Bridget Tooley

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Instagram/Twitter/Blog: @bridgettooley

Website: www.tooleycycling.com

Hometown: Frisco, TX

Date of Birth:  June 16, 2002

Years racing:  4 years of road, 3 years of track and cyclocross, just started racing mtb

Top 5 results: 

  •  2018 US Cyclocross Nationals: 3rd (15-16)

  • 2018 US Track Nationals: 1st Team Pursuit (15-18), 2nd Madison (15-18), Scratch Race (15-16), 3rd Individual Pursuit & Points Race (15-18)

  • 2018 US Mountain Bike Nationals: 4th Short Track (15-16)

  • 2017 US Cyclocross Nationals: 1st in (11-22 Non-Champ)

  • Podium Finishes at Nationals in 4 Different Disciplines in 2018 (CX, Track, MTB, Road)

Pre-race ritual/Superstition:   If possible, I like to do a lot of pre-riding the day before a race. Then on race day I do a brief pre-ride to check course conditions and choose my tires and pressure. I usually warm-up about an hour before my race, and I like to be one of the first people at the start line.

Race Day Breakfast: Usually some combination of oats, peanut butter and banana.

Favourite Course:  Ruts n' Guts! I'm a huge fan of Tanner Culbreath’s courses. He gets so much out of any piece of land.

Most memorable cycling experience: The 2017 Non-Championship 11-22 Cyclocross Nationals race in Hartford, CT. I'm from Texas. When we race 'cross, it's 90 degrees and dusty. I've only seen snow a few times in my life, let alone ridden a bike in it. So suddenly I'm at the start line in blizzard-like conditions with strong riders from Colorado, Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts... you get the picture... I'm gonna get crushed. After slipping and sliding around the course for a lap, I find myself alone and off the front. I have no idea how I pulled off that win.

    I got into cycling because ... I started off in tennis and swimming. Some swimmers I knew did triathlons, and I wanted to try triathlon but didn't know how to ride a bike. So at age 10 I got a bike and did a few triathlons. I was a fast swimmer and runner, but I needed to work on my cycling. So I went to my local velodrome to improve my cycling... and here we are four years later.

    I’m excited to race with Garneau - Easton p/b TLC because ... It's Garneau-Easton! I'm on a team with some of the fastest riders in North America! How exciting is that? Garneau-Easton is the ideal combination of awesome sponsors, talented riders and a strong team vision. As a young rider, I feel like this is a perfect opportunity for me to learn and grow.

    If I’m not riding, I’m .... Shooting and editing video and photos, creating animations and short films. Managing my cat Zolder's social media accounts -- @zolder_the_cat (he has way more followers than I do). I also play chess (but don't tell anyone).