About me

When you find your passion, anything is possible.

If you are a woman who loves to bike – be it mountain, gravel, or road – or you are new to the sport, you’ll feel right at home here. My goal is to provide inspiration, guidance and encouragement to women of all ages and abilities.

Cycling is my passion and I think that when you find your passion anything is possible.  

In this busy world, riding bikes is what I do for me. It makes me feel free. Free from everyday responsibilities. Free to explore. I love the views, the wildflowers, and the wildlife, the sunrises and sunsets, the contrast between our deserts and snowy mountains. I ride because it takes me – mind, body, and soul – to amazing new places.

My Bikes

The first time I threw my leg over a fatbike was at the start line of the 24-hour West Yellowstone Equinox Event in 2012.  I was giddy that there were BIKES that you could ride on the SNOW.  I’ve been giddy ever since.

My fatbike is a carbon Salsa Mukluk, an upgrade from an aluminum Mukluk that I bought used.  After test driving a handful of other brands the Mukluk just ‘fit’.  Plus I needed a fatbike that would take the widest tire possible for ungroomed trails.  

I ride my Mukluk year-round and swap the wheel set out for a 29-plus set for bikepacking in the summer.

I also have a hand-me-down single-speed Surly cross-check that I ride on gravel, road and single track.  Lately my son has commandeered it so I bought a Surly Midnight Special so I can be fat while riding skinny.

I adore all my bikes, but I especially Iove the versatility of fatbikes. In a place like Wyoming I often find myself following a cattle trail through the sagebrush in the summer or riding snowy single track in the winter. They aren’t fast, but they are fun — and made for exploring.

Racing

About twice a year I enter a race or an endurance event, but only if it looks fun. My goal is simply to finish and I’m always at the back of the pack. I’m slow but pretty good at endurance.

At winter races I will stop to make a snow angel.  In the summer I stop to literally smell the (wild) roses, pick strawberries and dip my feet in a cool mountain stream.

I train sporadically because life is busy. I am a middle-aged mom of two teenagers, six chickens and a doodle and wrangle a full time job besides motherhood.

I think there should be a race category for women like us so that we can all stand on the podium once in our lives. Truly, all of us women are deserving of medals and podiums no matter where we place!

About Me: a Wyoming Girl

Wyoming has been my home for the last 30 years.  I’m currently in Lander which is at the base of the rugged Wind River Mountains. I also have a family farm in Brighton, Colorado which I am very proud of.  It’s a Centennial Farm which has been in my family for over 100 years.

We all have our stories and mine is this: I have profound hearing loss – having lost 80% of my hearing as an adult. I’m also a breast cancer survivor.  I am grateful for every day I wake up on this beautiful planet!

Besides biking I like to cross-country ski, camp, hike, read, and travel. I host female cyclists in the summer through warmshowers.org in my beautiful and cozy Wyoming sheep wagon.

I first started exploring Wyoming by bike when I was 20 and worked and lived at a remote fish hatchery near the small town of Medicine Bow (population 267). I biked on dusty two-tracks every day after work. It was always just me, herds of antelope, and the wind.

In addition to my stint at the fish hatchery, my work as a wildlife biologist and firefighter took me to many places in the West. I have also traveled to many beautiful and remote places around the world — but lucky for me, most of my favorite places are right in my own backyard.

I love Wyoming. We have the best of everything and nothing added: abundant and glorious sunshine and wide-open prairies where real cowboys still ride herd. You can ride the Oregon Trail and have the same views the settlers did when they crossed over 100 years ago.

Before you go, I’d love to connect with you and hear your story!

Happy Trails!

Kathleen, aka fatbikegirl, Dirt Girl, Sox

 

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