Valerie Topete – Professional Mommy

Valerie Topete has managed to bike her way to the top of her career. With an unending drive for success, Topete began her life in a typical New York fashion: broke with no job and living in a ridiculously expensive one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. Topete didn’t let any of these challenges hold her down as she relentlessly fought to create a business. For the next three years, Topete worked as a freelance courier searching the Internet for job opportunities.

Valerie Topete

Her dedication to her customers, fast response and delivery times, and courteous nature earned her the respect of her clients. As Topete better learned to navigate the city and built her clientele, she saw her business grow. Her hardworking spirit did not go unnoticed by others, and an unsuspecting meeting between her and a client resulted in a new job and an invitation for date. Seven years later, Topete is married and has two boys.

Trying to balance the life of a top bike courier in one of the busiest cities in the world with the daily trials and tribulations of a small family living in Brooklyn has been a challenge that Topete took head on. Her success as a mother and professional is the results of careful planning. Topete believes that a dependable schedule prepares the family for the day by clearly knowing what to expect. Balancing the children’s school schedule and extracurricular activities, along with her job and hobbies and her husband’s responsibilities, takes a team effort. Her supportive husband understands the needs of his family and helps to contribute to the flow of the family activities.

Topete knows that one of the ways of successfully balancing these responsibilities is the ability to multitask. She has proven this technique time-and-time again as she uses her days out and about in the city delivering packages and parcels as opportunity to explore new venues and subjects for her photography business. Topete also manages to involve her children in her business, and uses play time with them as an opportunity to practice her photography as well.

Topete is also well aware that the success of a family depends on her sanity as well. She makes sure to take time for herself, and had been competing in relay races across the city. The boys love the one-on-one time with their dad, and they enjoy mapping out the routes of the races. Topete knows she can count on seeing her three boys at some point during the race, cheering her on from the sidelines. Everyone knows that being a mom and working fulltime is a challenging endeavor. Valerie Topete is a great example of a dedicated woman, both to her job, hobbies, and family.

Valerie Topete – Relay Bicyclist

It was not by accident that Valerie Topete became a bike courier when she moved to New York. An avid long distance bicyclist in college, Topete was able to launch her hobby of biking into a successful and lucrative career. She worked relentlessly as a freelance bike courier for three years while trying to survive the New York lifestyle. She searched out job opportunities online one at time and made a life for herself in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. Her dedication to the job quickly earned her a reputation as one of the most reliable couriers in New York City.

Valerie TopeteShe spent her days furiously biking around the city, darting between cars and pedestrians, to ensure that her packages were delivered as fast as possible. Topete created quite the name for herself, and after three years of making it on her own, she was hired by the most prestigious courier companies in all of New York City. At Mercury Rises, Topete was able to further push herself to become the best in the business. Among a highly competitive group of couriers, she pushed herself to the limits and her efforts were rewarded.

Seven years later and settled into her New York life, she was ready to return her focus to the thing she loves: Long-distance relay races. Over the past few years Topete had been so consumed with her new career, husband, and raising two very active children, she had minimal time to dedicate to biking outside of work. Now that her children are older and are enrolled in school, Topete realized she had some spare time to dedicate to herself. Working in such a highly competitive environment such as Mercury Rises was not a random event for Topete. Her competitive nature was something she applied throughout her life, and she was ready to prove her skills in a new hobby of relay racing.

Not surprisingly, bike couriers tend to be avid bicyclists and it is a tight community of individuals. Through Topete’s professional acquaintances, she joined a bicycling group that competes in relay races on the weekends. Topete logs her practice miles during the week while working and competes as one of the fastest members of her relay team. The structure of a relay race allows her to have the experiencing of being part of a team, while competitively pushing herself to be the best. Her husband and children love mapping out the race path and finding the perfect position to set up camp in order to be able to see her speed past. Valerie Topete has been competing for seven months now and has successfully won five medals and finished in first place three times.