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a women's (trans & non-binary inclusive) track team

About Fuerza Cycling

FUERZA (pronounced fware-sa) is Spanish for "force, strength, and boldness". It is a rallying cry that means, "we're stronger when we work together." We embody these values in how we carry ourselves on the track and off. We're a team of 11 women from the Twin Cities. We race track, party on bikes, and give back to our community. 

Our team is open all women-identified (trans-inclusive) and non-binary riders.

We're not currently recruiting new members, but we will likely be recruiting again in January of 2018.

Our values

COMPETITIVE CYCLING

At our most basic level, Fuerza promotes cycling through leading by example. Our team represents strong, positive athletes who are dedicated to team advancement along a broad range of developmental stages.

ADVOCACY

Fuerza’s goal is to function as developmental organization by providing new cyclists a positive support network with which to recruit and retain women, trans, and non-binary individuals in competitive cycling. Fuerza looks to change the identity of competitive cycling, starting with our own team.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

As a team, Fuerza works to remove obstacles that would prevent members from participating in competitive cycling. We also partner with local nonprofits in order to lend a hand to other folks in our communities.

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The Team

Taylor Aldridge

Occupation: Business Analyst
Racing Discipline: track
Extracurriculars: Nap champion, thinker of get-rich schemes
What are you most excited about for this season? Going fast. fast. fast. And hanging out with other WTF riders.
Where is your favorite place to ride? The East and West River Parkway trails!
Favorite snack food? Eating too much trail mix.

Meg Ausen

Occupation: PI/Valerie Plame
Racing Discipline: track, cyclocross
Extracurriculars: Learning code, dog mom
What are you most excited about for this season? Building community both on and off my bike. Being inspired and empowered by the other WTFs in the community!
Where is your favorite place to ride? Downtown Minneapolis because it makes me feel like I am part of the pulse of the city.
Favorite snack food? Sausage, Egg, and Cheese on a Bagel

Audrey Axt

Occupation: Art Director/Designer
Racing Discipline: track, gravel
Extracurriculars: kendo, play in a band
What are you most excited about for this season? Reconnecting with the track fam and bringing new WTFs into the fold.
Where is your favorite place to ride? Downtown because it's scary and people yell at you.
Favorite snack food? Fried eggs and rice.

Brenda Croell


Occupation: Teacher of Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Racing Discipline: Track, road, criteriums
Extracurriculars: Hanging with my anxiety ridden dog, hunting for vintage treasures, and traveling.
What are you most excited about for this season? Making race car noises on the track, infield dance parties, Velokids, and pushing myself to my limits.
Where is your favorite place to ride? Mississippi River Regional Trail up to 694 and back down on the other side of the river. Best views. Best bug eating.
Weird hobby? Agate/Fossil hunting. I used to look for dinosaur bones a lot as a child, and it has kind of evolved into collecting pretty rocks.
Favorite snack food? Energy gummies that you are only supposed to eat 1 of, but I end up eating the entire package because candy.

Amanda Harvey


Occupation: Number Cruncher
Racing Discipline: track, cyclocross
Extracurriculars: Manager of the fur output of 2 dogs and a cat, reader, baker of sweet treats, rock climber
What are you most excited about for this season? Minneapolis's ever-growing WTF community owning their space at the track.
Where is your favorite place to ride? Any bridge over the Mississippi - I love a good river vista.
Favorite snack food? Bagel sandwich.

Ashley Lang


Occupation: Resident Director
Racing Discipline: track, cyclocross
Extracurriculars: Board Games, Reading, Camping and hiking
What are you most excited about for this season? So many things - it's hard to decide on one! The camaraderie of the infield, seeing new WTFs on the track, watching how far my teammates have come, the rush of adrenaline from feeling the track take you through a corner.
Where is your favorite place to ride? U of M transitway, because it's smooth like butter and you don't have to worry about traffic.
Favorite snack food? Chocolate protein shake after the last race at Thursday Night Lights.

Tegan Mirovsky


Occupation: Manager at Peace Coffee
Racing Discipline: track
Extracurriculars: Harping, playing with cats
What are you most excited about for this season? Building community on and off the track. And track maintenance!
Where is your favorite place to ride? The ride to St. Paul from South Minneapolis is pretty great.
Favorite snack food? Enjoying pizza with my partner John post-race. It is a ritual. I also enjoy carrots and tomatoes during race night.

Luci Russell

Occupation: Social Justice Champion with a penchant for puns
Racing Discipline: track, gravel, endurance
Extracurriculars: Graduate school, camping with my doggos
What are you most excited about for this season? Learning a new style of riding and challenging myself to do something that terrifies me!
Where is your favorite place to ride? The river bottoms on a solo sun-filled evening watching the shadows grow long in the crepuscular twilight!
Favorite snack food? Dr. Lin’s rice cakes doctored by me with soy crumbles, brags amino acids, and nutritional yeast.

Anna Schmitz


Occupation: Digital Marketing Strategist for ShareProgress, a small progressive tech start-up. I write weird blog posts and figure out how nonprofits can do better online.
Racing Discipline: Track, cyclocross
Extracurriculars: I volunteer at Boneshaker Books, powerlift, and watch a lot of early ‘00s hip-hop music videos.
What are you most excited about this season? Dancing in the infield and races where I surprise myself!
Where is your favorite place to ride? Lake Street in the middle of the night in the summer because there's no traffic but it still has a little late-night city energy, and it's cool because the sun is down but the street is still well-lit from the streetlights and businesses!
Favorite snack food? Amy's plain bean and rice burrito.

Hilary Wilde


Occupation: Registered Dietitian, Diabetes Educator....aka the vegetable evangelist
Racing Discipline: Track, gravel, and I want to try a mountain bike race for the first time!
Extracurriculars: Checking out new food items, eating awesome food at local restaurants, powerlifting to make my booty dangerous.
What are you most excited about for this season? Fixed Gear Classic and getting schooled in the Cat 3 field to make myself a better racer. Also Aadri's skinsuit design.
Where is your favorite place to ride? Lillydale and Stillwater hills.
Favorite snack food? Mint watermelon from Koochella Racing and cold chocolate milk.

Becky Yun

Occupation: Project Manager
Racing Discipline: track
Extracurriculars: Weight lifting, cross fit
What are you most excited about for this season? Riding the banks of the track!
Where is your favorite place to ride? Any quiet neighborhood – I enjoy seeing different houses in Minneapolis.
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