How We Met: Cycle of Life
Pedaling towards love
Photo by Kristen Jensen
It was mountain biking that brought Rachelle Frazer and Jeremiah Boobar together, and just as in the sport they both love, there were hills to climb before they finally pedaled toward their future.
Rachelle got hooked on biking when she moved from Sydney, Australia, to the quaint Canadian town of Whistler. Known for its challenging ski slopes, the town is also the epicenter of mountain biking. Rachelle’s job as manager of a restaurant at the bottom of the mountain introduced her to the many cyclists who came in for beer and burgers after a ride.
Jeremiah has worked in some form of cycling most his life. The Rockport, Maine, native had his first job in a local shop at the age of 14. Hired after college by the cycling-parts company RockShox, he lived in Colorado, but commuted regularly to Whistler to test suspension forms. So frequent were his travels that he had an entire group of friends there.
It was through that group that Jeremiah and Rachelle first struck up a friendship, and she began helping him test suspension systems. “It’s not easy to find someone who weighs less than 120 pounds, but who is strong enough to ride the rugged terrain,” says Jeremiah.
But if the two were the least bit attracted to each other, they didn’t show it. At the time, Rachelle was in a long-term relationship, and while they kept in touch via email and on Jeremiah’s frequent trips to Canada, Rachelle says they were “respectful of each other’s situations.”
But in 2012, they both suddenly found themselves single again and that’s when Rachelle thought, This could be interesting. So, four years after their first meeting, the two began a long-distance relationship between Colorado and Canada. It was Jeremiah who broke things off when the relationship got too serious. He just wasn’t sure. “It didn’t take long before I thought, this is silly,” says Jeremiah admitting to a bit of “cold feet.”
The rest of the ride has been fast and smooth. In December 2014, Jeremiah accepted a position with Cannondale in Wilton as director of suspension technology. Later that month, Jeremiah proposed to Rachelle and the couple were married on October 24, 2015.
One of the best decisions they say they made was to move to Ridgefield, a new adventure and fresh start for both. They love the small-town feel and immediately became involved in the active biking community. Rachelle works from home as an editor and contributor for Pinkbike.com and is involved in creating the first women’s social mountain-bike group for all levels. The Boobars bought a house close to town and Jeremiah says they ride everywhere they can, including dinner out. Even in the winter, they are known to put on hat and gloves and pedal to town.
If there is one challenge remaining in their relationship, Jeremiah says it sometimes can be hard not to take your work home with you when you both work in the same industry. But he adds, “There are certainly worse problems to have.”
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