2012 Team

Nadja Baker – Fidalgo Island, Washington, USA
Kimberley Beck – North Shore, BC
Marie-Helene Burle – North Shore, BC
Keara Clark – North Shore, BC
Isabelle Deguise- Greater Vancouver, BC
Jaclyn Delacroix – North Shore, BC
Sarah Devriese – Greater Vancouver, BC
Michelle Dignon – North Shore, BC
Victoria Elliott – Vancouver Island, BC
Lucy Eykamp – North Shore, BC
Lisa Feather – Fraser Valley, BC
Sandra Hardy – Vancouver Island, BC
Lisa Howey-Louter – North Shore, BC
Edith Janzen – Fraser Valley, BC
Kelly Jones – Fraser Valley, BC
Laurie Kalf – Vancouver Island, BC
Michelle Lachmann – North Shore, BC
Crystal Lambert – Fraser Valley, BC
Mia Logie – North Shore, BC
Joanie Maynard – North Shore, BC
Marisa Myrah – Vancouver, BC
Peta Pemberton – Fraser Valley, BC
Ryan Petersen – Vancouver, BC
Vanessa Voss – North Shore, BC
Diana Walker – North Shore, BC

Nadja Baker – Fidalgo island, Washington, USA
Part of what I thrive off of when I’m on my mountain bike is the feeling I get that is the same as when I’m picking lines bombing down a mountain slope on my snowboard and surfing waves in my kayak. There’s no words to describe it other than when it’s all connecting and you’re in the ‘flow zone’.
I started mountain bike racing by accident last year when I went to cheer my husband on at one of the Westside Series races. The race director walked through our campsite the night before and he somehow talked me into racing it too! Even though my shifter broke off a few kilometers from the finish and in all of my years of racing in other sports, I’ve never before felt so much like I was going to puke for the entire race- I was hooked! Then when a new full suspension bike entered my life recently I fell in love with riding the trails all over again! I look forward to continuing to grow my skills with the support of the MuddBunnies and a great 2012 racing season while representing!
  

Kimberley Beck – North Shore, BC
I bought my first mountain bike in 1993 and started riding with a women’s mountain bike group in Victoria called the Mudhoneys, so I feel like I’ve kind of come full circle almost 20 years later: from Honeys to Bunnies! When I moved to Vancouver in 1995 I kept riding, graduating to steeper and more technical trails and bigger and squishier bikes. Four years ago I had foot surgery and had to give up trail running for a while, so I bought an xc bike to keep in shape. Riding the trails in Squamish reminded me how much I love long hard days of climbing and descending, and now I ride my ‘little’ bike more than my ‘big’ one. This year, I’m racing the BC Bike Race and the Test of Metal, and probably at least one or two (or three!) others. Can’t wait to do them all proudly sporting the Mudbunnies race kit!

 

Marie-Helene Burle – North Shore, BC
I first hopped on a mountain bike in a spring day of 2010. I never got off. I didn’t quite like Vancouver before. Now I have moved to North Van and I am proud and happy to live on the Shore in an amazing mountain bike community with such strong identity and fascinating history. I love the diversity of challenge: the playfulness of skinnies, the speed of flowy trails, the steeps, the roots, the gnarl… Each trail has its own character.
I am new to racing. It was important to me to race as part of a team as I love the spirit, camaraderie and energy teams can provide and I didn’t want to get out there racing only for myself. I looked for an entity for which to race and found the Muddbunnies Racing Team! I am stoked to be part of the team this year!
I will be away – stranded on a desert South Pacific island doing field work – for the whole summer, so I’ll be missing many races and come back out of shape. This season can’t thus be taken too seriously for me. I see it as an exploratory experience to decide whether I want to get more serious in future years or whether racing is not for me. My program: local XC, DH and Super D races. From my riding style, I think Super D is what I will enjoy the
most.

  

Keara Clark – North Shore, BC
When my Mom told me about this new sport she had discovered, I called her crazy! Why would I want to throw myself down a mountain on a bicycle when I could go play soccer with my friends?! Then I saw the boys she was riding with, and like any boycrazy 18year old I asked where I needed to sign up. I fell in love with the bike and totally forgot about the boys! I started out climbing to descend on my Mom’s old XC hard tail with a group called the Dirty Girls, and I was loving the uphills. I soon discovered that with a bigger bike, the descents were the real reason you got on a bike.

Now, 12 years later, I’m still loving life on the bike, I’ve explored most of BC with my bike, and finally settled down in North Vancouver this year. I also got my first really big bike this year and I’m stoked to see what it can do! This will be my first season racing and I’m pleased to be doing it with an awesome group of Bunnies!

Isabelle Deguise- Greater Vancouver, BC
I started mountain biking in 2007 after seeing my husband and all our friends having a blast without me. I started out mostly riding DH/freeride, but now you’ll find me riding any style of bike on any given day. This will be my 2nd season of racing and I’m excited to represent the Muddbunnies again on the BC Cup DH circuit. I finished 2nd overall last year in the Masters 30+ category and I’m really excited to see what I can do this year on a real race bike. To keep me in shape, I like to go on long XC rides or ride my road bike. I also enjoy dirt jumping and pump tracks.
Mountain biking for me is an amazing way to explore new places, while getting fresh air and exercise. I joined the Muddbunnies Riding Club three years ago to meet other women who ride and encourage more women to get out on their bikes. Racing the BC Cup circuit last year was an amazing experience and I met so many terrific people. Mountain bikers sure know how to have a good time!
My goal for this season is to improve on my performance on the BC Cup circuit, while still having fun.
  

