While The Road Less Taken is about cycling the book will also inspire anyone who is thinking about trying something new. Kathryn Bertine takes readers through her journey of striving to become a professional cyclist in her mid-30s. Her essays explore the twists and turns on life’s unexpected roads via bicycle, but also the larger meaning of what it means to heed one’s inner compass and search for a personal true north.
Kathryn Bertine is a writer, athlete, activist and documentary filmmaker. On the bike, she’s a 3x Caribbean Champion, 6x national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and professional cyclist with 2016 UCI World Tour Team Cylance Pro Cycling. Heading into her 5th professional season, Bertine previously raced for the U.S.-based BWM/HappyToothDental (2015), the U.K.’s Wiggle-Honda (2014), and U.S. Team Colavita/Fine Cooking in 2012 and 2013. She also races for the St. Kitts and Nevis National Team. Bertine has garnered two top 10 and six top 20 UCI finishes, and has competed at eight world championships. A native of Bronxville, NY she lives and trains in Tucson, AZ. She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MFA from the University of Arizona.
Athletics have been a constant in Bertine’s life since childhood. She is a former Division I rower for Colgate University, and a professional figure skater with Ice Capades, Hollywood on Ice, and Holiday on Ice. In grad school she hung up the skates and joined the local triathlon club. In 2005, she turned professional and raced both ITU and Ironman distances. In 2007 she segued from triathlon into road cycling and in 2012, she signed her first professional cycling contract at the age of 36. She’s still at it.