2017 Team

Enduro
Calgary, AB

Originally from Calgary Alberta, I moved to Vancouver in 2007. I was first introduced to mountain biking as a teenager back in Calgary, but after moving to Vancouver, school, work, and running, consumed my time and it wasn’t until spring 2013 that I rode my mountain bike consistently again. Once I got back on the bike I couldn’t believe it had been collecting dust for all those years with some of the best biking in the world right in my back yard!

I joined the Muddbunnies in 2015, was a ride lead in 2016 and this year will be my first year on the Muddbunnies Race Team.

Coming from a competitive ski racing background and completing 30+ half marathons and 9 marathons in the last four years, racing has always been a passion of mine, but I love the camaraderie of being part of a team!

Being a total newbie to mountain bike racing, I’m very excited to be apart of the Muddbunnies Race Team and am looking forward to my first race season under the guidance of these awesome ladies!

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Enduro
North Vancouver, BC

I discovered mountain biking over five years ago in Toronto, Ontario. I was instantly hooked, I started biking whenever my schedule would allow it. Three years had pasted in Toronto, when my boyfriend and I were offered the opportunity of a life time, we both landed jobs in Vancouver. British Columbia the ultimate back yard for Mountain Biking, needless to say we were stocked!!

I’m not going to lie, the trails out here were a hole neither ball game. I could’t believe it, it was like learning to ride all over again..it was extremely frustrating for me. But you know that moment when everything comes together, well that day came and I instantly fell in love with mountain biking all over again, the adrenaline rush, the flood of endorphin’s, the thrill of nailing a line it is so exhilarating.
Mountain biking has become such a hug part of my life, It has lead me to meet some amazing people and see some of the most beautiful landscapes. I had also lead me to the Muddbunnies riding club, which lead me to join the race team. This is my second year of racing and I am excited to be apart of the Muddbunnies race team once again. I am looking forward to training with an amazing group of ladies. Here we come 2017!

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Enduro, XC, Cyclocross
Oregon City, OR

2016 was a challenging but rewarding year for me. I achieved my big goal of finishing the BC Bike Race in my first year of racing XC supported by Muddbunnies both on and off course. I enjoyed the challenge of riding longer courses and the variety of riding that it brings after being a Downhill rider previously. So, this year I am going to try some XCM and look forward to the support of my team members and loving riding my bike.

 

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XC, Enduro
North Vancouver, BC

2016 was a challenging but rewarding year for me.  I achieved my big goal of finishing the BC Bike Race in my first year of racing XC supported by Muddbunnies both on and off course.  I enjoyed the challenge of riding longer  courses and the variety of riding that it brings after being a Downhill rider previously.  So, this year I am going to try some XCM and look forward to the support of my team members and loving riding my bike.

 

Enduro
Bellingham, WA

This is my third year riding mountain bikes and last year was my first year racing. It was a blast to do it on the Muddbunnies team and I can’t wait for 2016! Riding is one thing. Racing…that’s a whole different beast! There were tears, grins and a few crashes, but there is nothing more satisfying than overcoming your self-imposed limitations: almost quitting and then pushing forward. With racing also comes camaraderie and a whole new group of people who are just as excited about biking as you are, and people to travel and explore new dirt with.

Enduro
North Vancouver, BC

I started mountain biking less than two years ago and quickly learned the boys strategy of point and ride would not work for me.  I started searching for riding groups to meet riders of the same ability when I discovered the Muddbunnies.   The Muddbunnies was full of girls who ride with very similar stories,  riding with a team of supportive women progressed my confidence and riding dramatically. My second year with the Muddbunnies I was able to start leading rides and racing independently. I bought my first bike February 2015 and was hooked.  I like mountain biking for the team atmosphere & the new learning curve; there are so many challenges to overcome both mentally and physically.  What I love about racing is I’m pushed to ride trails & terrain I would avoid, it forces me to commit and progress my riding skills. I look forward to joining the muddbunnies race team and refining my skills for the 2017 race season.

