My name is Katherine Maine and I’m an 18 year-old cyclist from Ottawa, Canada. In September, I will start my studies in Kinesiology at Queen’s University. I grew up playing competitive hockey at the AA level and enjoyed mountain biking in the summer for fun. In 2013, I joined the Ottawa Bicycle Club and began road racing locally and loved it. After my first national championship, I was given an opportunity to attend a Cycling Canada track camp in the fall of 2013. That first trip to Los Angeles gave me a taste of training and racing at the next level.
This past season was amazing! I represented Canada at the Junior Track World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan, placing 11th in the Omnium and the Junior Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia placing 13th in the Road Race. Wearing the Maple Leaf was a dream come true. 2016 is a big transition year for me, as not only am I moving from the Junior to the Elite ranks, it will be my first year racing for a professional team, Rally Cycling.
My goal is to raise funds to help cover my tuition for the Parcours Institute Professional Rider Certificate Program, which is a course founded by 2x Olympian Zach Bell. Starting February 15th, the program is designed to help riders gain the necessary skills to be successful in the competitive world of professional cycling. This being my first year racing in a professional environment, I know that I have so much to learn. For more information, please visit http://parcoursinstitute.org/
Over the past three years, I have had unbelievable support from local clubs, bike shops and my family. Cycling is an expensive sport and I would like to ask for your help in raising $1200 to help me participate in Parcours. In addition, Rally Cycling has generously offered to match what I raise, so your support will go a long way!
I am very excited for the season and what is to come. Thank-you so much to everyone who has supported me!