Kari is a special ed. teacher whom works with students with mild disabilities in grades 3 through 5. She and her husband Noah (who rides for Backroom Roasters) have been in Cbus 9 years. They currently live in the Upper Arlington area but have also lived in the Grandview area.
Why do you ride? I love being outside and pushing my limits. I started biking b/c it was a way to spend more time with my husband. Then I had to quit because I had pushed my body too fast, too far and had some knee issues. I spent about two years focusing on running, building up supporting muscles for my knees and legs. Once I got those issues worked out, I came back to cycling and it’s been my main “thing” for about two and a half years. I started cyclocross because my husband was doing it and dragging me to races with him and I started mountain biking to support and improve my cyclocross skills. Somewhere along the way I fell in love with them both.
What type of racing do you do? I race cyclocross and mountain bikes. I think mountain has quickly become my true love.
What is your favorite ride/route? I love riding mountain bikes at Lake Hope, John Bryan (go to Young’s Golden Jersey Dairy Inn afterwards, you won’t be disappointed!), and Versailles State park in Indiana.
What was your first bike? I had a Specialized Sirrus which quickly got sold in favor of a drop bar handlebar bike. I couldn’t keep up with my husband and friends on the hybrid and my butt hurt!
What bikes do you have? 2014 Raleigh RXC I cannot say how much I adore this bike! It functions as both my road bike and my cyclocross bike. It’s amazing.
2008 Full Suspension Stumpjumper This is my favorite mountain bike. 2008 Redline Monocog flight, this is my 29er hardtail. Some type of Orbea- my single speed, getting around town, won’t be too terribly heartbroken if it got stolen bike was a lucky ebay find. No idea what year or model but I do love the way it handles.
If you could go for a ride with 1 person dead or alive, who would it be? I would love to have Mr. Daniel Newhart back in Ohio and ride with him some more!
Most memorable race moment? At my first Cyclocross race at Lionhearts down in Cincinnati, there is a stair section. I dismounted OK, carried my bike up the stairs OK, but on my remount I totally missed the saddle. This is the area where ALL the spectators were sitting of course. This adorable old lady in a pink, puffy paint kitten sweater cheered for me every lap after yelling, “Good job! You got back on your bike” from her lawn chair.
What is your favorite thing about cycling? The people. I did a 6-hour mountain bike race series in Cincy this summer and I LOVED the people. Everyone is so friendly, welcoming and helpful. They truly want to help you become a better rider…even if it means you’ll someday beat them in a race. And getting dirty is always fun!
Who is your favorite sponsor? Jeni’s! I’ll take ice cream any day over any other dessert or food in any season or any weather!
Other fun facts: We currently have a monster dog (black lab puppy currently weighing in at 85 pounds) and a well behaved dog (9 year old fluffy black dog) and a horribly stereotypical Siamese cat. I also enjoy knitting and running