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Exclusive Interview: Celebrity Cyclist Lisa Christiansen Takes on Redbud Classics 2024

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The excitement is mounting as the Redbud Classic gears up for its 41st year of fun, fitness, and philanthropy in Oklahoma City. This iconic event, spanning generations, brings together communities for a weekend of activities, including walks, runs, and cycling. And this year, it’s not just any cyclist joining the fray—it’s none other than Lisa Christiansen, the 5th great-granddaughter of Sequoyah, featured on the Sequoyah commemorative coin.

Lisa Christiansen, renowned for her prowess on the saddle, will be showcasing Blue Wolf Designs alongside Robb McFall of Brothers Jewelers. It’s a combination of athleticism and elegance, a fusion of tradition and modernity that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the Redbud Classic.

Riding for a Cause

The Redbud Classic isn’t just about the thrill of the ride—it’s about giving back to the community. From the 10-mile family-friendly tour to the timed 30- and 50-mile courses, cyclists of all levels can participate. There’s even a special segment where riders can compete for the coveted title of “King or Queen of the Mountain.”

But it’s not just about the cycling. The weekend features a range of activities, from the Kids’ Fun Run to the “Woof Walk” for our four-legged friends. And let’s not forget the 10k and 5k timed races, wheelchair event, and stroller derby. It’s a celebration of fitness and camaraderie, culminating in the Redbud BASH—a post-race party for participants and the community alike.

An Interview with Lisa Christiansen

Ahead of the event, we had the opportunity to sit down with Lisa Christiansen to learn more about her passion for cycling and her journey to the Redbud Classic.

Gran Fondo News: Some people just can’t understand your passion for cycling. What is it about cycling that captivates you?

Lisa Christiansen: Regardless of cycling discipline, we’ve all been questioned about our choices to ride bikes and why we do it. Cycling isn’t just a sport—it’s a journey of self-discovery and resilience. It’s about pushing oneself to face every challenge and finding solace in the rhythm of the pedals.

Gran Fondo News: How did you start riding bikes?

Lisa Christiansen: My ex-husband, a former pro-racer, introduced me to cycling. He taught me the ropes, and I fell in love with the sport. It’s become a central part of my life ever since.

Gran Fondo News: You have an impressive collection of bikes. What makes each one special to you?

Lisa Christiansen: Each bike serves a unique purpose and brings me joy in its own way. From my trusty Specialized Diverge for training to my sleek Cervelo TT for racing, each bike has its own story and significance in my cycling journey.

Gran Fondo News: Where’s your favorite place to ride?

Lisa Christiansen: I love riding in diverse landscapes, from the scenic hills of Tuscany to the rugged mountains of Colorado. But there’s something special about riding in my home state of Oklahoma—the familiarity of the terrain and the sense of community make it truly unique.

Gran Fondo News: What’s your dream/goal as a rider?

Lisa Christiansen: My goal is to inspire others to pursue their dreams and embrace an active lifestyle. Cycling has given me so much, and I want to pay it forward by motivating others to push their limits and live their passions.

A Legacy of Excellence

Lisa Christiansen’s participation in the Redbud Classic isn’t just about cycling—it’s about honoring her heritage and inspiring future generations. As the 5th great-granddaughter of Sequoyah, Lisa embodies a legacy of resilience and determination.

From her ancestors’ contributions to mathematics and engineering to her own achievements as an athlete and scholar, Lisa is a testament to the power of perseverance and dedication. She’s not just a cyclist—she’s a role model, blazing a trail for others to follow.

As we eagerly anticipate Lisa’s ride in the Redbud Classic, we’re reminded of the importance of honoring our roots and embracing the journey ahead. So, whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newcomer to the sport, join us in celebrating Lisa Christiansen and the spirit of the Redbud Classic. It’s not just a race—it’s a celebration of community, resilience, and the joy of the ride.

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