RaceMill Collegiate: Jessica Bobeck

University of Colorado Cycling Team

Name Jessica  Bobeck

Age 22

Hometown Buffalo, NY

School University of Colorado Boulder

Year in School  Senior

Major/Program  Geography

Sport Cycling

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CU Cycling’s Jessica Bobeck tells us about her competitive drive, why she loves Boulder, and radar wave propagation thru ice to determine bed topography - I’ll let her explain . . . 


RM: How did you find your sport of choice?

JB: After sustaining several injuries to my shoulders as a soccer goalkeeper, college prospects were out. I turned to running and soon developed several IT band issues. I ended up getting two knee surgeries and during recovery I bought a road bike to try to stay active and the rest is history!!  


RM: What drives your competitiveness?

JB: I have always been a competitive person. I began figure skating when I was 5 and competed up until high school. I left after the pressure to perform was to much and I was on track to attend college for soccer. I am the youngest of three girls, so the expectations were set and I think I always had this drive to be better.


RM: Athlete that inspires you? Why?

JB: Amy Dombroski. She was an incredible cyclist and person. I remember her coming out to our Short Track series in the summer time to raise money for our team, and she would stay and help out even after racing. She had such great tips for aspiring female cyclists and cyclocross racers. I remember thinking that I wanted to kickass just like her one day. Tragically she was killed in a training ride in Belgium in 2013,  but she will always be my favorite cyclist and I will always strive to be just like her.


RM: How many years have you been competing?

JB: I have been competing since 2012, so 4 years. Freshman year in college was my first time ever racing. Since starting Road, I have branched out into cyclocross.


RM: What/where is your favorite place to ride/train? What/Who will you bring?

JB: Hands down Boulder, CO. I could never imagine training anywhere else. My favorite ride here is up to Jamestown. The county just reopened the road up there since it was heavily damaged by the flooding in 2013, so I am ecstatic. I usually enjoy riding by myself, and I always try to remember to bring a jacket. You never know what Colorado weather will bring!  


RM: Group Training or do you prefer solitude? why?

JB: Each has their own benefits. I love to do intervals alone so I can focus on what I am doing and not feel pressured by others. I love doing endurance rides with my team, they are always so much fun . I always look forward to group rides on the weekend.


RM: Best result so far?

JB: Well, probably that would be 2nd at the Boulder Roubaix. My teammate got 1st. This was after I crashed hard on the dirt section, got up, raced to catch the field for 20 min. Then ended up in a breakaway with two other riders, including my teammate. With about 1 mile to go, my teammate had small break and I told her to go, while I stayed with the other girl and sprinted for 2nd. 


RM: What are you working on right now?

JB: Like right at this moment? A paper on radar wave propagation thru ice to determine bed topography. Yes. It is awesome.


RM: What are you training for now?

JB: I am really just training for Collegiate Nationals. I have a few other races in mind after, but the main focus is bringing home those stars and strips!


RM: Training secrets? Care to share?

JB: Have fun! I dont have a coach, I dont train with power. It is not necessary. Go out ride hard, do some intervals, and race. That is it.


RM: Do you have a dream race you want to create?

JB: Yes. It would involve finishing up Folsom hill on CU Boulder's Campus.


Training Tracks: Favorite songs to train/race to?

***Flawless - Beyonce

Bad Girls - M.I.A

Lift Off - Jay Z

In the Air - Morgan Page

Victory Lap - Macklemore

Hall of Fame - The Script

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