She is American mountain biker, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up playing tennis, soccer, playing in the school band for 6 years and focusing on school. She finished BS in Electrical Engineering from UNM in 2005 and moved to Boulder, CO for graduate school.
She raced first full season as a pro mountain biker in 2006, focusing on XC. She started cycling in 2003, stemming from spin classes at the gym! She first rode a bike for cross training for marathon running. Once she found the mountain bike, she was totally addicted.