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Nicole Falk

I hail from:
originally Rochester, NY but currently living in Oakland, CA

But I am most at home:
in the dirt, of course

I pay my bills by:
product development, product launch and operations strategy - basically, figuring out how to make stuff

I never leave home without:
My toothbrush, seriously, ask my coworkers.  my reoccurring dream is that my teeth crumble.  clean teeth is #1.

My three favorite pieces of Kitsbow kit are:
Always and forever <3 women's icon shirt <3, the women's shorts and the all mountain jersey.

I love them because:
I wear the icon shirt more than any other Winter garment.  Looks good and performs flawlessly out on the trail (or the roads to the trail/gravel). And it is also perfect for those chilly nights camping out in the Summer.  It's important (to me) to have well fitting and well designed biking clothes that don't look like biking clothes.  I also appreciate that all these items easily transition to off bike activities.

You see this scar? I got this when I:was trying to learn wheelies.  I never got any scars from sports my entire life (soccer, lacrosse, basketball) until I started (more) serious(ly) biking/bike racing in my 30s.  Now, I have dozens.

The closest I ever came to dying was:Trying to swim across a lake after tubing and water skiing all day when I was a teenager.  swimming while being exhausted is no joke!  Respect to everyone out there who swims open water long distances. 

The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:Probably those last couple miles of a trail marathon or of a 24 hour mountain bike race. Exhausted and empty but out in the woods!

My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:There are so many, but probably close to home in the Bay. And I also really like WV and NC/TN in the US.

My favorite secret spot is: I will email you all the details, just send me all your bank account information ;)

If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:What's an Oscar for again?

Lastly, shout out to:West Town Bikes in Chicago specifically Mikey, Alex and Mumford!

Because:If I hadn't met them, I don't know if I would have gotten into gravel, cross, mountain biking, bike racing.  But most importantly, I'm grateful for being part of the wider biking community. I travel a lot for work and biking is universally a connection with people all over the world.  That's pretty special.