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 2020 leadership to get to know us better as a whole.


PATTY NILSEN | BOD: Founder, Vice President and Team Designer

Founder of the team and professional athletic wear designer, Patty designs each and every year’s gorgeous kits and accessories. Patty races cyclocross, works out harder than most pro athletes, and is a sparkle of joy to all she meets. Her nickname “Petunia” worked its way into her design consulting business, Petunia Designs, and now Petunia Mafia!

LAURA WISNER | BOD: President and Ringleader

Laura’s favorite aunt used to call her “Petunia.” So when Patty and Laura began scheming a new name for the cycling team, Petunia had to be part of the title. She wonders when a cycling obsession has gone too far as she has cycling-themed art, wine glasses, pint glasses, jewelry, and pajamas. She loves racing cyclocross and has a hard time choosing between her road, gravel, mountain, and cruiser bikes on any given day.

TANYA GESSNER | BOD: Mountain Bike Lead and 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.

BRITTANY HINZ | BOD: New Member Recruiter and Ride Enabler

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. Her motto is “Look pro, go slow.”

JEN NICOLL | BOD: Rode Trip Master Organizer, Gravel Muse, TeamSnap Expert

Jen is a self-proclaimed “joiner” and thinks that bicycling is best when combined with good friends, conversation and scenery. She loves climbing on her road bike but happily cheats on it with her Liv mountain bike and her deep infatuation, gravel riding.

KAREN TOURIAN | Cyclocross Captain

Karen is a seasoned cyclocrosser who puts us through the paces leading up to and deep within the CX season. She also leads road and mountain bike rides. If you catch the right one, you may be treated to a home-cooked gourmet meal afterward.

LILA JAWORSKI | Road Captain

Lila’s extensive running and hiking experience serves her well for long-distance cycling. In 2020, she’s gearing up for 100 mile gravel rides. Lila will make sure the road calendar is full of good, solid training and fun experiences.