Cycling the backroads of the North Shore, looking for breakfast

The North Shore Cyclopaths were founded in 1974 by four crazy guys; Av Hammer, Bill Cantor, Sheldon Brown and the Honorable Judge Samuel Zoll. It was an active and social group for several decades -- although the last few years have seen fewer riders showing up on Saturday mornings for breakfast.

In it's heyday, our founders had a wild reputation -- biking through the bitter winter months, 100+ mile rides up the coast in the blistering summer heat, and joining Billy Starr's fledgling Pan Mass Challenge -- they were true Cyclopaths.

There are over 45 riders in the North Shore Cyclopaths -- although only a core group of 10-12 riders riding consistently now. The numbers are shrinking. The pace has slowed.

Mileage and speed are often determined by who shows up on Saturday morning. Our rides can get pokey at times, and the distances will vary, but it's really about the friendship more than the miles. And, of course, the breakfast.


SpiderOne Racing has been a good fit for me. I joined in April 2013 after consulting with friends about my ride plans for the season, as I took on some big challenges that year and knew I needed to step up my game.

I signed on for personal coaching with SpiderOne's head coach, Shayne Gaffney. Shayne is a USAC Level II coach, and his training plan two years ago prepared me well for my big endurance rides at the end of the summer.

BOWZ is a splinter group from SpiderOne Racing that includes many Spiders, but also includes other athlete friends who aren't a part of the S1 community. We have great fun together.



I'm in my third year as part of the VanderkittenVIP brand ambassador team. Not only does Vanderkitten Athletics design cycling apparel that women actually want to wear, they sponsor the most kickass women athletes covering a wide range of disciplines -- including professional cycling, cyclocross, enduro and triathlon. VK's mission is focused on promoting active, healthy lifestyles while promoting gender equality in sports.

As one of (now) 280 athletes chosen globally from a wide variety of sports, I became part of a network of amazing ladies who support each other as we reach our goals.

Vanderkitten has undergone many changes since I became a VKVIP in 2013. For one, the pro racing team is on hiatus for a while -- possibly permanently -- and VK HQ has moved from Northern California to Philadelphia. Vanderkitten has redirected it's focus to support women's action-oriented sports on a grass-roots level, including winter sports, triathlon, MTB, road racing, and cyclocross.

The VKVIP team has expanded as well, and now includes thirteen athletes in the New England area. (We are the Northeast Region 16 team). We enjoy a friendly and supportive camaraderie amongst ourselves, (as well as with the VKVIP team as a whole), and hope to plan a few events together in 2016. I loved our kitten team.