Kate Cross

Privateer Off-Road Cyclist


Growing up in Maine, I was never exposed to cycling. I grew up competing in soccer, track and field, and dance, and I went on to compete in track and field at the D1 collegiate level at Lehigh University where I focused on the heptathlon. When I graduated, I started a career in the finance industry and trained for half marathons to appease my competitive desires while I lived in New York City.

Upon moving to Colorado, my friends who lived here had mountain bikes, so I followed along and bought a mountain bike too. Turns out, I kind of despised it for the first two years, so I continued training for endurance running events. But around year three, something clicked and I started falling in love with mountain biking, and it was all over from then on out. Being an extremely competitive person, I naturally turned my passion for mountain biking into competitive racing. Over the last couple years of racing mountain bikes and gravel, I’ve been a sponge, learning as much as possible and growing as an athlete, while continuing to work full time on the finance team of a tech startup. I’m absolutely stoked to be competing in the Life Time Grand Prix in 2024 after some solid results in 2023.

"Resiliency has allowed me to believe in myself over the last couple years when others might not have, which has translated to getting a whole lot faster and being competitive at the front of bike races."


Leadville Trail 100 MTB

10th Place - 2023

Tahoe Trail 100

1st Place - 2023

GoPro Mountain Games

5th Place - 2023

Favorite Strava Segment

Kate's Top Picks


Goal(s) for 2024:

While I have some result-oriented goals for 2024, I also have a lot of process-oriented goals. For example, I’ll be working hard to improve my high-end power output on the bike, specifically to transfer this to better race starts. Fast, surging starts are one of my weaknesses, and it’ll be especially important in the Life Time Grand Prix gravel races.

If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs—such as food and water—were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

(1) A bike…is that too obvious? (2) Speakers pre-loaded with my entire Spotify, including podcasts and audiobooks.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?


Describe your first bike.

The Breezer! I’m pretty sure the Breezer brand doesn’t even make mountain bikes anymore, but this was my first mountain bike, purchased off the ever-reliable Craigslist when I first moved to Colorado. To put it lightly, The Breezer and I had a lot of crashes together, and ever since, those who have been on this bike journey with me like to remind me to “never lose The Breezer mentality”.

Guilty pleasure food item?  

I wouldn’t call it a “guilty” pleasure, but I love pastries. All of them. Danishes, croissants, muffins, I don’t discriminate. I also find pleasure in a good IPA.

Guilty pleasure song?  

“2019” by Martin Jensen and Georgia Ku (don’t listen to it, it’s horrible, but I love it)  

Where is your “happy” place?  

I love Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s one of my favorite places to mountain bike and ski, and it’s also where I got engaged, and I named my dog after the Teton Range in that part of Wyoming.

What is something that you learned from a parent or grandparent that has guided you in life?  

Resiliency. My mom has been through a lot in life, and she’s always taught me how to be resilient, whether intentionally or not. Resiliency has allowed me to believe in myself over the last couple years when others might not have, which has translated to getting a whole lot faster and being competitive at the front of bike races.

Who is your greatest mentor and what did they teach you?  

My husband, Ryan. Pretty much everything I know about bike mechanics is from Ryan, and he pointed me in the right direction to learn everything else I know about bikes and racing, including everything from nutrition to cornering.

Tell us about your pet(s).  

My dog (child) Teton is just the best, but also sometimes the most stubborn, most emo, creepiest dog you’ll ever meet. I’ve never met another dog with as many quirks as Teton, and I am obsessed with him. He’s also super handsome.

What’s your favorite smell?  

High-quality coffee beans is up there on the favorites list, as well as sandalwood candles from World Market.  

What’s your “kryptonite”?  

In bike races, I can be too nice, which does not always work in my favor. Being newer to bike racing, it’s easy to have imposter syndrome and feel like you don’t belong at the front. I’m working on it, and being more confident will definitely be a focus in 2024. 


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