Kathryn Bertine is a writer, athlete, activist and documentary filmmaker. On the bike, she’s the 2014 Caribbean Champion, three-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) and professional cyclist most recently with Wiggle-Honda (2014), a UCI team based in the UK. She raced for Team Colavita/Fine Cooking in 2012 and 2013, and she also races for the St. Kitts and Nevis National Team. Bertine has garnered two top 10 and six top 20 UCI finishes, and has competed at seven world championships. A native of Bronxville, NY she lives and trains in Tucson, AZ. She holds a BA from Colgate University and an MFA from the University of Arizona.
Athletics have been a constant in Bertine’s life since childhood. She is a former Division I rower for Colgate University, and a professional figure skater with Ice Capades, Hollywood on Ice, and Holiday on Ice. In grad school she hung up the skates and joined the local triathlon club. In 2005, she turned professional and raced both ITU and Ironman distances. In 2007 she segued from triathlon into road cycling and in 2012, she signed her first professional cycling contract at the age of 36. She’s still at it. Check the bike lanes… and twitter @kathrynbertine @halftheroad @letourentier
The detailed journeys of her athletic career are found in her books, under the Author.
On the Champs-Elysees for La Course by Tour de France
On the climb at 2013 World Championships in Florence, Italy.
2014 Caribbean Time Trial Championships
Off the front at the 2013 Philadelphia Classic
Caribbean Time Trial Champion, with men's winner Marc de Maar
Kathryn Bertine scribbled poems, stories and drivel from the moment she could read. Parents and teachers had to pry her out of the elementary school publishing center, where mothers volunteered their time stitching together the “manuscripts” of kindergartners into cloth-bound masterpieces created from cardboard and old pillowcases. Bertine's first glorified pillowcase-bound novella was a ten-page manifesto about E.T’s evil twin brother. It was 1982. She was seven. The manuscript did not get optioned.
20 years and one Master of Fine Arts degree later, Bertine's first nonfiction book was published by Little, Brown in 2003. All The Sundays Yet to Come tells the story of her days as a professional figure skater and her early years in amateur sports. It was reviewed positively in Entertainment Weekly and People Magazine. In 2010, her second memoir As Good As Gold was published by ESPN Books, after a two year sports journalism column on ESPN.com entitled So You Wanna Be an Olympian? People seemed to enjoy it, though there were few reviews issued as Bertine was the last author to pass through ESPN’s book department before it closed its doors in 2010. In 2011, Bertine served as the Senior Editor for espnW and penned the Riding with the Pros column for two years. Then she had this crazy idea to write/make a documentary film Half The Road (See filmmaker). Between 2009 and 2014, Bertine penned and essay collection about the pro cycling life, and in 2014 The Road Less Taken was published by Triumph Books. She is currently keeping a journal filled with notes for Book #4, about the journey of social activism, La Course, and what it really takes to change a small corner of the world. At the moment, the moms in the elementary publishing center have expressed interest in sewing the manuscript together while Bertine's agent hunts for a slightly less manual-labor-oriented publisher. Also, while this author history may appear impressive on paper, Bertine will not turn down a free sandwich. To buy copies of her books, please click the titles above. Thanks for your support! Follow her on twitter @kathrynbertine and on Facebook
As an advocate for equality in women’s sports, Kathryn Bertine started the movement of Le Tour Entier with fellow pro cyclists Emma Pooley, Marianne Vos & Ironman triathlete Chrissie Wellington in an effort to bring parity to women’s professional road cycling, starting with the Tour de France. The project was a labor of love for five years, and finally came together in 2014 after joining forces with the incredible, talented aforementioned world champions. Teamwork made it happen, and on July 27, 2014 the pro women of road cycling raced on the Champs-Elysees two hours before the men’s Tour de France concluded their final stage.
Kathryn has expanded her activism role to work with race promoters to offer equal prize money, as well as serve on the board of Women's Cycling Association. In 2014, she co-founded RVA Hosts, and organization in Richmond, Virginia that will help bridge the socioeconomic divide for 2015 World Championships by offering host housing to qualified athletes from underfunded nations.
You can also follow Le Tour Entier on twitter @letourentier
Kathryn is available for public speaking events and loves to share her passion for activism and change. Please see the Public Speaking section for more information!
