Lydia will never forget the first time that she rode a bike. She had a passion for swimming and sporadically bought an entry level road bike to compete in a triathlon. “I sort of just jumped into biking and was hooked. I just couldn’t get over how fast and how far you can go in such a short amount of time. It really is exhilarating. I love to go out and go hard. A switch flips, and I feel like a hamster on a hamster wheel.”
Since then, Lydia has ventured into other areas of cycling including mountain biking and gravel grinding. “It all sort of happened all at once. Once you get into one area of cycling, you discover the other areas. You might find yourself going down the rabbit hole without even realizing it until it’s too late. By that point you’re sitting there with 3 bikes, or more, which can be a problem if you live in an apartment.. or a solution if you lack decor.”
As a recent transplant to Iowa City, Lydia is looking forward to exploring her new bike-friendly community. “I love that just about everywhere you go, there is access to a bike lane or trail! And there is such a diversity of cycling opportunities whether it be gravel, road, mountain, etc. It’s biking heaven for eastern Iowa, which is part of why I moved here!”
Favorite place to ride in Bike Iowa City
Favorite cycling event in Bike Iowa City
I recently moved to the area and haven’t been to many events, yet, but I know that Jingle Cross is a great time. It’s so cool and inspiring to see all of the professionals competing in such a quick and physically demanding race. Core4 is pretty hardcore, too! It’s a longer scenic ride and a fun day for the whole family. It all begins and ends at beautiful Wilson’s Orchard. If you haven’t been there, it’s a real treat!