Liz Reap Carlson
Black Dog Professional Cycling
Favorite Friday Night Race
Corporate Challenge. I love it when the fans come out and ride, when all the local companies get on the track and whoop it up.
I got to race the Revolution Race series in Melbourne, Australia in 2007. The infield was set up like a disco-slash-cocktail bar and the fans were buzzed! Everyone had fun. It was awesome.
Diesel, the Reaper
Your Greatest Accomplishment on a Bike
I have a few: riding across the United States, winning an Elite National title, setting an age group World Record and learning to believe in myself.
It’s top secret.
Best Advice to People Who Want to Try Track Racing
Stop thinking about it and do it! It’s just like riding a bike.
How did you get started on The Track?
I started working for Rodale Press in1992. In the mid-90’s, Bicycling magazine sponsored classes for employees in the mornings before work, so I signed up. I liked it enough to try an Air Products class; then like that enough to join Bob Biese’s Vortex Cycling Club, where I met a fearless girl named Daphne who taught me how to race.
I’m a pure sprinter with time trial sensibilities: I like precision and always strive for improvement. That makes me good at events like the Team Sprint and 500m time trial. In head to head racing, I like the Chariot race or Match Sprint.
Favorite Post Ride/Race Meal
A tall glass of Coke with lots of ice and big, juicy burger at Red Robin! Side salad, of course.
Off Season Training
I do my off-the-bike training in the weight room and jump rope like a boxer. I’ve been a Champion member at 24-7 Fitness since 2005! For a mental break I swim, do yoga or hit the trail with my dog Bruno.
Liz Reap Carlson: US National Team Member
Multi-time National Champion