It's time to introduce the 2nd member of the Rumba Team, pro cyclist Emily Kachorek! We have known Emily for years as Drew (one of the Rumba founders) used to race on the same pro cycling team as her husband back in the day. Now it's Emily's turn to shine! She's not only an amazing cyclist but also a wonderful person so we are proud to have her join us. Here's a quick interview from California...
Coolest place you have ever been to?
Humm... that is a tough one since I love to travel! It is a toss-up between the interior regions of Guyana and Alaska's Aleutian Islands. Both are amazing! Both are super remote, rarely visited by tourists, lightly inhabited, and have spectacular wildlife. Guyana has expansive savanna that lights up at night with fireflies and more stars in the sky than you thought existed. The Amazonian region of Guyana is some of the most undisturbed jungle in the world! Enjoying 20+ hours of Alaskan summer daylight while watching eagles pull salmon out of the glacial rivers is pretty cool too!
In terms of pure traveling bliss, Turkey and Thailand top the list :)
Which Rumba watch do you love?
I love all the bright, fun colors so I have been sporting the Sunburst and VanDam Double Dare quite a bit.
What’s a typical day for you like?
I usually wake about 7:30, drink coffee and eat a bowl of oatmeal with fruit and homemade granola and then take the dogs for a walk (I have two boxers). Then I ride for between 2-7 hrs, shower, eat, stretch, (maybe squeeze a yoga class in if I ride short), eat, sleep and repeat the next day. Pretty kick ass day if you ask me ;-)
What are you most proud of in your career?
I am proud of my Collegiate National Team Time Trial Championship as I was still relatively new to the sport and the title was achieved with one of my best friends. Additionally, a friend and I rode our bikes about 1300 miles up the east coast of Australia with very planning and whatever we could carry on our bikes! We camping along the side of the road, ate at gas stations, met lots of interesting people and made it successfully to our destination; that was an adventure!
Now on the flip side, your most embarrassing moment?
I don't know about most embarrassing, but I once told a girl on the start line of a big race, thinking I was being nice, that her number was pinned on upside down and she responded that she did it on purpose (she was # 13). I should have known and felt like a big dork.
I have also been known to forget to take my seat bag off before a race... it may seem silly but it is a total rookie move ;-)
Some sage advice for aspiring fans?
Don't stress about the details, just have fun riding your bike!
I dream to…
Win a National Race Calendar (NRC) event, be an artist and to always be my husband's best friend.