Then the part where you do something big and crazy: for me it was the 2015 Race Across America (RAAM) , a 3000 mile bike race from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland. Our team of four Sorella women covered the distance in just over seven days, taking turns riding 24 hours a day with an incredible support crew and RV. The riding was the easy part compared to the lack of sleep and showers, days of rain and thunderstorms, bad food, and dirty wet kits. The big event bug next took me to USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals for 3 years, where I managed three Silver medals. The National Senior Games are always an inspiration -- when Kim and Diane Schleicher and I saw the 80+ women’s category, we thought hey, we’ve got 20 more years of this! Then with more time to travel, I was fortunate to follow the Tour de France on two different cycling trips (2016 and 2019), truly living the dream.
In the past few years I’ve discovered gravel riding and racing, for something different but also to enjoy the woods and a more relaxed vibe. I also love maps and figuring out routes, bonding with Sorella teammate Julie Gazmamarian finding secret gaps and gravel roads in the Suches area. I still get in the miles each week, but balance my hard rides with chill ones, visiting on the bike with amazing friends of all ages, whether it’s road or gravel. Who knew that cycling would become such a defining passion and integral part of my life all these years, but I am so thankful, and wish the same for other Sorellas.