Duffy Danish – Team Manager
Duffy has an extensive athletic background. Growing up outside of Boston, Duffy played ice hockey in the winter months and sailed during the summer at her family’s second home on Long Island. A self-described “go big or go home” type of person, Duffy gives 110% to all of her endeavors. Graduating from Connecticut College in 2002, Duffy was both a starting woman’s skipper and captain on the nationally ranked Sailing Team and center on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team. During her final two years of college, Duffy “went big” and fully committed her time to an Olympic 470 Class Sailing Campaign and competed around the world as a member of the US Sailing Team. Realizing her passion for instructing, Duffy returned to school and earned her Masters in Teaching. In 2006, Duffy was awarded the US Sailing Developmental Coach of the Year while coaching Corpus Christi YC. Making the move from Texas to Miami in 2008, Duffy was hired as the Head Coach/Sailing Director for Coral Reef Yacht Club.
While living in Miami, Duffy was introduced to competitive cycling and immediately fell in love with riding and racing bikes. As she does with most things, Duffy has approached cycling with her all-in style; devoting hundreds of hours to training in her first year on the bike, racing for the Rose Bandits she finished 2nd in the Florida State Criterium Championships for Women’s Cat ¾. In addition, after only 3 months of riding mountain bikes finished her first endurance race at the challenging Off-Road Assault on Mt. Mitchell (ORAMM). But that is not all there is to Duffy! She loves pink (sometimes to a fault), is married and has her own “baby” dogs Quinn & Margarita. She also has a personal connection to the Rose Bandit’s primary charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure as she has lost her mother and sister-in-law to breast cancer. Her commitment to athletics, family and friends is unwavering.
A mother, wife and business executive, Heather can also add cycling addict to her list of accomplishments. Growing up in Upstate New York and with the support of her parents, she was exposed to many sports and outdoor activities (cross country skiing, hiking/camping, field hockey, track, basketball, etc.) and enjoyed them all, ultimately playing collegiate field hockey. Riding bike was a way to get around town (until you got your drivers license) and was not viewed as a sport. Living in Miami, where the sun shines, she realized there was a tremendous running, triathlete, and cycling community. Starting with a half marathon and triathlons, Heather determined cycling was her passion. She was approached to be a founding member of the Rose Bandits by a friend who knew her interest in riding. While apprehensive at first (she had a “tri” bike, not a road bike and the Bandits were “roadies”) she decided to join for one simple reason – her family had recently adopted a kitten abandoned by mother in their back yard and named her Rose. It was a sign to join the group and eventually be part of the management team of growing and dynamic Rose Bandits! (and yes, now has two road bikes – fondly named Alfin (Finally in English – meaning she finally got a road bike vs. tri bike) and Una Mas! (One More in English, because sometimes more is better!).
Freddy Viera – Supporter Coordinator
Born and raised until the age of 10 in Cuba, Freddy aka Fast Freddy was given his first 12 speed road bike with down tube shifters at age 14 and it was love at first ride. He rode his bike everyday to the park and school in Miami to play all sorts of sports – basketball, baseball, flag football and tennis. On scholarship to Florida International University for accounting, Freddy realized his passion for “real” cycling when he entered a duathlon and all he could think about after was the bike race. From racing in local and regional events, Freddy has learned that hard work and dedication does pay off, not only in cycling but in life. Focused on eating healthy for peak performance on the bike (although he has been known to enjoy a coke and rice crispy treat on occasion), Freddy believes a balanced diet is key to a healthy lifestyle. He trains hundreds of hours every year, concentrating mainly on hill races or rides as a means to challenge himself and his fitness.
Why a Rose Bandit Supporter? He was one of a select few guys that was asked to be involved with the Rose Bandits because everyone knew his interest in teaching others about the latest gear and equipment, cared about women cycling and not afraid of the color pink. He might have a red tomato for a car but he has a pink bike! Freddy is determined for the Rose Bandits to expand their geographic footprint whereby attracting more women to the sport of cycling (and a self proclaimed way of life for himself) and assists with the coordination our Supporters (aka men that support our mission).
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