Sunski Collective ~ Libby Caldwell
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Sunski Collective ~ Libby Caldwell

Who is Libby? Tell us a little about yourself.

A Bay Area native with a passion for 2 wheeled fun!

How did you get into adventure cycling?

I started riding bikes after I tore my ACL playing soccer in high school. I was lucky enough to go to a high school that had a great mountain bike program. After I started riding, I never looked back! Over the years my riding has evolved from strictly MTB to road to gravel and now somewhere in between all of those disciplines!

We really dig your love for snacks! Got any pro snacking tips for other snack-loving cyclists?

  • Snack more, bonk less ;)
  • Bring more snacks than you think you’ll need
  • Go salty + sweet! You lose a lot of salt when exercising and you need the sugar to fuel your activity!

Besides staying super fueled with snacks, what does a typical training ride look like to you?

I do most of my training on my gravel bike. I usually do prescribed workouts on the road then treat myself with some dirt shredding afterward to keep it fun! 

What words of advice do you have for someone who is looking to get into adventure cycling or enter their first race?

For folks just getting into riding, my general advice would be investing in a good chamois, planning riding routes around bakery or food stops, and always bringing a hand pump. And if you want to get into racing I highly recommend trying out a destination bike race. I strategically signed up for races this year that were in places I wanted to explore after the race itself. Treat it like a little vacation! Live a little! 

In your experience, what can cycling do to make the world a better place?

Cycling has the power to connect the world. Bikes could replace cars, could make folks more active and healthy and build a diverse, connected, community. 

Ok, what's the fastest way to get better at cycling? Reveal your secrets.

Find great riding buddies! It will motivate you to get out there and of course fuel some healthy competition!

Have you ever had to overcome a serious injury or setback? What did you learn from the experience?

Cycling is a low impact sport, until it is a very high impact sport… So I have definitely struggled with injuries from crashes. Last year I suffered from a brain injury while riding my gravel bike. The brain is a scary thing to injure. It is difficult because your body feels fine, ready to tackle anything, but you feel stuck in the mind of someone you don't recognize at the same time. That type of injury, where you dont feel like yourself, forces you to really appreciate every day you feel normal.

What does Live Life Outside mean to you?

I am happiest when I am outside. So whether it be when I am on a bike, or out hiking deep in the forest or lounging on the beach I feel I am most at peace in the fresh air. Live Life Outside means seize the outdoors, use it to the best of your ability and cherish it for as long as you can.

Favorite pair of Sunki's and why?

Dipseas were the first pair of Sunskis I bought 4 years ago and they remain my favorite to this day. What can I say, the frame is timeless, and looks great on nearly everybody. I also love that they are named after an infamous trail in Mill Valley that holds the oldest trail race in America.