RIDER SPOTLIGHT: ALI
At Rocycle we’re all about Mind Body Music, but, just as important is the fact that we’re a family. So, to make sure each class is not just a party but a reunion, we’d like to introduce some of our Ro’Regulars. We were lucky enough to have a quick chat with one of our favourite Rocycle devotees, Ali Gaugler. She dishes about Martin Garrix and Major Lazer, superfoods as rewards and the importance of riding to the beat.
First of all, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m Ali Gaugler, and I live in the centre of Amsterdam with my husband and two children, ages 16 and 13. I came to Amsterdam from America five years ago on a two-year expat work assignment. We all fell in love with Amsterdam and have no intention of ever leaving! I am now the Chief Compliance Officer of a global pet healthcare company and work in Hoofddorp.
Amsterdam is impossible not to love. How did you come to love Rocycle?
Soon after Rocycle opened, a friend of mine told me she went to a class and encouraged me to try it out since I live so close and ride by every day commuting to Zuid train station. I don’t recall how early in April 2016 I took my first ride but I recall it was the early days and classes were not all booked solid like they are now! I loved it from my first class – the music, the candles, the vibe in the studio – I knew this was my kind of place. I was struggling to get into a regular exercise routine. The expat lifestyle had caught up with me — lots of social drinking and eating – and I needed to lose weight to feel better about myself. I was 44 years old, and it felt like the average age in class was 24, but I stuck with it. Same bike (14!) for months, several times a week. The day I “graduated” to the front row was a proud moment for me.
We love that Rocycle seems to have become part of your expat life here now. How do your friends and family fit into that lifestyle?
If you ask my kids what does Mom do for exercise, without hesitation they will say Rocycle. They think it’s hysterical that I follow the Rocycle Spotify playlists and go to Theme Rides like Major Lazer vs. Martin Garrix! I have introduced Rocycle to several friends who saw the impact Rocycle has had on my health and well-being, and they too are as addicted as I am. Sometimes we plan on going together, but I love it when we just spontaneously pick the same class and see each other!
After a tough class with one of your friends (or when you’re solo!) how do you like to refuel?
After a ride, there is of course nothing better than a stop at the Cold Press Juicery. Any option there is a good one.
We know! It’s far too tempting having all those juices and healthful treats nearby all day… And, finally, what does Rocycle mean to you?
Escape. What keeps me coming back is the feeling I get as soon as the warmup music ends, the lights are dimmed and the class starts. Everything disappears, and all that matters is riding to the beat.