am looking for more women riders to connect with to go on more weekday rides, and longer weekend rides. Sadly, Sunday morning rides don’t work so well for my schedule, even though the routes look really fun and varied.

Amanda DelCore (road, mountain, cyclocross, tri) – Bicycles seemed to fall into my life from the sky.  My first three bicycles were given to me by the good graces of friends.  I developed a knack and a passion for maintaining my bikes, and eventually learned how to build them up.  I love working on bikes.  My next three bikes were either given to me by friends or acquired through sponsorship.  I feel lucky, but I also know that I have an affinity for being active, adventurous, and curious.  Of course I started riding by commuting to work and school.  This was no ordinary commute though; it was 18 miles one-way!  This turned into a group ride, which turned into a couple years of triathlon.  After sustaining lingering injuries from running, I switched to cycling full time.  Enter cyclocross and mountain biking.  I recently rode the GDMBR from Canada to Mexico.  I have a real passion for sharing what I know about bikes and cycling, especially with females new to the sport.  I’ve hosted bikepacking clinics complete with a trip, and saddle workshops just for women.  I’d love to continue to do more of this with the Fort Follies!

Michelle DeWaard (road) – I’m 47, married with three children. I’m a nurse but not working right now. I’m new to Colorado. I’ve been cycling since 2012 on a hybrid but upgraded to a road bike and clip peddles this year!! I would consider myself a novice cyclist. I love to ride and soak up all the sunshine and whatever nature has to offer. I often cycle to hammock and I’ve been known to carry my bike up and down ravines or along a lakeshore to find the perfect hammock-tree-resting spot. I’m not competitive by nature, but I love cycling and I want to get better at it!!!

Janna Dickerson (road) – I grew up in Fort Collins, and after going to college in Pennsylvania, I couldn’t stay away. I love being outside, taking photographs and making art, teaching tennis, riding my bike and working to make Fort Collins an even better place to ride a bike! I have been surrounded by bikes my whole life but have really been enjoying cycling recently. I spend most of my time on my road bike, but just got a gravel bike and am loving it!

Stacy Driskell (road, mountain) – I started cycling as a way to get around my college campus since I didn’t own a car until I was 23 years old. I raced a bunch of triathlons over the years that followed including a half-ironman and found that my biggest strength in those events was on the bike. The first real real mountain bike race I signed up for was the Laramie Enduro back in 2014.  I trained tirelessly and ended up placing first in my age group. Ever since then I’ve been hooked on mountain bike racing! One fun fact about me is that I can recite all of the prepositions in the English language in alphabetical order…I dare you to test me! 🙂

Kristin Eagle (mountain)  I used to ride road but I’ve fallen in love with the dirt and ride more now than ever. I’m a local business owner running mtbtime.com and also the co-race director of the Tooth or Consequences MTB Festival. You’ll probably catch me out on the trail a lot. Feel free to reach out if you’d like to ride or are a beginner and would like some help.

Betsy Farris (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I really started cycling when I found an old 1950’s cruiser in a junkyard when I was 16.  I got into it because I liked the freedom and I liked fixing things. Fort Collins bike coop and the town in general transformed me into a bike-weirdo (as it does most). I found biking to be the best way to adventure– going on tours, exploring the mountains, or just enjoying town. I started racing for the community and challenge. I’m a firm believer that beginners can be racers too!  I look forward to trying new things and getting better at bike-stuff in general. All costumes– I need more costumes this year.

Jenny Gerow (road, mountain, cyclcross, tri) – I am in love with all things that involve pedaling on  two wheels.  I truly enjoy every discipline of cycling. Competing in Triathlons while living in Austin really kindled my love for the sport. When I moved back to Colorado I got bit by the single track bug and started mountain biking and began competing in cross country and endurance races. In addition to mountain biking I love cyclocross racing and am developing a love for the pavement as I am entering the world of road racing.

As much as I enjoy pedaling I enjoy fueling up for rides as well. I love cooking all kinds of crazy concoctions involving beets and kale and I am known to eat weird treats to keep myself fueled during rides and races, like a pocket sweet potato with nuts and berries and spices or Oreos dipped in frosting dipped in sprinkles (I save that one for my endurance mountain bike races).

