What a fascinating year so far! In early January, Vaughn told me his
favorite cycling news site was losing its spot on the net and might not
continue. He really felt like he needed to do something. After hearing him
talk about it, I became completely wrapped up in what was going to happen to
this site, and what I could do to help. Mind you, until January I knew not a
thing about professional cycling (uh, what's a peloton?). All I can say is
that I was simply drawn to the Daily Peloton "project."
As a technical consultant and writer, I do know quite a bit about the
web, hardware, software, management, publishing, et cetera. This experience
has been put to a whole new level of use, since from mid-January I have been
working full time on the Daily Peloton, hoping to carry on the fine
tradition Larry Hickmott started (at least I feel like I'm logging as many
hours as he did...). Larry will always be the Cycling_Site_God, but the DP
crew officially dubbed me the "Site_Goddess." It is an honor and I do my
best to live up to it.
These days, I get to communicate with pro riders (and sometimes their
parents), team management, technical experts, manufacturers, race organizers
and volunteers. I get to help plan race coverage, have written a few
articles, and learn more about this amazing sport and the people in it every
day. I've even played in my first Fabio's Fantasy Games! (This is no small
feat - in the beginning, I sat in DP chats all clammed up because I couldn't
contribute a thing to ANY topic being discussed!) I am also lucky
enough to email and chat with Daily Peloton readers - a very interesting,
extremely intelligent and supportive group.
Most importantly, I have new friends all over the globe (UK, Belgium,
Italy, Croatia, and across the US) whom I greatly admire and get to work
with every day - the Daily Peloton writers and photographers. These are the
funnest, most genuine, devoted and hard working individuals I have ever met.
They are very, very dear to me and I cannot say enough about them.
Bottom line: I wouldn't trade this for the world! Yet, if you'd asked me
six months ago, I'd never have guessed that this is what I would be doing. I
consider it a privilege, and hope that we are giving the Daily Peloton
readers what they want. To that end, you can always
email me with your comments,
complaints, suggestions, or just to say hello. In fact, I very much hope you