Jackie Dunn might be a newcomer to cycling, but she’s in it for the long haul. Jackie caught the bike bug in late 2012 after doing a triathlon. She decidied to do a criterium and immediately fell in love with bike racing. However, her road to cycling began many years ago and under much different circumstances.
Jackie landed in San Diego in 2008 with her husband, Durward, a naval officer. Her move to San Diego had been difficult initially – San Diego is an active town and it wasn’t Jackie’s scene. Like many people, she had put on some weight over the years; she’d grown unhappy about this and decided it was time for change. In early 2009 she found boxing and after a year of training Jackie dropped over 80lbs and found her inner athlete. In late 2010 Jackie took a monthlong fight training trip to Thailand. Unfortunately a torn ACL required surgery and she spent early 2011 recovering from surgery. After returning to training an infection in the repaired knee required a second surgery and more rehab. With the Big Sur Marathon in April 2012 Jackie had no time to waste and she went straight from rehab to abbreviated marathon training and finished the race! Now that the ‘sleeper’ had been awakened there was no stopping her! After her marathon, Jackie did her first triathlon and found the bike. But she had some unfinished business: Muay Thai. Jackie continued her fight training and won her first Muay Thai fight in August 2012. Not one to shy away from challenge Jackie did her first crit later that month and was hooked.
Jackie began working with Crank Coach Chris Daggs in December 2012. She took the dedication and work ethic she had learned from fighting, running, and triathlon and applied that to her cycling. Full of talent and enthusiasm, Jackie raced as much as she could. Her hard work was rewarded with excellent results including a few race wins(!) and a quick upgrade from Cat 4 to Cat 3. Her sights are firmly set on upgrading to Cat 2 before the end of the season. Jackie recently added track racing to her repertoire. She’s had immediate success on the track and will be using track training and racing to compliment her road racing and training. Through a combination of hard work, good training, and lots of racing Jackie Dunn is looking to make her first full season in cycling a breakthrough season!