Anatalia Joy (AJ) is a 22-year-old professional enduro rider from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Before beginning her cycling career, she competed as a springboard diver, a triathlete, and a pole vaulter. After two concussions and a broken neck ended her diving career, AJ began to channel energy into pole vaulting, which she continued at the NCAA Division 1 level at Baylor University. When injury struck again, AJ was nudged towards mountain biking, which sparked a new passion for cycling. She then joined the Baylor Cycling Team and qualified for the Collegiate Mountain Biking National Championships during her first season of cross-country competition. Eager to become more involved, AJ decided to try her hand at enduro, and a second-place finish in her first professional race was enough to sell her on the sport. Trading her track spikes in for mountain bike cleats, AJ now races professionally with aspirations to qualify for the Enduro World Series in 2020.
Mountain biking is just half of AJ’s life, however, as she is also a full-time fiddle player and student. She currently fiddles for award-winning Texas country music artist Holly Tucker. In her free time, AJ enjoys writing and spending time with her family. She’ll be the first to tell you that her hope, purpose, and joy are in Christ, and that life is an entrustment from the Lord. Her life verse, Matthew 5:16, is displayed on the sleeve of her jersey to remind her why she does what she does.”
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