Name: Taryn “Tarynitup” Mudge
Occupation/Off-Bike Skills: All things architecture: Designer, educator, historian, currently working on my Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory at Penn. I am also a huge yoga nerd and volunteer to teach yoga for cyclists with the hope that it will help prevent/repair cycling related injuries in my fabulously reckless bike community.
Disciplines: Cyclocross racing, adventure rides, go fast sometimes, laugh as much as possible
Cats or cat alternates: My main man The Harley Bird! He is a frisky Siamese alley cat from the streets of deep So’ Philly. #theharleybirdcat
Favorite snacks: Is coffee a snack? Love peanut butter, chocolate, gingery things, yogurt and sweet potatoes.
Why do you ride?
Because it makes me happy: a deep, special, genuine, giggly kind of happy. Even when it’s hard and it hurts, I am still happy, it’s kind of like magic. Oh and also, amazing friends ride bikes too.
Bike career highlights:
My first time on a mountain bike gave me a concussion and bruised ribs. But my sixth time on a mountain bike I took on the Vermont 50, a fifty mile race with 8,000 ft of climbing. I was very determined to overcome my fear of mountain bikes, and I did. Now I spend as much time in the woods as possible.