Meet the Team

Meet the Team

We’re one of the largest women’s cycling teams in the Pacific Northwest; with approximately 50 members, our team is a veritable force whenever the rubber meets the road, the track and the dirt.

Gina Estep (President)

Road - Cat 3, Cyclocross - Elite, Mountain- Expert

Found the love of cycling through triathlon. My goal this season is to share the joy  of cycling with my teammates and have lots of successful races!

Olga Magun (Vice President)

Road-Cat 3, CX-Cat 4, Track Cat 3

Cycling has given me so much: a way to challenge myself, become part of a community, and share experiences with my 3 bike-loving boys and husband.

Tonya LeRoy (Secretary)

Road-Cat 5, CX-Cat 5, Mtn-Beginner

Mother of 2. Injured runner, turned cyclist. Trying stay fit while being a busy mom.

Niki Weiss (Treasurer)

Lifetime athlete who came to all disciplines in cycling from a love of cyclocross. Full time job, full time racing, full time life!

Betty Putnam

CX Cat 3

A lapsed swimmer turned cyclist, I enjoy spending time outdoors in many capacities. Caught the ‘Cross bug last season- working on riding more and running less!

Julie Robertson Zivin

CX Cat 2, Road Cat 2, Track Cat 3, MTN Expert/Pro

I am a mother, partner, and physician who enjoys racing and riding my bike with an affinity for dirt and mountains.

Liz Nettles

Road - Cat 2, Cyclocross - Cat 3 Mountain, Track- Cat 2

A mother to a 9yr. old daughter, 2 stepsons, wife & Real Estate Broker. She has been road racing on/off for 17 yrs & recently racing mainly cyclocross & focusing on improving her cross skills.

Karen Wilkinson

Road - Cat 3 , Cyclocross - Cat 2

A wife, mother of three grown boys, and a business owner who enjoys racing cyclocross and road. Hoping to get back on the bike for 2019 after a long two year absence.

Rachel Wood

Road Cat 3, CX Cat 3

I started cycling as a commuter and found that I love the competitiveness and camaraderie of racing with a team. I'm working toward upgrading and continuing to develop my skills!

Jodie Ramsey

Cyclocross Cat 3/4 45+ or 50+ and Mountain Sport and Expert Masters

This year I'd like to race/ride a few gravel fondos as well as a few of the NW Epic Series mountain bike races.  I plan to work on speed and endurance (not getting any younger) to prepare for 3-5 hour races. 

Mindy Ziffren-Hall

Road Cat 1

Co-founder of Sound Velo Cycling (Team Thrive), former cat 1 racer with over 10 years of race experience in every discipline but focused primarily on the road. Mother of two and healthy living coach teaching others how to create a healthy lifestyle from the inside out.

Ingrid Anne Stavrica

Road Cat 4

Student, director of small global health NGO, newer to cycling, and looking forward this cycling year to both helping out with Team Thrive events, races & team needs and to start racing myself! 🙂

Devon Simpson

Road - Cat 3 , Cyclocross - Cat 3, Mountain- Expert, Track- Cat 3

Bike nerd. Focus on enduros. The more down and tech the better!

Amanda McNabb

Road Cat 3, Cyclocross Cat 3.

A veterinarian who loves climbing mountains on bike or foot. A team member since 2005 serving as cyclocross lead with the goal of growing our team skills and vibe.

Rose Hoosnan

CX Cat 4

I've been cycling recreationally for the past several years, dabbling in triathlons and rides. I live in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle and am a content strategist for UW Medicine. For the past several years, my main focus was running, but I have started cycling more often -- and I love it! I'm excited to learn more about cyclocross and road racing, and hopefully, try out some cx races this fall.

Ashlyn Talbot

Road - Cat 5 , Cyclocross - Cat 5, Mountain- Cat 3

I'm new to the world of cycling, but super excited to learn everything I can. Nervous means do it!

Lee Smith

Road - Cat 3 , Cyclocross - Cat 2, Mountain- Cat 3, Track- Cat 4

Co-parent of two young Dalmatians. Following a serious injury in 2014, I”m now focused on cyclocross and gravel races, and hope to do more mountain biking. 

Sharon Gregg

CX Cat 2, Road Cat 3, Enduro Cat 3, XC Cat 3, Track Cat 4

From a way to get to work 20 miles away in high school, touring across the state, challenging myself in a race, or just getting out in the woods, a bike for me equals freedom, comaradarie, and good times.  

Colleen Grygier

A mother to 1 little girl, who loves road racing and cyclocross, and is interested in trying out track.  Working to upgrade to Cat 2 Road in 2019

Malia Greening

Road - Cat 2 , Cyclocross - Cat 3

A school teacher and mother of two children and 3 rescue dogs who enjoys RV trips, cyclocross, and road racing, chocolate, Hawaii, beer...

Diane Zaida

CX Cat 4

If a given activity involves a bike, I've probably done it at some point in my life: road, track, cx, MTB, triathlon, alley cat races, food delivery, UPS seasonal package delivery, long-distance touring...

Current love is cyclocross in all its ridiculous glory. (I teach middle school. You better believe the stress relief is needed."

Kenda Super

Road Cat 3, Mtn Cat 1, CX Cat 2, Track Cat 4

I am a construction manager with a passion for all things biking.  I love the discovery and challenges that come with mountain biking and the competition and community of cyclocross. 

Kelsey Hawley

Road Cat 5, MTB Beginner

A software engineer new to racing, looking to blow off some steam with a great community!

Ashley Belmert

CX Cat 3, MTB CAT 1, Road Cat 4

I’m a coffee/ wine/ chocolate fan working as a Barista/ Server, mountain Bike Guide by day and racing every chance I get. My goals for 2019 are to enjoy some road racing and hopefully some fun gravel adventures. 

Christina Polwarth

CX Cat 3, XC Cat 1/expert, Enduro cat 2/sport, Road & Track Cat 5

I work for Crane Aerospace and Electronics where I design and develop electronic devices for space applications. I started riding for triathlon around 6 years ago and have broadened my scope over time. I look forward to racing with Team Thrive.

Jane Gregg

Endurance/XC Cat 2, Road Cat 3, Cyclo-cross Cat 4

Geotechnical Engineer who owes her love of cycling to her Mom! My 2019 goals are to get back into racing and to ride with an awesome, strong team.

Kem Valliant-Saunders

CX Cat 2, MTB Cat 2, Road Cat 3

I am originally from Ottawa, Ontario but I have lived in Seattle since 2004. I am a technical-scientific sales rep and live with my partner, dog, and 2 cats in the Central District in Seattle. I have gone to state and national competitions in cyclocross.  My favorite cycling disciplines are crits, cyclocross, Gran Fondos/gravel rides, and mountain biking.

Katie Staver

CX Cat 2, MTB Cat 2, Road Cat 4

I am a Seattle newbie as of July 2019 and I am loving the PNW! I moved here so I can work for Sportworks as a Marketing Specialist. My favorite cycling is when I get to feel like I am flying through the trees on my bike. I love mud, dirt, gravel, and hills.