Norma is a currently a software developer by day and a mountain biker by … later that day. Now 32, she started biking at the age of 25 and completed her Masters in Computer Science around that same time. Although at first glance, both of these fields may seem like opposites - she noticed early on that they both share a similar trait: not many women are involved in either of them. She has since then been an avid advocate for closing the gender gap in both of her passions, and has been part of several organizations that aim to meet that goal. Aside from computers and bikes, she loves anything outdoors, her family and friends, and her two four-legged companions.
Fernanda is 24 years old and has dedicated 20 of them to cycling. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2020 with a Bachelor of Art in Media Advertising and Communication, and a minor in Graphic Design. She also works and is the part owner of Handske, a brand dedicated to creating art and community in cycling. Throughout her cycling career, she has raced and won many state and national championships, and participated in many international races as a professional cyclist. Due to an injury her cycling career concluded before planned, but this led her to focus on her work both at Last Sundays Ride and Handske. "Thanks to LSR and Handske my passion and love for cycling are still being transmitted to other people. I have experienced a lot of barriers and limitations as a woman who rides mountain bikes, and together, with these amazing women that I call my team, we will be breaking those barriers and limitations showing everyone how women are as capable and skilled as any other rider."
Perla has been helping us out from the *very first ride ever* back in 2020 before the pandemic even started, always cheerful and willing to help in any way she can. She is currently a medical assistant, and has been practicing this sport for more than six years now. Since she started cycling she quickly became one of the best local mountain bikers, taking the podium in various races in our region. Through mountain biking, she has found the confidence to try new things such as: hiking, climbing, pole dancing among others. She loves to dance, sing, write songs, cooking, spending time with her family. She loves helping others either through her medical profession, this organization, or any other means possible.
Ever since she was a child, Rocio has always shown an interest in sports and health, which has propagated into her adulthood. She is now a physical therapy assistant currently working at a county hospital, and has practiced tennis, swimming, rock climbing, cycling, soccer, among other sports throughout her life. She was introduced to the sport of mountain biking by a close friend of hers, around seven years ago and loved it. Since then, she has been participating in local races and other cycling events. Rocio strongly believes on the positive impact LSR has made on our community, and wants to continue being and advocate of health and inspire our women to a healthier lifestyle and better quality of life. You will often spot Rocio enthusiastically teaching our groups, motivating them to tackle difficult sections in the trails, always with a positive, outgoing and happily contagious energy.