Road Cat 3, Former Triathlete
Shari Krepps joined Women’s Free State Racing in June 2017, shortly after coming out of nowhere and smoking the competition at the Jesse Blancarte Time Trial. A long-time rider and former racer, several members of the team already knew Shari, and of course the team was thrilled when she indicated she wanted to join.
Shari comes from a running back ground having gone to the Boston Marathon three times and various other marathons in the US and winning once the Kansas City Marathon. Eventually, Shari decided to try triathlons. Following significant success in local events, Shari qualified for Age Group Nationals in the Olympic Distance in 2005. Shari also qualified for the World Championship in Kona, placing third in her age in the Wisconsin Ironman. She went on to compete in that coveted world competition.
The intensity of training for triathlons caused Shari some knee problems, and due to this, Shari gravitated more toward the bike. She began racing in 2003 with the Free State team before it was an all women team. During that era, Julie Watkins helped Shari with the transition from being a triathlete to a cyclist and taught her the ins and outs of crit racing. Shari also raced for awhilewith KCBC, then Bike Shack, then Bike America before taking a break from racing.
Her favorite discipline is still the Time Trial.
About Returning to Racing
After placing third in the masters at the Joe Martin stage race in 2013, I took a break from racing until now. WFSR is the largest team of women I have raced with. I got a late start this year but after having a good 10K TT early May, I decided to join WFSR to get more involved. I enjoy riding alone and usually do two group rides Tuesday Night Worlds and the Sunday morning Dog ride. I have lived in Lee’s Summit all my life and know all the roads well. I ride about 100-200 miles a week. Just love riding my bike and also lift weights four to five times a week.