I sometimes say that cycling saved my life.
I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When I was 19, after months of knee pain, I went to the doctor, who recommended surgery. He also suggested I try light pedaling on a stationary bike. I took my first indoor cycling class and was hooked. Seven months later, my knee was pain-free. I never needed surgery.
Cycling indoors and out became a daily part of my life, both for my knees and for the amazing mental benefits. A few years later, I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where I joined a small cycling studio, first as a client and then as a teacher. (My day job was corporate sales but my passion was the studio.) I was invited to teach as a guest instructor at Equinox in NYC and had the honor to ride the Yellowstone National Park with Greg LeMond.
The cycling studio had a great community with warm people who became like a family to me, and who stood by me during the hard times that eventually led me to decide to move to California.
When I landed in Los Altos, I knew I wanted to create my own cycling community here. My parents were small business owners in Buenos Aires, and I absorbed lessons about entrepreneurship around the dining table. From them, I learned the true meaning of grit and perseverance, powerful tools to have when starting a business.
I opened Momentum in 2013, and have watched it blossom into a strong community that supports its members and brings happiness as well as health to their lives.
I love being a business owner, but I’m still happiest on the bike, leading a class, making that special hour a time to connect with ourselves and with each other. I love to crank up the high beat music, focusing on positivity and empowerment as we all strive to be the best version of ourselves.
Camille has experience in the health and wellness industry since 1989 ranging from Facility General Manager, Group Exercise Director, Instructor, Personal Trainer and Clinical Researcher. She has participated in fitness videos, won fitness competitions and attends fitness conferences regularly to stay abreast on the latest trends in exercise modalities and philosophy. Camille has a Masters degree in Exercise Physiology from CSU Chico, worked part time faculty in the Department of Kinesiology and Athletics at Foothill College and was a Clinical Researcher at Stanford University in the Department of Endocrinology where she coauthored studies on bone mineral density and exercise and aging.
Nicole is a super-active mother who is the oldest of 3 girls and now has 4 girls of her own. Nicole grew up in Orange County, Southern California. Always an athlete, she played volleyball in college and always enjoyed mountain biking. Her cycling style is all about keeping high cadence. Her playlists are super motivating and high beat.
Denise has been a competitive athlete for over 30 years and has over 20 years of teaching experience. She is a group exercise instructor and a small group training coach for spinning, athletic conditioning, running, core strength and flexibility/mobility. Denise holds certifications with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Johnny G. Certified Indoor Cycling. Stages Indoor Cycling and TRX Suspension Training. In addition to exercise and sport, Denise has taken courses on nutrition related to sports, optimal wellness, fitness performance, hydration and weight loss management. Denise loves to run, swim with Stanford Masters, practice yoga, cook, travel and socialize with friends and family!
Bre’s approach to coaching and fitness comes from over 20 years of operational and leadership experience spanning the corporate, non-profit, and competitive athletics worlds. In addition to motivating her riders at Momentum to be their best selves, Bre has been a transformative leader with JDRF Bay Area for the past 12 years, occupying wide ranging roles from Chair of their annual Tee to Table event, raising a record $1.2M this past April, to serving on the Executive Board for two terms.Before joining JDRF, Bre was an Account Executive for Anderson DDB’s Health and Lifestyle team where she worked on the J&J One Touch Blood Glucose Monitor International Educational Campaign educating the market on the difference between Type 1 (T1D) and Type 2 diabetes, thus opening her world and passion for T1D. Prior to Anderson DDB, Bre led the Riekes Center for Human Enhancement through a revamp of their operations and team structure. She began her career driving trucks for Frito-Lay as the only woman in their Sacramento based Road-to-Management training program and went on to medical device operations at Stryker Endoscopy where she held roles in purchasing and warehouse management.
Bre discovered her passion for coaching while leading her rowing team at the 1999 Olympic Trials and competing at the collegiate level for CSUS where she received her BA in Business Administration. She was an early supporter and believer in Momentum, riding to stay fit throughout three pregnancies, and then transitioning onto the Momentum Team as a fitness instructor teaching at the studio. Bre loves the 6am and 7am classes, rising and shining, helping build the community of strong and committed riders.
Maria is passionate about an active lifestyle and loves to challenge herself. She found the love for spinning as she was training for her first triathlon 10+ years ago. She has since completed multiple triathlons, 1/2 ironman, the Death Ride, as well as 1/2 marathons. She found the love for teaching and motivating others in 2008 when she joined and taught Baby Boot Camp classes at Stanford with her first of four daughters. Maria began her certification courses in 1999 and has since then completed the AFAA group instructor certificate in 2011 among other courses to stay current in the field. She resides in Los Altos with her husband and 4 daughters. She enjoys the active lifestyle of managing a household of 4 daughters while running her own management consulting firm.
Stephanie discovered her passion for endurance sports in her late twenties and hasn't stopped since then. She has completed several triathlons including Ironman Canada, numerous centuries rides and the Death Ride. She is a certified instructor both in cycling and The Dailey Method. She and her husband Mike split their time between their homes in Los Altos Hills and Lake Tahoe, and when not on the bike, you can find them pursuing adventures like snow skiing, water skiing or scuba diving.
Kathi has been teaching group fitness classes for over 30 years. Everything from high/low-impact, step, body sculpting and cycling. It was on a cycling trip to New Zealand that she discovered her love for road biking. Kathi is a cardio fanatic who loves teaching and motivating her students. She teaches early morning classes and then works in high tech as a marketing executive. She has had the pleasure of working at some of the valley’s greatest companies like NeXt, Apple, Business Objects, Box and more. On the weekends you are guaranteed to find Kathi on the road riding her bike or spending time with her family.