Nikki’s athletic career started many years ago as a middle and long distance runner. She ran on a scholarship for Indiana University and the University of Wyoming while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Food and Nutrition. She began riding all-mountain bikes in 2010 but rode sparingly because her focus was on the two Third Wave coffee shops that she co-owned in Wyoming. She started racing cross country mountain bikes in 2015 when she moved to Southern California. In 2016, as a first year Pro, she finished 11th in the women’s Pro division XC at the USA Cycling National Championships. In 2017, Nikki made huge improvements and finished 6th in the overall US Cup series with an 8th place at the ProXCT Chile Challenge (C1), 10th at the ProXCT Utah Tech-Devo, and 17th at the ProXCT Wyndham XCO race (HC). In 2018, Nikki battled illness in the beginning of the season but came on strong late with a 7th place finish at the Montana ProXCT and a 15th place finish at the USA Cycling National Championships Pro Women’s XC race.
Nikki is on the Board of Directors for SoCal NICA, a Skills Coach Trainer for SoCal NICA, and a Levl II coach for Idyllwild Middle School and Hemet High School NICA team. She recently completed her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with a Masters Degree in Teaching-Education. In 2018, Nikki and two other women co-founded KS Kenda Women’s Elite MTB team. All three women work full-time while racing on the Pro circuit and it is their mission to encourage more women to ride bikes through outreach attending community events, skills clinics, and outreach via social media.
Team Website: www.kskendawomenmtb.com