In addition to eating weird food on the bike  in 2017 I plan on riding in a pack of polka dots  during road races and  hope to be tearing it up on single track in mountain bike races as well. I am also looking forward to broadening my horizons this summer and trying the sport of bike packing on dirt and on the road.  

Dani Gigliotti (road, mountain, tri) – I purchased my first hybrid in Spring of 2014, jazzed after visiting Colorado and loving how bike-friendly this town is! In my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA I had ridden once or twice a month and did a couple triathlons, but it wasn’t until I made the move to Fort Collins where I fell in love with the cycling community. Working as a mail carrier on the rural side of the Postal Service, I’ve discovered some wild and wonderful dirt and gravel roads to ride. This year I want to conquer 3 Olympic Triathlons, race and ride more mountain, and complete a metric century! As part of the Follies, I’d love to step up and lead some group rides. My training mantra is to always have fun!

Sarah Glatfelder (road, mountain) – Used to ride competitively in and around CO, but grad school moved in and became a priority. Still love to ride for fun, hoping to get back in shape to be able to start doing more gravel rides in the future as that is my next level of interest. Love to road ride, a very green mountain biker, but willing to try and learn.

Sofia Goldberg (road) – I started cycling in 2012 when I moved to Tampa to start my Master’s degree and joined the club triathlon team on campus. While in school I blew off a lot of steam training, completing two half-ironmans and more sprints and olympics than I can count. Since moving to Colorado, and beginning my career, I have had less time and enjoy focusing more on riding, improving my climbing skills and encouraging more women to join me out on the road. I am interested in anything that sounds fun!

Heather Haaland (mountain) – I like to ride new mountains, and experience new terrain with fun havers!

Lila Hickey (road, mountain) – I started riding my bike as a sophomore at CSU, to help me deal with personal and academic stress.  I only knew one route: out to Masonville over HTMP, then down to Loveland and back up to Fort Collins on Taft Hill, and I would ride it religiously.  (In retrospect: yeesh, Taft Hill is terrible!)

Nowadays I fit cycling in around work instead of school, but for much the same reasons: it grounds me, it keeps me sane, and it helps me let go of all the manufactured stress in my life, even if it’s just for a few hours at a time.

I’m excited to ride with the Follies, meet more of the team,  and help the race-curious riders among us feel empowered and confident to roll up to a start line and kick ass.

Sandy Hicks (road, mountain) – I’ve been riding my bicycle since (before most of the Follies were born) the 70’s, friends and I planned and took trips during and after college (from Door County in Wisconsin to Madison, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Texas Coast) before there was good gear and much support. Bought my first mountain bike in Duluth, MN in about 1986 and started mountain biking throughout CO in the late 80’s. Took a short break (to raise two boys) and then got in shape to do Ride the Rockies in 2006 with friends. Started mountain biking again a couple years ago and I road ride all summer in the area. I recently moved back to FOCO from Oregon, so I’d love to meet some competitive, active women to ride with!

Gail Hogeland (road, mountain) – I started riding as a commuter 6 years ago to be more active. In the last 6 years I’ve become a more active cyclist and found that I still love to race and be competitive. This year for me will be about not giving up. Setting goals to ride more than I ever have before.

Renee Hutchens (road, cyclocross) – I moved to Fort Collins for graduate school over 6 years ago and have loved finding adventure in the outdoors of Colorado ever since, including road biking most recently in 2014.  I grew up in Oklahoma and consider Arizona my second home (where my grandparents live on the Navajo reservation), and have lived both in New Hampshire and California where I mostly was a recreational mountain biker. In 2014, I bought my first road bike as part of my commitment to my own health; plus, I’m a sucker for learning and finding new ways to challenge myself.  Since beginning road cycling I’ve completed a few triathlons and bike tours, and in general love putting mileage on my bike any way I can. This upcoming year, I look forward to recovering from a hip injury to begin training for a half ironman. What makes me unique? I’m a scientist, artist, athlete, and outdoor explorer. Outside of cycling, I can be found painting in my art studio in old town, rock climbing, preventing infectious disease outbreaks, gardening, refining my woodworking skills, climbing 14ers, fly fishing, photographing, trail running, swimming, and trying new recipes in the kitchen.

