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Issue No. 4 | February 2023


Spotlight: Naomi Williams

How did you get into cycling? What does cycling add to your life?

I got into cycling in 2007 when my sister Rachel told me to buy a bike so we could ride together. We have spent most of our lives doing everything together so it just made sense that we would become cyclists together. Over the years we have had so many memorable rides and adventures on our bikes from short rides to rides spanning over multiple days.

I’ve met amazing people cycling, some of whom have become my dearest friends.

What is your favorite Healdsburg cycling memory? 

I don’t recall the month, but it was in the summer on a very hot day. It was me, Rachel, and our friend Christine. One of us was training for an endurance event, most likely an Ironman since we were on a five to six hour ride. We were about 60 miles in and the heat was wearing on us. We stopped at the Jimtown store (which unfortunately has since closed but holds some of my fondest mid-ride stop memories). They used to make homemade popsicles in the summer that were simply amazing. I loved that moment – the three of us sitting out front eating our popsicles and acting like fools. We were probably a little delirious from the heat, but I’ll never forget that ride!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

During the winter months I love to go up to Tahoe and ski with my husband Nathan and daughter Noelle. We really got into it about nine years and it has become one of our family’s favorite pastimes. When the weather gets warmer and snow melts I like to go up there and hike with Rachel and her dog Zeke. One of my favorite areas to hike is the Desolation Wilderness; there are so many alpine lakes out there and I love that you can only get there by foot!

A lot of my spare time is spent on my bicycle and I always look forward to my next ride. Another favorite is heading out to Lake Sonoma with Nathan and Noelle spending the day relaxing on our boat. I kid with Nathan that lake days force me to take it easy, as I am always on the go!

What is your role within Mill District?

As the Development Manager I work closely with the Design and Construction team. Currently my big focus is wrapping up the public improvements on the infrastructure of Phase 1 which includes both the Randall (affordable housing) and Canopy, Mill District’s first phase of market-rate condos. This year we are full steam ahead with the construction of Canopy and I am working with the homeowners on their interior finishes.

Mill District Velo is also a big focus of mine. I am very passionate about cycling so this is something that I take pride in and am excited as we continue to create something special for our cycling community. I work closely with program ambassador Laura King and our marketing director Josie Carroll on our programming details from prepping the site to welcoming guests, and everything in between. Something else I am stoked about this year – Mill District Velo will be focusing on growing our presence in the greater community and I’m taking the lead on our sponsorship of and involvement in Healdsburg’s first Climate Fest.

What are you looking forward to for spring riding in Sonoma County?

Long miles, warmer weather, shorts, and tan lines. Spring riding in Sonoma County is simply the best but I don’t have to tell you that!

Favorite mid ride stop and why? 

This may be one of the toughest questions to answer. I can’t pick one! If I am heading North I would say Plank Coffee in Cloverdale. The coffee hits the spot and they have the biggest spread of pastries. On hot days their Arnold Planker is super refreshing.

I am a big fan of West County riding so if I am out West, I would say The Altamont General Store in Occidental for a drip and a baked good. They have a giant coconut rice krispie treat that is to die for. When I don’t have quite enough time to get to Occidental I will hit up Retrograde in Sebastopol, their cappuccinos are amazing! I also like to stuff a bag of coffee in my jersey pocket because they are the best roaster in Sonoma County, in my opinion.

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