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XC
Jupiter, FL

I’m 23 years old originally from Danvers, Massachusetts, but since 3 I have called Florida home currently residing in Stuart, FL. My job occupation is Paramedic….yes my training/education has been useful on some of my own personal gnarly wipeouts or others on trail that got hurt….no pain no gain! Hahaha! When I’m not working I’m out participating in my two main passions/hobbies….mountain bike and surfing! I got into mountain biking two years ago when a friend of mine invited me to tag along with them on trails and let me use their spare bike. Since then my love for mountain biking had taken flight, next thing I knew I invested in my own bike and was riding all sorts of trails. My main stomping ground is Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. One day I had one of the head members of Club Scrub (local mountain bike club at Jonathan Dickinson) talk me into joining the club that consists of time trials and fun group events. She (Juliana) stated that they need more girls in the club and that I would meet more girls to ride with…which was true and awesome. Through this club I have met so many awesome friends that love mountain biking as much as I do which is an awesome feeling to share. So I then did my first time trial race starting off in base level, won the overall time trial that year for base. This year (2016) I bumped up to sport and tried pushing myself to get faster and attempt to chase after the expert women! I recently won the overall sport time trial. For me it’s not all about the winning, it’s about pushing myself to get to the next level and faster. Not only that but having great ride times with friend who also love the sport! For example after Christmas 2016 two guy friends of mine helped me charge Alafia Springs State Park and Balm Boyette….I really had to bring my A game and charge! Which I did and all and all had a great time and mostly am thrilled with the fact that I had faced two trails that were more advanced than my home trail and conquered them. All in all I would be ecstatic to be chosen to be part of the 2017 Muddbunnies race team and I feel I would be a great addition to the team where I’m supportive of my fellow lady Riders! Plus I would love to share the stoke of an all girls race team/group! Not only that I would love to explore and race new trails and get even faster and more advanced in the bike scene!

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XC
Orlando, FL

I have been riding bikes most of my life – sometimes more and sometimes less.  The past few years have seen me riding more and more, which is a good thing 🙂  My interest in off-road biking started about 2 years ago thanks to my son needing an occasional biking buddy.  I doubt I’ll ever be able to keep up with him but he has encouraged me relentlessly and my riding is greatly improved.  Mountain biking is a sport that I love for many varied reasons.  It’s never boring.  The exercise is great for my body.  Pushing my limits and learning new skills is great for my mind.  I’ve seen parts of FL that you’ll never see from the road.  And I’ve made some wonderful friends.  Just being part of the FL chapter has already given me the confidence to try  rides I would never have attempted on my own.  I believe that being part of the Muddbunnies Race Team will help me take my riding to the next level.

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Enduro, XC
Abbotsford, BC

Let’s just say  I’m not 18, but most days I feel like I am. Especially when it comes to sports and using my body to challenge my environment. Biking is the main way I achieve that these days.  I’m a born and raised Yukoner (newly arrived to southern BC) ,  and that northern upbringing lead me to a lifelong love for nature and the outdoors.  I love any excuse to be outside and explore the unpopulated areas around me.  My husband and I took up riding downhill biking when we met 12 years ago, however I have taken a few seasons off here and there due to having my assistance in helping populate the earth, and a couple surgeries and injuries along the way.  My passion for the sport has bloomed in the last 4 years. I began to work more all mountain riding and really train my uphill endurance when my husband and I decided to ride The Test of Metal for Team Diabetes after our then 6year old,  was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.  That’s when I began to love the fitness side of the sport as much as the thrill side. I have been a competitive gymnast and coach almost all my life. I taught the sport because I wanted to teach girls to develop confidence in their bodies and it’s strength,  and use that confidence to propel them through life;  over coming obstacles and learning skills such as dedication,  determination, sacrifice and achievement. I love all that sport gives you and this is why I joined a racing team this year, to give myself these same lessons. I am a mother and finding time for yourself and having confidence in who you are is often hard to achieve,  having a goal and a team is a good step towards both! Can’t wait to discover new skills, trails and comrades!

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XC, Enduro
Calgary, AB

I’m a forty-something IT specialist for oil and gas, with a background in branding and marketing, and a charming wife who loves her kids, mountain biking, skiing deep powder, and photography.

Throughout the journey of becoming a mom to two daughters, I have continued to train and race – starting with running, moving into triathlons and mountain biking, then racing XC mountain bikes and XTerra World Championships in recent years.

It’s not just about the racing – I genuinely enjoy the journey to race-day. I always view race-day as a celebration of the work that has gone into preparing for it. My ideal race-day will be a tough day, but it will be the result of my training. I love the thrill of competing, it suits my personality, and the extra effort  to find the edge of my limits, to keep pushing that limit and exploring the nuances of it is what keeps me toeing the line. I’m not a pro athlete, I’m rarely on the age-group podium – but I love being out there, racing against my limits and, lately, like good wine, getting better with age!

