Twice a month, the Women’s Cycling Association showcases an inspiring rider from the women’s cycling community. This week we’re excited to introduce Jacqueline McClure.
WCA: What has been your most memorable experience in the sport?
Jacqueline: My director and team inviting me to race the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic. There is no greater honor in my hometown. I had my parents and sister cheering me on at Lemon Hill, friends shouting in East Falls and on the Manayunk Wall, and that really made it feel like everything I worked for came full circle. Being able to line up with the best in the world was incredibly humbling (and yes, I was star struck too). It was one of the hardest races I’ve ever done and look forward to going back for more in 2014!
Also, I really enjoyed going out to Las Vegas this year to race USA Crit Series Finals at Interbike. A friend convinced me to go out with her and then only after I signed up told me that the race is like Thunderdome from Mad Max…and it was. I had never raced in the dark. Had too much air in my tires. Escaped multiple crashes. And walked away with a top 10 and all my skin intact. That was a pretty big win for me and a blast getting to meet so many amazing people in our industry.
WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?
Jacqueline: Moving from the east coast to the west coast. Trying to find new places to train in unfamiliar territories is tough when you have to do a 5 hr ride and you don’t know which way is up or down. Being put in a new area and [...]