It’s been a while….part deux…personal reflection.

What.a.season.WOAH! I’m sitting here, looking back at the last 9 months with a huge smile on my face. Has it really been that long? YES- 9 full months. It seems like yesterday when I was sitting with my teammates and our directors, Kevin and Pat, in our team training camp house planning our 2014 season. We raced most all the races we targeted for the year, but something was different this year. The 2014 season proved to be a fantastic year for CHANGE in Women’s Cycling. At the Amgen Tour of California, they added two stages (Time Trial and Circuit race) instead of just the Time Trial. The inaugural Women’s Tour of Britain, La Course (Women’s one-day Tour de France) and the Women’s edition of Tour of Utah. With the changes we’ve seen this year, I can only expect more change is in the pipeline for 2015. May it be even better!

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It’s been a while…

It’s been a looooooong time since I’ve blogged! Here are a few highlights from the past few months and random “Brie-type” thoughts.

First and foremost- I’m proud to announce that I have signed again with OPTUM Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies for the 2014 season! Super stoked to race my sophmore year with these amazing, talented women and to be alongside our “brother” men’s team. We’ve got a lot of exciting races on tap for 2014. The 2014 schedule contains our “target” races as there will likely be some additional races here and there we’ll hit up.

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Raffle donations are IN!

Folks! We have some AWESOME donations thus far for the Raffle at the Meet and Greet, August 16th! Click here for event details.

I’d like to thank everyone for their generations thus far.

All proceeds are being donated to the Oregon Women’s Cycling Fund 2014, to help promote women’s racing in Oregon. With these funds, OBRA hopes to encourage ongoing development of women racers throughout Oregon by offering free clinics, beginner friendly races and community rides with experienced racers.

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Racing the Giro Rosa 2013 with the US National Team

If you know much about women’s cycling, you know that funding is a constant struggle for us. Sponsors are hard to find, and very few women ever earn enough to support themselves in the sport without a second job. I have recently been offered a spot on the US National Team to race the Giro Donna (called the “GIRO ROSA” this year) in Italy, one of the most important international races in all of women’s cycling.

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REDLANDS Cycling Classic-recaps

Redlands Cycling Classic (Redlands CC) is one of the most prestigious and longest-running NRC races. This year marked the 29th anniversary and you could feel the love for this classic all over town. Folks in the community really come together and participate- either hosting riders, volunteering their time organizing the event, marshaling or joining in on the festivities. It was truly amazing to see and experience!! The Redlands CC is the big “opener” race of the season- a good place to scope out all the big teams and get a little taste of the season to come.

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San Dimas Stage Race (SDSR) Report!

WOW– what a crazy weekend! We were a squad of 5 this time down at the San Dimas Stage Race (home of the film “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” – “go San Dimas Football!”) Our squad included: Leah Kirchman, Courtney Lowe, Amber Gaffney, Lauren Hall and I. I was super stoked to see what we could pull off in our 2nd race together as a team this season (my 2nd pro race ever) and, CRIKEY, did we pull if off well!

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