– 1st, Quad Cities Criterium
– 1st, Wisconsin State Championships (Road Race)
– 2nd, Old Capital Road Race
– 2nd, Old Capitol Criterium
– 2nd, Melon City Criterium
– 7th, Time Trial, National Collegiate Champtionships, and 8th, criterium, National Collegiate Championships
– 8th, TOAD Road America Road Race
– 11th, Elk Grove NRC Stage 1
– 12th, Elk Grove NRC Stage 2
– 15th, Glencoe NCC Grand Prix
– 15th, Nature Valley Menomonie Road Race
Hometown: Proud to be from Melbourne, Down Under. I still call it home, even though I currently live in Madison, Wisconsin.
Career & Goals: I’ve been in the US since Fall 2012 to undertake my PhD in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This academic turn came later in life after a stint as a full-time athlete, competing for Australia in Track and Field. My highlights were racing in the 800m at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, wining the World University Games in the 800m in 2009, and racing at the 2009 World Championships in the 800m and 4x400m. In Sociology, I consider myself a feminist political sociologist, interested in studying various forms of inequalities and how they intersect. I’m currently studying Participatory Budgeting and Chicago is one of my field sites.
Hobbies: Hobbies aren’t allowed when you’re a graduate student. I bend the rules by riding my bike and racing all over the midwest. Other secret hobbies I engage in are sifting through used goods at resale, thrift and vintage stores, and when I can’t get out I turn to craigslist. I’m also partial to the micro-brewery beers of the midwest.
How I became a bike racer: I turned a dark time in my life into a shot at a completely new challenge. I injured my achilles badly in 2010 and needed two rounds of surgery to try to get it right. Unfortunately, it never recovered, and it was time to leave my life as a runner behind. I took up cycling and immediately developed a love-hate relationship with it! What I love is the fierceness of the racing, the many challenges to my body and mind that it continues to present to me, and the opportunities that I’ve had to meet new people and see new places.