Rider of the Month: Cathy Varland

To help you get to know our team better, we’re going to highlight one teammate per month.

First up is Cathy Varland!

Hometown: Hoquium, WA

Category: Road 2

How you got started racing: I joined the WWU cycling team in college after getting a running injury.

Past Cycling Achievements: 3rd in the GC at Elkhorn as a Cat 3, finishing with the lead group on stage 4 of Cherry Blossom 2010, “competing” against Kristen Armstrong at the Mt. Hood Stage Race in 2011.

Why you’re excited about Peterson Racing p/b Spokeswomen:  It’s a team of strong women who are supportive of one another on and off the bike. We focus not just on racing but also growing the sport for women and giving back to the community.

Any thoughts about women’s cycling in general? Cycling provides a great opportunity for women to challenge themselves. Training and racing builds confidence that carries into everyday life. It’s awesome to see women working together and kicking butt during a race.

What keeps you riding: It keeps me sane! I love the freedom and the challenge of cycling. And the cycling community is full of wonderful, supportive people who I love to hang out with.

Favorite memory in cycling: A few epic training rides I’ve had with teammates. The rides that make you want to cry when they’re happening but leave you feeling strong and accomplished when you’re done. Those are good times!

When not biking: I hang out with friends and family, work, snowboard, and spend time outside.

When you’re not on the bike: I love to be outdoors or spending time with my friends and family.

Ringing in the New Year with Peterson Racing

On January 1, 2012, our team gathered to celebrate the New Year with brunch, delivery of the new kits, and a team ride in sunny, mild weather.  We enjoyed a potluck with some amazing food, including homemade tortillas, eggs, and healthy muffins!

Then, our new kits arrived! Many thanks to the teammates who volunteered their time to design these.  Below: it was like a second Christmas…

Yep, upon closer inspection we REALLY like them! It’s great to have colors and designs designed for women, by women. The pink and blue really stand out. We’re excited to line up for the first races of the year.

Then, we went out for a sunny ride down Lake Washington Boulevard, cruising to Seward Park and enjoying the day.  The sight of a dozen or so fit women in brand-new kits turned a few heads! Below: Alexie, our sponsorship coordinator, and pro cyclist Tom Peterson, our title sponsor.

Happy 2012!