Amy Thornquist was born in Billings, Montana and now lives and plays in the mountains of Utah. She’s an inaugural member of the KÜHL Women’s Masters Cycling Team.
What makes you a KÜHL kid? How do you live the mountain culture?
My father loved gathering all 8 children in the family station wagon and pulling the pop-up trailer all over the mountains. I grew up loving the outdoors: hiking, fishing, river rafting and the fun adventure of cutting down the yearly Christmas tree in loads of snow.
Living in Salt Lake City allows me to continue enjoying my love for the great outdoors. I love swimming, biking and running in the Wasatch mountains out our back door and in the the beautiful red-rock desert a few hours south of us.
What’s your most memorable adventure?
Pre-riding the 70.3 World Championship ½ Ironman course in Austria. My fiancé, Shane, and I took a wrong turn and ended up in a 10 mile long underground tunnel for fast moving cars, buses and semi trucks only. There was no turning back, and no room for cyclists. Those who have been to Europe know, the roads are the size of American side walks and there in no speed limit. We both rode as fast and hard as we ever had, scared for our lives and loaded with adrenaline. I hit my highest HR and power numbers ever that day.
Of course, I also loved, eating, drinking and biking my way through Northern Italy with the man of my dreams.
If you could adventure anywhere in the world for a week or two, where would you go?
Northern Italy, again and again, chasing Shane up the 48 hairpin turns of the Stelvio Pass.
Who inspires you?
The KÜHL Masters Cycling team of Utah. They are the most welcoming, kindhearted, generous, goal oriented, and highly competitive athletes. They all manage full-time careers, families, multiple home projects, as well as overcoming the latest crash or nagging injury. Despite it all, they always have a smile on their face, donning some sort of sweet KÜHL clothing and offering their best beer or grilled brat after a race or ride in the mountains. I’m honored to be a part of this team!
What’s your favorite piece of gear?
The KÜHL women’s kontra pant in Syrah. The rich red color and relaxing fit is like sipping on a jammy red glass of wine on a Friday night.
What’s your worst habit?
Food. I will be cooking up a batch of home-made lemon, blueberry, ricotta cheese pancakes daydreaming of what I am going to fix for dinner that night.
What Song makes you most stoked to play hard?
Better Now by Collective Soul
What’s the worst injury you sustained from an adventure and how did you recover?
Quadruple sacrum and pelvis fractures during the pro-women’s Cascade Cycling Classic 8 weeks prior to my goal race, the Masters Time Trial World Championships in Italy. I had to be non-weight bearing for 6-7 weeks. I swam every day leading up to the race, hobbling to the pool on crutches and needing help to get in and out of the pool. Hopped back on my time trail bike the week before and took home the Bronze.