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Eye on the Olympics
Hi! My name is Maura Kinsella and I am a 22 year-old professional female cyclist. I'm raising money in order to help fund this year's travel expenses in pursuit of one day making the U.S. Olympic Team.
How I got here
I was first inspired to take up cycling as a 17 year old who was sick of the knee injuries of running and bored with the solidarity of the black line at the bottom of the pool. I decided to "upgrade" my dad's rusty hybrid bike and splurge on a fancy Lamborghini road bike, a whopping $500 that I imagined to be a steal (predictably, frustration followed...).
Anyway, my very first bicycle race was in late February of 2009 for the local St. Louis junior team, Mesa Cycles. I rode with the Cat 4 women at a race in Columbia, MO aptly named "Froze Toes." I crashed three times... literally. I could not stop from taking myself out. However, much to the peloton's horror, after each brief love affair with the pavement, I hammered and hoofed my way back to eventually win the race! Not more than 24 hours later, a blog-post was written in which the author nicknames me "Kaboom... demonstrat[ing] the resilience of a Sherman tank." I'd have probably laughed more if I hadn't been so horrendously mortified at the time.
That said, now I'm racing in the 180-girl fields in Belgium and am holding my own (and keeping my line). Already this season, I have racked up a 6th place finish at Le Samyn des Dames and a 15th at Omloop van het Hageland against the best female racers in the world. Other success that I've had are winning the Best Young Rider jersey at the 2013 NRC Joe Martin Stage Race and a Silver medal at the 2013 U23 National Time Trial Championships. What fuels my passion for cycling? I love always pushing my limits beyond what I'd previously thought was possible and I love how mentally exhilarating really aggressive, hard racing is, where it's "game-on" the whole time.
Ride With U.S. Matching Grant**
My RallyMe campaign is getting an extra boost thanks to a dedicated matching grant provided by the USA Cycling Development Foundation. That means for every dollar I raise on RallyMe, it will be doubled up to $2,500. I was one of 10 elite U.S. women cyclists chosen by a selection committee of USA Cycling coaches and staff to take part in this matching grant program. With your support I could raise at least $5,000 to help pay for travel and training costs for the 2014 racing season.
I am a proud member of the Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies professional team and the U.S. National Team. Other people who have helped and supported me along the way are my wonderful parents, my whole extended family, my coaches including currently Shawn Heidgen, and the supportive cycling community of my hometown in St. Louis, MO.
Other Ways To Help
Please help spread the word and post this page on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. Thank you! *I feel like an NPR commercial but rememer that every dollar that you donate will be matched 1:1 by USA Cycling and will be greatly appreciated!
Me in the Media
"One to watch" http://velofocus.com/2014/omloop-van-het-hageland-preview/
Select A Support Level
$75Personal thank you and USA Cycling license plate frame. (Frames will be shipped April 21, May 5 and May 26).
$125Ride With U.S. t-shirt (M)Personal thank you postcard & limited edition T-shirt. (UNISEX size M)
$125Ride With U.S. t-shirt (XL)Personal thank you postcard & limited edition T-shirt. (UNISEX size XL)
$125Ride With U.S. t-shirt (S)Personal thank you postcard & limited edition T-shirt. (UNISEX size S)
$125Ride With U.S. t-shirt (LG)Personal thank you postcard & limited edition T-shirt. (UNISEX size LG)
$500Private ride with me at the US Pro Road and Time National Championships over Memorial Day weekend in Chattanooga, TN. (You will receive an email to coordinate day and time).
$1,000VIP passes to the US Pro Road and Time National Championships over Memorial Day weekend in Chattanooga, TN — plus two "Ride With U.S." T-shirts (1 med, 1 lg).