Jaclyn Delacroix – North Shore, BC
Born and breed in the Australian outback I moved to Vancouver 4 years ago on a whim, shortly after moving here I discovered the North Shore and mountain biking and it has been my passion ever since.
This will be my fourth year with the Muddbunnies. Up until I joined the Muddbunnies I had only ever ridden with guys. I guess that always worked fairly well for me since I have that ‘just do it’ sort of outlook on riding, and life in general.
Up until early 2010 I was all about the downhill riding, then circumstance stepped in! After woods I discovered epic North shore style XC rides and an even stronger passion for biking ensued. After joining the race team last year I dabbled in a few different disciplines. I discovered that my slightly masochistic nature trends me towards the grueling marathon XC style races but the adrenaline junkie in me enjoys the Super D’s.
  

Sarah Devriese – Greater Vancouver, BC
Freshly settled in British Columbia, I first tried mountain biking in November 2010 on Half Nelson and was instantly hooked. After the snow season, I started riding 3-4 times a week with a great group of guys from April till the rain came back. They pointed me to the Muddbunnies and I joined in for the weekly Wednesday night rides, benefiting from the other women’s talent and the practice on the North Shore. After an amazing summer experiencing 13 different mountains, I’m itching for more! This will be my second season with the club and the first one racing. My goals for the season are to improve in riding and to challenge myself on different types of terrain while having fun with my best friend, the Muddbunnies, and the race team. What better way to explore this province than on a bike?

  

Michelle Dignon aka Mic Digdog – North Shore, BC
Back in 2005 I went to a friends birthday party and happened to mention to this very handsome guy, that I had always wanted to go mountain biking. He offered to lend me his spare bike to take me for a ride! After one day I was hooked……. on both him and biking!!!! I loved XC, but always looked forward to the downs. In 2009 we moved to Canada and I used to think that chairlifts were for skiing. Not any more!!!! I got a taste for DH and free ride and couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! I loved being part of the Muddbunnies team last year and was so inspired by the other girls, that I wanted to be part of it again in 2012! Hopefully we will inspire more girls to get out there and to have fun on their bikes!

  

Victoria Elliott – Vancouver Island, BC
My first cross-country riding experience came in 2003 when I bought my first bike, a Gary Fisher hard tail. My boyfriend at the time, now my husband, raced cross-country when he was younger and introduced me to the sport. I immediately fell in love with riding and with him 😉 I used to love riding my bike when I was a kid and it still felt just as great. After that first summer we did not ride too often as life caught up and other things became priorities. In 2007 I found a part time job at a bike shop and signed up for my first riding workshop. « Intro to MOMAR » I met some great people during the training and was hooked on racing for most of the 2008 and 2009 season. I am super stoked to get back into racing and looking forward to meeting some amazing people. I hope to start training very soon and I am really looking forward to learning a lot from my amazing teammates!!

  

Lisa Feather – Fraser Valley, BC
From a young age I loved bikes and loved getting muddy. I grew up racing dirtbikes so mountain biking was a natural crossover for me. My first time on a mountain bike was DH two years ago at Ledgeview on my brothers bike. I immediately loved it because it reminded me so much of dirtbiking. One year later I bought my first downhill bike as a graduation present to myself. After being dragged behind the boys (my boyfriend and brother), I met some Muddbunnies while out riding and realized there were other women like me who love to ride! I had an amazing summer riding with my new biking friends and couldn’t get enough of it, so also got a XC bike. I’m super excited for my first year of racing DH plus some Super Ds, and to be doing it on the Muddbunnies 2012 race team!

 

Sandra Hardy – Vancouver Island, BC
I started riding mountain bikes in 2004 to keep up my nerve while on a break from training horses for show-jumping. I love it so much now that I mainly ride bikes! I have been lucky enough to live in some great mountain biking towns in the last 7 years – Vancouver, Prince George, Vernon and now Victoria, so have gotten to experience some of the amazing trails that BC has to offer, both DH and XC. In 2006 I was briefly a member of the Muddbunnies while living in Vancouver, and am excited to now be a part of the team. I am not an experienced racer, having only started racing in the last couple of years, but I really enjoy just getting out there and having a good time. As a physiotherapist working in Victoria, I also believe strongly in both the physical and mental health benefits of being out on a bike, and am excited to continue to promote cycling to my clients and friends!