MANAGER, XC, Road
Abbotsford, BC

When I first moved to BC I wanted to try anything that got me into the mountains. Eight years ago that was mountain biking. I had heard about a beginner’s clinic and signed up. The first lesson I showed up with my 3 year old Canadian Tire special bicycle and my jeans tucked into my socks. Basically I knew absolutely nothing about mountain biking. Regardless of the gear we were away on our first trail ride and I was hooked. Fast forward a few years and I’ve developed a passion for riding bikes and the community it allows me to be a part of. Being a supporter of women on bikes, I am so excited to be involved with the Muddbunnies as part owner! During this race season I have a few race specific goals but my major goal is to have some wicked fun while doing the best I can no matter if I’m winning or if I’m at the back of the pack.

Enduro, Triathlon
Spokane, WA

I really enjoy riding! This last year hasn’t been the best for me due to personal problems but biking brings me joy. I go out on a ride and I feel a million times better, even if I am by myself. It really helps me cope with stress. I also struggle with clinical depression, which it helps with. I have a background in racing other events such as running, etc. I became interested in Mountain Biking due to my brother riding. He is a pro- xc rider in Colorado. I really feel like I have found my love in Mountain Biking. I love it so much. I like the environment, being in the woods, riding and the people. I like to push my limits, set goals and make progress. I love to make progress in techniques and conquering new terrain. Mountain biking is unique in the fact that it takes skill and is not just based on endurance. I love this. I love the feeling of connection and support with the other women I ride with. I am hoping to improve my bike skills, racing skills and confidence. I would like to race in more races and progress this year.

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Enduro, DH, Cyclocross
Bellingham, WA

I’ve been riding bikes ever since I can remember, but didn’t really get into mountain biking until 2002 after purchasing my first decent bike, a Kona Nunu. That was my sole bike until a little over a year ago. 12 years on the same old bike, and it treated me very well, leading me on lots of great Idaho singletrack.

I moved to western WA in 2014 and finally purchased myself a legit full suspension bike in 2015 and my prior mountain biking hobby has become an addiction since then.

Being fairly new in the area and wanting to get out and ride my new bike, I decided to venture out and join some ladies rides in hopes to meet some rad ladies to ride with. It didn’t take long to meet people and start riding regularly and progressing my skills. There were a couple ladies I started riding with regularly who raced for the Muddbunnies, they convinced me to sign up for my first race, and I fell in love with it. Riding the transition stages with them and being surrounded by their positive energy and laughs made the experience all the better.

I competed in my first race this last June, got hooked and competed in another race in August. The two races I competed in were both Enduro races but I’m interested in getting into downhill and possibly cyclocross. I can’t think of a better team to join than one with great friends and an opportunity to meet even more rad ladies with the same passions.

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Enduro, DH, XC
Bromont, QC
I am a 32 year old mountain bike lover. I fell in love in 2010, when I discovered a sport that would change me and my lifestyle forever. My love story got to some higher level when I took part of a women in 2010, when I discovered a sport that would change me and my lifestyle forever.  I took part of a women MTB clinic week-end at Retallack. That’s when I met Crystal Lambert, an amazing all around accomplished women, who convinced me get involved with  the muddbunnies race team. After one year of racing, I realized I could do more for my community, and share my passion and love for the sport with other women. I started a muddbunnies riding club last year in my little biking community named Bromont, Quebec. In 2017, I aim to keep helping women pushing their limits in the amazing sport we are practicing. Race wise, I will take part of transBC , some local enduro races and DH races and some of the BC enduro series.
XC, Enduro
North Vancouver, BC

Gina discovered mountain biking after an injury forced her into retirement from the competitive Ultimate scene. Seeking a new community to call home, she stumbled upon the Muddbunnies.  Having never mountain biked before there were several bumps and bruises along the way. But in true Hopper style, it didn’t take long before she was leading rides and joining the organization bandwagon.

Four years later, Gina joins the Muddbunnies race team with lofty athletic goals and a genuine longing for a team environment.  While the 2015 season will be a challenging one, the plan is set…  reduce the suffer and increase the fun.  With Ozmosis Training and a herd of Bunnies in her corner the only way forward is…

“be your own version of awesome!”

COACH, Enduro, DH
North Vancouver, BC

A native of New South Wales, Australia, I moved to Vancouver after some major life changes in 2007. It wasn’t long before I discovered mountain biking (and the Muddbunnies), which has been my number one passion ever since.

