Hidden Talent: I can wiggle my ears
Favorite Pandora Station: Classical for Studying or Rizzle Kicks
Favorite Style of Riding: Road and Mountain Biking
Favorite Trip: Durango
Favorite Hobby: Backpacking with my friends
Favorite Ride in Town: The Shoot-out
Favorite Quote by Ignacio: Do or do not. There is no try. (Yoda)
Favorite Dessert: Pistachio Ice Cream
Why do you like riding your bike?
Because there’s a sense of freedom and independence, yet it also gives you some power. For instance, I’ve commuted pretty much every day to school. Also, it’s good for the environment; It’s a good sport to be on your own, but with your friends; It’s empowering.
Can you describe how you’ve changed as a rider and person from when you started to now?
When I was 15, I remember just staring at the wheel in front of me, not talking to anyone, wondering if I could keep up with the group. Now, I’m relaxed and joke around. I’m not worried about anything- unless we’re doing intervals! I’ve been improving.
Unlike my high school, El Grupo is small enough to make friends and by riding with them I’ve improved my social skills and can connect with them.
How does El Grupo challenge you?
Obviously, it challenges me physically but another is being able to balance my time and commitments.
What are your goals with El Grupo?
I guess my goals are to continue riding my bike and to come back to each race and improve on them.
What are three things you’ve gotten out of El Grupo?
I’ve made a lot of friends, I’ve learned to ride my bike really well, and I’ve learned to be more independent.