Amie Jamies (road, mountain) – My name is Amelia but I go by Amie. I started cycling about 2008 when I lived in Tucson, AZ . Rides where just for fun or commuting to school. Tucson is where I got my first and only (as of now) rode bike, an old 90’s something Univega from a bike co-op in town. It took me awhile to get used to a rode bike but now it is my favorite and I find it hard to ride anything else! I got into doing more millage when I moved to Fort Collins and joined up with the Women’s Wrenching Group in 2015. There I met gals that love to ride (even long distance) no matter what type of bike they have! I rode my bike a lot last spring and summer. My goal was to get better at getting up the hills! I still need to work on that and getting more miles. Since buying a place off HWY 287 I haven’t ridden much if at all. I am hoping that joining the Fort Follies will help me stay motivated to keep riding and achieving my biking goals. As for something unique about myself…hmmm sometime instead of signing along to a song I like to bust out my mouth trumpet skills.

Laura Jolly (road, mountain) – I’ve been passionate about cycling as a form of sustainable and empowering  transportation for a long time. I have learned to do almost all my own maintenance, taken apart and rebuilt bikes, and I teach bike maintenance and repair skills to the female and LGBTQ patrons of the Fort Collins Bike Co-op. Recently I’ve begun exploring cycling as a sport more. Now I have a trail bike and a proper road bike, and I’m looking to improve my riding and find some companionship along the way!

Kylie Jones (mountain) – I started mountain biking about five years ago and really got into the sport because of my husband and the Laramie Mountain Bike Series races. Within the last year, my husband and I have outfitted a Sprinter Van that has become our adventure mobile for mountain bike outings. We were able to Moab, Steamboat, and many other mountain bike destinations closer to home. For this coming season, I hope to improve my technical skills, continue racing, and just have fun on the bike, as well as support the Fort Collins bike community.

Abby Kacena (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I bought my first bike 5.5 years ago to attend a week of RAGBRAI back in Iowa and it opened my eyes to the world of cycling! Since then I have enjoyed so many fun times on and off the bike with cycling friends. My favorite passion is exploring new places by bike, not to mention enjoying a local beer afterward. Racing on the road and cyclocross racing have become addictions and I love the adventure of mountain biking. The Fort Follies are an amazing group of women!

Becca Kalet (road, mountain, tri) – I got into cycling by way of triathlon. I’ve been a swimmer since I was a kid and swam competitively through junior high school, and picked up running as a way to keep me and my border collie both in shape, so those were no problems. But cycling was brand new. It has been a challenge and I haven’t loved every moment, but I have turned my weakness into a strength and can now say with pride that I am a cyclist. I’ve even ridden a century now.

When I’m not training on the road, I love to get dirty trail running and mountain biking. My big goal for 2017 is Ironman Lake Placid and I’ll be focusing all of my efforts on that. Once that’s done, I hope to spend some quality time with my mountain bike and become comfortable on some more challenging terrain.

Sara Kammlade (road, mountain) – Hi, my name is Sara and I like to climb. I didn’t know I liked to climb until I moved to Fort Collins from the flat corn and soybean fields of Illinois in 2012.

I played soccer growing up and always identified as a runner. Then, in 2013 I borrowed my now SIL’s road bike and was thrilled by how fast I could go on it! That fall I acquired my own road bike and a year later I found a non-torturous saddle. I started riding more and more and eventually I changed my Strava account from “runner” to “cyclist.” Now I enjoy local group rides, racing, bike commuting, Strava segment hunting, long adventure rides on the mountain bike, and (still) running on trails.

I’m excited to help lead the Follies Road Racing program and encourage more women to be fearless and fast on the road in group rides and races.

Maria Kelly (road, mountain, tri) – Started cycling in Iowa, moved to Colorado to enjoy the mountains. Fell in love with cycling specifically road but am working on my mountain bike skills as well. Enjoy triathlons, group rides – social and competitive. Looking forward to the focused road rides toward racing.

