Fun is fast! Fun is what keeps you motivated and loving what you do. It is what allows you to put in big hours in tough weather, to smile when you’re exhausted or discouraged, to see a race as an exciting challenge rather than a sufferfest and to keep your goals in perspective when they take longer to fulfill than you had hoped. Keeping fun at the essence of what I do, even when it’s time to get serious, is what keeps me striving for more.
So, when Garneau asked, “What do you want to have on your custom cycling kit?” My answer was pretty quick and short. “Rainbows, unicorns, mountains and trees! But not on blue!”
Rainbows and unicorns for the kid in me that gets inspired by the idea of magic and wonder and also the adult that knows a big part of finding the best in yourself on any given day is believing that anything is possible.
On my back-right shoulder is a rain cloud with colourful raindrops because every situation is what you make of it and with no rain, there’s no rainbows. A little adversity is what helps you shine!
And, well rainbows and unicorns just go together. I wore rainbow and unicorn socks at the Olympics when I rode to a Bronze medal in 2016. Socks are one of the few personalized items you can get away with while competing at the Olympics and I wanted them to have the fun magic feel I wanted to experience there.
It was horses, not unicorns, that were my first love. Working with them was a huge part of my learning the work it takes to create the opportunities you want in life. Earning cycling’s coveted rainbow stripes of World Champion has a lot to do with the hours spent cleaning horse stalls, always knowing that putting the work in was worth it.
The mountains and trees? Well those are for the places where I most love to be and that keep me centered. Whether riding horses or bikes, hiking or camping, solo or with friends and family, I feel my best energy outside surrounded by mountains and trees. They both calm me and energize me so they definitely have earned a place on this kit.
Quick C? Yeah, that’s me! I’ve been part of an amazing all women’s powerhouse team for almost my entire career. Not only are the Clif Team women incredible athletes, advocates and people, they are also a ton of fun!
At team camp last year, while keeping ourselves smiling during hours of trying to capture action and team shots we started rapping, cause you know, that’s what cyclist do right? We decided we all needed rap names and mine became Quick C. Make sure you watch for my teammates custom kits to learn their nicknames. We’d love to hear them cheered at any of the races!!!!