Crystal Henry: Race Team Member 2015

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 Where is your homebase, Crystal?

Chattanooga, TN

What type of races do you enjoy?

Road Cycling, Mountain Biking, Triathlon, Road Running, Trail Running, Cyclocross, Bike Touring

What have been your 5 race highlights so far?

1st Cat 4 Hub CX Chattanooga Cyclocross Race
1st Cat 4 Rome GA Cup Criterium
2nd Cat 4 Ride To Live Cancer Classic Road Circuit Race
3rd Cat 4 Chattanooga Georgia Cup Criterium
Ironman Chattanooga (14:22:57)

 

What is a cycling dream of yours?

-Bike tour in the Northeastern states
-Mountain biking in Washington state
-Bike Ride Across America
-To do another bike tour out west
-Too many bike tours in Country X to count!

What is your favorite place to be around Chattanooga?

Anywhere, Chattanooga is such a beautiful city! I love running across the Walnut Street Bridge on by lunch break, running the trails at Stringers Ridge, riding at Raccoon Mountain or 5 Points.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

Honestly don’t have many moments to choose from as the weather has been craptastic this year so far. My best moment so far has been riding at Raccoon doing the East Overlook trail to High Voltage down to the bottom of the mtn then climbing back up Live Wire. There was a ton of rocks (which I found out that I totally love) and lots of climbing!

What is the first cycling memory you have?

I bought myself my first road bike when I was a senior in college. I had no clue how to shift the gears and would just ride in the small chainring all the time, no wonder I could never keep up with anyone! On my first ride I fell over in the parking lot because I forgot to clip out of my pedals, I still have a scar from the chainring on my calf.

What is your favorite piece of gear?

My favorite gear for cycling would have to be my kit. Wearing a really nice looking comfortable kit while riding can really make or break your day out.

Why do you like to ride & work-out with other women?

Well, honestly men do not really motivate me as much as women. I feel much more empowered when I am around other females and have much more fun!

What has been your best moment with the Velo Vixens so far?

I got to ride with a few of the Vixens at Stringers a few weeks ago, it was so nice to have company in the cold weather!

What’s your advice for a future Velo Vixen?

What are you waiting for? You want to ride that bike right? You are not gonna do it alone….cause that wouldn’t be very safe. Who wouldn’t want an endless supply of girlfriends that love to ride bikes all the time?

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Photo by Veronica Borne

First MTB race and 1st Place!

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