My name is Katherine, a.k.a. Mellow Velo, and I come in peace from San Antonio, Texas. Ten days ago, I settled in Golden with the Mr. and our five bicycles to realize a dream of living in a place that values outdoor play. You will be hearing from me - somewhat regularly - about the wide-eyed and wonderful experience of being a newcomer to this holy land of cycling. I plan to write about Golden cycling, adjusting to life above sea level, testing out local riding routes and trails, first-time bike commuting and probably a bit about how completely out of shape I am.
Speaking of being out of shape, I start at IMBA on Aug. 9 as the new Field Programs Coordinator overseeing the Trail Care Crews and National Mountain Bike Patrol (if you have experiences with either, I’d love to hear about them). I’ve never had a job that required physical training, but the office is staffed with seriously excellent MTB riders, and I fully expect to get my ass handed to me on the lunch rides.
I also write a column called “The Cat 5 Files” for She Pedals Magazine about my first years racing. I started with cyclocross last fall and fell in love. I raced a few criteriums this spring and did not exactly fall in love, so I’m sticking with long-distance road riding, cyclocross and mountain biking for now. I ride and represent for Team TOMS, a widespread national group that supports the shoe company’s philanthropic work. (IMBA probably won’t let me wear its jersey until I improve my MTB skills.)
I seek to entertain, inform and reap feedback. Please share thoughts, tips and your own personal experiences. And if you see me on the road in my Texas jersey or pedaling Chester, my bright-orange cyclocross/commuter bike with the curly mustache head-tube badge, please say hello!
A Texan on a mountain bike – first Colorado ride