Meet Elite Rider Nicole Vincent Jordan
USCF: Category 1
Hometown: Little 500 cycling track
Current: Chapel Hill, NC
Profession: PhD Pharmacology 2012
USA Cycling Certified Coach—Level III Coaching
University Collegiate Cycling and Little 500 Athletes
2005-Present; Women’s Collegiate Cycling Coach – Indiana
Nicole has one of the brightest smiles in the peloton. As a collegiate cyclist, she was twice National Champion on the track. Currently she is pursing her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Pharmacy.
Recently upgrading to a category 1 cyclist, Nicole brings fast legs and great finishing smiles to Performance Bicycle Racing’s elite squad. Look for her in the results of upcoming races- particularly Dilworth, Wilmington Grand Prix, Kelly Cup, Fitchburg, and French Broad Cycling Classic.
How long have you been racing?
5 years competitively. Raced in college at Indiana University from 2003-2005. Then took a break from USAC racing for a couple of years. I started racing competitively again when I started graduate school in 2007.
Who or what inspired you to start racing?
What do you do for a living?
Pharmacology PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina.
What race are you most proud of?
All of them. Each race is a new learning experience for me. Despite the result, I always get something valuable out of the racing opportunity.
What do you do for fun when you’re off the bike?
Hike with my dog Maggie and play soccer with my husband David.
What was your first bike?
What’s your dream spot to go for a ride?
Bloomington, Indiana in late April or early May.
Any pre-race rituals or routines? Something you can’t race without (pre-race meal, warm-up, lucky charms)?
I’m not a ritualist. I just race. But warming-up is very important.
Favorite music to train to?
I like the mellow stuff–Coldplay or Andrew Bird.
What are your goals for this upcoming season?
Support my teammates and upgrade to a category 1 cyclist (She’s already checked off this goal!).
Any advice for an aspiring racer?
Have fun with the competition and never give up.
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