Katie Kissane (road, tri) – I have been an avid runner since middle school and I competed in cross-country and track at the University of Colorado in college. After graduating from college I competed in marathons and road running races and began cycling as a means of cross training. I joined the Colorado State University triathlon team and cycling team in 2009 while in graduate school there and fell in love with the sport of triathlon. I have combined my love for sports with my love for nutrition and wellness and am now a registered dietitian and a board certified specialist in sports dietetics. I am currently working with CSU athletics as a sports dietitian/nutritionist.  I am also a youth triathlon coach with Kids and Teens that TRI. I continue to run often, but I am looking to start cycling more and joined the team to find other women to ride with. I plan to do mostly running and obstacle course races this year with one triathlon, but I would like to continue riding my bike and have good company while doing so.

Adrian Krause (road, mountain, tri) – Follies member x 1 year. Always working to improve on the mountain and road bike!

Ayla Kuchta (road, mountain) – I have been a cyclist my entire adult life 30+ years.  I spend most of my time road biking but am working on my MTB abilities and do Triathlons too. In the winter I focus more on skiing.

My husband and I do most of our riding together, either one on one or with friends, family or organized group rides.

I am married with two kids who are out of college and out of the house. My career has been in engineering in the semiconductor industry.

Emily Kullberg (road) – I grew up in the urban sprawl of Florida where bicycle commuting was neither encouraged nor safe. When I came to Fort Collins on vacation, I was floored by the bicycle infrastructure and knew that I had to come to CSU! My bicycling explorations started extremely awkwardly with a trip to Target with my roommate in the dorms on my Walmart mountain bike. My goal quickly became to save up for a road bike and in a year I was the proud owner of a Trek road bike! My real commuting life started after lending my car to missionaries from my church who were home from Senegal for 5 months. I finally figured out how to grocery shop, dress for cold weather, get in shape, and develop an entirely different relationship with my bike. My amazing and patient friend Kacey then introduced me to Rist canyon and the dams, which were beyond my wildest dreams of joy and fun!  I decided in that for me, living life to the fullest would definitely include bikes. Two years ago, I started dating a bicycle mechanic and helped give me confidence for what I thought was impossible for me on a bicycle.  This summer we did Bike MS (200 miles in 2 days) and that was an absolute blast! I’m excited to find female riding buddies and was lucky enough this past year to meet some of the amazing ladies on the Follies team and am absolutely honored to be able to join this community and learn from the amazing Lila and Sara!

Ashleigh L’Orange (road) – Let’s get out and ride! Also, come check out one of my Bike Paintings shows around town, find them on my website, AshsArt.com under events!

Elise Lagerstrom (road, mountain, cyclocross, tri) – I took up cycling when I moved to Colorado for Grad School in 2013 and then decided to try triathlon and joined the CSU Triathlon Team in fall 2013. In addition to life at CSU, I joined the Follies for some more time and experience on the bike. I love the grassroots racing here in Fort Collins and got pretty hooked.

My focus this year is on short course draft-legal triathlons in the spring, transitioning to  70.3’s in the summer and fall. In 2016 I was the winner of 70.3 St. George and 70.3 Canada in the 18-24 age group which qualified me for the 2016 and 2017 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia and Chattanooga, TN.

Amy LaTendresse-Glaser (road, mountain, cyclocross, tri) – Amy was introduced to the sports of cycling and triathlon in 2010, and has been active in the Fort Collins cycling community since then.  She joined the Fort Follies in 2013 and enjoys meeting and riding with other ladies interested in growing the sport of ladies. cycling.  She has participated in numerous triathlons, Xterras, half ironman races, and finished her first full ironman race in Cozumel in 2013.  Amy is a physical therapist at Colorado in Motion and is trained and certified in performing cycling analyses, bicycle fits, and cycling biomechanics.  She just completed her NAIOMT (North American Institute of Manual Therapy) Fellowship and achieved her specialty in orthopedic manual therapy.  When she has free time (ha ha), her interests include learning more about fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, snowboarding, and hanging out with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Griffin.

