Name: Michaela “Whipsnake” Albanese
Occupation/Off-Bike Skills: When I am not riding bikes I am thinking about riding bikes. I am a full time bicycle shop sales person and mechanic. I also enjoy drawing stupid pictures and sometimes making jewelry, which often are bicycle inspired.
Disciplines: I am the strongest on the road, but I absolutely love mountain biking. I race cross too, I will ride any bicycle, and (try to) ride it fast.
Cats or cat alternates: I have two cat-sized dogs, Tuca and Boda.
Favorite snacks: French fries, burritos and donuts.
Why do you ride?
I have made bicycles my life because it’s impossible for me to get bored with them. There are always new places to go, every bicycle is a different experience to ride and to work on, and there is constantly new technology to learn about. Also, for me, nothing beats the thrill of hammering it for the win out of a field sprint or bombing down some rocky single track.
Bike career highlights:
As stoked as I am on my several road/crit podiums, to date I think my proudest accomplishment in the cycling world was the all women’s hands-on flat fix clinic that I organized and taught.