Fellow cyclists, as I was making the rounds at the Adirondack Sports & Fitness Expo, I came across Ann Mullaly who is a member of the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club. During my conversation with her, she came up with a great idea, why not profile female cyclists from the area? What a great idea since I have been seeing more and more female cyclists on the road, and visiting the local bike shops. So, without further thought, I reached out to an old friend, Heather Rizzi, who happens to be the General Manager of Plaine and Son in Schenectady, and asked if she would provide me with her biography.
When I was first introduced to Heather many years ago, she was a young professional cyclist who had just joined the staff at Plaine and Son. Immediately, she impressed me with her knowledge of a bike, the bike industry, and what best suited my needs. Over the years, she steered me towards purchasing many Specialized bikes from the store, and I have never forgotten the impact she made on me and my cycling experience.
Age: 34 years old
Family Life: Married to Andrew Rizzi, 2 children, Addison, 5, Aidan 2.5
Type of Cycling Experience: Mountain biker, Road Biker, Event Promotor, Founder HRRT, General Manager Plaine and Son, Broadway Bicycle co., Brand Ambassador Specialized Bicycles
Cycling Highlights: 2002- 2006 Pro Endurance Mountain Bike Racer for Specialized Bicycles and Numerous other industry partners- Top achievement Ranked 8th in world for 24 hour solo mtb
Current Highlights– Endurance focused MTB races- training for 2013 Leadville in Colorado, followed by 6 day Breck Epic Stage race the day after
2012: Overall female winner at Lake George 50 mile Road Criterium, and Hops to Drops Road Race, 2nd place pro/ expert Singelspeed Palozza Mtb Race, 2nd place womans open at the Carrabasset Endurance MTb Race in Maine
Professional Life: General Manager of Broadway Bicycle Co ( Albany, NY), and Plaine and Son Bike / Ski Board (Schenectady, NY) : 2 Elite Level 13,000 sq foot Specialized Stores- featuring bikes for all ages, clinics, workshops and more
Mentions: Certified Specialized Core Product Specialist, BG Bike Fit Certified, Woman’s Specific Cycling Product Specialist, Computrainer Spin Scan Accredited, USA Ski and Binding Certified
Founder HRRT Bicycle Club. Club has over 400 members, and organizes 12 plus events each year for the mountain biker and Road cyclist, triathlete. Youth development program, Team, as well as Ladies Program, HRRT Bike Belles.