Since our last newsletter, Matt and I have been hunkered down in Boston’s now record-breaking winter (more than 108” of snow this year!) and we’ve had time to reflect on the past season. The 2015 National Championships in Austin, TX marked a huge milestone in my career, surpassing my 300th career cyclocross race, earning my 5th National title and my 41st trip to the top of the podium.
After 12 successful years racing cyclocross in the US and around the world, I am announcing my retirement from professional/elite cycling. Don’t worry, there’s a good chance I’ll show up to some single speed events and I will most certainly remain a part of the cycling community that I’ve been so happy to be part of for all of these years.
It’s been an honor to represent Bob’s Red Mill and Seven Cycles for the last six years and I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing second career as a bike racer while being a working-Pro.
I’ve been more than fortunate to have accomplished all of the goals that I set out for myself as a cyclist, including racing at the World Championships twice, placing top-20 in a World Cup, making the Elite National podium twice, winning Masters National Championships three times, winning the Verge New England Series, the Mid Atlantic Series, The New England Regional Championships, top five overall in the USGP Series, overall winner of the USAC Cyclocross National Calendar, Single Speed World Champion, two time Single Speed National Champion and a consistent top-ten Elite finisher.
Thanks to the friendship (and the occasional egging on) of Tim Johnson, Paul Boudreau, Shawn McCarthy, John and Andrew Mahoney, I was introduced to the sport of mountain biking and cyclocross. With the encouragement and support of Steve Elmes, Adam Myerson, the women of the Dansko Love women’s cycling club, my family and of course, my partner in all things Matt Roy, I began to compete in elite cyclocross in 2003, at the age of 28.
I found some quick successes in my first year of racing and thanks to the support of Stu Thorne and the Cyclocrossworld Team, I landed my first sponsor as I began my second season as an elite. With the help of Matt Bracken at I.F. and Clint Paige at Wheelworks I established my career-long relationships with SRAM and Mavic. Through their sponsorship I also earned my first Masters National Championship, my first spot on the Elite podium and earned my first trip to the World Championships.
For the last seven years, it’s been amazing to be part of the Seven Cycles family and I’m forever thankful that Rob Vandermark and Jennifer Miller took a chance on me. They have become great friends as well as dedicated, collaborative sponsors. Together we introduced Seven’s most advanced cross bike ever, the Mudhoney Pro, or as we affectionately call it, the MoPro2.
Without the incredible title-sponsor support of Bob Moore, Matt Cox and Cassidy Stockton of Bob’s Red Mill, I know that my cycling career would have abruptly ended. For the last five years, I have had the honor of being an ambassador for a brand that I truly believe in and one that is so in line with our own lifestyle. As we wrap up our final year of sponsorship with Bob’s Red Mill, I know our fate as friends and proponents of healthy eating are sealed forever.
This last season has been one of my most successful. Focusing on the local races in New England has made me proud and happy to be part of such a fantastic community. Although I will be stepping back from the racing scene and will miss my fellow racers and staff crews, I fully expect to still be a part of the community. I look forward to sharing my experience with others, continuing to work with the Amy D. Foundation and supporting women’s cycling. I’m excited to spend more time with family and friends, and focus on cultivating my muscular therapy and yoga business.
The past 12 years have been an amazing chapter in my life that I will be forever grateful for. I have met some of the best friends, competitors and fans I could ask for and it’s been the biggest adventure Matt and I have been able to share together. I can leave elite cycling knowing that I have inspired, encouraged and supported others, gathering some incredibly fulfilling results along the way.
A heartfelt thank you to Coach Mark, my super-fan sister and to every friend, photographer, reporter, promoter, supporter, sponsor and family member for every cheer, raised beer, rung cowbell, GeauxMeaux sign, help, hug, high-five, present, photo, and raffle support. Oh, and cat-sitting. Thanks for all of the cat-sitting
My career, by the numbers, from 2003 to 2015 (thanks to Matt)
- 301 career cyclocross races
- 216 UCI races
- 18 National Championships (11 Elite, 3 Masters, 2 Single-Speed)
- 16 World Cups
- 2 World Championships
- 41 Wins including 9 UCI races, 3 Masters National Championships, 2 Single-Speed National Championships and 1 Single-Speed World Championship
- 106 podiums, including 61 UCI podiums
- 228 top ten finishes, including 161 UCI top-tens
- 8 top-10 Elite National Championship finishes
- 2 DNFs
As always, a huge thanks to our amazing sponsors for the support and encouragement throughout the years! Bob’s Red Mill, Seven Cycles, SRAM, Castelli Cycling, Mavic, TRP Brakes, Zipp, Soul Run, FMB, SwissStop, Bontrager, Smith Optics, ClifBar, Löle, Prana, Grimpeur Bros, InsideRide, CrossSpikes, Botan and Franson Family Chiropractic, with past support from Cateye, Challenge, Champion System, Fizik, Lazer, Lululemon, Mad Alchemy, Michelin, ProGold, Restwise, Ryders Eyeware, Thule, VitaCoco, Wickwerks, CyclocrossWorld, General Catalyst Partners, Pedro’s.