I grew up in Alabama, moved with my family to Illinois during my sophomore year of high school, and then moved an hour north to Madison, Wisconsin for college.
At the University of Wisconsin I played soccer with one of the most successful teams in the Big Ten. With limited opportunities to continue my soccer career in the U.S. after college, I slowly turned my focus from a sport that requires leg speed on the ground to a sport that requires leg speed on two wheels. The move to Denmark became instrumental to this transition. I joined the Danish-based Team SATS and spent 3 years racing full-time in Europe. With Team SATS, I raced all the big women’s tours including the Giro Donne, Tour de l’Aude and World Cups races such as Flèche Wallonne, Milan San Remo and Flanders. It was an unforgettable experience – and one I continue to draw from when I return to Europe to race with the U.S. National Team or lead my team on the road on home soil.
Following my stint with Team SATS, I spent eight years racing for U.S.-based teams such as the hugely successful TEAm Lipton, Aaron’s Pro Cycling and Team TIBCO. In addition to racing a full NRC calendar with each of these teams, I also spent a small portion of most season racing in Europe as part of the U.S. National Team or r with Team TIBCO. In 2009, after winning the U.S. National Road Championships, I represented the U.S. at the Road World Championships in Mendrisio, Switzerland. After five seasons with Team TIBCO, four as road captain, I announced my retirement from road racing in August 2013.
Looking to spice things up, I decided to try my luck at ‘cross in 2008. On a whim, I entered CrossVegas and crossed the finish line with a grin on my face from ear to ear. I was completely hooked. I decided I might as well give the discipline a fair shake so I joined a ‘cross team, California Giant Berry Farms. Less than 18 months later after that first race at CrossVegas, I finished 12th at the 2010 Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. I had the top American result on the day and was once again grinning from ear to ear. California Giant Berry Farms has since become California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized thanks to the tireless support from the California-based bike company, and I’m about to embark on my sixth season with my fellow berries. It’s likely that 2013/2014 will be my last year in the professional ‘cross ranks, and I determined to close out this chapter of my life in a way that does my experience justice.
On the road, I relished my role as teammate extraordinaire. I strove to be the best teammate and contribute to my team’s success both on and off the bike. ’Cross became the place where I can nurture my personal ambitions. Before I end my career, I’d love to ride into the top ten at a World Cup that has eluded me for the last several years.
Find out more about Meredith at: http://mmcyclist.com/