Name: Alison Marie Tetrick
Racing Age: 29
Birthday: April 4th, 1985
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 you could say. Growing up on a ranch in California my entire life, I learned to ride a horse long before I considered riding a bike.
I was a tennis player by trade, and played 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 athletics.
I received a B.S. in Biochemistry with emphasis on Molecular Biology and a minor in Nutrition and graduated with the highest honors from ACU. Those who knew me in college have no difficulty labeling me as a nerd because I spent countless hours in the Biochemistry lab doing research on various enzymatic pathways.
Upon graduating, I raced triathlon, winning my age group at Buffalo Springs 70.3 and Wildflower. I went to the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. After attending the 2008 US Women’s Talent ID Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I began my career as a professional cyclist. I raced for Team TIBCO in 2009 and 2010.
I raced for Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12, turned Exergy TWENTY12/TWENTY16 from 2011 to 2014. I raced for Astana BePink in 2014 and we got a bronze medal at the World Championships Team Time Trial. I currently race for Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies.
I suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken pelvis in 2010. This life experience has continued to teach me that every day can be both a gift and a battle. Cycling is a humbling sport that can teach you to grow to new levels, and to also challenge yourself to become better. All you can do is be the best you can be. My recovery process from a mTBI is still not over, but I am inspired to bring awareness of head injuries, and continue research. I am in graduate school studying Neuropsychology and hope to continue the efforts to understand more of the implications of concussions. I am currently the Athlete Representative for USA Cycling Professional Committee and I serve on the board for the Women’s Cycling Association.