Team Laser Cats

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

Emily Costello (alumni)

Woman cyclist using foam roller

Emily rolls through pain at the Rapha Prestige 2015

Name: Emily Costello, aka Embot, Emdawg

Occupation/Off-Bike Skills: I’m a hairstylist by day. I teach, and specialize in haircuts! I’m also really into studying astrology. I love to read, people watch, and drink copious amounts of coffee.

Disciplines: Snack rides. Long rides. Fun rides with friends. I’m not a super sports competitive gal by any means. If there’s an excuse for me to chit chat and eat some snacks while riding my road bike/cx bike, COUNT ME IN. Even though I’m not as active with TEAM LASER CATS as I would like to be (thanks job that I love!) I still enjoy being a part of the camaraderie. It’s cool to know that some sweet ladies have your back, even when you’re a ghost in the wind.

Cats or cat alternates: I just downloaded this app on my phone called Neko Atsume that is essentially like Sims for cats. I have several cat friends on there under names such as “Spooky, Pumpkin, Fluffy” etc. No real pets…but maybe someday!


Why do you ride? 

Because it is tons of FUN. It’s a great way to maintain a healthy mental & physical lifestyle. Plus, any excuse for me to eat baked goods AND exercise simultaneously, I’m in. It is also an amazing way to meet other awesome WOMYN. There are SO MANY kick ass babes out there, willing to teach, and willing to ride. It keeps me grounded. It’s there for me always, I can rely on it no matter what.

Bike career highlights:

The 2015 Rapha Prestige. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, mentally and physically. After having some major mental breakthroughs, crawling up some hills, and learning how to RIP down some gravel descents: around mile 50 I experienced some major cramping in my right hamstring that was the most extreme pain I have ever felt in my life…long story short, my kick ass teamie Elisabeth helped push me through climbs, pain, and helped me power through 19 more miles. I called it quits at mile 69 (wink..but seriously). It turns out, I had strained my satorious muscle, and if I had gone any further, could have caused some REAL damage. Never in my life would I have thought that I could climb 7000 feet in one go, let alone aim for 10,000 feet. It was one of the coolest and most defining experiences in both my bike life and personal life.

Social Media: I moonlight under the ever growing instagram @costelloxcult. Here you will see my sass and haircuts combined.