Meet Arlene!

our 2019 gravel scholar

I consider myself a jack of all trades and master of some on any given lucky day. I’m a mom, daughter, sister, friend, mentor, hiker, cyclist, and lover of nature. My cycling experience is limited to the road up to this point, but I do LOVE everything about getting out on a bicycle, including adventure, discovery, nature, challenge, community and the occasional “sufferfest” that contributes to strength, endurance, and overall good health. I’m an outdoor girl.

Lenie and her sister Lou

Lenie and her sister Lou

My sister, Lou, is a Michigan Gravel Race Series veteran and encouraged me to try out gravel. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of the MGRS scholarship has made that possible so I can experience gravel racing. Honestly, I could have been knocked over with a feather to learn I was the scholarship recipient. Make no mistake, I’m surprised and humbled by the opportunity and I am committed to make the most of what the MGRS has to offer.

A favorite quote that has always resonated and now has special meaning is: “Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity.” A short-term goal is to prepare for Lowell by getting to know the new bike and gear and studying up about what beginners should know and understand about riding on gravel. That includes actually riding on gravel. My preparation also includes stepping up both hill climbing and endurance rides so that early events, such as Lowell and Barry Roubaix, are enjoyable and safe rides—for me and everyone else sharing the race course.

As for goals this season, I plan to successfully complete five short course races. Beyond this gravel season, I hope to make gravel a part of my recreational and fitness life and share my experiences to encourage other cyclists to try gravel. This really is a spectacular opportunity and a springboard to new adventures. I look forward to getting to know this cool kids’ community. Good Luck and I hope to see you this race series!

Arlene “Lenie” Gavin