Rider Profile: Amy Alton

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Meet one of our Grassroots riders, Amy Alton.

Amy Living aboard Jalan

Amy enjoying living aboard her boat “Jalan.” Photo courtesy of Vaughn Micciche.

Hometown: Cleveland, OH, but currently residing in Baltimore, MD.

Number of Years Racing: 2 (Enduro, XC)

Race bike Setup
Modified Lust Advanced 2 including a Fox Talas 140 fork, Industry Nine wheels, and dropper post.

Riding Strength
Gravity-assisted bliss & being able to drop the watts when its hammer time.

Favorite Race Course
I’m not much on favorites – its more about who I am and how I feel on the bike on race day.  I do typically enjoy courses with a great deal of technical terrain – rock gardens, log overs, etc – as it helps me stay focused.

Favorite Place to Ride: the woods, especially when the wildflowers are in bloom.

What is your “Ride Life”?
Its the evolution of just merely pedaling my bike a few weekends a year into a committed and active lifestyle surrounding my bike(s) and community. It is the evolution into a commitment to being present and going further on my rides; to understanding that killer trails and bike lanes don’t just magically appear; to recognizing that riding my bike is not a solo endeavor but welcomes me into a larger community with a shared passion. Bike fast, live slow…Ride on!

What do you want to be if you grow up?  Happy

Any advice for young riders?
Just keep pedaling…your bike will free you in ways that few other worldly objects can

Amy riding through the woods over roots

Riding over some root-y sections in the woods. Photo courtesy of Vaughn Micciche.

Best part about racing mountain bikes? 
Challenging your physical and mental rigor. It allows you to go to battle and afterwards enjoy a brew with fellow competitors.

Boxers or briefs: I dig my dude in boxer briefs

Big spoon or little spoon:  it depends if we’re sleeping on our sailboat, then little spoon

What was your first car?
The Green Hausser – Sweet mint green Ford LTD that had hood for days and trunk for weeks

What was your best Halloween costume? About 4 square inches of electrical tape…

Your best cycling hack/tip?
During XC competitions, I like to use small zip ties facing upward on my handle bars that I can attach easy-access single CLIF shot bloks, gu chomps, etc.

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