NAME: ALISON M. TETRICK
RACING AGE: 32
HOMETOWN: SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA
RESIDENCE: PETALUMA, CALIFORNIA
BIRTHDAY: APRIL 4TH, 1985
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.