Meet our Team!

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2019 Team Photo

 

 

IMG_1248Name: Joy Baer
Hometown: Troy, Illinois
Discipline/Category:
CX Cat 3, MTB Cat 2, Road Cat 4
Contribution to the team: 
Playful competition, hi fives, smiles, sweaty hugs, stretching/yoga tips, warm-up routines
Racing goals: 
Have fun, nail the tight turns, contribute to a positive & competitive but not too serious atmosphere, stay in the top 10 placing, hi five the girls who finish before me
Past Cycling Achievements: 
2015 – Cat 4, 5th place (MFG series); 2016 –  Cat 3, 6th place (MFG Series); 2017 – Cat 3, 5th place (MFG Series); Passing most people up hills
When not on the bike: Design icons for Microsoft Office apps, practice and teach yoga, hike, cook yummy dinners, spend time with friends.


29660203777_c33d185888_o (1)Name: Maryanna Brown
Hometown:
Palmer, Alaska
Discipline/Category:
CX Cat 3
Contribution to the team: Enthusiasm, photos of my dog, exotic Trader Joe’s snacks
Racing goals: Have the most fun! This [2018] will be my first year racing cyclocross, and I couldn’t be more stoked.
Past Cycling Achievements: Reply Hazy, Try Again 🙂
When not on the bike: Skiing (pizza party), climbing rocks and mountains, and getting way too competitive playing Scrabble. Backpacking with my beloved golden retriever, Momo and my taller, more bearded better half, Micah, and a Bota Box of red wine. Wrangling mountain guides at Alpine Ascents.


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2018 Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain Enduro

Name: Meg Browning
Hometown: Minnesota
Discipline/Category: Road Cat 3, Track Cat 3, MTB Cat 3, CX Cat 4, Enduro Expert
Racing goals: Working hard on the road and track while looking forward to development opportunities and upgrades!
Past Cycling Achievements: Collegiate road and track racing while pursuing a graduate degree. (This was after a couple years of collegiate Horse Polo!) Raced Friday Nights at the Marymoor Velodrome…which, after racing the 250m / 43degree wooden track in MN, is like NASCAR!


 

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2016 Lake Sammamish CX (Photo credit: David Jang)

Name: Tracy Chen
Hometown: Tainan, Taiwan
Discipline/Category: Road Cat 4; CX Cat 4
Contribution to the team:
Racing goals: stay competitive, and get to know and learn from my fellow teammates and other great racers out there.
Past Cycling Achievements: hmm, you mean future cycling achievements? Let’s come back to this in 1 year!
When not on the bike: shopping for biking gear, eating, cheering for Seahawks, and playing board games. I work as a licensed drug dealer (pharmacist!)


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Name: Marine de Marcken
Hometown: Salisbury, Connecticut
Discipline/Category:
 Newbie in Road, CX, MTB
Racing Goals: To start racing more! And improve my technical skills on my mountain bike to gain confidence riding downhill
Past Cycling Achievements: Having a ton of fun in my first races. I placed 1st in the women’s B race at the West Rock Super Prestige in CT (out of 3, but still). Right after that, I entered my first road race where I got to ride my bike around Lime Rock Race Track.
When not on the bike: Being a studious grad student, exploring the beautiful PNW, and dreaming of someday racing cyclocross in Belgium


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2016 Frontier Park CX. Photo Credit Woodinville Bicycles

Name: Cathy Downs
Hometown: Hoquiam, Washington
Discipline/Category: Road 2; CX 3; MTB 2
Contribution to the team: I bake really good banana bread!
Racing Goals: Improve my dirt skills. Have fun mountain bike and cyclocross racing!
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 – 2011.
When not on the bike: I enjoy being outdoors – skiing, hiking, walking around town. Hanging out with my main squeeze, Jason and our labradoodle, Baker.


2017 Dash Point

Name: Chelsea Faber
Hometown: Holland, Michigan
Discipline/Category: MTB Cat 3; Road Cat 4
Contribution to the team: Optimism, complete shamelessness, beer suggestions, crude humor. What more does a girl need?
Racing goals: Be competitive in Cat 3 next season, and maybe NOT break another bone at Galbraith.
Past Cycling Achievements: Took first in my one and only beginner MTB race!
When not on the bike: Skiing, hiking, motorbiking, and generally exploring the beautiful PNW. Also getting my PhD at the UW. You know, in my spare time.


