Fresh Faces Georgia Cross will be getting to know some of our newer racers throughout the season–Why did they get into cross? What motivates them? and why this crazy Sport? This week we talked to Carol Baldwin, who has already been picked up by Sorella Cycling for 2016!
Carol hops over the barriers at Boundary Waters on her way to the Women’s CX 4 State Championship.
GACX: Tell us a little about yourself.
Carol: My name is Carol Baldwin, I am 27 years old, and I have been living in Atlanta for 6 years. When I’m not riding bikes I like to hang out with my boyfriend Jeffrey Che and our two dogs, Oscar and Luna. I have other hobbies that occasionally see the light of day when they’re not buried under piles of bike stuff in our living room: camping, hiking, skiing, and doodling.
GACX: How did you get into cyclocross?
Carol: I’ve been riding mountain and road for the last five or so years, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan of anything involving pedaling and two wheels (sorry unicycles). I’ve heard nothing but good things about how fun and challenging cross is, so I decided I had to give it the ol’ college try. This summer I built up a bike and waited for the season to arrive.
GACX: Have you raced bikes before you did your first cyclocross race? What is your cycling/athletic background?
Carol: This is my first year of doing any sort of races. My first race was a mountain bike Enduro/time trial affair (Big Creek Quick Six) where I came in 4th. After that I participated in the Brownwood Bike Rally Crit Cross B Race and didn’t do so great (10th out of 11 in the men’s/women’s open category), but I got my first taste of cross. I don’t think I had ever worked so hard on a bike before that race, it was a thrill! I was so tired by the last lap that I couldn’t dismount properly and wound up running to the finish line on the wrong side of my bike.
GACX: What are your goals for this year at GACX?
Carol: My goals for the season are to ride bikes, have fun, heckle and be heckled. Oh, and I want to master donut handups. I learned about handups after Dingo Cross and I was super bummed I missed out on that!
GACX: Any advice for someone that is consider racing CX?
Carol: Cyclocross is fun! Get a bike and get on out there for some good, silly fun! Also, don’t be afraid of a little bit of mud – it washes off (for the most part).