Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
Weight: 143 lbs./65 kg./10.2 st.
Place of Birth: Solvang, California
Hometown: Redding, California
Residence: Mill Valley, California
Teams: Team TIBCO (2009-10), Peanut Butter & Co. 2012 (2011), Exergy TWENTY12 / TWENTY16 Pro Cycling (2012-13), Astana BePink (2014)
National Championships Experience
- 12th place — 2014 USA Cycling Professional Time Trial National Championships
- 2nd place — 2013 USA Cycling Elite Timed Track National Championships, Team Pursuit
- 5th place — 2012 USA Cycling Jr, U23 & Elite Road National Championships, Women's Elite Time Trial
- 5th place — 2011 USA Cycling Jr, U23 & Elite Road National Championships, Women's Elite Time Trial
- 4th place — 2010 USA Cycling Jr, U23 & Elite Road National Championships, Women's Elite Time Trial
- Participated in both the 2009 and 2010 women’s elite time trial and road events
- 1st place — 2014 Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, Sprinters & Queen of the Mountain Classification
- 1st place — 2014 Sea Otter Classic, Road Race
- 2nd place — 2013 Chrono des Nations, France
- 2nd place — 2013 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Overall Classification
- 1st place — 2013 Sea Otter Classic, Time Trial
- 2nd place — 2012 Chrono des Nations, France
- 1st place — 2012 Valley of the Sun Stage Race
- 1st place — 2011 Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, Stage 1
- Winner of the Cobbles Competition, 2011 Rhonde van Drenthe
- 1st place — 2011 Merco Cycling Classic
- Member of US National Team that won the 2010 Tour of New Zealand
- Member of US National team that won the 2010 Giro Donne
- 1st place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Time Trial, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1st place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Stage 2, Race B, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1st place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Criterium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 3rd place — 2010 Chrono de Gatineau, Time Trial, Quebec, Canada
- 3rd place — 2010 Joe Martin Stage Race, Time Trial, Fayetteville, Arkansas
- 2009 Most Combative Rider, US National Team, La Route de France
- 2nd place — 2009 Cascade Cycling Classic, Individual Time Trial, Bend, Oregon
Although bike racing has been in Alison's family for decades, it is not "as simple as riding a bike," especially when you're a NCAA tennis player and not a bike racer. Alison's grandfather Paul Tetrick is decorated with more than twelve national championship jerseys in the time trial and still competes in his early 80s. Her father played football for UCLA before earning a living as a cattle rancher and before he turned into a national level mountain biker.
After graduating from college with a degree in biochemistry, Alison threw her energy into biochemistry research and racing as an elite amateur in triathlon. She started bike racing on a whim and, after attending USA Cycling's Talent ID camp in 2008, she hung up her swim cap and running shoes to pursue cycling and hasn't thrown a backward glance since. In her first year of racing, she raced in Europe with the USA Cycling Development Program, and in only her second year, she represented the United States as part of the national team at the 2010 Giro Donne, where the team took a commanding win.
Alison offers no small amount of credit for her flourishing career to her grandfather Paul, who encouraged her to take up cycling and pursue a path to the Olympics. However, initially she defined herself as a tennis player and persevered as a collegiate tennis player. She confesses that when she finally made the decision to attempt bike racing, she couldn’t help but realize that Paul had always been right. She was made for cycling and he has shown her that cycling is a lifelong endeavor. Before racing as a pro, Alison enjoyed riding with her grandfather, who succeeded in dropping her on climbs, which proved motivating and inspiring to the budding pro.
Her career in cycling has afforded her many adventures and world travels, although the work it takes to get there can be very time consuming. To equalize the many solo hours on the road, Alison makes sure to put things in perspective and leave time for life. She enjoys time at the beach or outdoors and she loves cooking a good dinner with her family. When she can, she won't waste a chance to go home to her parents’ ranch in Redding, Calif., to reconnect with the solace of the open space. She's also one of the lucky ones that not only can ride with her family, but be challenged by them as well.
Points of Interest
- Alison claims to be a closet science nerd
- She was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern California.
- Her father still drives around the truck she had in high school that has a “Cowgirl Up” sticker on it.
- Alison has serves as the female athlete representative on USA Cycling's Professional Sport Committee, and also works with our women's committee to help improve women's cycling opportunities in the United States.
- Women’s Cycling Interview: Pro Cyclist Alison Tetrick - Jul 23, 2014
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