BY KELLY BARRIENTES
Seven years. It’s been SEVEN years since I decided to start my own women’s cycling team in November 2014. I never felt like I belonged in the “scene”. Never a cool kid and fairly new to Austin, Texas, I just didn’t feel like I fit in with any of the local women’s teams.
We started out as beginners and I selected members based on whether or not I would feel comfortable on a long road trip with them. I wanted to be the nice kids, not the hashtagcoolkids, and I was lucky enough to get some incredibly talented women to believe in my vision!
As we’ve grown from beginners into a team stacked with professional athletes from all over the world, we have won national championships, landed on many a podium, crashed a few times, but always got back up, ready for more.
One thing that truly sets us apart from the rest of the pack (see what I did there?) is our focus not on what we can get, but what we can give. Wolfpack has always strived to make an impact by giving back to the community in a vast multitude of ways - with a focus on growing women’s cycling. We’ve hosted maintenance clinics, volunteered for women’s beginner rides, skills and drills clinics, mentored at races, created a badge for the Girl Scouts (!!!!), you name it. We’ve done it. (within reason)
In 2022 we’ve leveled up quite a bit, and it would not be possible without the support of our partner, ProBikeKit. Literally. they have been the best partner, helping us spread our wings and take flight. And they got us hooked up with Morvelo, who gave us a much needed refresher. I mean, look at the kit. Just look at it.
We'll be traveling around the US in 2022 - hitting up some of the finest bike racing this country has to offer. We won’t just be hanging out in our Lair at the races either, we’ll be putting on some badass women’s clinics with the help of some of our pretty incredible partners.
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Kelly Barrientes, Founder & Mama-Wolf