_MG_0915Name: Emma Follender
Hometown: Ridgewood, NJ
Discipline/Category:
MTB, CX, Road
Contribution to the Team: I can put together a great ride playlist for anyone that’s into late 90s pop-rock
Racing Goals: Excited to learn new skills and racing strategies from other talented women! Lately, I’ve been trying to develop more technical skills because I would love to compete in the 2020 Belgian Waffle Ride.
Past Cycling Achievements: Did a Monday Night PIR race (my first race) when I was living in Portland and didn’t finish last!
When not on the bike: When there’s snow, I’m backcountry skiing. Otherwise, I’m either running (if I’m not injured), cooking/baking something, or writing code.

 


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Name: Mary Fordham
Hometown:
 Houston, Texas
Discipline/Category: MTB Cat 2; CX Cat 3/4; Xterra
Racing Goals: Move up in categories in both mountain biking and cyclocross.
Past Cycling Achievements: Some wins in mtn biking.  I’ve been racing Xterra races since 2005; in 2008, I received 1st in the Northwest Region and 7th in my age group at Xterra Nationals. I started racing cyclocross, and I’ve gotten a 4th, 8th, 2nd, and 4th place so far.
When not on the bike: Off the bike, I am working as a special education teacher in Bellevue School District, studying as a doctorate student at University of Washington, and adventure traveling to different countries in my spare time.


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2016 Magnuson Park CX

Name: Heather Fourie
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Discipline/Category: Road Cat 4, CX Cat 3, MTB Cat 2, and gravel
Contribution to the team: Hungry? I can always locate the nearest bakery or cafe on our rides.
Racing goals: Learn how to bunny hop. Heal my injuries and return to racing at a high level. Ride more mountain, cross, and gran fondos. And have fun!
Past Cycling Achievements: Did a few road races in college. I crashed just standing at the start line of my first crit when the ladies to one side started falling over like Dominoes and took me out.
When not on the bike: I love to climb rocks and mountains or work on ways to improve our team.


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2018 Frontier Park


Name:
  Kamila Gwiazda
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
Discipline/Category: Road Cat 3; MTB Cat 2; Track Cat 4; CX Cat 4
Contribution to the team: I make a pretty good cheering squad, and I’m good with a cowbell! Also, I’m *always* up for a mountain bike ride, so I’m the always-up-for-it adventure buddy.
Racing goals: Try cyclocross! Stay injury-free and race my little heart out on my mountain bike.
Past cycling achievements: I did pretty well in collegiate racing back in grad school
When not on the bike: Swimming, learning to surf, playing with my awesome border collie. Also, my day job: trying to cure cancer. #science


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2016 Swan Creek CX. Photo credit NW MultiSport

Name: Rachel Hovel
Hometown: Conover, Wisconsin
Discipline/Category: CX Cat 3 (and will likely be enticed into racing other disciplines)
Contribution to the team: Lots of excitement about lots of things.
Racing goals:
 Keep upgrading, try other disciplines, and cheer on other women while I’m pedaling hard.
Past Cycling Achievements: Concocting off-road and bike packing adventures, some race wins.
When not on the bike:
Science, climbing, skiing, and cat cuddling.


Name: Melissa Johnson
Hometown: Seward, Alaska
Discipline/Category: MTB Cat 4 and looking to try some gravel riding too
Contribution to the team: Dance party warmups and cool downs, sweet sound effects (especially on jumps), can almost always find edible berries/plants
Racing goals: I’m brand new to racing, so I’m excited to learn how to race and to try a variety of race types. I’d also like to learn how to whip because why not?
Past Cycling Achievements: I’m very new to mountain biking, so no real achievements yet.
When not on the bike: I’m likely outside climbing, bouldering, trail running, gardening, skate skiing, or hiking. I also like to kit and play board games.

 


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Name/Nickname: Tara Mixon / mountain goat
Hometown:
Spokane, WA
Discipline/Category: 
CX Masters 3; MTB 2
Contribution to the team:
Hugs and high fives… and someone to chase up the hills.
Racing Goals: Number one: 
Finish first in a CX race and the overall MFG series. Oh, and have a blast at the 24-hour MTB race in Spokane..
Past Cycling Achievements:
Chatting up and befriending all women cyclists I encounter.  Finishing with a smile on my face, even if it isn’t a podium worthy.
When not on the bike:
SO many wonderful things: Traveling the world, gardening, hiking, snowboarding, creating my own business, and cooking up some health and delicious food. I mean, ya gotta fuel the fun!


