Rider of the Week
Ursula Haney Stack
RM3: Tell us a little about yourself and what makes you, you?
I am a mom of 3 amazing children and have been married for 24 years. I grew up with 4 older brothers which I think gave me the tenacity I have. I got my nickname Tenacious U because I was always wanting to do what they did. This translates to my riding as well. No matter how fast the guys were going or how hard a hill was to climb I just never ever gave up trying to be faster or be a better climber. I don't always succeed but dang it I will die trying to keep up with the boys.
RM3: When did you start cycling and when did you realized you really enjoyed it?
4 years ago I worked with a women who had rode the Bike MS ride for 20 years. I had a single speed at the time and trained on the road never having done more than 20 miles at a time. Which at the time I thought was long! A friend let me borrow his road bike because he realized I was going to hurt really bad doing 150 miles on my bike. Once I clipped in it was literally love at first revolution. There is nothing more exhilarating then feeling the wind on your face going downhill like you are on a roller coaster.
RM3: What drives/motivates you to succeed in cycling and in life?
As in cycling and life, you can't give up. No matter how tired you may be, giving up just isn't an option. Always have a smile even though you don't feel like it at times.
RM3: What do you enjoy about the cycling community?
The closeness and socialization. I am such a social butterfly. I like how everyone has each other's back. It's truly like nothing I have ever experienced before. You can be on a grueling ride and everyone will joke or try to lighten up the situation to cheer each other on to get it done.
RM3: Do you participate in many charity rides, and if so which one stands out the most to you?
I really love charity rides! There are so many awesome ones to list but my favorite would be Bike Luck. Julia Engel is truly an inspirational strong bad ass woman. To give back and to create a safe environment for the children at Camp Luck is awesome. Kids are my soft spot and I love to see them have so much fun.
RM3: If you could cycle anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I honestly can't name a place but I would love to ride anywhere there is an ocean view as well as a place with lots of climbing. I used to hate climbing but I got out of my comfort level and spent some time in the mountains this year and have fallen in love with it.
RM3: Where do you enjoying cycling in the Charlotte Area?
I really enjoy cycling in Waxhaw and Mineral Springs.
RM3: What do you find exciting about cycling?
What isn't exciting about it? The adrenaline you get from keeping your wheel so close to the rider in front of you, going fast down a hill, there are endless things to love about it.
RM3: When you are not cycling what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Well since I started my goal of hitting 12K this year I haven't had much time for anything else! But when I do get off the saddle, I enjoy spending time with my kids and family. Pretty much all my hobbies include exercise and being outdoors.
RM3: We all have some kind of bucket list items to accomplish, What are your top 3 in cycling?
1. Ride to DC
2. Ride across America
3. Be able to ride until I die
RM3: Thank you Ursula for your support and for participating in the RM3 ride. We look forward to seeing you out there!