NAME: ALISON M. TETRICK

RACING AGE: 32

SPECIALTY: ALL-AROUNDER

NATIONALITY: USA

HOMETOWN: SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA

RESIDENCE: PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA

BIRTHDAY: APRIL 4TH, 1985

HEIGHT: 5’9”

STRENGTHS: TIME TRIAL, ALL-AROUNDER

PRO SINCE: 2009

+ What inspired you to start bike riding/racing?

Initially, I started riding because my Grandpa encouraged me to, and then after he almost dropped me, I thought I better start actually training if I ever wanted to ride with my family again. My Grandpa, Paul Tetrick, who is 85 and still riding and racing, told me I could do something incredible in the sport. I didn’t believe him at first, but when I finally lined up to a race, I thought he might be right. Cycling is in my blood and I am so happy to be a part of something greater.

+ What inspires you every day to get on your bike?

I am inspired to get on my bike every day to get better, to be with myself, with others, and in the great outdoors. I started bike racing initially to train for triathlon, but then I become inspired to get better at purely riding my bike. There is an art to riding and racing, and there are clear deliverables in getting better. I fell in love with the community and bike family that I met and I loved being a part of such a dynamic group of like-minded people. Now, I know I can make a difference in the sport and in the world on two wheels, and I simply love that.

+ What does inspire to achieve mean to you know?

Inspire myself and others to continue to work hard, press forward, and acknowledge limits without accepting them. Inspire to accept vulnerability and humility in order to achieve true satisfaction.

+ How do you use data for your training and racing?

You can always geek out on as much technology as you want in bike racing. From monitoring your power, heart rate, training stress load, and so many statistics, you have endless options to analyze charts and data to find your own personal optimization. I love this technology for training and preparation, but then when it is time to race, I just want to be able to respond and react instinctively without worrying about numbers. Other days, I just want to ride to coffee, oysters, or wine.

+ What does technology bring into bike racing?

Technology is also hugely important for the equipment we use as we can be confident that we have the lightest, fastest, and safest setup out there. Technology has made incredible things possible on our bikes and will continue to do so with innovation.

+ Did you like math and science in school?

I never was a huge math fan, but I sure did love the sciences! I think that is why I love bike riding so much, since I can turn my body into a science experiment to find the perfect balance of training, rest, and playing that solve the equation of happiness and success.

+ If you have a college degree, (or currently in the process) what is it in?

I have a B.S. in Biochemistry and M.S. in Clinical Psychology.

+ If you could do one thing with AI (artificial intelligence) besides fight malware, what would it be?

I want to know the future. Or do I…

+ What is your super power?

Me. I am powerful, and determined, and this isn’t my first rodeo.

+ If you weren’t bike racing, what would you be doing?

I would be saving the world with my super powers. Wait, isn’t that what I am already doing?

+ What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you on a bike?

I was riding my bike on the sidewalk to park it by the door of the market so I could go in and buy some treats. As I was approaching the sliding automatic doors of the store, I realized that my cleats were frozen and I was stuck in the pedals. At a near dead stop, I toppled over and landed on the petunia display outside of the market. I was still stuck in my pedals as I was just lying there near the entrance covered in soil and flowers. The doors kept opening, closing, opening, and closing. Two customers even stepped over me to enter the market without even asking if I was ok!

+ Who is your hero?

My grandfather is my hero

+ What is something “if you would have known then what you known now”?

I wish I would have known to be less fearful, and more absorbing. When I first started racing, I was so nervous about results and possible outcomes and hazards that I didn’t truly soak in all the incredible adventure and challenges for what they were worth.

+ Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

“All you can do is be the best you can be. If not, change it.” Dean Golich, my wonderful CTS coach extraordinaire

+ What is your vice?

I consider all my vices strengths. I have a great appreciation for the good life.

+ You are stranded on a desert island and have to choose one thing to have with you. What is that?

I would have to flip a coin between my smart phone and my cat. I mean, the world exists in my phone, but my cat is my world.