Trek Women

Stephanie Brodegard

Name:Stephanie Brodegard
Hometown:Minneapolis, Minnesota
Most Desired Superpowers:Flying and shooting laser beams out of her eyes

“I stole my first bike”

From the second she told us, "I stole my first bike," Stephanie had us hooked. But in the end it was her true love affair with cycling that sealed the deal. From how she saved money for six months for a new set of wheels that cost more than her first car, to that Zen feeling she still gets from truing a wheel, it was clear Stephanie Brodegard was one of us. After only two years of riding, she says things like, "I know what cadence means and how many watts is a lot. I can fix a flat in my sleep and tell the difference between a pinch flat and goat head at 50 yards." This is a woman in love with cycling, clearly falling hard and fast. Without a doubt you will be intrigued by Stephanie's cycling journey – her love affair – as well.

Nick Name (and how you got it!):

Steph. People call me that because it is shorter and I like it better.

Favorite place to ride:

I really like Table Rock trail in Boise, ID, but I am moving to Minneapolis, MN. I hope to find some new favorites soon.

Describe the day you learned to ride:

It must have been a rough day because I don’t even remember it.

What is the most interesting thing you have seen while on your bike? I always love seeing wild life when I am out on my bike. I have seen deer, foxes, coyotes, bald eagles, rabbits, snakes, and lots of other critters.

Where you grew up:

Moreno Valley, CA

What is the best part about growing up in Moreno Valley? Growing up I loved the sunshine of Southern California. There was great weather all year long; a kid’s dreams come true. I don’t think there was one day in my childhood where I did not spend some time outside.

Favorite Meal:

I love salad, chicken, and spaghetti (Preferably, together.) Oh, and Pizza.

When you are not on your bike, what are you doing?

Hanging out with my husband, working, studying, playing soccer, hiking, and running.

Most admirable women:

My mom because she has a lot of passion, and a love for life. Even when life is tough, she fights through and finds something to be grateful for. I am glad she passed those things on to me. My mother in law is also very admirable because she is so enthusiastic about everything. She gets excited for even the small things that her children do. She makes everyone around her feel important.

Favorite memory on your bike:

There was a little group ride I did when I first got into cycling. I was the only girl on the ride and as soon as we hit the base of the mountain all of the guys took off. I was pretty bummed out. Then, about halfway up I saw that one of the guys was not too far ahead of me. I started riding harder and passed him with about 1/4 of a mile to go. The hill became very steep, but I had to beat him, so I turned on more gas. It felt like my legs and lungs were going to burst, but getting to the top first was worth it.

If your bike could talk, what would it tell you?

It would tell me jokes. I don’t really laugh while on my bike, so it would be fun to hear a few good jokes on a long ride.

Who or what motivates you?

My husband motivates and pushes me. We ride together a lot and he is always there to get me to ride harder. He also motivates me to be a better person.

If you could choose three superpowers, what would they be and why?

Obviously, flying would be first. I think everyone dreams about being able to fly. Second, I would like to know the answer to every question. If I knew the answer to every question I could solve a lot of the world’s problems. Finally I would like to shoot laser beams out of my eyes. I don’t know what I would do with this power, but I would think of something really good.