Cecilia grew up in Philadelphia, where her first sport was soccer, but she soon found distance running, clocking a 5:09 mile by her senior year at Germantown Friends School. She studied Biology and pre-med at Williams College, earning admission to the Phi Beta Kappa society. As a member of the Cross Country team, the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts were her training ground for competition in the 1500m, 5k and steeplechase, though her athletic career was riddled with illness and injury. After graduating in 2011, she pursued teaching jobs in France and England, where she fell in love with cycling and explored the foreign countryside on two wheels.
Upon return to the U.S. in 2013, she matriculated for medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and simultaneously threw herself into road racing with an elite women’s cycling team, Stan’s No Tubes p/b VeloClassic. She earned her category 1 license in 2014, and had the opportunity to race at the Tour of California, Philly Cycling Classic and the Northstar Grand Prix stage race in Minnesota with the collegiate all-star team. Her medical interests include epidemiology research and Sports Medicine. She plans to pursue a residency in Family Medicine. She currently is taking a “research year” in medical school, studying the epidemiology of concussions.
2015 brought a year of firsts, as Cecilia’s focus shifted to time trialing, triathlon, and training for her first marathon (sub 3h debut!). In her 3rd triathlon, she won her Age Group at Olympic distance national championships. In 2016, she focused on triathlon, winning the amateur title in nearly every race she entered, including New York City Tri and Philadelphia Tri. She began working with Matt Dixon, and PurplePatch Fitness in summer 2016. She capped off the season with a 3rd place finish at amateur World Champs and a 2nd place overall (among pros) at Austin 70.3.
In 2017, she will focus on Ironman 70.3 races as well as a few olympic distance races.