Nicole has participated in ultra-distance cycling events for years, but in 2022 she decided that she wanted to “go faster”and tried racing for the first time in college. After her first race, she was hooked! She attended a USA Cycling Athlete Development Pathway Camp for aspiring junior cyclists to improve her skills and was identified for further race opportunities.
Nicole enjoys racing both gravel and road. She has finished 1st in U30 in Unbound and Steamboat Gravel (also 7th overall Pro women) and 4th in U23 US National Pro Women’s Elite National Championships.
Nicole is currently a Junior at Arizona State University, pursuing a B.S. in Geographic Information Sciences.
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Climbing! Races with long, steep, and challenging climbs are my favorites.
I am very curious and always interested in learning new things. I’m also organized and enjoy public speaking.
People doing things that they’re passionate about.
When not racing, I love spending time outdoors camping, hiking, running, and rock climbing. I also like to play the guitar and flute.
My goals for cycling are to constantly strive for improvement, to challenge myself to achieve results for my team, and to ride in the World Tour.
U.S. Congressional Award for Leadership, Amelia Earhart Award
“Forest Service Technician or maybe a National Park Ranger”
I volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol. I’ve served for about 5 years in various leadership positions and have been a part of their search and rescue team on many missions in California.
I love to ride in Yosemite and in the Eastern Sierras of California.
Lake Tahoe is my favorite place to visit for camping, riding, hiking, and just having fun with friends!
I would love to visit the Patagonia Mountains and do some ice/rock climbing there!
Have confidence in what you’re doing and enjoy the process. Bike racing is challenging, but with strength and determination, anything is possible-so never give up!
Rap music, especially Eminem, Jay Z, D12, Tupac, and Nas
My favorite drink is boba tea, and my favorite food is a plain corn tortilla, fresh from the package.
My dream is to race the Tour de France Femmes
For my 18th birthday, I declared my independence as an adult by riding 400 miles in one go across California. And of course, since it was my birthday celebration, I had ice cream every 20 miles.
I might outlive the entire apocalypse considering how far away from any town I live. I also have a stockpile of dehydrated food, which could last for decades!
I am the proud parent of two cats named Pork Chop and Sprinkles.