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. 

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