Lisa Tharp, Coach
Sweetlines SUGAR SHOWDOWN SANTA CRUZ
Lisa Tharp has been riding bikes for 13 years. She was always athletic growing up, but it wasn’t until her early 20′s that she found mountain biking and a lifetime passion. Racing competitively on the downhill scene was her top priority for the better half of a decade, and during that time Lisa won a collegiate title, several state and regional titles and made the US World Champs team in 2007.
Today Lisa is still very involved in the cycling industry. She works for SmartEtailing, a e-commerce company that helps bike shops develop their website and web presence. She’s an IMIC certified coach and is thrilled to help people of all ages advance to their next level of riding. She also volunteers her time locally to educational programs and developmental mountain-bike programs as well. Lisa and her husband Jimi are stepping out into a new venture with their custom surfboard shaping company, Stache Surfboards.
“What I like most about riding a bike: Creating friendships and memories with people. Growing as a person thanks to all the opportunities and challenges biking provides. What I like most about coaching: Watching women specifically accomplish a goal and overcome a fear in the process. The gratification on their face is priceless and courage is a trait that can grow.”
Bio courtesy Lisa Tharp.