Downhill and cyclo-cross pro Nicole Duke explains how her passion for biking has given her another turn in her bike career.
Nicole Duke is pursuing her third career, as a cyclo-cross pro. She grew up riding dirt bikes, and became a pro in downhill and dual slalom mountain biking already in 1996. After a career of traveling the world and being among the top ten, she quit riding and became a hair stylist. However, seven years later she felt the urge to get back in the saddle and tried her first cyclo-cross. And she was hooked. Despite juggling her job as a stylist and being a mother of two, 38-year-old Nicole has now managed to climb back to the top of her game. She is now National Masters CX Champion and finished third at Elite Nationals 2012. In contrast to her younger competitors, Nicole's secret is quality over quantity on the bike, and most important of all; remembering that it is all about having fun!