Evelyn Stevens9th May, 1983 | United States of America
Most people don’t go to Dartmouth to learn how to be bike racers. And most people also don’t leave well-paying, promising careers with investment banks to wander the globe, predominantly homeless, precisely for the purpose of cranking their hearts to maximum beating capacity in throngs of other humans furiously pedaling toward a single finish line off in the distance. But most people aren’t Evelyn Stevens. Imagine the Eat, Pray, Love story if it were actually any good. Woman leaves job and security and home to take a wild gamble on life and see if she can learn something totally different.
She’s come a long way in the six years since her sister signed her up for a cyclocross race and she clipped into pedals for the very first time. Also a long way in the five years since she first bought herself a bike (with a triple) and it sat, collecting dust in her New York apartment. “I used to hang some of my purses on it,” she laughs. In 2008, she did a women’s clinic in Central Park and started working with a coach. In 2009, she went on vacation to Redlands and rode the race with a composite team (incidentally, while she was there, she crashed into her current teammate, Ina). By June 2009, she had quit her job and moved out of her New York apartment. It was game on from that point.
The last two years for Evie have seen super highs with big wins at Fleche Wallone, National Championships, Philadelphia Classic as well as representing her country at the London Olympics. 2013 showed her real character when she suffered a big crash and hit to her head, putting her out for many weeks. She came back to struggle through balancing racing and recovery but managed to get to the big finale of the season in top form. She was part of the winning team in the World TTT Championships and she placed 4th and 5th in the individual TT and road race. 2014 promises to be another great season for the lady that definitely races with fire in her belly.
Her goals for 2012: Olympics, both road race and time trial.
One of her favorite results of all time: Stage 7 of the 2010 Giro. She got dropped on a descent and then fought her way back and won the stage.
Foods she can’t be without: Eggs (she can take down a half dozen like it’s nothing), apples, cream cheese and creamed honey on a rice cake (try it!).
Others on the team say about her: “She has unbelievable strength and power. You can trust her when you need her in the race. If you tell her to ride 50K at the front, she’ll do it.”
- World Champion in the TTT 2013
- Winner Liberty Classic, Philadelphia 2013
- US National TT Champion 2010 and 2011
- Stage winner Ardeche 2011
- Stage winner Giro d’Italia 2010
- Stage winner Redlands 2010
- Stage winner Nature Valley Grand Prix 2010
- Winner of Chrono Gatineau 2010
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