Flavia Oliveira Parks

Gravel Privateer

"Embracing the NEW is exciting and a bit daunting but I am here for it."


I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil and moved to the USA when I was 16 years old. In 2005 I decided to buy a bicycle and give in to what everyone seemed to do around there, triathlons. My very first race was the Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon, where I came in 5th. I was thrilled! In 2006 I competed in my very first bike race and won it and totally fell in love with the sport of cycling.


Rio Olympic Road Race

7th Overall

Giro Rosa

1st Climber's Competition: 2015

7th Overal: 2015

Tour of Poland

2nd Overall: 2016

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Goal(s) for 2023:

Consistency, and growth. I am new to the off road world, embracing the NEW is exciting and a bit daunting but I am here for it. It really stoked the fire for me, but in short, give my all and shoot for dubs and podiums!

What's your favorite quote and where did you first hear it?

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger" - Nietzsche, on the relationship between failure and future success.

Who is your favorite author and what is their best work? 

I loved James Clear's "Atomic Habits". Tiny changes, remarkable results.

What's the best training advice you've ever received and who gave it to you?

"Keep your mouth shut and let the legs do the talking." - Max Testa

What's the worst training advice you've ever gotten?

That I needed 120 PSI in my tires.

Guilty pleasure food item? 

Sweet potato fries.

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

My gravel bike (duh!) and a pump.

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

An Olympic Gymnast.

Describe yourself in one word.


What is your proudest sporting moment?

Getting 7th at the Olympic Games in Rio.

Guilty pleasure song?

"Thrift Shop" by Macklemore

Where is your "happy place"?

In the mountains or on a quiet beach.

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

My maternal grandmother. She taught me to dream big, and never ever ever give up even when things get tough. You must fight to find a way. Even if you fail, pick yourself up and keep trying until you get there. She was a fiesty, headstrong woman. But she also had the biggest heart and wanted to see the people she loved succeed.

What's your favorite sound?

The Ocean.

What's your favorite smell?

Fresh coffee.

What's your "kryptonite"?

Fresh cut grass... I'm allergic!