Having learned to ride at age 10 on a Rupp minibike, Zandonella is the founder and organizer of the Northeast Dualsport Riders. Her passion for riding unpaved roads brings exciting added perspective to the website, taking readers where many riders never venture.
Zandonella is a native of Trumbull, CT and currently resides in Bridgewater, CT. She got her “M” endorsement at age 16, but left riding in her late 20s. She came back after a hiatus of more than 20 years and owns a 2008 Yamaha XT250, a 2005 BMW F 650 GS and a 2016 Zongshen / CSC RX3 Cyclone for dirt road touring.
The holder of a B.S. degree in Business Management from Fairfield University, Zandonella has had a 20+ year career in the finance industry. She hopes to one day start an off-road touring business in the Northeast, possibly as soon as 2017.
In 2016, she become a successful Iron Butt rider by completing a Saddlesore 1000 – riding 1,000 miles in 24 hours.