Santa Rosa, Ca
But I am most at home:
In the dirt.
I pay my bills by:
Professional Floss Boss.
I never leave home without:
My mountain bike and gear. As a mom who works full time you need to be opportunistic.
My favorite Kitsbow gear:
The Merino Tights because they make it possible for me to bear riding in sub 40 degrees and are as soft as silk. The Icon because it’s soft and warm and looks great on and off the trail. And lastly the knee warmers because despite being as soft and as thin and silk they provide the extra protection I need from the wind and sun without making me feel like I’m wearing another layer.
You see this scar?
Which one? Lets just say I'm an ambassador not a model. But my biggest scar is when my sister rolled her 1975 Trans Am going 100 mph. She totally hucked it. My proudest scars are the ones on my forearms. It is the mark of the mountain biker.
The closest I ever came to dying was:
Which time? There have been several. The most rattling was when I was on a road bike ride. I had pulled over on the curb to ask a man for directions when behind me a SUV screeched to a halt. It stopped mere inches from us. The driver had been texting and driving and at the last minute my Hi-Vis helmet caught his attention. Don't text and drive.
The closest I’ve been to complete and profound enlightenment was:
Turning 40. I realized I'm now part of the "Cool kids club".
My favorite place to ride (that I am willing to tell you about) is:
Trione-Annadel State Park (Santa Rosa,CA), The Hole in the Ground (Soda Springs, CA), Everything in Moab and Duthie Bike Park (Issaquah,WA)
My favorite secret spot is:
If you know me then you know I have no secrets. See above.
If I ever won an Oscar, my 10-word speech would go like this:
Sweet, I finally earned something for my Strava Trophy case!
Lastly, shout out to:
My family who understands my obsession. All my girls! A ride is best shared with friends. And last but not least my bike mechanics for keeping me rad.
I want to spread the shred! More women on bikes.
Melissa was born in the Chicago area which means hills were a bit of a mystery to her. She has lived in Sonoma County for the last 19 years with her husband and 3 sons. At 36 she did her first MTB race. Not knowing how to shift gears she rode the entire race in 2rd gear and has been hooked ever since. She likes to race her local races and often comes in DFL, but she keeps showing up. It’s not about the win for her but sharing the fun with hundreds of other like minded people. Melissa enjoys regularly doing trailwork (no dig no shred) and volunteering for bike patrol in her local State Park. She feels it is important to support IMBA and her local chapter REMBA in order to keep our community growing.