Amy Ippoliti: Cyclist on a Mission
Amy Ippoliti is a woman on a mission.
A Boulder icon and internationally-known yoga teacher, Amy has a diverse set of interests, among them being a revolutionary commitment to protecting the planet. From lobbying in front of congress to organizing (and starring in) photography shoots to raise awareness about ocean conservation, she has been a tireless advocate for the Earth and all its inhabitants.
Amy is also an avid road cyclist who initially started cycling to support her cardiovascular health, but since then has fallen in love with the sport and the community. A long-time BCS patron, she came to us looking for a bike that would last a lifetime (read: eco-friendly!). We knew we wanted to create something that would not only get the job done on the road, but also be an expression of who she is and what she believes in.
The first step was to fit the bike to support Amy’s body in every way possible. As a yoga teacher, she is constantly on the road and needs her body to be healthy in order to demonstrate and assist her students. Her neck and knees were irritating her on her old bike, so she underwent a custom fit at the North Store to get the optimal alignment for her spine and legs.
Amy went with a Seven Cycles Elium SL for her frame. The pioneering combination of titanium and carbon fiber means a lightweight bike that is built for smooth speed, but is also forgiving on the rider. The frame came together beautifully, bringing together custom tubing with neat, precise welding. It was an honor to work so closely with the crew at Seven, whose patience in the design process can only be paralleled by their attention to detail.
The aesthetic design of the bike was an awesome challenge for our team. Amy was fantastic to collaborate with, and drew a lot of her inspiration from the underwater photography shoots she has done in the past. Says Amy, “We designed the paint job to commemorate our planet and the preciousness of our oceans.” They accented the beautiful blues with silhouettes of sharks and dolphins, and finished by adding leaf designs in Serrano and Citron green to the fork and rear triangle.
Starting with the initial fit, it was about a three month labor of love to roll out the finished bike. Amy’s first ride was from the BCS South store, and when she got back, she was glowing. “This technology is mind blowing to me. I don’t even feel the road beneath me on descents – it’s like flying! I feel like I am being held on a cloud that fits me like a glove.”
With a review like that, we couldn’t be happier. We are honored that we could bring Amy’s work as an environmentalist to the road, and to build her a bike that supports her as a yoga teacher. Keep riding, Amy!
Final Specs on the Bike:
Seven Cycles Elium SL
Average Frame Weight:
Seven’s Argen TC™ Double Butted Titanium & Carbon Fiber
Shimano Ultegra 11-Speed HydroDisc Di2
Zipp bars, stem and seat post
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