Name: Jennifer Collins
Occupation: PRO Proletarian
Previous bike experience and history: I started riding bikes when I was five. My favorite thing to do was chase cars out of my suburban cul-de-sac and write down their license plates for some weird reason. Perhaps that is why I got my first job as a bike messenger ten years ago, an innate love of playing in traffic. I've worked on and off as a bike messenger ever since, mostly in Portland save for a brief stint in NYC. I was part of the many original volunteers that organized Portland's first bike maintenance collective, Bike Farm, as their Community Outreach Coordinator for two years. I really liked how it is grassroots, all volunteer run, inclusive, and accessible to people with low-incomes. I tried out collegiate racing with PSU, and despite getting dropped in every race, loved the experience of getting to ride in parts of the Pacific Northwest I had never seen. I found I much prefer racing track because of how fast it is and that rollercoaster feeling it gives you. I love long road rides, bike tours and camping, and I just built up my first mountain bike!
What do you do for fun? I hang out with my 12 year old Dalmatian, Robot. I love to make food, especially pizza. I'm currently learning more about Garden Education and farming so that I can put my Community Development degree to use in food justice. And I like bikes, duh!
What does it mean to you to be on a WTF team here in Portland? It's always disappointing when women's races get cancelled due to lack of participation. I think a bigger sense of community for those that are generally marginalized by the masculine nature of sports is hugely needed.
Goals for the season: I'm looking forward to help developing BATTLEKATS, getting to do more riding with ladies, learning more about racing, and going fast!
Something random about you: My favorite cats are orange cats.