Kathy’s grandpa in Biloxi, Mississippi helped her get an early start on cycling and cavities. He owned a combination bike repair shop/candy store – her personal heaven as a five-year-old. But she only really embraced cycling as an adult. She has ridden most of the major climbs in France and has climbed the three different faces of Mont Ventoux in one day (actually 7.5 hours). For that Kathy became the 1,196th inductee into the “Cingles du Ventoux” club (French for “what was I thinking”).
In addition to guiding, Kathy is an enthusiastic web editor, social media advocate and aspiring information architect. She has directed websites for Team Garmin-Slipstream and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. She has written for Bicycling magazine covering the Tour de France as one of its online experts and provided web content for several Tour sponsors. She is a marketing and communications consultant and has worked for Indiana University, American Express, MacMillan Publishing, Slipstream Sports and the ESPN X Games.
Kathy’s Thoughts Every year, our guests give me a new appreciation for the incredible riding we do. My first time up Mont Ventoux, I rode with a woman who was a beginner cyclist and a lifetime vegetarian. She almost quit, but a couple of Cokes and some bananas kept her going. When she finally made it to our picnic at the summit, she went straight for the sausages and yelled: “See Mont Ventoux! Look what you have done to me!”