13 Questions with Amy Dombroski

Good Morning Interwebs,

Today we start a new feature called 13 questions, where I ask ‘cross people(Pro’s, Industry, Fans, Bloggers, Amateurs, etc.) 13 questions that I came up with after a couple beers and asking friends what they would want to know…

We’re gonna start with ‘Cross Diva’, Amy Dombroski of crankbrothersThe Race Club. Born a skier in Vermont, the combination of two knee injuries, a brothers bicycle, and moving to Boulder quickly got her into bike racing. And getting into bike racing quickly made her wicked fast! Here are her responses…

 1.    What would the best Hand UP be in your opinion?

$50 bills! In Vegas, lemonade. In proper ‘cross weather, hot chocolate. At the final race of season, Fireball.

 2.    Would you rather give up embrocation or chamois cream?

Embro

 3.    Your favorite CX race?

I have a love/hate relationship with CrossVegas…it’s hot, it’s late, it’s Las Vegas, and you’ve been standing all day with sponsor obligations and you’re way over-stimulated from the flashing lights. But all that disappears soon as the gun is fired and the maniac fans & spectators leave you in awe and in a frantic need to ride your lungs out.
As for my favorite race for the heart of ‘cross: Hoogerheide WC.

 4.    Best looking ‘crosser you know?

Besides myself? I think he is a true ‘crosser at heart: Lars Boom.

 5.    Most embarrassing moment?

Shortly after I moved to Boulder I went to the humane society and came home with an orange kitten I named Burkie, after the ski academy I attended Burke Mtn Academy. Soon I was traveling the world in search of excellence via pedaling…and I could no longer take care of the sweet kitten, so I flew to VT to deliver Burkie to my dad. Prior to leaving I placed Burkie in his litter box and told him to do his business b/c we would have a long trip ahead of us. When we boarded the plane he was crying and making a scene; no matter how much I talked to or petted him nothing helped. I was flustered and hoped the white-noise of the plane would tame both Burkie and his cries. But it continued and continued until about 5min following the “we have started our descent into Chicago, flight attendants please take your seats…”. Then a stench rose to our noses and Burkie’s crying subsided. The poor guy just needed to poo! Now that we were minutes from landing there was nothing I could do to clean it and rid of the stench; Burkie, myself, and the other lucky people surrounding us would need to wait until we had landed…either that or don their oxygen masks!

 6.    What would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Raspberries, cherries, cantaloupe, prosciutto, arugula, cheddar cheese, plain yogurt, milk, eggs, carrots, red onion, meat scraps for the feral cat, maple syrup, my Dad’s homemade jam, butter, oatmeal bread.

 7.    Best advice for racers?

If it’s not fun why do it?? Smile and have fun!

 8.    2 truths and 1 lie about yourself (don’t tell which is which)?

I have a lucky bagel in my garage that has been there since 1989.
I grew up on a Christmas Tree Farm.
I have a really good singing voice and am fairly musically-talented.

 9.    Competitor you like racing against the most?

sorry but I’m going to need to turn to road racing for this. Alexis Rhoads. I think Australians have a knack for inflicting pain on others through pedaling ridiculously hard. I was lucky enough to race against Alex as well as be her teammate. If you’re racing against her you know she’s going to try like hell to rip your legs off. If she’s defending a teammate, you know her teammate will win with time to spare. If she’s a domestique with you, you know you’re going to have to step it up a notch or ten so she doesn’t make you look like a worthless teammate.

 10. What would your closest friends tell me about you?

“amy is a hermit and loves to sleep. She is in a constant struggle of fitting the off-road bike racer mould because she doesn’t like the taste of beer.”

 11. Favorite physical feature about yourself?

My ghetto booty.

 12. Which is more crucial to a PB&J, the PB or the J ?

This is tricky… A pb&j can be good with any kind of pb, be it Jiffy packed with chemicals or almond butter or freshly ground peanut butter. But I won’t eat a pb&j unless it has homemade jam with berry seeds in it or actual pieces of fruit.

 13. On a scale of 1 – 10, how fast are you?

11.

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