Standing up for equality at 2013 Road World Championships in Florence, Italy
Our historic day! La Course by Tour de France took to the Champs-Elysees on July 27, 2014. Our group, Le Tour Entier, made it happen.
The New York Times wrote about our victory of La Course. Read the article by Juliet Macur here.
Kathryn Bertine's debut documentary film HALF THE ROAD: The passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling was released in January 2014. As the writer, director and co-producer, the goal of the film was to educate, inspire and change any negative misconceptions of the modern female athlete.
We pretty much needed a whole other website for this gargantuan undertaking!
Please visit www.halftheroad.com where you can see the trailer, rent/buy the film, check out our staff biographies and email us for screenings or other film related topics. Check us out on twitter, too: @halftheroad
If Kathryn ever recovers from making this film, she would very much like to make another one. In fact, she has a completed screenplay. Now we just need the magic film fairies to cast their spell on Hollywood. In the meantime, her agent is also pursuing slightly more human connections. Stay tuned.
HALF THE ROAD garnered 15 film festival entries and 4 wins, including Audience Choice Award at the Richmond International Film Festival. We couldn't be happier the world is embracing our film on equality, sports and progress. See our BOOKS AND FILM section to order or download a copy.
As a public speaker, Kathryn Bertine lectures at national functions, businesses, colleges and high schools. She has served as the keynote speaker for the ADA (American Dietetic Association) and is slated for a TEDx talk in December 2015. Utilizing her background as a professional athlete, national champion, advocate for health and activist for equality, Bertine has three distinct lecture topics that encourage motivation, inspiration and interactive discussion for a wide variety of audiences:
The Power of No One: In this modern culture, we too often align societal change with spokespeople and advocates who are famous individuals or multimillionaires. Is it possible that “regular people” can create change in our fame-focused world? Absolutely. I once heard this story about a washed-up old pro athlete whose manager called her a “no one.” A couple years later, she and her friends made history when they lobbied the Tour de France to include women. The power to change the world is in no one’s hands but our own.
As Good As Gold: In 2006, ESPN gave me the journalism assignment of a lifetime. Could a 31-year-old, good-but-not-gifted athlete qualify for the Olympics in two years? What would it take to chase a dream of this magnitude? Based on the two-year ESPN.com column So You Wanna Be an Olympian and the subsequent book, AS GOOD AS GOLD, hear the unbelievable journey of what it really takes to follow a dream and why—no matter what—we must have the courage to try.
Slimness vs. Strength in Athletics: Modern America sends some pretty confusing messages to its youth. Especially girls. In a society that continues to emphasize “beauty” as thinness in women, we must continue to prove the opposite… that beauty is strength, and strength is found in all shapes and sizes. Though sharing my journey in sports as a three-time professional athlete (figure skating, triathlon & cycling), I expose the demons of body image and help young women and men see themselves in as the positive, dynamic, strong, smart people that they are.
As a public speaker, Kathryn's story of social activism and the power of change has captured the attention of audiences all over the world. What does it really take to make a difference in our society? Knowing that we can. Kathryn tells audiences how, exactly, to do just that.
All kitted up for Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling. What it took to make the team? Well, that's part of the story...
For the past three years, Kathryn Bertine has lead cycling tours during her off-season from racing. Working with companies like BikeCR, Colavita and Heels On Wheels, Kathryn's tour groups have been to Italy, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Belize. Every year is a new adventure, and we’re open to all ages, abilities and tours are usually co-ed. However, in April 2015, I’ll be leading a women’s specific excursion in Mallorca, Spain. We still have spots available! Please visit Heels on Wheels and join us for this fantastic adventure. In January 2016, we'll be heading to Panama for a cycling tour/training trip (with the option for multi-sport athletes to race Panama 70.3). Stay tuned for details coming this summer.
Relaxing with Stephanie, Chelsea and Damon before a 40mi ride in Guatemala on our way to the Tikal ruins.
What makes for a good cycling tour? Repeat clients who come back every year. (Clearly smitten by Kathryn's bad puns and terrible cycling tan lines). Sandy, Adam, KB, Damon, Chelsea, Fred and Stephanie stand at the top of the Mayan world.
Kathryn and Sandy S. from Philadelphia at the Tikal ruins. Half The Road has made it to some stellar locations...
It's not all cycling. Beach days are mandatory. Chrissie Wellington agrees.
Little tiny huts! Little tiny huts! Belize is beautiful...