Q&A with Crib Alumni Katie Hall
In addition to the Mammoth Lakes Crib reopening for the 2016 season this month, one of our favorite crib alumni, pro cyclist Katie Hall (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team), is off to a huge start. Katie won her first General Classification (GC) race earlier this year, topping the podium at the Tour de San Luis on the strength of a dominant climbing performance to close out the event’s mountainous queen stage.
With her sights firmly set on the Amgen Tour of California, we caught up with Katie for a quick Q+A:
You’re off to a great start in 2016. Granted it’s a little early to reflect too much on what’s transpired, but to what do you attribute the new level of riding?
Katie Hall: I think just hard work and figuring out how to do this job–how to train most effectively for me and how to race. I’ve gotten a little better each year, and this year it’s culminated in my first GC win. I hope more hard work will continue to lead me to success in the future!
You’ve had a globe-trotting start to the year. What have you enjoyed most about your travels?
KH: I love seeing new places and getting to meet people in those places.
What’s the one non-cycling thing you don’t leave home without?
KH: The ability to make a good cup of coffee wherever I go, which means a kettle, hand grinder, drip cone, and usually some locally roasted coffee beans.
Looking at the rest of your competitive calendar, what events are you most looking forward to, why?
KH: I am looking forward to the Tour of California (racing in my home state is the best!) and some hillier stage races in Europe (Aviva Women’s Tour in Britain and Thüringen Rundfahrt in Germany.)
We enjoy asking cyclists about food (we’re mean like that) what’s your go-to healthy dinner/ lunch/ breakfast recipe or meal in season.
KH: We eat tacos with eggs and sauteed greens for an easy meal at home pretty often.
You spent some time with us at the Crib in the fall, what were the main benefits you derived from training at altitude.
KH: I went to the Crib to adapt to the altitude before the Tour of Colorado last year but I found that I got a lot more than just altitude adaptation there. I got the chance to really focus on my training and recovery, to eat right and rest properly. Being away from home and in such a beautiful place allowed me to prepare more mentally and physically for Colorado in a way I couldn’t have done elsewhere.
Assuming we’ll see you back in Mammoth Lakes sooner than later, what are you most looking forward to about returning?
KH: The roads! I love riding around Mammoth Lakes. There is great variety of ride options and some of the quietest roads I have ever trained on. It really is a pleasure to ride there.