Rachael works in financial services by day, but cycling is one of the many activities she fits around her career. Rachael started her working life as a professional violinist and, although she is still actively involved with orchestras and string quartets, it has now largely a winter vocation with cycle racing (time trialling) being her leisure activity of choice during the summer. One of Rachael's biggest passions is getting women into the sport and she feels Zwift can play a big part in this. Many women feel quite overwhelmed at the thought of getting involved in cycle racing as it can appear a very impenetrable domain, and Zwift offers a friendly, easy and enjoyable route to race amongst likeminded women - and perhaps progress to racing outdoors in the future.
Tina started Zwifting in January 2016, to overcome major illness and get back to physical and mental strength. That’s when she discovered how well riding on Zwift can be combined with the tight schedule of a working mom. She joined the KISS Racing Team in December 2016, as racing has always been her favourite part of Zwift. Soon after, she also discovered her love for cycling and racing outside. She would like to encourage more women to race on Zwift, and to show them that they don’t have to be super strong cyclists to enjoy racing and to find their own sense of achievement.
Katie was an occasional outdoor cyclist with a demanding work schedule in cancer research that left her little time for fitness. She discovered Zwift in January of 2017 and has been hooked ever since.
She completed nearly 4,000 miles her first year on Zwift, graduated from Zwift Academy and was invited to join Kiss Racing Team after expressing her enjoyment of the Academy’s race component. To her surprise, she won the QOM challenge at Zwift on Tour in Seattle soon after. Katie wishes to continue improving her fitness and racing skills, while encouraging more women to race, regardless of experience level.
Karen came across Zwift in late 2015. It was the perfect solution to the extra miles and hours of training she needed to do to complete a one day, 226mile / 17,000ft elevation cycling sportive around Snowdonia, Wales in June 2016.
That year she was the only female who managed to complete the event. Her improved fitness was also handy for the Prudential Ride London sportive the following month where she managed to complete the 100mile course in 4hrs32mins.
Karen currently holds her local cycling clubs record for the Women's 10 mile and Hill Climb TT's.
Ian has been training and racing on Zwift since October 2015. He was roped in by the GCN race in September of 2015 and soon found the racing community through Nathan Guerra's ZTR broadcasts.
His first exposure to #type2fun was the KISS Chase in February, which led to his race series (TWW) being merged into the KISS family later that month. KISS Americas was born and the rest is history!
Glen discovered Zwift in September 2015 as a replacement for his monotonous training schedule staring at a blank wall. His first race was the ARCC race at the end of November that year. This series later went on to become the KISS Night Road Race Series.
What followed has changed virtual cycle racing on Zwift forever.
Carol has been riding with Zwift since the beta days of 2015. Zwift was a good coping mechanism for long snowy winters. She became involved with KISS after responding to a request from Glen & Mike looking for a logo design for the newly formed racing series. Carol became the organization's go-to graphic designer. Carol participates in races on a casual basis, with her favourite being the Monday Starter Series.
Mechanical Engineer (designing medical devices for a living) by day and father/dog trainer and trialler/online retailer/online racing promoter by night (i.e. seriously bloody time crunched!). Raced BMX as a kid (fat lad coming last) have raced 24 hour MTB as part of a team and at some point want to have a go at CX. Started off racing ZTR at the end of July 2015. Loved it but as Zwift started to play with the drafting and as more and more races were spoilt by people not respecting the neutral started to get a bit disenchanted with it. Offered to help Wayne out as the ARCC race fizzled out and then KISS rose form the ashes. Glen and I tried to copy the neutral and after making a complete cock up of it binned it. I tend to focus on the scheduling /rules/human performance side of things and in the early days did the results by hand whilst watching Nathan's stream.
James took up Zwifting in October 2015 as a way to maintain fitness over winter. Racing in Zwift became more addictive and enjoyable than the monotony of real life crits (an hour of bunch riding avoiding crashes before the final sprint).
In March 2016 ZwiftPower was born. After being approached by KISS the site received an overhaul and now provides LIVE results for most Zwift races.
Mike started Zwifting in November 2015. Looking for a more competitive experience, but unable to make the existing KISS Americas race times, Mike contacted Glen about setting up a KISS race at 6.00 am West coast USA time.
The first KISS Pacific event took place in September 2016. Rapidly increasing participation numbers soon made KISS Pacific a permanent mid-week fixture.