Name: Krista Doebel-Hickok
Racing Age: 27 (28 in 2017)
Hometown: Marina del Rey
Residence: Marina del Rey and Colorado Springs
Birthday: April 28, 1989
Strengths: Climbing and long/hard races (even better if stage races!)
PRO Since: May 2013
+ What inspired you to start bike riding/racing?
When I was an injured cross-country racer at Vanderbilt, I cross trained on the stationary bike. I loved riding and wanted to couple that passion with my fitness and desire to compete. Upon graduating in December 2011, I bought a road bike. February 2012 I started racing and never looked back.
+ What inspires you every day to get on your bike?
The drive to reach my potential—really see what I can do when I make the most of my talent and support structure.
+ What does inspire to achieve mean to you know?
Everyone aspires to something. Some goals and achievements are more obvious than others, but that does not make them any more or less valuable. Inspire to achieve is taking on our chosen pursuit as a way to encourage others to go after whatever is meaningful to them.
+ How do you use data for your training and racing?
Data is a form of feedback. And because it is so objective, it is a very unique and valuable one. It helps my coach (Dean Golich) and I figure out when I need more or less of a certain form of training and mark progress or find areas for improvement. Analysis of power profiles from races can highlight inefficiency (wasted energy) as well massive efforts.
+ What does technology bring into bike racing?
Technology is one of many assets that can be harnessed to your advantage as a bike racer. From data analysis to developing superior equipment, technology gives us better tools to work with.
+ Did you like math and science in school?
Not particularly, but it was all kind of the same to me.
+ If you have a college degree, (or currently in the process) what is it in?
Bachelors of Science in Economics from Vanderbilt
+ If you could do one thing with AI (artificial intelligence) besides fight malware, what would it be?
Give it to someone in my corner that knows far more about it than me and trust him/her to use it wisely.
+ What is your super power?
I think we all have those days where we go beyond the limits we set on ourselves, and it feels as though we have super powers. Although I don’t know what those powers would be.