  

Lisa Howey-Louter – North Shore, BC
A few years ago biking to me meant riding a bike in a straight line on flat terrain. I was then introduced to trials, and later to mountain biking. For my first ride on a mountain, my boyfriend (now husband), took me up to Seventh Secret on Fromme. It was winter, I had a hardtail, and it was late afternoon. It soon turned dark and I was riding my first trail on the shore in the dark with only a turtle light to guide us. We got out alive, thankfully, and planning my rides more carefully has helped me discover my passion. Once I got more confident I did my first race – The Rat Race (now The Sunshine Coaster). Here is where I got hooked on racing – enjoying the outdoors, the comradery, and the adrenaline of the race. I’m so excited to be racing again after an almost complete season last year. I got slowed down by an injury half-way through, but I’m ready to put that behind me and try again! Last year the trials bike didn’t get much attention, but this year I am making more of an effort to improve my skills and enter in a couple of trials competitions. I continue to be fulfilled juggling my biking passion with my family life, with my other other passion and work as an Early Childhood Educator/Outdoor Program Facilitator. I can often be found at the Kirkstone Skate Park with my son, or on the local north shore trails.
I hope to see you on the trails!

  

Kelly Jones – Fraser Valley, BC
My name is Kelly Jones and I am more than stoked to be a part of the 2012 Muddbunnies Race Team!
My riding started with XC in 2007, ripping around the Welsh country side. I moved back home to the Fraser Valley in 2009 and started riding my DH bike. In 2010 I started to race indoor 4x, I love it all!
Last year was my first year racing DH, it was awesome to have such a great group of girls to ride with on the 2011 Muddbunnies Race team. Good times and great people, looking forward to another awesome year!
 

Laurie Kalf – Vancouver Island, BC
I am so excited to be joining the Muddbunnies team for 2012! I usually ride and race with “the boys” so it is going to be wonderful to be part of group of women who are as passionate as I am about mountain biking. I am looking forward to making new friends and riding new trails. I have been riding and racing XC mountain bike for several years, and also enjoy racing offroad triathlons, trail running, snowshoeing, and karate. I LOVED my first Momar adventure race this past September! My latest ride is a Surly singlespeed without suspension and I have been loving the new challenge. I love racing XC, especially epic distance races, and feel like a winner for just getting out there and trying no matter where I place. I live in Errington on Vancouver Island, work full time as a certified dental assistant, and have a son and a daughter in university.

 

Michelle Lachmann – North Shore, BC
I have been riding for 15+ years and can’t get enough!!! I joined the Muddbunnies Riding Club in 2010 and met a group of amazing women and fellow riders. The club has re-energized my love for riding (as well as my addiction to the sport) and I am proud to be on the race team again for 2012. I am a “mid-pack” racer but always have a good time, and this year, with a bit more training (and no broken bones…), I hope to be a wee bit closer to the front of the pack. As a mom of two little kids, I hope that I can motivate other moms to get out and ride, as well as being a role model for my daughter. See you on the trails!

  

Joanie Maynard – North Shore, BC
I’m originally from a small town in Quebec and I moved to North Vancouver 3 years ago. A good friend introduced me to DH mountain biking last summer (a HUGE thanks to him). I needed to try something new, something where I would push myself beyond my limits. He told me I should get a bike, and that`s what I did! I bought a bike before even trying, telling myself I could always sell it if I didn`t like it enough. He took me on Fromme for my first ride and I instantly fell in love with the sport. I never thought I`d get hooked up so quickly! A week later, I joined the Muddbunnies, so I could ride with girls that are at the same level. I gained a lot of confidence and had so much fun riding with other muddbunnies this past summer that I decided I would give racing a try this year. I am looking forward to meet other girls who share the same passion for biking. More fun, more riding, more challenge! Can`t go wrong with that!
  

Marisa Myrah – Vancouver, BC
When I started mountain biking I would take my dog out with me exploring any trails I could find. I just loved being out there with her, but I was always looking for more. When I found muddbunnies I thought this was it; other women to connect with, ride new trails and just get better. Maybe if I was a lot younger I would be trying more downhill, but now as a senior (or master) rider I am content with XC riding. As an artist and a mom, I value getting on my bike as much as possible. I competed in two adventure races last year and feel so pumped to be racing as a muddbunnie this year. It definitely helps me set goals and train. I’m a real supporter of womens’ mountain biking and can’t wait for the season to begin.
 

Peta Pemberton – Fraser Valley, BC
Last March I was introduced to mountain biking… I have ridden on and off through out the years but didn’t know this kind of riding existed until a friend talked about going to whistler and showing me what it was all about. I was so excited! Then she got pregnant 🙁 Now that I had the bug I had to find out more
about it so I decided to volunteer at the Sumas Super D race. Here I met muddbunny Kelly who told me about the muddbunnies and that I should check out the website. I was a little nervous not really been riding in a while so I figured I would get out there first. I headed to the island where a friend was also interest in learning all about it. Her new boyfriend at the time ended up being a professional racer so he took us out for our first taste of real mountain biking. I was sold. I came home bought my first hard tail and joined the muddbunnies. I didn’t make it out to alot of the rides living so far away so I hit the trails on my own with the exception of Crystal coming out and showing me Sumas. I was having a blast and even entered an XC race on the island which had me wanting more. I figured what better way to challenge myself and meet some great women than to join and support the muddbunnies racing team. So here I am ready to give it my best have fun, laugh alot, and just simply crossing the finish line.

  

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