While a newcomer to cycling Christina Lindsey has always been involved in sports with a wide range of experiences. For two years she was a triathlete, but due to injuries in 2005 she hung up the running shoes. She moved to Colorado to race in the ladies motocross circuit and in the winter she maintained her fitness by snowshoeing. Her athleticism not restricted to just two-wheeled activities, she also earned a black belt in Tae Kwon do.
However the pull to return to the South was strong for this Tigerville native who recently returned to her hometown. No longer racing her motocross bike or practicing martial arts due to injury, she transferred her competitive juices into cycling. Christine has only been riding for about four months and it was only two months ago that she purchased her first real road bike.
With such an athletic background it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that she quickly found success. Recently she was the first woman to the top of the namesake climb of the Caesars Head Challenge.
“I do like to climb hills, but it was a nice surprise (to be first woman to the top) and definitely harder than I thought,” laughed Lindsey.
However her first real race was the Greenville Spinners time trial at the Donaldson Center where she was second. Her second time trial the following month at Donaldson netted her a first place.
“I knew what to expect a little more.”
More recently she raced in her first criterium. Even with her background in racing motocross Lindsey had some trepidation about her first criterium.
“I was really nervous about throwing myself into a criterium.”
She seemed to have overcome that in the Greenville criterium and was third on the day as well as scooping up four primes along the way.
Lindsey admits to loving hills and long races, so obviously she is targeting the French Broad event as her first real road race. This challenging 40-mile course has two climbs which total to over 6,100 feet of climbing, which suits Christina to a “T”.
“That’s to my advantage. I love hills.”
It looks like the women’s field just picked up another strong competitor.
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