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2016 Magnuson Park CX

Name/Nickname: Linda Nalis
Hometown: Sarajevo, Bosnia
Category: Track Cat 4; CX Cat 4; Road Cat 4
Contribution to team: Cheering on and encouraging!
Racing Goals: Improve CX skills, fitness, and have fun racing!
Past Cycling Achievements: I am working on it…
When not on the bike: I chase kids in PE class, love to ski, climb, do yoga, and when injured and can’t do much, I play guitar.


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Name/Nickname: Sheila Raff
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Discipline/Category: Road Cat 3
Contribution to the team: Willingness to work hard.
Racing Goals: To work together as a team, and I would like to compete in the Master Road Nationals in Bend.
Past Cycling Achievements: Upgraded after first year of racing, and consistently finishing in the top 10.
When not on the bike: I take care of my daughter who could not be more different than I am.  She is such a joy and has opened up my view of the world.  I love her.

 


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2017 Port Gamble West Side MTB Series

Name/Nickname: Maura Steiner
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Discipline/Category: CX Cat 3; MTB Cat 1
Contribution to the team: I bring my bubbly personality, positive attitude, and energy
Racing Goals: Competitively race enduro
Past Cycling Achievements: I started riding the STP (Seattle to Portland) when I was 9 years old. I’ve participated in this ride every year for the last 22 years with my father. My one and only triathlon was the Coeur D’Alene Ironman (motto to live by: go big or go home).
When not on the bike: Anything active to get that endorphin high: running, hiking, Pilates, strength training

 


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2019 24-hr Race

 

Name/Nickname: Indigo Strieker
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Discipline/Category:
 Road Cat 4
Contribution to the team: Enthusiasm to try new activities and styles of riding, a great love for dogs and food plus you can count on me to laugh at your jokes
Racing goals: Work hard at road racing and try out mountain biking and cyclocross
Past cycling achievements: 3x STP and 4x RSVP
When not on the bike: climbing, hiking, running (working towards a full marathon this year), spending time with friends and family outdoors, trying out new recipes, working as a nurse!


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Name/Nickname:
 Lori Surges
Hometown: Hales Corners, Wisconsin
Discipline/Category: Road Cat 4; CX Cat 4
Contribution to the team: I bring a lighthearted attitude, some seriously funny jokes during long rides and chocolate.
Racing Goals: To work with the other Cat 4 women to win races and have fun.  I would like to consider moving up to Cat 3 soon.
Past Cycling Achievements: Leaving the other girls behind on the hills!
When not on the bike: Single parenting an awesome teenaged daughter, climbing, running and trying to get some sleep somewhere in-between all that.


 

44598117991_61dfa95553_zName/Nickname:  Jessica Thompson
Hometown:  
Chapel Hill, NC
Discipline/Category:  
CX Cat 3, MTB Cat 3, Enduro Sport
Contribution to the team: Always up for any crazy ride/race/adventure/schem, instigator of post-ride beverages and full of nerdy biomechanics/physiology knowledge
Racing goals: Upgrade to Cat 2 in CX, push my mountain bike skills in enduro races and just simply have fun riding bikes with rad women
Past cycling achievements: 2016 NCCX Cat 4 Series runner-up, 2015 Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference CX Championships – 2nd place
When not on the bike:  
Research scientist by day and can probably be found doing something outdoors with my upper the rest of the time. I do a little bit of everything: climbing, trail running, backpacking, hiking, and skiing — I’m always looking for new adventures and challenges to push my comfort zone!


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Name/Nickname:  Lisa Toner
Hometown:  
Bellingham, WA
Discipline/Category:  
Road Cat 3; CX Cat 4; MTB Cat 2
Contribution to the team:
 I’ve been on the team since the beginning. I’ve served on the board, helped with our social media presence, and secured our Ortlieb sponsorship.
Racing Goals: I want to be injury-free and have fun riding my mountain bike. 
Past Cycling Achievements:
 In graduate school at the UW, I built up a women’s team from scratch for Husky Cycling and competed in the 2010 Division I Collegiate National Road Cycling Championships. I’ve earned a few wins and podiums in local road, mtb, and cx races.  My husband and I have done some extended bike tours in the US and Europe.
When not on the bike: 
Playing and teaching violin, climbing, cooking, hanging out with my husband.


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2016 Icebreaker Time Trial

Name/Nickname:  Mary Weir
Hometown: Hillsborough, North Carolina
Discipline/Category:  
Road Cat 4; Interested in trying cyclocross and some gravel riding
Contribution to the team: Excitement! Cheering! Cafe/bakery stop knowledge!
Racing goals:
Race cyclocross and maybe even try some long gravel rides this season.
Past Cycling Achievements:
Cycle toured across Scandinavia and central Europe
When not on the bike:
I love to hike, backpack, and climb.


