Megan Hottman lives in Golden, CO with her husband Rob and their three dogs: Sydney, Phoenix and Ramsey. She earned a B.A. in Corporate Communications and her Juris Doctorate, both from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. A long distance cross-country and track runner in high school and a marathoner/triathlete in college, it was not until her final year of law school that she discovered bike racing. That same year she also met her now-husband at a bike race when she dropped her race license, and he picked it up and returned it to her. With his help and coaching, she moved from a CAT 4/beginner in 2003, to CAT 1/pro in 2008.
In 2005, Megan earned the prestigious best amateur jersey at the Nature Valley Grand Prix, one of her top career highlights. That same year, she and Rob were married on the start line of the Tour of Kansas City bike race. In 2006, she was invited to race for Trek-VW.
Also in 2006, Megan formed a small beginner women's cycling team. It eventually grew to include a multisport team and co-ed club. All in all it included over 100 athletes in 10 different states. Megan began racing for this team herself in 2007, which also marked her first foray into track racing. She won her events at the state level and qualified for nationals, which proved to be an eye-opening experience in many respects.
In 2009 she increased the size and strength of the women's team, growing it to an elite women's road team in 2009 and 2010. Directing the team while racing on it proved to be very challenging, especially while working full time as an associate for a law firm. After a solid run of 5 years, Megan decided to discontinue running the team at the end of 2010. This was in large part due to the fact that she was invited to race for a women's professional cycling team in its inaugural season in 2011; however, Megan's season was marred with injury. An ongoing struggle with back pain and a series of three traumatic crashes, the third of which occurred when her front tire blew out on a high-speed descent, altered the trajectory of her life.
Today, Megan runs a successful law practice and a thriving cycling team: "TheCyclist-Lawyer.com Cycling team" - a group dedicated to coaching beginner men and beginner women as they start out their racing careers. As she has stepped away from full-time racing, she's had the time and opportunity to take part in really amazing events, like the 2012 inaugural Pedal the Plains. She also rode the Courage Classic and Copper Triangle for the first time -two staples in the Colorado cycling calendar! 2012 was a year of renewal, returning to health, fun, and rediscovering the love of cycling, and exciting adventures! Cycling is now part of Megan's balanced life, and she'd love to share her lessons and experiences with you (click here for more info!).