FTW Racing in Minneapolis/St Paul

Anna Matthews

Anna Matthews

Cyclocross, gravel

Favorite Cycling Snack
Homemade treats, pretzels, peanut M&M’S, CLIF Shot Blocks–Margarita flavor only!

Favorite Bike
My All-City Log Lady. I built it up as a monster cross bike. I ride it in cyclocross races, mountain biking, and anywhere there is dirt…it’s up for any adventure.

Life Motto

I’ve never been one for a motto. I don’t believe I say any one thing consistently to myself¬† I listen too hard to the cognitive dissonance in my head to have one?! I have guiding principles. Being “true to yourself” is important. But, before that you must “know yourself” and also probably “love yourself”. I’ll claim those three.

Role Model
My cycling role model is Katie Keough. She seems grounded, wise, and gracious. I appreciate that she speaks openly about her mental health journey. And she is fierce on the CX course.

Describe your perfect day

There are so many ways I could have a perfect day. It definitely excludes any errands or work or sense of obligation. The day begins after a full night of restful sleep. I wake up with the sunlight and have some kind of oatmeal. I couldn’t have a perfect day without eating oats. I spend time in the morning lazing in a sunny spot with a book and hot beverage and a cat. At some point –I wouldn’t want to plan it–I take a bike ride involving dirt. During the in between times, I do whatever I like around the house–a very domestic day. In the evening, I prepare a huge snack buffet. I’m having a few friends over for a campfire and conversation. That’s a perfect day for me:¬† mostly close to home, alone time, friend time, and finger food!