 

IMG_1944Name/Nickname:  Wesley Nell (née Werich)
Hometown: Chicago
Discipline/Category:  
CX Cat 4; MTB Cat 4
Contribution to the team: Stoke, reliable, and possible beer sponsor!
Racing goals:
Not place last 🙂  Learn how to race.
Past Cycling Achievements:
Never raced before so nothing in way of actual achievements. This may go more under the not-the-best decision, but it all worked category — did a century with no training and using clip ins for the first time and did not crash and burn.
When not on the bike:
climbing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, yoga, cooking, quality time with my doggies


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Name/Nickname:  Becca Wheaton
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Discipline/Category:  
MTB Cat 3; Road Cat 4
Contribution to the team: Being new to the team, I hope to contribute my willingness to be; riding buddies anytime!
Racing goals:
Get back into the racing spirit!
Past Cycling Achievements:
Iron distance triathlete
When not on the bike:
I’m working in sustainable agriculture (as a farmer and educator) and helping to promote environmental education as the program coordinator for Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center.  Off work, I’m either exploring the backyard of my new home (Washington State) or snacking on any food within arm’s reach.


Name/Nickname: Jessica Peterson
Hometown: Carmel, IN (but half Wisconsite!)
Discipline/Category: MTB Cat 2
Contribution to the team: Keeping things positive, sharing in the joy! Sharing my private mountain bike trail network and a BBQ afterwards.
Racing goals:
Keep the top women in my category in eyesight next year for BuDu. They are FAST! Seriously, get better with my racing skills – cornering without losing speed, climbing with speed, figuring out how to not be gasping for air in the first 20 minutes of the race, etc. I also have this crazy big goal to do the Northwest Epic Series in 2020.
Past Cycling Achievements:
3rd place in Cat 2 at BuDu for 3 races (out of 4!)
When not on the bike:
Walks with my dog, yoga, snow skiing, reading (or listening to audiobooks on my long commute), teaching, and being entertained by, middle schoolers.

 


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Name/Nickname: Coral Ng
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Discipline/Category: MTB Cat 3, CX Cat 4
Contribution to the team: Many, many, many homemade cookies and brownies.
Racing goals:
Have fun, push my comfort limits (safely); get comfortable with technical trails
Past Cycling Achievements: 
Participated in a road race
When not on the bike:
I enjoy the outdoors – rock climbing, hiking, and scuba diving. My favorite indoor activities are collecting/playing board games and baking anything containing chocolate!

 


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Name/Nickname: Megan Alfi
Discipline/Category: CX Cat 4

 

 

 

 

 

 


Name/Nickname: Om Kelkar
Hometown: Vernon Hills, Illinois
Discipline/Category:
 CX Beginner, Road Cat 5
Contribution to the team: Cheering on the team! 🙂 Riding buddy for group ride pretty much any time.
Racing goals:
Riding my bike is the most fun I have every day, so my goal is to have fun and get better at racing. I’m hoping to learn more technical skills for both CX and road. Also, I want to learn how to do my own bike maintenance.
Past Cycling Achievements: 
Biking from Boston to NYC and cycling to Artist’s Point on Mt Baker
When not on the bike: I like to try cooking and eating new food. I’m a bit of a nutrition geek that doesn’t follow anything she learns. I also love reading, writing, and hiking.


 

Honorary Members

(Former members who turned pro but continue to mentor and provide advice to our less experienced members. )

575019_266124673477066_1119308758_nName/Nickname: Jessica Cutler (honorary member)
Hometown: 
Seattle, Washington
Discipline/Category: 
Road Pro; Track Cat 1; CX Cat 1
Contribution to the team: 
Bad jokes, good makeup tips, human powered motopacing.
Racing Goals: 
To continue to be awesome.
Past Cycling Achievements: 
Many wins in many disciplines including, a few friday night track omniums, Washington State CX Championships; Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (2016), Sequim 2, Independence Valley Road Race, Volunteer Park Crit; Washington State Hillclimb Champs, A bunch of time trials, etc.
When not on the bike: 
I’m thinking that I should probably be on my bike.


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Name/Nickname: Courtenay McFadden / Court  (former/honorary member)
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA and currently living in Bellingham
Discipline/Category: CX Cat 1/Pro
Contribution to the team: Positive energy and dried mud on my helmet from the CX season.
Racing Goals: Have fun with my teammies
Past Cycling Achievements: Racing cyclocross in Belgium, placing top ten in Belgium, and racing some World Cups!
When not on the bike: I’m working in the gym and playing the role of the domestic house wife.  🙂