Alison Tetrick Starnes
Date of Birth: April 4, 1985
Weight: 143 lbs./65 kg./10.2 st.
Place of Birth: Solvang, California
Hometown: Redding, California
Residence: Mill Valley, California
Teams: Team TIBCO, Peanut Butter & Co. 2012
National Championships Experience
- Participated in both the 2009 and 2010, women’s elite time trial and road events
- Member of US National Team that won the 2010 Tour of New Zealand
- Member of US National team that won the 2010 Giro Donne
- 2009 Most Combative Rider, US National Team, La Route de France,
- 1st place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Time Trial, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1st place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Stage 2, Race B, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1st place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Criterium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 2nd place — 2010 Nature Valley Grand Prix, Stage 4, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 2nd place — 2009 Cascade Cycling Classic, Individual Time Trial, Bend, Oregon
- 3rd place — 2010 Chrono de Gatineau, Time Trial, Quebec, Canada
- 3rd place — 2010 Joe Martin Stage Race, Time Trial, Fayetteville, Arkansas
- 4th place — 2010 USA Cycling National Time Trial Championships, Bend, Oregon
Although bike racing has been in Alison Starnes's family for decades, it is not "as simple as riding a bike," especially when you're a NCAA tennis player and not a bike racer. Alison's grandfather, Paul Tetrick, is decorated with more than twelve national championship jerseys in the time trial and still competes at age 79. Her father played football for UCLA before earning a living as a cattle rancher and before he turned into a national level mountain biker.
After graduating from college with a degree in biochemistry, Alison threw her energy into biochemistry research and racing as an elite amateur in triathlon. She started bike racing on a whim and, after attending USA Cycling's Talent ID camp in 2008, she hung up her swim cap and running shoes to pursue cycling and hasn't thrown a backward glance since. In her first year of racing, she raced in Europe with the USA Cycling Development Program, and in only her second year, she represented the United States as part of the national team at the 2010 Giro Donne, where the team took a commanding win.
Starting in 2011, Alison will race as part of the Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY 12 team alongside one of her two greatest career influencers, Olympic gold medalist and world champion, Kristin Armstrong. She credits Armstrong with redefining what it takes to achieve greatness in cycling and in so doing, she has challenged not only her competitors, but also her peers to raise the bar on what's possible.
The other person Alison attributes her flourishing career is her grandfather, Paul, who encouraged her to take up cycling and pursue a path to the Olympics. However, at the time she defined herself as a tennis player and persevered as a collegiate tennis player. She confesses that when she finally made the decision to attempt bike racing, she couldn’t help but realize that Paul had always been right. She was made for cycling and he has shown her that cycling is a lifelong endeavor. Before racing as a pro, Alison enjoyed riding with her grandfather, who succeeded in dropping her on climbs, which proved motivating and inspiring to the budding pro.
Her career in cycling has afforded her many adventures and world travels although the work it takes to get there can be very time consuming. To equalize the many solo hours on the road, Alison makes sure to put things in perspective and leave time for life. She enjoys time at the beach or outdoors and she loves cooking a good dinner with her family. When she can, she won't waste a chance to go home to her parents’ ranch in Redding, Calif., to reconnect with the solace of the open space. She's also one of the lucky ones that not only can ride with her family, but be challenged by them as well.
Points of Interest
• Alison claims to be a closet science nerd
• She was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern California.
• Her father still drives around the truck she had in high school that has a “Cowgirl Up” sticker on it.