Meet Your X Elle Ride Leader Team
Your weekly X Elle rides are led by an amazing team of women riders who are true ambassadors in the sport of cycling within our community.
As women, our roles are plentiful; many of us are professionals, students, volunteers, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, activists, caregivers, business owners, directors of home operations...the list goes on. With our plates so full, we need to book time aside for personal fulfillment and development. We know that it's easier to take risks and push boundaries when we have the encouragement and support of others. The goal of this amazing team of women is to empower you to exceed even your own expectations as you challenge yourself within the sport of cycling!
'Racey' Stacey, X Elle Director
Affectionately known as 'Racey', Stacey is an ultra-marathoner, ultra-triathlete, extreme racer and endurance coach with Balance Point.
This is Stacey’s third year leading X Elle Cycling. Stacey is truly passionate about cycling and getting more women to experience the awesomeness of the sport! Stacey not only races bikes, she uses cycling as a way to see the world (hosting annual cycling tours in exciting destinations throughout Spain).
You can trust her to spot out good coffee and donkeys along our routes!
'Kay' Karis, X Elle Assistant Director
After riding her first 100km with Stacey at the 2013 Guardian Charity Ride, Karis discovered a love for endurance events. That led directly to one Ironman, then another, as well as blogging on women in endurance sports.
This is her third year being involved in X Elle Cycling and her first coordinating the X Elle Racing Team. Her goal in the community is to help remove barriers that prevent women getting into cycling and bike racing so that more women are able to participate. This season her races will take her to Europe, eastern Canada & the US, as well as the B.C. interior. She's hoping to put 10,000km on her bike & continue her quest to find the best coffee shops in 2017!
Lise, X Elle Ride Leader
Lise has been cycling 20+ years. She started cycling on/off in high school, commuted in University on her bike and did some longer endurance recreational riding. Riding became more regular for her when she moved to the Okanagan 9 years ago. She says "I handed my car keys to my husband and committed to active transportation."
The Okanagan lends itself to such beautiful rides and the riding community is so big that it was a natural transition to make riding a more integral part of her life.
Lisa, X Elle Ride Leader
Lisa has been cycling since 1987! She loves group rides up to 100 km and she loves hills. She initially started cycling for triathlons.
Lisa is a true ambassador in our cycling community! Lisa has been a part of several Okanagan cycling initiatives throughout her career as a cyclist, including the famous Okanagan Shuswap Century Ride held annually in Armstrong!
Amanda, X Elle Ride Leader
This will be Amanda's 4th summer in the sport of cycling and her 2nd summer as an X Elle Ride Leader!
She got in to cycling because of her dad’s enthusiasm for Ironman events! Her favourite cycling distances are sprint triathlons and scenic fondos!
Dorrie, X Elle Ride Leader
Dorrie was born into a bike shop. She's tried all types of riding minus BMX freestyle. She has even been on the Velodrome. She says "I’ve never been very serious, just happy to be out there!"
Most of her cycling events of late have been with triathlons and century rides. She enjoys the 80-100km distances but dislikes hills.
What she enjoys most about X Elle is watching the newbies become comfortable in their saddle and enjoy the sport of cycling. Dorrie tells us: "if my little bit of knowledge can help open the door to the wonderful world of cycling, then I’m doing alright!"
Heidi, X Elle Ride Leader
Heidi has been cycling for several years and will be joining X Elle as a Ride Leader for her 2nd season. Her favourite cycling disciplines are ½ Ironmans and scenic rides!
She says: "I love getting to ride with my kids!"
Monica, X Elle Ride Leader
During university in Victoria Monica started riding her bike to the equestrian stables where she rode horses. She thought of cycling as transportation. Then a friend of hers asked her to take a women’s-learn-to-mountain-
Monica's favourites cycling disciplines: Road Riding, Mountain Biking, Stage Racing (road and Mtb), & Crit racing!
Alison, X Elle Ride Leader
Alison has been cycling all her life but "only since 2014 with any seriousness (starting with X Elle)!" Her favourite cycling events are triathlon and short distances-- anything done in time for breakfast! But she likes any kind of riding. "I got into cycling because of triathlon and an injury that kept me from running."
Rosanne, X Elle Ride Leader
Rosanne started road cycling in 2009 because she really wanted to try doing a triathlon. She fell in love with it almost immediately. "My favourite local place to ride is to the end of lakeshore. The hills are great challenges and I never get tired of that view".
Tricia, X Elle Ride Leader
Tricia looks forward to being a ride leader, to share her love of cycling with the club and our community. She looks forward to encouraging everyone she rides with and most importantly, making sure everyone feels like they are a rock star on their bike. "I look forward to creating a positive atmosphere in the club, where all ladies will look forward to coming back the next Wed night, even if they were the last up the hill. I look forward to riding with X Elle and having fun with like minded women".
Janet, X Elle Ride Leader
Janet has been road riding for 30 years now. She started when she was 18 living in Edmonton at a time when she was one of the only girls trying to keep up with the boys in a local bike club. "I fell in love with the freedom of being on the bike and discovered that I loved the discipline that was needed to get faster and stronger. I also love that it is an individual sport but there is a strong community and social aspect to it as well".
Ellen, X Elle Ride Leader
As long as Ellen can remember, she has cycled recreationally! In her mid-30s she watched my husband do tris – looked like fun so she bought a proper road bike and started riding. She has completed 4 Ironmans, competed in Long distance World’s in 2010 (Ibiza, Spain), raced with X Elle Ride Leader Lisa in the Trans Alps in 2012, in addition to numerous endurance accomplishments!
Kristin, X Elle Ride Leader
Kristin has always enjoyed cycling, though growing up on the Coast her bike always was in disrepair from the salty ocean breeze so she didn't get heavily into cycling until she moved to Kelowna in 2004. "I love group riding with other fun friends, long days, hill climbs and mega fast descends and a delicious coffee/beer post ride. I am a friendly, outgoing person who will always go out of their way to make someone feel welcome! I look forward to riding with you!"
Mel, X Elle Ride Leader
Amanda K, X Elle Ride Leader
Official X Elle S.A.G (Service And Gear) Crew
Ries & Riley
X Elle K9 Support
Coach Luke, Balance Point