Meet Alison Tetrick: cowgirl, scientist, storyteller, and pro cyclist. She’s a force to be reckoned with, and her journey is nothing short of inspiring.
Growing up on a remote cattle ranch in California, Alison pursued excellence in academics and solo sports. She earned a biochemistry degree and became a published scientific author before pursuing a career in drug discovery. But her true passion lay in cycling. Alison was a talented triathlete, but it wasn’t until her grandfather convinced her to race bicycles exclusively that she truly found her calling. She quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the best elite women cyclists in the world, placing 3rd at the UCI World Championships and winning stages at major events.
However, her career was cut short by a sequence of devastating crashes that left her with a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, and months of rehabilitation. But Alison refused to let this stop her from pursuing her passion. She found a new sense of freedom on the bike in the gravel scene, becoming a 3x Gravel Worlds Champion and the inaugural “Queen of Gravel.”
Ali and I sync up to talk about where her career in cycling began, our mutual passion for riding horses, when she switched gears to gravel, what she loves about the sport, and so much more.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Alison also acquired a master’s in clinical psychology while racing professionally and working in biotech. She now serves on the Board of Directors of USA Cycling and runs a consulting firm focused on community engagement and brand activation. With a mission to promote inclusivity and opportunity for student-athletes, Alison is making a direct social impact in her community.
Alison Tetrick is proof that the power of the bike can be amplified through education and community impact. Her unwavering determination and passion for cycling make her a true inspiration to us all
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