Kelly Nokes

 What can we say about our Nokesy? Well, for starters, we love her! And two, she’s a shredder, throwin’ down in the ‘Young Lady’ Category–which, if you haven’t noticed by now, is slightly underrepresented by the team…

But this girl makes up for it! This girl, she gives me hope for future generations of Lady Rippers, and makes me wish I had started riding in my twenties.

This one, she’s also our young hopeful for the World Cup 😉 Look out world, Kelly Nokes is talented, on and off the bike, and the Harlots are just thrilled to race with her this season!

Facts About Kelly Nokes

Age: 27 on May 21st

Number of seasons racing: 7

Race Category for 2012 season: Cat 1

Favorite type of riding: Gnarly, rocky, technical downhills; All-mountain rides with both killer climbs and killer downhills

Favorite trail or place to ride:
Falls Creek
Maiden Peak (tough climb, but maybe the most awesome downhill in Oregon)
Post Canyon (for after-work loops and weekend daytrips directly from the house)
Syncline (so lucky to have such a sweet fall/winter/spring riding spot)

Favorite Race Course so far: I like my local spot best—Hood River Super-D course; Oakridge is a close second

Proudest race moment or riding achievement: Winning my first mountain bike race ever in 2004—Superior Bike Fest Downhill; Taking the Oregon Super-D Cat. ½ (34 and under) Overall title in 2010

Personal Race or riding goal for this season: First place! (At least once I hope 😉

Favorite tunes to ride to: I don’t ride with music but I do enjoy the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, waterfalls and rushing streams alongside smooth, flowy singletrack, and hearing squirrels and other critters tromping through the ferns…; My favorite pre-race tunes include anything punk rock

Preferred post-ride beverage/food: White wine with Val 😉

When I’m not on my bike, you can find me:  Working to protect our local water resources and environment with Columbia Riverkeeper, a non-profit environmental organization based in Hood River; Preparing for my first year of law school, which I will start in August 2012.

I have a weakness for: Blueberry scones

One bike accessory/product I can’t live without: My Command Post + Five Tens

Anything else you’d like to share? I’m stoked to ride with such wonderful, inspirational ladies and to combine and share our beautiful energy amongst the greater biking community.

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