Monica Merced

Cyclist

Born and raised in North Texas, Monica has spent the last eight years in Austin.

It was here that she first discovered her love for cycling.

Knowing nothing about bicycles she blindly purchased an overpriced steel Schwinn that was much too big for her. Through this bike, Monica was able to discover Austin from two-wheels.  As she rode more, her love for the bike grew.

Monica graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, where she studied Psychology, and Geography. The introduction to the Texas State University Cycling team her senior year changed her whole outlook on cycling. She raced a few collegiate races, learning the in’s-and-out’s of competitive cycling. After graduating, she focused on building her endurance, improving her handling skills and simply riding her bike.

In 2015, she decided to dip back into racing by trying her first Driveway Series race. The Driveway Series is a local weekly criterium that runs from March-September in Austin, Texas. Despite finishing nearly last, Monica kept coming back to gain experience and skills.

Eventually, she joined PHENOM Cycle Club, whom she currently races for. In the fall of that year, she gave Cyclocross a try, and was instantly hooked. From then on, Monica has consistently raced CX and Road.

In 2017, she decided to give Mountain Biking a try. Her abilities were well suited for the sport of CX as she finished 2nd in the state as a CAT 2 in her age category.

Finally, to maintain her year round racing, Monica works for Texas Gas Service as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician.  She is also working on attaining her GIS certification from Austin Community College.