When Chelsea Weidinger showed up in San Francisco, she wasted no time getting comfortable with the quirks one can only find in the City. Currently the first and only woman riding for MASH, she has been making a name for herself since winning first female at their Cutty Cross Cat in 2012. Now preparing to race at the elite UCI level, Chelsea's intense focus on training and personal prowess is matched only by her love of coffee. She is a working class athlete and when not on a bike can be found preparing and serving some of the best beans in SF, courtesy of Four Barrel. To balance her demanding schedule Chelsea finds satisfaction through the simple pleasures of taking in enveloping essay with her dear cat Dorian. No stranger to the lack of proper female representation in cycling, Chelsea has a message for all those women who have yet to take the plunge, "We all look out for each other so if you are a woman reading this and you’ve been thinking about racing but for some reason find it intimidating - don’t! The more the merrier. We are all in this together."
Words and Photos by John Daniel Reiss