Sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park

SheSpoke is a life-long sports enthusiast. As a child, she moved from the sandbox to the playground to the track to the field hockey field to the volleyball court. At twenty-two she discovered the mountains and began hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. In the past ten years she’s learned how to surf and salsa dance.

Longboarding Christmas Day in Baja!

Sports have afforded SheSpoke the tangible success that life does not always provide. After failing her comprehensive exam in her literature master’s program in 2001, she bought a new mountain bike and hit the trails with something to prove. Technical rides, epic rides, high altitude rides, and solo jaunts in the desert restored her sanity and her confidence in her ability to do anything. The solitude, scenery, and sun gave her plenty of time for reflection and strategizing.

Navigating the rock garden at Lair O’ the Bear

In 2008, armed with confidence and a new set of life skills, she said hasta la vista to the 9 to 5 to enjoy the myriad of sports in her life and focus on her writing. A really good day entails doing both.

Snowshoeing by moonlight at Berthoud Pass, CO

SheSpoke is a member of the North American Snowsports Journalists Association and used to write about snowboarding as the National and Denver Snowboarding Examiner.

Braving icy conditions and crazy wind at Wolf Creek, CO

She was the former editor of all things bike-related as the Cycling and Mountain Bike Editor at TrailsEdge.

The author on the Slickrock Trail in Moab

She is the former Managing Editor and women’s history columnist at the Weider Group’s GreatHistory blog. She has also been a contributing writer at

Her blog post on road biking Colorado National Monument was Freshly Pressed by WordPress on September 27, 2011.

Spectating at the Leadville 100. Floyd Landis won that year.

Her article on the 2011 Leadville 100 mountain biking race was featured on Venture There, USA Today’s adventure arm of their travel section. So was her article on the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame in Crested Butte.

A moment of solitude among the fall brilliance of Great Worden Swamp in RI

You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @herstoryhere or email her at

Playing in Narragansett Bay, RI

Early fall hiking in Gunnison Wilderness, CO

Hiking at Hovenweep National Monument


8 Responses to “About the author”

  1. Kim Z. Says:

    You did it! Nice job, and now I can keep up with your adventures. Surfing next? We wil see. Kim


  2. Courtney T. Says:

    You need a picture of you here!! Hmm… Maybe biking along a stream in Cucharra!!


  3. Jules Says:

    You rock. Love your site. I’ll get something together about Curves as soon as I’m not panicking about getting a job. I swear it.


  4. rick benjamin Says:


    I work with your Mom & she told me about you mountain-bike mishap. She said that you “scare the shit out of her,” which made me smile because that’s basically the effect I always had on my Mom. Now that I’m 48, she rests a bit easier. Anyway, I wish you a speedy recovery, Tracey.




  5. Don Buotte Says:

    Hey, I think you need a mobile med center to follow you around, your an animal. Be careful and I really love your site. Don B
    P.S. Glad your riding again


  6. Anonymous Says:

    Like the Boston Hat and glad your still writing. Don B


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  8. Anonymous Says:

    Hey, glad your still doing this, I am living in Greenville SC, still riding and I am a Chemist for a research and development company. Just finished a cancer charity bicycle ride from Greenville SC to Lewiston Maine, beautiful countryside and caught the changing of the leaves just beautiful, take care, love Don B.


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