Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Andrea has ridden and raced bikes since 2006. Before that, she had been everything from professional horse trainer to desk jockey to college teacher.
Q. Where did you learn your love of bikes?
A. I started riding bikes as an adult in 2005 with some trail running friends of mine. Where I lived in Memphis, they'd ride road bikes in the summer instead of running because the trails all grew over with briars and poison ivy. I liked the speed and having the ability to transport myself long distances.
Q. How many bikes do you have?
- Spot Bikes Rocker: it's a steel, Gates Carbon Drive singlespeed with some carbon parts, a RockShox RS1 fork, and a powermeter. It confuses some people.
- Trek Fuel Ex 9.9: it's got pretty paint and shiny parts
- Ibis Hakka MX: for when I want to play roadie
- Trek Boone: You can't beat rim brakes for a light weight cyclocross bike.
- Surly Crosscheck: It's been all sorts of bikes, but now it's a grocery-getter
- The Beater: a bike that was built out of the buckets of used up spare parts in the shop. If you've ever wondered if a Shimano Dual Control lever can operate an XT M8000 brake caliper, the answer is "yes."
Q. What is your favorite local trail?
A. Green's Creek (in the rain)
Q. What is your favorite trail outside of Salida?
A. The Scrappy Mountain Loop (orange trail) at the Syllamo Trails in Arkansas
Q. What is your favorite post-ride food?
A. A jar of olives, eaten while still in riding clothes, sitting on the floor next to the refrigerator.