I am a racer, a trainer, a leader, a builder, and an advocate. My background is in group fitness with a Master Trainer cert from the widely respected Australian Institute of Fitness. On top of that, I am also certified by PMBIA as a certified Mountain Bike Instructor.

Enduro
North Vancouver, BC

I started riding in ’99 when I moved to the Kooteney’s for snowboarding and but fell in love with the dirt. My two wheel passion has been in full bloom ever since! I raced the BC Cup DH circuit in the early 2000’s and enjoyed seeing the varied terrain throughout BC. I love travelling and discovering how different geography and trail builders creativity can create such amazing and diverse trails. Throughout the years, I’ve switched from a purely downhill focus to loving a cardio challenge. For me, Enduro fits perfectly, fun thrilling descents combined with cardio challenge and technical uphills. Game on!!!

Enduro, XC, Road, Cyclocross
Inverness FL

Growing up in rural Florida, I spent most of my childhood outside, creating a long lasting love of all things outdoors.  I began riding after meeting my would-be husband / mountain bike racer.  I have now been riding for almost 17 years, and while I spend the majority of my bike time on the pavement, I am a mountain biker by heart – it’s where I started, and it’s definitely my favorite kind of biking.  My racing career had a disastrous start many years ago at my first mountain bike race where I crashed hard and DNF’d.  Switching to primarily road riding, I spent 4 years racing the Florida Road and Criterium series, gaining experience in skills and competition, but not much of a true love of racing.  Cyclocross racing was a nice switch, and is such a blast to do – kind of the best of both worlds in a super fun atmosphere.  I plan on continuing to race CX as we have a great series here in Florida in the fall.  After taking many years away from the dirt, a new bike and some new trails eventually brought me back to the trails.  I rekindled my love of mountain biking and haven’t looked back since.  For me, mountain biking is where I leave work stress, life woes, and road training in the proverbial dust – it’s my reset button.  I’ve always had the most fun riding with friends, and joined the Muddbunnies in 2016, breaking some fear barriers and making new friends along the way.  in 2016, I raced in a local mountain bike series, and placed second overall – it was a huge success for me.  I am excited to be part of a real women’s racing community for 2017 and can’t wait to continue pushing my limits!

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XC, Adventure Racing
Errington, BC

My name is Laurie Kalf. This will be my 5th year on the Muddbunnies race team. The past 3 years have been a super positive experience, I have met people who share the same interests, learned from them, and have made some amazing lifelong friends. What I love the best about being part of the race team is having the camaraderie at the races,  I love feeling like part of a team and it is so supportive having other women with the same interests to hang out and travel with. Mountain biking riding and racing XC has been my passion for about 15 years. I love the challenges, especially longer marathon distance xc racing but also tried some enduro races this year! I am not sure what I love the most about mountain biking, the thrills, the danger, the workout, or being out in the great outdoors.

XC, Enduro, Duathlon
Surrey, BC
I had been a casual bike park rider since 2013 and was interested in taking my riding more seriously. I set a goal to begin racing in 2016 and signed up for the Muddbunnies Race Team. Knowing I had races to train for challenged me to ride new trails, work on my bike handling skills, and get out of my comfort zone. I am looking forward to pushing myself even harder in 2017 by trying longer and more challenging races and by tackling more duathlons.

 

Enduro
Bellingham, WA

I am a Northwest Washington native who loves travel, the outdoors, and craft beer. I have been riding for about 5 years and raced with the MuddBunnies for the first time in 2016. For my first couple years of biking I was pretty timid and cautious, but racing and being part of the team last year really helped me develop and grow as a rider. I found that I like racing because it forces me to push myself to be better. In a race there is no putting off riding sections or features for another day; you just have to go for it. I am excited to return to the team because I had such a blast last year I love the support and camaraderie, as well as the encouragement and inspiration that comes with being a part of something bigger than you. I’m excited to grow as a racer and hopefully encourage other people to either start biking or push themselves to grow beyond what they think they can do.

XC, Off-road Triathlon
Port Coquitlam, BC

I’ve ridden a bike ever since I can remember, my proudest moment ever being when I got a brand new banana seat bike of my very own.

