Beth Newell never learned to ride a bike as a kid. After graduating from college in 2004, she moved to Oakland, California to work in a community clinic. A week after arriving, her car died, and without money for expensive repairs, lucked into finding an old 1967 Schwinn cruiser in a trash can near a friend’s work. She took the bike home, repaired it, and slowly learned to balance and maneuver around town.
Beth began her riding as a commuter and eventually got the itch to compete, taking up recreational racing in 2007. By 2011, Beth was winning at the national level. She has earned four national championships on the track, professional road podiums, two gold medals at the Pan American Championships, and a World Cup silver medal. Beth is now a member of the U.S. National Team with the goal of representing the United States at the 2016 Olympics.