Nicole Duke is a professional cyclocross racer, current Masters National Cyclocross Champion, newest member of the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com professional team and SPY’s marquee female cycling athlete.
Nicole grew up in Florida riding dirt bikes and surfing before transitioning to mountain biking where she would eventually turn pro in downhill and dual slalom. As her professional career wound down Duke pursued a career as a hairstylist, met her future husband and started a family, but the racing bug never quite left her system. In 2007, she entered her first cyclocross race, finished third, and was hooked on competing again.
Since her foray into off-road racing, Nicole and her technical riding skills have landed her on the podium more often than not. In the Cat 1 Women’s Elite class, she won the Colorado State Championship, nabbed a couple “Most Aggressive Rider” awards, and she on her way to qualifying for the Worlds Team for 2012. Here continued successes are a testament to the possibilities of sheer determination, and she does it all while balancing duties as a mom, wife, coach, gardener, nationally-ranked paddle boarder, mountain biker, road racer, former pro down-hiller and stylist.