T&T Q&A with Emily Kachorek (@EmilyKachorek)

In this edition of the T&T Q&A, we talk to cyclocross rider and co-founder of Squid Bikes, Emily Kachorek. Check out what she has to share about cycling gear, racing, and nutrition.

QXnDUSyA[T&T] Do you have a piece of cycling gear you can’t live without?

[Emily Kachorek] Yes! I can’t live without my Halo Headband! I hate the feeling of sweat in my eyes. (I like to tell myself that fit people sweat more.) My Halo Headband is the only thing I have found that really keeps the sweat out of my eyes, doesn’t move around under my helmet, and doesn’t look dorky. They make them in versions that cover your ears and entire head for cold weather riding too, which is great! I kinda freak out if I am away and realize I forgot to pack one!

[T&T] Can you share one tip for amateur riders looking to elevate their game?

[Emily Kachorek] One of the things I love about ‘cross is that most people are so friendly and willing to help. Make friends with other riders that are at the level you would like to be at, and don’t be shy to ask them for advice. Having someone to act as a mentor can be super helpful in ‘cross especially because there are so many layers to the sport.

[T&T] What’s your favorite race of the year?

[Emily Kachorek] I am obviously a bit biased since I helped organize the event, but the inaugural West Sacramento Cyclocross Grand Prix was really special. The downtown venue right on the Sacramento River was super cool, the course was seriously awesome with a ton of off-camber and punchy climbs, and the prize purse was the biggest women’s payout in California. The live bands, cheering spectators, food trucks, and huge Bike Dog beer garden right in the center of the course made the race feel like a giant party.

In terms of UCI racing, I really love the challenging but flowy course in Louisville at the Derby City Cup and California’s own CXLA race weekend is always a blast!

[T&T] What cycling- related website do you visit most frequently?

[Emily Kachorek] I get most of my cycling info from social media but find myself clicking through to dirtwire.tv and BehindTheBarriers.TV most frequently. The format of the video interview is so much more engaging and interesting than a list of results. I also frequent VeloNews as they usually have great photos from the UCI races.

[T&T] What’s your post-ride nutrition of choice?

[Emily Kachorek] I am a big fan of protein smoothies after a hard ride. I have had good experience with Osmo Nutrition Acute Recovery  for Women. My go-to smoothie is two oranges, a banana, a scoop of Osmo, coconut milk, and ice. Yum!


Emily Kachorek is a small business owner, professional cyclocross competitor, and all-around awesome cyclist. Her accomplishments include racing for USA Cycling’s National Team in Europe and taking the ‘cross world by storm on her Squid Bikes machine. In addition to being the co-founder of Squid Bikes, she is a trained biologist who loves California sunshine, pastries, and beer. Talk about a cool chick. Keep up with Emily on Twitter by following @EmilyKachorek.

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