A Chat with Amy Floyd
Inside the Peloton from the Southeast Regional Series: A Chat with Women’s Pro Cyclist Amy Floyd of ST3 Cycling
One of the racers who has dominated the leaderboard for this year’s Southeast Regional Series presented by Stan’s No Tubes (SRS) has been Amy Floyd (Mobile, Ala.) of ST3 Cycling. She currently leads the series as both the Hincapie Overall Leaders and the PEZ Cycling News Sprint jerseys in the Women’s Pro 1 /2/3 category. The SRS is the only road racing series for amateur and elite cycling teams which offers points competitions spanning multiple states in one region. The series offers over $50,000 in cash and prizes this summer, across five weekends of racing in five states. The Alabama cyclist took time out to share a little bit about herself.
Spectators can cheer on Amy Floyd and other racers on Saturday at 8a.m. from the start/finish near Howard Baker Jr. Boulevard, adjacent to the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. The Knoxville Criterium begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, featuring a one-mile circuit through downtown Knoxville. There are 11 categorized races, from two junior events to races for Masters and professional men and women riders.
Sunday features nine categorized events among the beautiful terrain of Corryton, Tenn. for the Knoxville Road Race. Racers will navigate an 11-mile loop starting at Corryton School Road near House Mountain State Park. The route includes an uphill climb on Hogskin Road for The King of the Mountain/Queen of the Mountain points competition, a prize for the best climbers in the peloton. The Racing begins at 8 a.m. with the 80-mile Men’s Pro 1 /2 event.
How did you get into cycling?
I started cycling in 2009 following an injury sustained while training for a marathon. My Dad knew how much I enjoyed training, so he bought me a used road bike to ride while I wasn’t able to run. I instantly loved the sport and would have pursued it further, but I made some poor life decisions and stopped cycling in 2010. I had a rough couple of years and ended up checking myself into rehab for alcoholism and drug addiction in November 2012. After I opened my heart to Christ and surrendered everything to Him, I was able to maintain sobriety and start rebuilding my life. I began training again last year and am thrilled to be back on the bike!
Did you race in Knoxville last year, if so tell us what makes the Knoxville event good for you?
Although I haven’t raced in Knoxville before, I have heard that the road race course is gorgeous!
Any goals and achievements you’re aiming for during the Southeast Regional Series in Knoxville, August 9-10?
I would love to have a great crit race this Saturday in Knoxville. I’m definitely not the best or smartest crit racer, so hopefully I have learned from the mistakes I made earlier in the series.
What has been your biggest challenge during the series?
Honestly each of the races in the series has been a new challenge and learning experience for me. Physically, Asheville’s road race was extremely difficult, given the amount of climbing involved and the level of seriously talented women in the field. I have a feeling that Knoxville will be really tough as well, so I’m excited. No one likes a boring race after all!
What is your fav post ride meal?
After strenuous rides or races, I usually drink a homemade recovery concoction that looks fairly disgusting but tastes awesome.It contains a ton of natural sugars, vitamins and minerals and a little protein. However, the mixture of ingredients is not aesthetically pleasing, so my teammates kind of make fun of me for it. After that, I usually try to stick with high glycemic index fruits, low fiber vegetables and lean proteins.
If you win the SRS Championship (or jersey), how will you celebrate?
I would probably call my parents and then have a spontaneous dance party.
What do you do for fun when you’re not competing?
I love spending time with my family! They’ve been incredibly forgiving and supportive of me over the last several years, and I’m closer now to my parents than I’ve ever been before. My Mom and I attend the same church, and we try to share a meal together every other week. I also see my Dad and his wife fairly frequently, and we even get to go on bike rides together sometimes. My sister lives in Birmingham, so I don’t get to see her as much as I would like, but when we do get together it’s like a stand-up comedy routine. I can be really silly at times. I’m also one of the laziest people you will ever meet. On recovery days, I come home from work and binge watch shows on Netflix. I mostly watch dramas. I do enjoy comedies as well – just not romantic comedies.
What has been your favorite part about racing?
My favorite part about racing so far has been meeting so many amazing people. I’ve made so many friends since the season started, and I’m always impressed by how hard they train throughout the year and the level of pain they are able to push through on the weekends. It’s also really interesting to see how personalities differ on the bike versus off. Some people who are aggressive in the race may be surprisingly timid after we cross the line. I’m also grateful for organizations like SRS that don’t let men’s racing overshadow women’s events. Marilyn and her team have done an excellent job of providing full support for even the smaller women’s fields.
SRS, managed by Start Smart Cycling, concludes in September in Greenville, S.C. when overall points leaders will also receive a custom Schmitt Jewelers watch ($750 dollar value) at the SRS championships in Greenville, S.C. Registration information, complete schedule and event updates are available online at www.srs-racing.com/. Follow the event on Facebook (SoutheastRegionalSeries) and Twitter (SRSChampions).