Current Residence: Scottsdale, AZ
Andrea discovered her love for bikes when she received a BigWheel on her 3rd birthday. It was in college, at the University of Montana, that her passion for cycling grew while exploring the single track trails in the mountains surrounding Missoula. After she purchased a new mountain bike with her hard earned money, she decided to learn the basics of bike mechanics. Andrea packed up her truck and moved to the east coast after graduation. In 2004, she started working in the shop at REI and quickly became the service manager after attending Barnett’s Bicycle Institute. During her time at REI, she also discovered the sport of cyclocross and raced on the elite level for 5 years. Following six years at REI, she became the first employee at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA.
Experiencing the highs and lows, Andrea tasted podiums, Belgian mud, medals, a national championship jersey, and endless coffee mugs! During her race career, she kept her day job working on all types of bicycles and eventually moved to Arizona, where young people go to retire. Eager to be back in the team setting, Andrea proudly manages the mechanical needs for Colavita Women’s Pro Team covering coast to coast!