That's me, Courtenay, my claim to fame is having a town named after me. Or is it the other way around?
I still remember my first "real" bike, perhaps it's because of this really awesome picture I found at my parents house.
I don't think much as changed since back then, I still love bright colors, I'm still riding bikes, and I have an obnoxiously loud laugh, I probably still stand like that too, and my Dad probably has less hair (sorry Dad). Putting those colors and my Dad aside, when I was 12 years old I was hit by a car and didn't ride a bike again until I was 22 and realized I loved exercise. Bikes introduced to me to my future husband, and thanks to him I learned about cyclocross. My first thought was "you're crazy". He kept telling me I would love it, and I kept telling him "You're crazy. I don't like the cold, I don't like the mud, you look silly". Three years later I bought myself a Cyclocross bike so I could fit in with my friends and ride the dirt trails around town, and perhaps try Cyclocross. It only took one race and I was seriously hooked, no, addicted. Cyclocross took over my thoughts, and every year after that I kept working towards getting better.
It wasn't until 2012 when I decided to hit up Cross Vegas for a little "mini-moon" after our wedding. I thought it would be fun to race a UCI race with all the big timers. I set my standards high and was hoping for a top 30. I started in the back row and thought a top 30 would be tough, but hopefully I could do it. I finished 13th, my jaw dropped. I couldn't believe the women I was riding around. The rest of the season was quite a show of the Seattle cyclocross community donating air miles and assistance to get me to the USGP races. Not only was I hooked on Cyclocross, I was now hooked on chasing those valuable UCI points for a better call up at nationals. Finishing 14th at Nationals that year left me hungry for more, I really wasn't satisfied and I was quite disappointed.
2013 brought the best season to date finishing top 10 in 17 of 18 domestic UCI races. I can't wait to follow up with an even better 2014/2015 season!