If you think Sram Red is the greatest thing that ever happened to your bike, you can thank Chris Raymo. A design engineer since 1996 for the component giant, Raymo was the project lead for the technical development of this award-winning groupset.
“The bike industry in particular is very male-dominated,” Raymo says. She makes it a point to meet with other women in her field once a month to pool resources and discuss the challenges they face in the workplace. Raymo’s advice to other women who hope to thrive in typically male-dominated careers: “Be fearless. Be yourself and go after those things that you want. Don’t let others’ expectations intimidate you. When I was younger, I was afraid I’d make a mistake I could never overcome, but sometimes the failures move your head more than the successes. Have all of the experiences you possibly can so you can learn about where you really want to be, where you truly fit and what truly makes you happy.”