Kim Chance

Member Testimonials

I became a certified Johnny G cycling instructor in 1998. I also started teaching classes at the North Dallas Athletic Club under the ownership of Mike Chandler. During that time, I met a member named Jo Dean. Jo was from Australia and was an avid mountain biker. She attended my spin classes and encouraged me to go out and ride bikes with her. At the time, I didn’t own a bike, so she suggested that I rent one from the Richardson Bike Mart (RBM). I did.

I was quickly initiated into mountain biking when I crashed into barbed wire, ripped my leg open, and had to continue riding so that I could keep up (e.g. not get dropped). Soon after this, I went ahead and bought my own mountain bike, signed up through the USA cycling as a licensed competitor, and entered the Texas Mountain Bike Racing Association. As a beginner, I won the series and then became a member of The Matrix Cycling Team sponsored by the RBM. My students at spin class thought I was crazy, but of course they were supportive.

Fast forward to January 2017, I won my first National Championship title in Hartford, Connecticut, in the discipline of Cyclocross. During that same year, I competed in the discipline known as marathon mountain biking (50 miles on an extra challenging course) at the USA National Championship and placed second. The following year, I raced at Nationals again in 2018, getting second place. With a silver medal, I knew the elevated training and sacrifice required to win the National Championship. In spin class, I used my time on the bike to work through the required intervals and drills put forth to me by my coaches. My students didn’t always know this, but they were in training right along with me!

This year (2019), after losing ten pounds, using BEMER therapy for six months, riding my prescribed workouts, and staying focused on my weekend rides, I was able to shave 45 minutes off of my time from the previous year. In 2019, I took home the gold at the Marathon MTB National Championships in Palo Duro Canyon, Texas. My official winning time: 4 hours, 32 minutes.

I am so grateful for the support of my cycling family here at TELOS. They don’t know how much the rides with them mean to me and how I use their energy to keep going. I’m also grateful for the staff here and the way the club operates to create success in the dreams and goals of our programs. I need to give special thanks to Dr. Hare for the chiropractic adjustments. He keeps me in line!

I don’t think I will stop competing–my next big event will be the 2019 USA Cycling Masters Road National Championships in Colorado Springs this August. I have yet to compete at the National Championship on skinny tires. Fingers crossed!