Suzi Livingston (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I first got into cycling after suffering from too many running injuries about four years ago.  Shortly after I bought by first road bike, I joined the CSU cycling team to meet other women who rode bikes.  I met the most wonderful women who, through friendly peer pressure, got me into racing and later on the same women founded the Follies. I followed my off road, wandering spirit to mountain biking that same year, 2012, and truly met my stride.  I have continued to fall more in love with the dynamic sport of mountain biking and than cyclocross the following year in 2013.  I now race both mountain and cyclocross as often as I can!

Christina McClard (road, mountain, tri) – I started riding after college in 2009 when a spinning instructor told me I should try triathlons. Since then I’ve been in love with road riding and do not know what I would do without my road bike. In 2010, I started making friends with a bunch of people who were getting into Mountain biking in Glenwood Springs and started also doing that. While I’m not the best mountain biker, I find the challenge to be so invigorating and love being out in the mountains with friends.

Right after I moved to FoCo in August 2015, I got into a fight with a car while riding to work. Because of it I had to have knee surgery in 2016, so I cannot wait to really be back out there in 2017!

Rachel McCrary (mountain) – While I’ve technically owned a mountain bike since 2010, I didn’t ride more than a handful of times before Spring 2014. My boyfriend had been competing in local endurance races and his dedication inspired me to challenge myself to train for and race in the Laramie Enduro (a 68 mile endurance race just outside Laramie,WY). That summer I rode my bike almost exclusively with my boyfriend and by myself, but I finished the race (12th from last, in about 10 hours) with a huge smile on my face! After the Enduro discovered the Fort Follies and I started riding and racing with local girls. Now, two years later I can’t imagine my life without mountain biking and the community of people I have met in Fort Collins.  I am recovering from an injury, so I haven’t decided what my racing goals for next year will be, but no matter what I plan to push myself to practice my technical skills!

Nancy McElwain (road, tri) – Got started with MS 150 ride in 1991. Raced bikes in the 90s. Then Did tris – kona 2005. Started racing bikes again last year when I moved here. I love riding here!

Kaitlyn Millen (mountain, cyclocross) – I got into mountain biking in 2003 in Massachusetts after distance running for years and have loved it since. Mountain biking has a magical way of making you be absolutely present in the moment. After working as a teacher of the deaf for a few years in MA, I moved out to Colorado in October 2014 to work for an awesome non-profit in Fort Collins. Prior to a shoulder injury three years ago, I was more into road biking but now mostly focus on mountain. I’m looking forward to getting out and fat biking during the winter. I recently started bike-packing and biked the Colorado Trail – and would like to train for an even bigger adventure!

Tirrel Miller (road, mountain, cyclocross) – When I first moved to Fort Collins and didn’t have a car, the bike was my best adventuring access and loyal transport. I love the feeling of fresh air and the nimbleness and elegance of biking. I have a competitive streak that comes out once and awhile, but I am mostly a casual rider. I enjoy diverse hobbies but I always come back to riding!

Nicole Moss (road, mountain) – Hi! I’m Nicole and I moved last year from Colorado Springs (where I grew up). I got into mountain biking in college- I joined a group through UCCS- the springs is notorious for having trails within 10-20 min wherever you are in the city. I am new to road cycling but very excited and interested in joining to see new places and meet new people!

Lauren Nagle (road) – My friends call me She-Hulk, and for good reason. Up until quite recently I have only rode Big Red, a rigid Cannondale mountain bike from the 1990’s. Big Red was suited for anything I wanted to get myself into, from riding the dams, going on rides over 40 miles, to riding around town in snowstorms. I have approached biking with brute force for years, generally accomplishing all I wanted to, but now it is time to learn finesse. I have a new bike and am looking forward to growing into a new type of rider, one that can accomplish more with degree of sophistication. Okay, just actually using mechanical advantage instead of brute force will be a great start, sophistication TBD.

Elizabeth O’Brien (mountain, cyclocross) – I’m transitioning to biking slowly…. kind of like everything I do athletically. I’m  a long distance runner who married a cyclist and so the story goes…

Our favorite dates are night time mountain bike rides, usually Lory or Pinewood Res., you’ll find me tooling around town with my husband.( Usually ending up at a local brewery!)

