“I just love the feeling of adrenaline,” gushes Carolyn Defoore. “That 30 seconds to one minute before the race starts when the officials are going over last minute instructions and you’re standing toe-to-toe with some of the most fierce and phenomenal women you could ever meet.”
That’s the feeling that made Defoore fall in love with racing bikes so many years ago. And, that adrenaline served her well in June as she took the gold medal in a sprint finish of the Road Race at this year’s USA Cycling Road Masters National Championships!
Right behind her for the silver? Austin’s own, Christie Tracy, who also captured her gold just one day prior in the Time Trial race, an event she loves so much. The adrenaline rush is there, too, but Tracy relishes the suffering of a longer distance effort. “I’m able to find a good rhythm, settle in, get comfortable with the pain during a time trial and just motor through.” She motored through the hurt locker, indeed, winning gold by only a few precious seconds.
These are the mindsets of USA Cycling Masters National Champions and these two Austin women represented in a big way. They may ride for different teams and compete against each other locally, but make no mistake, these self-proclaimed “frenemies” supported each other like sisters on the National stage.
I was fortunate enough to meet and interview them both for Austin Fit Magazine and my podcast, I Could Never Do That. They couldn’t be more opposite in personality and racing specialty, but they both possess a passion and dedication that puts them in a league all of their own. Click on the links to read and hear all about Austin’s Cycling Golden Girls!