Meet Elite Rider Bergen Watterson
Bergen comes to Chapel Hill, NC from the crucible of Northern California Cycling. She cut her teeth with Roaring Mouse, making a quick name for herself with her speedy ascent to a cat 2 level amidst some of the Nations best amateur riders. She comes to Performance Bicycle Racing with a new focus and new roads to explore.
2010 will be my 3rd season, though last season was cut short due to the move across the country.
Who or what inspired you to start racing?
I haven’t really ever done sports that aren’t competitive, especially ones I’m good at. I started riding a road bike and within several months I had joined a team and was doing my first race. Plus, there was a boy who told me I was a strong rider.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC.
What race are you most proud of?
In 2008 a teammate and a racing rival of mine were both killed on their bikes by a sheriff who fell asleep at the wheel and hit them head-on. The weekend before they died they had both won their respective races in the Merco Cycling Classic in Merced, CA. During the year leading up to the 2009 race I decided that I needed to win the race in their honor—I did.
What do you do for fun when you’re off the bike?
Most of my time right now off the bike is filled with studying.
What was your first bike?
First road bike was a black and yellow Felt F75 and I loved it.
What’s your dream spot to go for a ride?
I saw a YouTube video of Mark Cavendish riding around the Isle of Man and it looked amazing. My dad’s family is from there and that would be a great trip. Low traffic and very scenic.
What are your goals for this upcoming season?
I want to support my teammates and their goals, and maybe see about an upgrade to Cat 1 while I’m doing that. I’d also like to try a few NRC races, particularly the Athens Twilight Crit.
Any advice for an aspiring racer?
Just try it, it’s fun. But make sure you have experience with and understand pack dynamics before you start. Be ready to get addicted to racing, though, because you will.
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