Sarah is a professional race mechanic with Mavic SSC, NRS & Events p/b LOOK, SRAM Neutral Support, and Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com. In addition to mentoring with NAA, she was a charter Board officer of the Professional Bicycle Mechanic’s Association, a non-profit that educates and advocates for professional bicycle mechanics, and she is an Ambassador for Pedro’s. Outside of cycling, she describes herself as “a huge nerd.” She earned a BS in Physics from the University of Connecticut and an MBA and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hartford. She has worked extensively as a Physics and Robotics teacher, taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford, and is an R&D System Development Engineer at Covidien/Medtronic working on a new surgical robotics platform. She lives in West Hartford, Connecticut with her two rescued pitbulls, Mazey and Tony the Tiger. Photo by Casey Gibson.
A former masters national cyclocross champion and road racer, Ande first started riding as a way to cross-train for her boxing matches. (Ask her to share some stories from her boxing days!) Following her desire to learn how to take care of her bicycle, she eventually landed a position as a professional mechanic at REI, not only taking care of customer bikes, but also leading the store’s women’s mechanic classes. The sole female mechanic of any professional cycling squad, Ande joined the Colavita Women’s Pro Cycling Team in 2015 and served as team mechanic until the program evolved into the Colavita Cares outreach project. Through her work with Colavita Cares and NAA, Ande continues to support women and girls in their passions. Photo by Jonathan Devich.
Emily grew up on the coast of Maine in the Southwest Harbor, where she started working in a bike shop during high school. In true entrepreneurial spirit, she went on to own and run her own business, a bicycle service shop called Hub Bicycle Company, in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2010-2017. Emily recently earned her certification to teach mountain bike skills, which proved to be a highlight and will certainly be handy for gravel skills! She now applies her experiences as a business owner and pro mechanic to her work with Cannondale as their Event and Training Representative, connecting people with bicycles all over the country. She is passionate about bikes, good food, dogs, and art.
Mary grew up in Central Vermont, becoming a high school All-American Soccer player, and eventually attending Boston College on an athletic scholarship, where she continued her success on the field. Mary later jumped into cycling and from 2010-2012 raced several European campaigns, cutting her teeth in the role of domestique. In 2012 Mary joined Colavita | Fine Cooking and raced Pro Road Tour and UCI races as a super domestique. After four years of racing, Mary was offered the role of Director Sportif for Team Colavita. Going from rider to Director was an ideal career transition for Mary. She launched the team to UCI status and established an international presence with a full spring classics campaign. Mary is now the Director of Colavita Cares, a community outreach program inspired from Colavita USA and their long-time support of professional and amateur cycling. Photo by Scott Kingsley.
Maureen "Mo" Bruno Roy
Mo competed as an Elite cyclist internationally from 2003 to 2015, accruing impressive palmarès including 41 wins (nine UCI races, three Masters National Championships, two Singlespeed National Championships, and one Singlespeed World Championship), eight top-ten finishes at USA Cycling Elite Nationals, and representing the United States in 16 World Cups and two World Championships. She has been working professionally as a muscular therapist for 20 years, is a yoga teacher, and teaches anatomy and physiology to yoga-teachers-in-training. She continues to give back through cycling, serving as the Cyclocross Program Director and on the Board of Directors for the Amy D. Foundation. She loves cycling, running, hiking and vegan cooking. She lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two cats, Pippin and Merry.
Amber got her start as a swimmer, competing on scholarship for Stanford University’s NCAA D1 team. When a shoulder injury ended her swimming career, Amber found cycling. She won two national collegiate titles for Stanford, and in the same year, upgraded from Category 4 to 1 and signed her first professional contract. She went on to compete internationally at the professional World Cup and World Tour level for twelve years, earning more than 60 victories and a reputation as one of the most respected domestiques in the peloton. Amber has swum in open water with sharks and has an h-index of 2. She rides a Cannondale Synapse and a Suzuki SV650s. Born in Berkeley, California, she is a fifth-generation Californian, grew up in Reno, Nevada, lived in Austria for six years, and now resides with her husband in Connecticut. Photo by Jake Hamm, Cannondale.
When her soccer career didn’t pan out—after a year semi-pro she wasn’t invited to the pro try outs—Lauren thought her athletic career was over. Her grandfather played in the NFL in the 30′s and 40′s for the first 49ers team, and she had hoped to uphold tradition by going pro herself. She went on to attend culinary school, running with her dog to stay fit. Persuaded by her brother, she ran a marathon and was inspired to try triathlon and buy a bike. She walked out of the store without one, too overwhelmed by the choices! Over months she again worked up the nerve and finally purchased a bike. She would go on to keep the Hall Family tradition alive after all: Lauren not only raced professionally, but also won some of the sport’s biggest races, including Gent Wevelgem and a National Title on the track. Lauren recently retired from professional racing and serves at the General Manager for the Homestretch Foundation.
Kathryn is a five-year veteran of professional cycling, three-time Caribbean Champion, and six-time National Champion of St. Kitts and Nevis. A journalist and author of three nonfiction books, she pivoted from her work as an ESPN author and senior editor to make the acclaimed documentary "Hall the Road: The passion, pitfalls and power of women's professional cycling." She then initiated the social activism movement Le Tour Entier to bring gender parity professional road cycling, for starters convincing the Tour de France to include a women’s field, which they finally did in 2014 with La Course by Tour de France. In 2017 she founded the Homestretch Foundation to provide free housing to female pro athletes struggling with the gender pay gap, and continues to serve as CEO. As the Trek Bicycles Ambassador for Equality, Kathryn shares her message that through passion, disruption, opportunity, and focus, anything is possible and we’re all capable of effecting change.
Laura’s background in competitive swimming led to 12 years competing in triathlon, including the Ironman World Championships and earning a pro license. An invitation to USA Cycling's Talent ID Camp and a simultaneous job offer for a major industry position presented a fork in the road, and her decision to take the industry position and pursue racing as a passion provided the right balance of career and sport. Nonetheless, her credibility as a competitor has served her well in a successful career of over a decade in Sales and Marketing in the outdoor industry. A brief Xterra Triathlon stint revealed a love of the dirt, and a mountain biker/gravel racer was born. Though she still races in the pro/elite field, her heart is in getting more girls and women on bikes, the camaraderie, the satisfaction of a huge effort, and the corollary travel and experiences. It's also how she met her favorite wheel—her husband, professional cyclist Ted King, with whom she is currently spearheading Rooted Vermont. Photo by Stephen Lam.