Amber Pierce


A lifelong athlete, Amber got her start as a swimmer, setting multiple state and national records throughout high school and earning an athletic scholarship to Stanford University. Equally dedicated to academics, she graduated high school valedictorian and was selected as a President’s Scholar at Stanford, where she earned a B.A. and M.Sc. and published two peer-reviewed journal papers.

When a shoulder injury ended her swimming career, Amber found cycling. Cutting her teeth in the competitive fields of California in her first season racing on the road, she won two collegiate national titles for Stanford, upgraded from a Category 4 to Category 1 in less than 6 months, and signed her first professional contract. She has now been competing at the professional World Cup and World Tour level for over a decade and has raced all over the world, earning 60victories and a reputation as one of the most respected domestiques in the peloton.

Having been afforded so many opportunities through sport, Amber strives to give back. She founded a non-profit—Network For Advancing Athletes—to mentor women athletes, advocates active transportation locally as the President of Bike Mansfield, serves on the Board of Directors for the Homestretch Foundation, and helps local youth cycling programs and serves as an Advisory Committee member for the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program. She has swum in open water with sharks, has an h-index of 2, and rides a Suzuki SV650s. She speaks French, German, and Italian, but can’t keep a plant alive to save her life. She makes a mean bolognese and is a terrible Nordic skier. Born in Berkeley, California, she is a fifth-generation Californian, grew up in Reno, Nevada, lived in Austria for 6 years, and now resides with her husband in Connecticut.

For 2018, Amber has partnered with Cannondale and will continue to race select US Pro Road Tour races, UCI races, and gravel events, as well as increase outreach activities with Network For Advancing Athletes, the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program, the Homestretch Foundation, and Bike Mansfield.

Cannondale Synapse Launch Video

Cycling Career highlights:
  • 60 individual career victories
  • Current New England RR Champion
  • Current Connecticut State RR Champion
  • 11 National Racing Calendar (Pro Road Tour) Victories
  • 21 National Racing Calendar (Pro Road Tour) Podiums
  • 8 World Cups
  • 7 International Race Wins - 2 Overall General Classification Victories
  • 2 individual Collegiate National Championship Titles
MSc, Earth Systems/Oceanography, Stanford University
BA, Human Biology/Environmental Policy, Stanford University
Valedictorian, Reno High School
Founder, mentor, member of the Board of Directors for Network for Advancing Athletes
Member of the Board of Directors for the Homestretch Foundation
President, member of the Board of Directors for Bike Mansfield
Mentor, member of the Advisory Committee for the Connecticut Cycling Advancement ProgramAcademic Honors:
Published Author  (two peer-reviewed journal articles)
President’s Scholar, Stanford University
National Honors Society President, Reno High School
Valedictorian, Reno High School

Previous Athletic Achievements:
Shirley Schoof Club Sports Athlete of the Year*, Stanford Cycling Team
2x Collegiate National Champion, Stanford Cycling Team
2x Collegiate Conference Champion, Stanford Cycling Team
NCAA Division I Scholarship Athlete, Stanford Women’s Swimming

Multi-time State Champion and National Champion, USA Swimming
Multi-time State Champion and National Champion, Reno High School Swimming
 * Awarded by the Stanford Athletic Board Awards Committee through the Stanford Athletic Department to the “student-athlete on a club team who demonstrates outstanding leadership, exemplifies fair play/sportsmanship, achieves excellence within the sport and is committed to community service.”