Name: Dora Cde Baca
Sport: Duathlon, Mountain and Cross Bike Racing
Age Group: 50-55
Hometown: Santa Fe, NM
Number of Years Racing/Competing: 20+ years
B.E.S.T. Coach: Coach Melissa Velarde
Racing Career Highlights:
- 2017 Mountain Bike Regional/State Champ
- 2018 Duathlon Nationals
- 2019 Duathlon Worlds Qualifier
Dora has been active her entire life, and like many of us, grew up riding her bike. In high school, she ran cross country and track and while she kept up with running after she graduated, her athletic interests turned to body building and powerlifting and she competed in those disciplines for several years. Dora has been an endurance athlete for 20 years. Her first experiences with endurance sports were training for and riding in centuries. For the past 12 years she combined her running and riding background and has been competing in Olympic and Sprint distance duathlons. In 2008 her love for running returned and her training focus shifted a bit to marathon training. She has completed six marathons including NY City Marathon (twice), Honolulu, San Diego, Death March Marathon (White Sands), and Chicago. Additionally, she has competed in many half marathons including Arizona, San Diego, Portland, Carlsbad, CA, and the Duke City Half. In 2014 Dora joined an all-women’s racing team and since then has become a more serious competitive racer. She has expanded her racing disciplines to include time trials, cyclo cross racing, mountain bike racing and she continues to race duathlons. In 2018 Dora was invited to compete in Duathlon Nationals and qualified for 2019 Duathlon Worlds.
Everyone who knows Dora, knows that training is an integral part of her life. When she is not training, she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, working on her yard and walking her dog. She has been a long time spin instructor at El Gancho Fitness Center and has become one of the local favorites! She’s a volunteer with Girls on the Run and is always looking forward to her next workout!