Arien Coppock learned to hammer it on a bike while growing up on a farm in South Africa. Stacked with several national championships, she raced as a pro in Europe until the global recession forced almost half of the women's pro teams to close shop.
Arien, just shy of thirty years old, is well into the subsequent chapters of her cycling career, working with adventure company Duvine and, as of just a few days ago, raising a small family in Italy with her husband, Tom.
Arien has genuine cycling DNA (her 82 year old grandmother still takes three hour rides!) and her story is an interesting narrative of pushing one's self to the limits, digging even deeper as a domestique, and bridging the gap to become an award-winning cycling guide.
Arien's photo is courtesy of LinkedIn