Amy Benner

Height

5'9"

Weight

130 lbs

Birthdate

06.20.1988

Pro since

2017

Strengths

All-rounder

Hometown

Santa Barbara, CA

Residence

Santa Barbara, CA

Follow Amy

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly

Amy Benner was encouraged to be physically active from an early age and engaged in a variety of sports including softball, horseback riding, cross-country running and backpacking. She started cycling as a commuter in college before doing some of the local group rides and was encouraged to race. A return to school and racing at the collegiate level led to top results and earned her a spot in the professional peloton for 2017.

What inspired you to ride?

I've always loved cycling – I think it's the meditative part of it, and maybe the adventure part of it too. It's my happy place. The more I did it, the better I liked it.

Racing obstacle you overcame?

Balancing my final semester of teaching school and the 2016 racing season was a huge challenge. It was very hard. I was running on no sleep for four months.

Favorite cheat meal?

Burgers, fries and Oreos – especially the Oreos.

Favorite healthy meal or snack?

Favorite healthy snack is apples and almond butter. Also, I like avocados with Cholula sauce.

Tip for staying healthy?

Sleeping. Sometimes I don't take my advice, but it doesn't change the fact that sleep is the best thing ever.

What motivates you to ride?

Riding makes me happy! It feeds a part of my soul that nothing else can.

Stories with Amy

Road Diary
George & Eric | Meet the Gila Monster
“C’mon de Vos.” “C’mon de Vos.” “C’mon de Vos!” Jonas whispered repeatedly. It was critical moment in the most important stage of the 2017 Tour of the Gila. Rally Cycling’s…
6 days ago
Race Report
Evan Huffman Wins Tour of the Gila
Rally Cycling dominated the 31st edition of the Tour of the Gila, holding onto the leader’s red jersey from start to finish with Evan Huffman claiming overall victory. Rob Britton…
6 days ago