Team Laser Cats

Folks in Philadelphia who love bikes, cats, and snacks.

Elisabeth Reinkordt


Grindcore in the mud at Charm City CX 2016

Name: Elisabeth Reinkordt, aka Grindcore, Mama Cat

Occupation/Off-Bike Skills: I’m a documentary filmmaker, writer, editor, and education policy nerd. I also know a whole lot of things about Nebraska. And how to drive a tractor and other farm machinery.

DisciplinesCyclocross, Gravel Endurance, Marathon/XC Mountain, and generally down for whatever

Cats or cat alternatesThree cats! Dottie, a Hurricane Katrina survivor full of tortitude. Daniel, King of the Forest People. Elliot, a rotund gentlecat lovingly nicknamed Belly-iot.

Favorite snacks: I have a weakness for Goldfish crackers.

Why do you ride? 

Bicycles are empowering. I love the speed of travel by bike, whether I’m going fast or slow or want to stop and smell the flowers. I feel like I can go anywhere, and I always have fun doing it. Plus, the friendships I’ve made because of bikes are incredible. I commute by bike all year round, love racing off-road, and am learning to love racing on pavement since moving to Philadelphia. Also this:

Bike career highlights:

Co-founder, head coach, Women Bike PHL Racing Devo Squad; 2013 Gravel Worlds Singlespeed Women’s Champion; 3rd place, 2013 Bilenky Junkyard Cross; 1st place, 2013 Odin’s Revenge; 2013 Nebraska Cyclocross Singlespeed State Champion, 3rd place, Nebraska Cyclocross Women’s Open State Championships; occasional schooler of the fellas in the Lincoln Hustle alleycat series.

Social Media: @egrindcore on Twitter and Instagram, #WednesdayswithGrindcore on @teamlasercats Instagram