Twenty years ago, Kelli Emmett was living in Aruba tending bar. She was a chain smoker who didn’t care about physical activity. “I hated exercise,” remembers Emmett. “I routinely got kicked out of gym class in high school.”
Emmett, now 38 and a pro on the Juliana-SRAM team, grew up on a 16,000-tree apple orchard in Plymouth, Michigan. Dipping caramel apples was her forte–she’d make 1,000 in a typical day. She drove tractors, picked apples and went dirt biking.
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