It’s Wednesday and, although we know you’re a little panicked by the fact that you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, there’s no time like the present for a very special roster announcement. Diane Moug has been a pillar of the Folsom Bike Women’s squad for as long as we can remember and has shown Northern California again and again that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Diane has been on the Folsom Bike Women’s team for pretty much her whole cycling career, and is excited to be back for a fifth season with some very fast ladies. She started cycling when she moved to Davis from Vancouver, BC in 2012; since then has never taken the warm, (relatively) dry winters in California for granted. This winter and spring she will be focused not only on cycling, but also finishing her PhD in Civil Engineering at UC Davis. Her research is improving the tests that predict ground and building foundation strength loss during earthquakes – if you are still interested, she explains it here. Diane’s perfect bike ride is very long and hilly, filled with conversations about the Great British Bake Off and NPR, and followed by coffee and chocolate.
Talented, humble, gracious and wicked smart, Diane is truly a class act. We are so excited to have you back for 2017!
The 2017 season welcomes so many fresh faces to the squad! Sara Enders, affectionately nicknamed “Senders,” is one chick with some serious firepower. Whether pounding up steep hills or taking the sprint to the line, this girl can do it all – and then some.
Sara grew up in Massachusetts, where she eschewed sports until she was 11 because she “didn’t like competition.” Some switch got flipped around that age, though, and she traded dance classes for lots of team sports, including weird East Coast things like lacrosse, eventually focusing on soccer and playing through college on Yale’s club team. Sara has always had a bike and liked going fast on it, so when she came to UC Davis for grad school her head was turned by the very sexy, national championship-winning Aggie cycling team. She was too cheap/poor to spring for a race bike for many years, but finally got a nudge when she found she couldn’t follow her then-boyfriend (now husband) up a big hill in Portland on her inherited 1962 Raleigh. The problem was not the bike, but crit gearing and a front derailleur that had probably been broken, unnoticed for years in Davis–but all’s well that ends well. 6 months later Sara was cruising around at Collegiate Nationals (and dropping Bob on hills xoxo).
Off the bike, Sara is an Environmental Scientist with a B.S. in Geology, an M.E.Sc. in Water Science, Policy, & Management, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science & Biogeochemistry. Her work has ranged from transboundary watershed management in Central America to supporting the EPA’s drinking water program activities, to reconstructing past climate change from organic compounds in soil. She is living in Sacramento and looking for work. You should hire her!!!!
Welcome to the Folsom Bike family Sara!
We took a little break to ride our bikes over the weekend, but we’re back this Monday morning to rollout another “young gun” on our 2017 roster.
Aliya has been an enthusiast of two-wheeled adventures from the age of 12. Since then, she has traveled all over California, the country, and the world -most significantly to Euroland this spring with the U.S National team. The ladies of Folsom Bike had always been encouraging of Aliya as a junior, so joining the team last year was particularly special. Currently, she is plugging away through college, majoring in journalism. Other enjoyments include a long list of activities/interests that can be classified into four areas (to be succinct): the great outdoors, books, food, and The Lord of the Rings.
Thanks for being an amazing teammate Aliya! We are looking forward to racing with you again in 2017.
To say that we’re impressed with this next recruit is an understatement. After guest riding with Folsom Bike last year at Cascade, Illi Gardner went on to wow us at Winters Road Race, where she won the 2016 NCNA Junior Road Champion title (not to mention 3rd overall).
Illi is a senior at Gunn High School. She began cycling through triathlons and is entering her second season of road and first full season of track. Outside of sports she enjoys graphic design, VFX, going to concerts and eating chocolate.
Whether on the road or at the track, we know Illi has a bright future ahead of her!