Full disclosure: I am new to the cycling world. I do not pretend to be the unstoppable mountains-fear-me cyclist. My cycling game is a summit-in-progress (bunnyhill-in-progress, let’s be real). I am tough in other ways. I am a working mother of two daughters. I am a marathoner; as slow and as stubborn as they come. I am a kickboxer; as punch-happy and as fearful of being punched, as those come. I am a thoughtful thinker and driven activist, and with age and life experiences, a new confidence and pride in my femme-power has and continues to emerge. It’s an important time to identify as a woman.
I am new to cycling, but deeply in tune with brands that resonate with my quit-or-die-trying outlook. When presented the opportunity of joining this startup, what attracted me the most, was not just the vision of the founder, infused in the impactful messaging that comes thru with each product and each post, but the level of commitment and enthusiasm from the team, that is behind it. There is inspiration around every corner, and I aspire to be powerful athletes that I find showcased on grade.
Joining grade on this climb, is joining a fellowship of diverse athletes of all genders, of all ethnicities, of all ages. I want to be a part of that. I want people to see my grade hoodie, and know I am in quiet solidarity with like-minded individuals from around the world. I want people to see me ride by, and recognize from my kit, that I am too proud for my own good. I might be the last one up the mountain, but I am getting up the mountain. For my peace, for my health, for my refusal to give in, for my daughters, for the challenges that I use to propel me thru every day; all the way up.
A company that believes in people and supports the strengths, successes and failures of it’s entire following, makes grade stand alone from any other sports apparel company, big or small. This is an inclusive environment, where your will is what is tested and what is admired. Not outward appearance.
It is a diverse sister and brotherhood, and one that I am motivated to succeed alongside, daily.
fit: race fit - designed for performance with elastic fabrics intended to stretch tight and close to the body.
for best results, take measurements using a flexible tape measure, unclothed, and while standing up in a relaxed position.
if your measurement falls between two sizes, we recommend sizing up for a more comfortable fit.
A. chest: measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest horizontally.
B. hips: measure around the widest part of your hips while standing up and your feet sit aligned to your shoulders.