I’m going to road ride more this year and take on some cyclocross races. Hope to meet the Follies out more and get used to riding in groups (preparing for Ragbrai in Iowa this year!) Looking forward to making friends & riding buddies! See you all soon.

Amiee Oke (road, mountain, tri) – I started cycling in 2012 after I signed up for my first sprint tri. I hadn’t been on a bike since I was a kid, and my friend loaned me his titanium litespeed with aero bars and clipless pedals to start out on (the horror!). I now own a Specialized Roubaix with Di2 and disc brakes and am training for my second half ironman on April 1, 2017. I love living in Fort Collins, working at CSU and getting outside to explore!

Megan Parus (road, cyclocross) – My name is Megan. I started cycling in 2013 when I was received a road bike as a gift. I am interested in road riding as well as cyclocross. I work as a veterinary technician and have four dogs and a bearded dragon at home. I am really hoping to learn new bike skills for cyclocross this year as well as improve at descending on the road.

Christina Payne (road, mountain) – My name is Christina Payne and I have been an avid commuter cyclist for the majority of my adult life. I few years ago I mustered the courage to register for my first triathlon. I had a blast pushing myself to achieve beyond what I thought I could and learned a lot! As a result of a season of competing in triathlons my passion for pushing my limits on my bike grew and I transitioned to endurance riding too! I greatly enjoy riding on the road and on the trail. When I am on my bike I feel a freedom and since of adventure that keeps me coming back for more!

Jamie Philbeck (road, mountain, tri) – I got into cycling when I moved to Colorado 10 years ago. I am a former college athlete who was looking for a way to stay in shape outside of the gym. I love the outdoors and enjoy getting a great workout while taking in the beauty of our state.

I got into MTB biking when a few good friends moved to Salida. The first time I visited them we rode the Crest trail and I was instantly in love. I ended up spending a lot of money in a local bike shop that very afternoon and came home with a new toy and a new hobby.

Gretchen Reuning (mountain) – I started mountain biking in college and fell in love with the sport. I took some time off riding bikes but started up again in force a couple of years ago in Fort Collins. I’m obsessed with biking and can’t wait to improve my climbing endurance and wheelies this year 😉

Theresa Rose Adams (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I love riding my  bike! I love being with nice people riding bikes. I am a full-time commuter. I live to ride and ride to live. I am obsessed with handstands and I truly believe Movement Is Medicine.

Klara Rossouw (road, mountain, cyclocross) – Started racing when I was 14. Came to States to race bikes, was able to do it while going to school in the South East. Moved to Colorado for grad school. Sat in front of a desk for most of the past 4 years. Finally was able to decide to get back on the bike recently and am super ready for all the adventuring 2017 will bring!

Mesa Roth (road, mountain) – As a mother of two little kiddos I need a little more two wheelin balance in my life. It could be road or mountain, early or late, I am just happy to get out and ride.

Tori Royle (mountain) – I mountain bike, occasionally without gears. I enjoy downhill more than climbing. Been biking for a few years now, just started racing more recently.

Catherine Salisbury (mountain) – Hi ladies! I am new to the Fort Collins area and would love to join your team and be motivated by other hardcore women riders. We moved here recently from WA state where I participated in some cross country races, an all-women’s Enduro race and a Super D race. I definitely fell in love with the Enduro style race and hope to do more! I’m not sure how much I will train and race this year, since I work long hours at my new job and have a 2 year old boy, but would still love to ride with you all on the weekends. I love looking up to and learning from other women riders!

Natalie Santelli (road, tri) – Natalie was introduced to the sports of cycling and triathlon in 2011, and the wheels haven’t stopped spinning since.  She became a Follies Team member in 2013 and enjoys mentoring new riders and growing the sport of women’s cycling.  Her two biggest personal cycling accomplishments are finishing Ironman Cozumel in 2013 and completing the West Elk Bicycle Classic 134 mile endurance ride in Crested Butte.  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.

Pam Schrock (road) – I purchased a bike prior to moving from Atlanta to Fort Collins three years ago and did some minimal riding. I started riding last March with the Follies and have enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible. I’m looking forward to a great season and looking forward to participating in my first cycling race.

