Cyclocross can be a good way to mix up your offseason cycling and fine-tune your bike handling. Use these eight tips to gear up for a season of mud and mayhem.
Elizabeth Martin began athletic competition as a gymnast during her childhood. In high school, she ran cross-country and track, but it wasn't until leaving the cornfields of Indiana for the mountains of Colorado in college that Elizabeth discovered her passion for cycling. She joined her university’s cycling team and started racing in the spring of 2009. She developed an immediate enthusiasm for the sport and has been riding and racing ever since.
Elizabeth began bike racing on the road, but has since added cyclocross and track to racing experiences. The most recent addition to her racing repertoire is mountain biking, which has given her a new excitement for the sport of cycling.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science in 2012. She loves riding in new places, and following graduation she had the opportunity to see the entire country by bike. As a member of a Race Across America team, she rode the relay event from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, finishing in just over six days.
Elizabeth enjoyed training, racing, and working in Tucson, Arizona, before being called back to the cornfields and green trees of the Midwest. She currently lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where she works as a cycling coach for Zoom Performance.