What I’ve loved about riding a bike is there is always more to learn and another type of bike to buy!  After many years riding and racing on the road, some friends convinced me to mountain bike and I instantly fell in love with it.  I ride mostly XC and all-mountain, but never venture far from my road bike either.  In 2012 a friend introduced me to the Muddbunnies. I joined their road team for the Fraser Valley GranFondo and just loved the camaraderie of the group.  After so many years riding with the guys, it was wonderful to ride with such an inspiring group of women.

As much as I still love my road bike, especially for building my endurance and fitness, I find myself riding off-road more and more.  For 2015 my goals are to focus on XC riding, in particular the longer distance races, and to improve on my technical skills and generally get faster on my bike.

In my “spare time” I work full time in pharmaceutical sales, and am married with 2 young girls.  People ask me how do I fit in all my activities with a family and work?   Aside from how much I love all 3 things, I love that my girls can see that a woman can do everything she aspires to.  By setting an example and showing them how fun it is, and having a Dad that supports it all, will be very empowering for them.  I’m hoping as a member of the Muddbunnies, my girls will also get an even greater perspective on how much they too can achieve.

Enduro
North Vancouver, BC

Mountain biking has been my favourite sport for almost 20 years now but always took the backseat to my main racing focus: the sport of Biathlon.  Since retiring from biathlon in 2009, I’ve been able to spend a lot more time on my bike!

I’ve developed beyond being an XC rider the past 7 years I’ve been living in BC, especially the last 2 years as a part of the Muddbunnies ride club.  Don’t tell my mom but I am starting to get way too comfortable in the air now!  I started taking bike racing a bit more seriously again when I discovered Enduro racing in the summer of 2015 (or maybe it’s better described as more racing, less-seriously which is why it’s SO fun).

This is my second year on the Muddbunnies race team and I’m looking forward to another season of expanding my riding skills, pushing my limits, taking my bike to awesome places with great friends and lots of laughs along the way!

 

XC
North Vancouver, BC

Ah, I’m addicted. To mountain biking that is. I have been a devoted muddbunnie since 2009 and this will be my 4th year on the race team. There was a gap in there with my riding/racing due to pregnancy/sleep deprivation though. I live in North Vancouver with my hubby, two young kids and two dogs. I raced XC, techy trails this past year, and this is pretty much what I have planned for 2017. I do like the fun enduros more and more and am still looking to bring out that daredevil spirit I had growing up. (Being a parent changes that though.) I am a sucker for hill climbs and a big sweat, so I guess the race I’m looking forward to is the Nimby50 in Pemberton, BC. I am really excited to hear about all the ladies on the team this year and it’s so great to see people on board from so many places. I am a visual artist-painter and have a number of exhibitions in the works for 2017.

Enduro, Downhill
North Vancouver, BC
My first mountain biking experience was in Fernie in 2011. I spent the season exploring the local trails in a dorky helmet on a borrowed hardtail with caliper brakes. It was glorious. Once I moved back to Vancouver, I outfitted myself with a proper trail bike and headed for the North Shore roots and rocks. When I moved to Boston in 2014, I picked up a downhill bike for the first time and started racing with my school’s team. The thrill of downhill had me hooked on racing. I had a successful year in 2015, which finished with a win at the Eastern Collegiate Downhill Championship and a trip to Collegiate Nationals. It has been really neat to see how riding in new areas improves different riding skills. Riding on the East Coast gave me a chance to work on technical, loose, chundery rock gardens (fun, right?), and having some experience riding the North Shore gave me an advantage out East when we encountered slick, rooty sections. Can’t wait to explore some new areas! Desert riding, anyone?
I took most of 2016 off of riding, but am super psyched to be back on the bike now and have some ambitious goals for the 2017 racing season. When not riding, climbing, running around in the woods, or skiing, I moonlight as a mechanical engineer in Vancouver.
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XC, Enduro
Chilliwack, BC

I grew up listening to my Grandpa tell crazy stories of his days racing sprint cars on the dirt track down
in Skagit, WA. I was introduced to road racing when I took a 3 day Advanced Driving Course where I
obtained my race licence and from there I was hooked! Racing was quite literally in my blood. In my
first year of road racing I received the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award after placing 3rd overall in a race
series where I raced against 15 other drivers, some of whom had up to 10 years previous race
experience. That year I also became an advanced driving instructor, a year earlier than most, as a result
of the amount of track time I acquired that race season.

The racing didn’t stop at cars. I transitioned into racing motocross, motorcycle enduros, dual sport
events, super motard and then into kart racing. Although I was having the time of my life, I realized
that racing wasn’t going to support me long term. So I pursued a professional career that, as luck would
have it, still enables me to utilize my knowledge as an advanced driving instructor to help improve the
driving skills of others I work with.

