Meet Elite Rider Dana Martin
USCF: Category 1
Hometown: Morris, NY
Current: Atlanta, GA
Dana discovered her passion for cycling in the sport of triathlon. After reaching her goal of qualifying in the National Triathlon Olympic distance for her age group, she then joined a regional women’s team – Peachtree Bikes – where she was able to gain experience in road racing. In 2008, she finished the Athens Twilight criterium as a Cat 3. Soon after, she upgraded to a Cat 2 and began finishing NRC races. She looks forward to building her abilities in national level racing with the women of SpokesWomen Syndicate as an elite member of the Performance Bicycle Racing Team in 2010.
Dana is already off to a strong start, placing second in the Rock Hill Bicycle Club Classic Overall (behind teammate Evie Boswell-Vilt) after winning the Road Race and taking 3rd place in the Sprints race.
How long have you been racing?
8 years, running, triathlon and cycling for the last 3.
Who or what inspired you to start racing?
The intensity is a bit higher than other forms of racing I’ve experienced.
What do you do for a living?
Marketing, communications consulting work.
What race are you most proud of?
My first time racing Athens Twlight criterium and finishing as a Cat 3.
What do you do for fun when you’re off the bike?
Lounge on my couch, hang with my homies, and try to contribute in some useful way to Society.
What was your first bike?
My Dad’s steel Trek complete with down tube shifters.
What’s your dream spot to go for a ride?
Would like to go back to do Alpe d’Huez a little faster than the first time.
Any pre-race rituals or routines? Something you can’t race without (pre-race meal, warm-up, lucky charms)?
Oatmeal and Red Bull (sugar-free) not mixed together ;-)
Favorite music to train to?
Any nicknames for other team members? For yourself?
Kirsten is KK or lil’ chica. Evie is Evster, Gina is G and Cara is Care Bear of course! My nickname always seems to come back to DM.
What are your goals for this upcoming season?
For me and my teamies to finish strong and in the fun.
Any advice for an aspiring racer?
Stick with it.