Hometown: Fitchburg, MA – home of the Longsjo Classic!
Current City: Boston, MA
Occupation: Off-road Marketing for Vittoria Industries North America
Bicycle(s): 2010 Geekhouse Mudville, 2012 Geekhouse Mudville, 2014 Firefly Adventure Team bike, 1980s American MTB, 2000s IRO fixed gear, 2003 Litespeed road bike, hoping to add an MTB or 2 in the near future too…
How does cycling fit into your life? How would you explain your relationship with cycling? Cycling IS my life. I work in the bike industry, I ride everyday as my mode of transportation, I race, and every single one of my closest friends is just as bike-crazy as I am, my bedroom is a better bike shop than it is a sleeping zone. Every difficult or big moment I’ve had in the last ten years – bikes has helped me through it – whether it was the first time riding after an illness, landing a big job, or just needing to clear my head.
Favorite places to ride and why. I love riding in weird, semi-abandoned areas, on fire roads, off the beaten path, in the dirt. To be more specific – I love riding in New England, especially on the unpaved roads of Vermont, or on the single track in Central Massachusetts. People never expect it – but the riding in Los Angeles is incredible – the ride up to Mt. Wilson is one of my favorites. And, finally, downhilling in the Madesimo mountain area? I wish I could do that everyday.
Favorite races to ride and why. I’ve raced across the country for cyclocross, and the races I look forward to the most are on my home turf – Gloucester Gran Prix and D2R2 (ok, that’s not a race…). It’s so beautiful out here. There’s nothing like racing in one of the biggest UCI fields with all your friends either cheering you on, or racing with you.
Who do you admire in cycling? There are so many people I admire in cycling because it’s a sport that is so driven by passion. If I had to pick – I would say Matt and Mo Roy. Matt is a professional mechanic and an amazing endurance rider, and Mo is a professional cyclocross racer that also works full time running her own business. I admire them because not only are they passionate and talented, they are extremely generous with their time and knowledge, kind, smart, funny, hardworking, and really, just great examples of what it means to be a human. I hope one day to be one tenth as generous as they are.
What does the future hold for your cycling? I hope a lot! Some of my goals for the near-future are: racing enduro, racing more CX, more adventures and fun, more time hitting the downhill parks. On the non-riding side of things, it’s my goal to make a difference in the cycling industry, both professionally and personally.
What does advocacy mean to you? How do you share cycling? Advocacy means standing up and speaking out for a cause greater than yourself, especially when it’s easier just to say nothing, do nothing. I share cycling by hosting rides, leading clinics, joining in on the conversation when it comes to city infrastructure for riding, and by trying to live a life that shows getting nearly everything done on a bike is not only viable, but enjoyable.
Design or artistic influences. Who compels you? That’s a tough one. There are tons of murals in the Boston area, and I really love those. Chris Piascik is an amazing illustrator, and his drawing a day project often makes my day. I want to live in the world that Emiliano Granado and Daniel Wakefield Pasley capture in their projects like Manual for Speed and Yonder Journal.
Last book read: Hallucinations by Oliver Sacks. It’s a book written by a neurologist about all the varied ways your mind trick you into seeing things that aren’t really there…
Must have media (TV, film, etc.): Social media! I love staying connected to friends around the world.
Three things you think folks should know about you:
1. I have a giant tattoo on my leg that says “You Got This.” A positive attitude has helped my immensely.
2. In the fall of 2012, I was diagnosed with cancer, but now I’m cancer-free!
3. My alter ego is Kat Daley. I got the name from getting my name mispronounced over and over again at the velodrome, and it stuck.
Cycling clothing piece you would design and why. Winter cycling cap – these are hard to get right, and yet they’re so important in keeping warm and happy during a ride in the cold.
Most liked Velocio piece so far: I love the Signature Bibs. Whenever I put them on, I feel AND look good. The fabric is super comfortable and the leg bands stay put on long rides, without the dreaded sausage leg effect.
See the list of Velocio Advocates here.
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