Wayne: You describe one of the several best things that happened in 2013 was your Carmel to Cambria you indicated you were able to ride with your dad for a part of it. You also indicate your professional biking career defining moment was your race with your grandfather in Moriarty, New Mexico. Tell us about your family and biking and what that means to you.
Alison: God and family are the two most important things in my life. If it wasn’t for my family, I would not be where I am today. Family loves you no matter if you are successful and a huge race, or if you failed miserably. Family can see through who you are pretending to be, and see who you really are, and still love you for it. I love being able to share the sport with my family. My Grandfather, who is 84, got me into bike racing and he still races! My father is a very talented cyclist and I will often ride with him. My mom also rides, and she is a gifted tennis player. My sister is a phenomenal triathlete and ran in college. I guess you can say cycling runs in the family. Athletics isn’t about a particular sport, it is a lifestyle.
Wayne: You have been in biking for a relatively short period of time – is that also true for your father and grandfather? Did you have any influence on them getting competitive in biking?
Alison: I have been a professional cyclist for 5 years. My grandfather encouraged me to race, and he started about 30 years ago. I think growing up in a competitive and active family inspired me to pursue a career as a professional athlete. When you are surrounded by such a talented family, you are taught that you can dream big and do anything you set your mind to.
Wayne: You have mentors and coaches, and in your writing you reflect a quote that comes from your CTS coach “Make Wise Decisions” –What is the “Tetrick” wisdom for young girls who have a passion and desire to ride?
Alison: All you can do is be the best you can be. Or change it. Sport extends into life and life into sport. If you are always the best you can be, in school, in work, and in sports, you will be successful. Sport doesn’t have to be life, but it can be fun and a great way to learn valuable lessons. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Break through those barriers, even if they are your own.