Lisa Schultz (road, mountain, tri) – I am a mumzie and mother-in-law to two pro-cyclists 🙂

Whitney Schultz (road pro) Whitney, a California native who currently resides in Fort Collins, CO, is returning to Colavita/Bianchi for her third season. After playing soccer for almost half her life, Whitney discovered cycling through the collegiate team at the University of Texas at Austin. A shoulder fracture in early 2012 led to renewed vigor for cycling, which ultimately paid off in podium finishes at key criteriums and circuit races, including a 3rd place finish at the Coastal Empire Cycle Fest at USA Crits 2013 Speedweek series. In the off season, Whitney takes advantage of the hiking, camping, backpacking, snowshoeing, and snow camping that Colorado winters offer. She also enjoys applying the endurance of a road racer to cooking projects such as baking, brewing beer, making cheese, and tending the garden that spans the front yard of her house. She’s also an integral part of Peritus Coffee Roasters, a craft coffee business, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Follow Whitney throughout the season at http://whitneyschultz.blogspot.com and on Twitter at @WhitSchultz.  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 help rally the ladies in Fort Collins to get them on bikes, racing, and be a bigger part of their cycling community!

Stacy Sebeczek (road, mountain) – Stacy is a passionate healthcare expert turned bicycle advocate after she started riding in 2008. Her myriad cycling adventures, including a Tandem bike tour of western Colorado & Utah, a XC Mountain Bike National Championship Race, and a short-lived addiction to 24-hour races, give her an appreciation for the many ways in which cycling can be a force for good. Why does she ride now? Because life is better when it includes pedal-powered camping trips atop mountain passes, sunset commutes along paved river trails, and sharing (s)miles with those she loves.

Kaycee Simon (road, mountain) – I started cycling after a knee injury. That was about 8 years ago. I am looking forward to improving my skill road/mountain bike. in addition to trying the city crits or other races this year.

Sarah Slaton (mountain) – Backpacking on a bicycle? Yes please. I got into cycle touring through some amazing friends and went on some unforgettable adventures. One thing lead to another and the number of bikes started accumulating in the garage. Mountain biking seems to have found a special place in my life right now. My job as a radiographer keeps me inside all day everyday so the best part of my day, the part that keeps me sane, is getting out on a ride or tooling around on a pump track.

“When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.” –H.G. Wells

Roxanne Slayden (road, mountain) – I have been riding my bike for a few years but got more into mountain biking last year. My son and husband both race mountain bikes so I would just like to be able to ride some with them.

Tiana Song (road, mountain, cyclocross, tri) – I started road biking in undergrad after being injured during track season and not being able to run anymore. I needed to recover by doing something low-impact. Once I was introduced to road cycling I never went back. Well, I still run, but biking is my first love now.  My husband and I moved to Fort Collins 6 years ago, and he introduced me to my first all-trial mountain bike. I have been mountain biking for three years and I am growing to love it more and more each season. I just started cyclocross racing  this past year as well and hope to improve. I am a teacher in Fort Collins and I am living and laughing life out with good peeps!

Carol Springberg (road, mountain) – Started cycling as a young girl and received my first road bike for my high school graduation.  Ran cross country and track in college – rode my bike on my rest days and during the summer.  Moved to Los Angeles for a job and couldn’t stand the commute. It drove me absolutely insane to sit in traffic for almost an hour. I devised a route that I could commute to work on my bike and it took me only about 10 minutes longer than driving! Loved it! My husband and I spent our honeymoon riding our bikes through New Zealand. Had a wonderful time. After having kids and moving to Fort Collins, I bought a Cycletote and began riding everywhere with them. I have a road, city and mountain bike and am excited about joining other women on rides!

Susan Strong (road) – I started cycling six years ago when I bought my first road bike and trained for a couple of sprint triathlons. I quickly discovered that I wasn’t too bad on the bike and I really loved cycling! I love endurance rides and want to get faster overall, especially climbing. My bucket list is full of bike tours, but meanwhile, I’m hoping to ride as often as I can with great people!

