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  • About Amy

    Amy Alison Dombroski passed tragically at age 26 while training abroad in Belgium. She was a versatile cyclist with U23 National Championship titles in road, mountain, and cyclocross. Still early in her career, she was considered by many in the sport to be a rising talent and serious contender at world-class cycling events.

    In her short but full life, Amy touched the hearts of communities in the United States and Europe. Amy had a passion for life that transcended the sport of cycling; she loved to share this passion with the friends and family that surrounded her. She also had an uncanny ability to transform challenges she faced in her own life into intense positive focus. The tattoo of a lighting bolt that Amy bore on her wrist served as a remembrance of her mother’s tragic death, and provided her a daily source of motivation.

  • Amy’s words

    Visit Amy's site to read her blog posts. Her last blog post from September 2013 gives us our direction for the Amy D. Foundation.

  • The Amy D. Foundation Mission Statement

    The Amy D. Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in honor of Amy Alison Dombroski, whose love for cycling and life touched many people around the world.

    The Amy D. Foundation encourages and supports young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams.

  • Programs

    -- Amy D. Racing is an elite-level racing program. Read Erica's blog here!

    -- Ride Like Amy D. is a grass-roots program. Michelle is riding Amy's Mosaic and Sarah is riding Amy's Luna Orbea. Read their blogs here!

    -- Amy D. Sunday Sessions are a series mountain bike clinics for young girls and are a collaboration with Little Bellas.

BOULDER, Colorado (July, 2016) – The Amy D. Foundation is proud to announce that Mara Abbott has been invited to participate in her first Olympics in Rio de Janeiro 2016 as part of the four person US National Women’s Road Cycling team.

Riding professionally for the Wiggle-Honda team, Mara is known as the queen of hill climbing. Mara has also represented the Amy D. Foundation in composite road cycling teams with impressive wins at the Tour of the Gila and the Redlands Classic in 2016. She is committed to riding with a purpose: to remember and model the values of her good friend Amy Dombroski. As an integral part of the Amy D. Foundation road cycling program, Mara shares her talent and experience by providing mentoring to young and developing riders. She also is an outspoken proponent of building opportunities for woman in the sport and brings important visibility to the Amy D. Foundation mission and programming. Mara‘s professional accomplishments and passion for developing and promoting women’s cycling make her an excellent role model and an exemplary athlete to represent the United States at the Rio Olympics.


“It’s always exciting and rewarding to have Mara be a part of the Amy D. Foundation programming,” stated Dan Dombroski, Founder and President of the Amy D. Foundation. “In a small way, I think we are able to help build some opportunity for her and add some meaningful context to her own career, but more significantly is what she brings to the programming in terms of exposure and building opportunities for developing riders. And building a better future for the next generation of athletes is really what this is all about. We try to think a lot about positive feedback cycles.”

As one part of the Amy D. Foundation’s outreach, the road programming builds opportunities within the sport by supporting strategically-organized composite teams at key cycling events, pairing seasoned pros with younger developing athletes. The program facilitates the growth of elite-level women’s racing by helping to meet the demand for more racing opportunities, providing important mentoring to less-experienced athletes, and promoting character and values within the sport that are consistent with those that Amy displayed.

“I’m so honored to get to ride for the USA at the Olympics – but I am also honored that the Amy D. Foundation has so generously helped me to reach this goal,” responded Mara Abbott.  “Not only has the team given me an opportunity to ride at races over the last two years that were important to my career and training, but the chance to wear the Amy D colors has provided extra motivation and meaning for me.  A bit of Amy D will absolutely be coming with me to Rio.”

Follow Mara on Twitter: @cosunshinemka

Mara joins Evie Stevens @evelyn_stevens, Megan Guarnier @MeganGuarnier, and Olympic veteran Kristin Armstrong @k_armstrong in Rio. Follow the Road Cycling competition schedule here: The road races will be on August 6, 7 and 10th.

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