Name: Alison Marie Tetrick
Current Residence: Petaluma, California
Hometown: Redding, California
It is hard to explain how I began bike racing. I often find myself saying that I did not find cycling, but cycling found me. It is in my blood. Growing up on a ranch in California, I learned to ride a horse long before I discovered riding a bike.
I played collegiate NCAA tennis at Abilene Christian University. This was amazing experience where I not only learned dedication to a sport, but also how to balance school, life, and work. I graduated with the highest honors with a B.S. in Biochemistry with emphasis on Molecular Biology and a degree in Nutrition. I am a self-labeled science nerd as I spent countless hours in the Biochemistry lab doing research on various enzymatic pathways.
After graduation, I still had a competitive bug and I raced triathlon, winning at Buffalo Springs 70.3 and Wildflower. I even went to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. It wasn’t until my bike racing grandpa, Paul Tetrick, told me I should pursue two wheeled adventures, did I even try racing a bike. My grandfather is 86 and has over 17 USA National Championship titles to his name! I was soon invited to the 2008 USA Women’s Talent ID Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and this was a turning point in my athletic career. I soon left my sneakers and goggles behind to begin my life as a professional cyclist.
I have always maintained the importance to sustaining a career off of the bike, and currently work in communications through corporate partnerships. It is important to continue to invest in yourself and your education even when you want to pedal all day.
I suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken pelvis in 2010. This life altering challenge has continued to teach me that every day can be both a gift and a battle. Cycling is a humbling sport and you are always challenging yourself to become better. My recovery process from a TBI is still not over, but I am inspired to bring awareness of head injuries, and continue research. I attended graduate school while racing and working, and now have a M.S. in Clinical Psychology to understand the intricacies of the brain through neuropsychology. I encourage the continued research of the implications of concussions. I am currently on the Board of Directors of USA Cycling and am a founding member of the Women’s Cycling Association. I work with Amgen’s Breakaway campaigns to offer disease awareness and important information to those facing heart disease and cancer.
I love the power of the bike and how it can be amplified through continuing education and your community impact. The bike is a great vehicle to foster new ideas and empowerment. Be bold. Do work. Ride bikes.