Amy Swan (mountain, road) – Soon after moving to Fort Collins many moons ago, I started riding to work and around town and became a dedicated bike commuter.  One summer after a few particularly unpleasant runs (on my feet), I decided I needed a new fitness outlet.  A bunch of lady friends rode road bikes and had fun group rides, so I decided to get in on that action. A few years later my friend Kate fixed up my mountain bike and insisted I get on some dirt.  Turns out mountain biking is my jam!  I completed my first endurance mtb race last summer and am planning to do a couple more races this summer.  I spend a lot of time dreaming about places and trails I have yet to ride.  I feel fortunate to have found such a fun, supportive group of women with which to share the bike love!

Janee Terwoord (road) – Been on a road bike since 2009 in AZ, TX, and now CO! Currently study cardiovascular physiology at CSU. Looking for some riding pals.

Elizabeth Tango (mountain, cyclocross) – I started cycling last year (mostly road) when an old boyfriend of mine introduced me to it. From there I met Mary Taylor and Betsy Farris, and we started doing this fun cross-type ride on Tuesday’s, and that’s when I really started to become more interested in cross and mountain biking. The only competing I’ve done so far has been the New Belgium short track races, and as a result, I’m looking to do more racing this year! I ride because it makes me feel strong, capable, and powerful. And I honestly can’t imagine a more supportive community of female cyclists than those I’ve met in Fort Collins thus far. I was incredibly busy with school last year, and didn’t have time to join a team, but this year I have one class remaining so my schedule is free, and I’m ready to take cycling more seriously!

Mary Taylor (road, mountain, cyclocross) – I started becoming passionate about bikes a few years ago, after completing my first tour. In the upcoming year, I hope to do more bikepacking, competing in endurance mountain bike races, and having fun with some rad ladies!

Anna Towne (road, tri) – I am a Physical Therapist at Rebound Sports and PT and I LOVE my job of working with athletes and getting them back to the activities they love! I personally love tris, mostly the biking and running! I try to do as many tris and road race with Athletes in Tandem as possible, pulling/pushing an adult with disabilities with me on the road is such a challenge but it is very rewarding! I love any and every outdoor sport- especially snow and water sports! I love exploring CO with my husband because I am originally from Iowa and I have only been out here for 3 years so I just can’t get enough of the mountains!

Maude Vance (road, mountain) – I’m still new to cycling. I want to ride harder, more often, further.

Tiffani Walker (road, mountain, tri) – I have began mountain biking a couple times a year back in 2008, but I never had time to get very good at it. I moved to Colorado in 2011 after separating from the Air Force and started my undergrad at CSU. I commuted on my mountain bike during the summer for the first two years I lived in CO. I got my road bike in 2014, a kick-ass orange Specialized Dolce Sport. I love it! I have commuted on it on and off and done some rides around town mostly because I’ve been dealing with injuries and surgeries ever since I bought it. I started riding hills and mountains this summer once I got the all clear from my PT to start ramping up my riding. I really got hooked after riding up Lookout Mountain in Golden, CO this summer. I want to get more time on my bike, find some great people to ride with and overall increase my accountability and in turn my fitness so I can enjoy biking even more!

Bonnie Waller (road, mountain) – I love riding! I grew up riding and have loved becoming a stronger cyclist. I’ve raced a few times but definitely want to race more. I am looking forward to riding more and becoming a stronger rider in 2017!

Melody White (road, tri) – I didn’t start cycling as an “adult” until about two years ago at the age of 40 – I am one of those crazy runner types (1 mile to 50k). I got into cycling because I promised my baby brother I would do a triathlon with him – appearently there was a 56 mile bike ride in the middle of this sport – and my gold 1997 trek 7000 wasn’t going to work. I am currently on the Runners Roost Race team and the Pearl Izumi women’s triathlon team.

Katherine Zaunbrecher (road, mountain) – I bought a road bike in 2011 and never looked back…I am now very comfortable on my road bike, am slowly building confidence on my mountain bike, and look forward to trying out gravel and bikepacking this coming year!

I am looking forward to the challenges that I will face in the coming year, both self-inflicted and otherwise. The community and opportunities that the Follies provides is amazing.