Motivational Monday with Nicola Cranmer
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If you haven’t heard of Nicola and her Team Twenty12 of women’s pro road cyclist, go google them. Better yet, click this link after you are done reading the interview below with team owner, Nicola Cranmer. Nicola and her team are single handedly changing the face of women’s pro cycling in the US. Their outreach, marketing sense, and team effort is hard to match in today’s cycling scene.
What’s your name and location?
Nicola Cranmer, California today!
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
My passion is mountain biking but I appreciate and enjoy all disciplines.
What is your first cycling memory?
It was in England I dont remember my age, my dad was running along side of me holding the bike and he let go, I will never forget that moment of riding without stabilizers. At the time of course i did not know where that bike would really take me, the bike is my life and I LOVE it.
Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?
Many people inspire me to ride, Kristin Armstrong inspires me to be better, my friend Pete has brain cancer, the bike represents freedom to him, he loves it, it makes him feel good, he inspires me to appreciate my health and that i can jump on my bike anytime. I’m inspired by anyone that is enthusiastic and passionate about riding bikes.
What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?
Being a team owner and general manager, riding the bike is not always my priority. Two recent rides that stand out for me were Mount Wilson it was a mental decompression ride which includes an 18 mile climb and we all know what that means..18 mile descent! Beautiful day, excellent company. The second was the Dempsey Challenge in Maine which raised over $1 million for the Patrick Dempsey Center for cancer hope & healing. Very inspiring to ride with cancer survivors. Also any time I throw my leg over my mountain bike is a great moment!
Tell us all about your bikes
Felt ZW road bike, its super sexy and very quick, descends really well too! Im actually going to get a new mountain bike, Felt makes some really sweet bikes and its a toss up between a dual suspension and a 29″ hardtail, i’m more inclined to go hardtail. I also have a Felt CX bike. I have an old cruiser with a kick back brake.