Team Leaders

Team Leaders

This incredible cycling community is infused with the spirit and energy by the women on the Board of Directors, Captains, plus volunteers – and also by the members themselves.

Here’s a little about the 2021 leadership to get to know us better as a whole.


PATTY NILSEN | BOD: Founder, Vice President, Style Boss

As a professional athletic wear designer, Patty creates each and every year’s trend-forward and performance-driven kits and accessories. Patty works out harder than most pro athletes and radiates joy. Her nickname “Petunia” worked its way into her design consulting business, Petunia Designs, and now Petunia Mafia!

LAURA WISNER | BOD: President, Boss Ringleader

Laura’s favorite aunt used to call her “Petunia.” With Patty and Laura both sharing that nickname, Petunia simply had to be part of the title. She rode more miles in 2020 than ever before and is gearing up for another epic season. You’ll find her on a gravel, mountain, road, or cruiser bike on any given day.

BRITTANY PUZIO | BOD: Road Ride Boss, Instagram Megaphone

Brittany loves getting women into cycling and she’s so very good at it. She’s been in the cycling industry for years and has been a Liv Ambassador. Brittany loves cycling so much her bachelorette party was on two wheels.  Her motto: “Look pro, go slow.”

LILA JAWORSKI | BOD: Head Gravel Goddess

Lila’s extensive running and hiking experience serves her well for long-distance cycling. In 2021, she’s gearing up for 100+ mile gravel events. Lila adds solid training and fun excursions to the calendar – from mere-mortal-can-do rides to holy-shit-hang-in-there legs climbing days.

TANYA GESSNER | BOD: Mountain Bike Lead, Ultimate Educator

Tanya believes life is best when spending it with friends on two wheels. She’s a long time mountain biker who’s ridden across the world, from Whistler to Scotland, Bali to Betasso. While she loves to mix it up on the gnar, she has a passion for empowering women to enjoy mountain biking and IPAs as much as she does.

JEN NICOLL | BOD:  Tools, Trips, & Rides

Jen is a self-proclaimed “joiner” and thinks that bicycling is best when combined with good friends, conversation and scenery. She makes descending on her gravel bike look easy and seems effortless at climbing. While pushing out mile after mile on her gravel bike, she happily cheats on it with her mountain bike.

KAREN TOURIAN | Cyclocross Captain, AKA Cross Boss

Karen has ridden bikes all her life, and raced cyclocross for 20 years. She leads cross practices before and during the race season. Not to be typecast, she also leads road/gravel and mountain bike rides throughout the year.