Amy Kimber has been involved in competitive athletics for over 30 years and brings a wealth of experience in team sports and individual training. Amy’s early interests were in softball and basketball, where she was a team captain and four-year varsity player in high school and a team captain for her basketball team in college. After her college playing career was over, Amy’s love for competition and training led her into cycling, where she began racing mountain bikes in 1996 and raced in the Expert/Elite category within 2 years. In 2002, Amy began road racing with the Bissel Women’s team and quickly moved up the ranks from Cat 4 to Cat 2 and achieving Cat 1 status in 2011. Amy’s accomplishments in road racing in the Cat 1/Cat 2 category are impressive and include more than 30 overall race wins, multiple road racing and criterium state championships and multiple MBRA season series championships.
Over the last few years, Amy’s interests in cycling have included endurance and ultra-endurance gravel and off-road races. Amy’s recent accomplishments include being the overall Women’s winner at the 2012 Barry Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race, completing the grueling Dirty Kanza 200 gravel race in 2016, and finishing the Leadville Trail 100 mountain bike race in time to earn the infamous Leadville buckle in 2016. A common thread throughout Amy’s sports career has been her passion for strength training and cross training. She began lifting as a teenager and has spent years of personal research on strength training techniques as wells as staying up to date with trends in sports nutrition. Amy’s personal experience in years of competitive sports has shown her the importance of incorporating a multifaceted approach to training to reduce injuries and maximize results in competition. In her personal life, Amy has a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Special Education endorsement and currently teaches Early Childhood Special Education in Allegan County. Amy is also a mountain bike coach for the Grand Rapids Dirt Dawgs where she works with young kids being introduced to the sport.