Former pro-cyclist joins bike patrol with Denver PD
Kelly Fisher Goodwin described the police academy as one of the most challenging things she has ever done
By Suzie Ziegler
DENVER — A former world-class cyclist is stepping out of her racing spandex and into a blue uniform at the Denver Police Department. She’ll be assigned to the bike patrol unit, of course.
Kelly Fisher Goodwin, 47, graduated from the police academy last month after a successful career as a professional athlete. From 2005 to 2013, Goodwin was considered one of the top female cyclists in the United States.
"We won a lot of races," Fisher Goodwin told 9News. "I had a great career."
Fisher Goodwin retired from cycling to focus on raising her two daughters but now she’s ready for a new challenge. She says she made the decision to become a police officer after the George Floyd protests in 2020.
"What I always tell people is, remember when there were professional athletes and people who were motivated by 9/11 and joined the military? I was sort of that person,” Goodwin told 9News. “It was one of the most challenging things I've ever done in my entire life – mentally, physically, emotionally, all of it.”
Fisher Goodwin says she wants to be the change and make Denver a safer city, according to 9News.
Bike patrol seems like the perfect place to start.
“Do you think any [suspect] could get away from you on a bike?” asked 9News reporter Matt Jablow.
“I doubt it,” Fisher Goodwin said with a smile.