Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Do you know someone that motivates and inspires you? Send us your answers and photo to Girly@BikeShopGirl.com
Robin Farina is a local bike shop owner, cycling coach and a women’s professional road cyclist. I’ve had the honor to know her for many years, and even to be coached by her a few years ago. Her personality and drive is exactly what the professional circuit needs, to add to this last weekend she won the USA National Road Race in Augusta, GA!
What’s your name and location?
Robin Farina Charlotte, NC
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
All kinds of cycling. Mainly race on the road but I love a good mtn bike ride and cyclocross ride
What is your first cycling memory?
Crashing on wet pavement on my bright shiny Schwinn when I was about 10 years old. It ripped off my fingernail.
Who in the current cycling industry inspires you, and better yet WHY?
Right now I am pretty inspired by women racers that have balance going on in their lives. Obviously you can not get rich making it as a racer so it’s vital to continue on a career path or an education. Specifically right NOW, I am inspired by Louise Keoghan. She and her husband Phil Keoghan started the new professional Women’s Cycling Team, Now and Novartis for MS. Louise is passionate about cycling and a driven professional. She is an example of what women in our sport should aspire to be. It’s fantastic that racers have a competitive edge that needs to be fulfilled but it’s more important that we take the steps to keep the sport growing and support other women in cycling. She is leading by example with their Now and Novartis for MS team project.
What was your best moment on a bike in 2011?
Winning the USA National Road Race Championships last Sunday. It’s the biggest honor you can win for your country. I am still in shock about it.
In the next year, what are your goals with cycling and pushing yourself forward?
Before I can look to next year, I am pretty focused on the rest of my season and now I get to go to the World Championships in Denmark in Sept so that will be a big focus for the latter part of the season for me.
Wanna Know About my Bikes?
I have one of every kind. Road bike – Specialized Amira, TT bike – Specialized Transition and a Cannondale Slice, Cross bike – Blue, Mountain bike – Giant 29’er, Cruiser – Electra Tocina: Each have a purpose and ridden often!