You know how the saying goes… You can take the girl out of the race, but you can’t take the race out of
the girl. Flash forward 7 years, now more mature (I use the term loosely), married with an 8 yr old son,
living in Chilliwack and surrounded by some of the best trails known to women. I continually found
myself drawn to the mountains. I discovered trail running. I raced for a couple years but my husband
didn’t share the same love for running I did. He did however enjoy riding his bike. One day, after I had
completed a trail race we stopped at our local bike shop for a set of $9 brake pads for his bike. We left
with 2 brand new mountain bikes! Best Purchase Ever!

Less than a year later I entered a local race and I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire ride. I loved
being back in a race atmosphere but most of all I loved being amongst the trees on amazing trails riding
my bike. I found myself giggling while I was riding, something I never did while trail running. I love to
set goals for myself, push myself, and to be around others who love riding as much as I do. I am
excited for what 2017 will bring.

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DH, Enduro, Dual Slalom
Mateo, CA

I’ve always been really passionate about all outdoor activities & fostering a learning environment that pushes everyone to grow in their sport. In recent years I’ve been placing more & more emphasis on health, cross training & nutrition. Spend equal amounts of time on bike as combining a mixture of yoga, swimming, rock climbing, physiotherapy, boot camp, weight training, surfing, etc. Really look forward to riding with the team- either with individuals or at spring training every year. It’s great to travel around the country and see more people recognize the jersey or logo. For most of us I don’t think it’s about racing and winning but all the steps leading us there and sharing what works and what doesn’t,  how to stay healthy, remain uninjured and continue loving bikes and this sport as much as we do. I attained park tool mechanic certification a few years back & love building/wrenching on the assorted bikes I use to race & have been an AASI Level 3 snowboard instructor most of my career & the new challenge of mastering bike handling on assorted terrain has been exciting & energizing.

Enduro
Lynden, WA

I’m sure we can all think back to that summer after our first season of riding when you realized you are no longer able to wear a sun dress… I fell in love with mountain biking 3 years ago. I can’t say it was the pedal strikes specifically that hooked me, but this sport has a strange way of making you crave the risk of scarring. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of conquering your fears “adrenaline mixed with butterflies”. This will be my first time racing and lets not be modest, I am honestly scared! I can’t wait to prove to myself that I can handle this crazy sport and support my teammates as they crush their own goals.

I’m a 34 yr old wife of a rad mountain biker I can never keep up with, but he’s nice enough to humor me and we spend any free chance we get on the mountain together. I’m also a mom of a 14 yr old boy that I hope some day finds a crazy hobby like I have that pushes his mind and crushes his fears.

I look forward to the friendships, memories and especially the trail giggles that will be made with the MuddBunnies in 2017.

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XC, Road, Triathlon
Langley, BC

I bought my first mountain bike when I moved to BC many years ago, but switched to rock climbing and took a hiatus from biking. Some friends showed me the way back to the trails and I’ve been riding some type of bike ever since. My love of the trails continued, especially with my first trip to Whistler and the North Shore, when I was riding a hard tail. I won’t tell you how long it took me to get down CBC and Pangor that day!

My first taste of racing was with running and triathlons, which lead me to doing Ironman Canada in 2010 and 2015, and one of my first fondos with the Muddbunnies. I have participated in a few cross country races, but the lastest discipline of biking I’ve been lured to is the quirky world of cyclocross.

I’m ecstatic to be part of the Muddbunnies Race Team this year. This is such a wonderful opportunity to ride with amazing women riders and to have your limits pushed by women riders. My other hope is to be able to encourage other female riders to sign up for a bike race. Racing success isn’t always about making it to the podium. Racing is also way to set a goal, do something you didn’t think you could do and even smile a few times along the way. See you on the trails!

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XC
Mt Dora, FL

Last year was my first year racing and was stoked it was with the Muddbunnies! I have met so many wonderful ladies and learned so much about my riding through racing! I love being a Muddbunnie!! The support you get from group really helps with building yourself as a rider, plus you get to hang with some of the amazing girls in the world! I’m ready for the 2016 season!!

XC
Norwalk, CT

I am still a kid at heart and love to be in the woods. Committing to racing and being part of a women’s team will bring focus and fresh challenge to my favorite playtime. I want to get stronger, technically better and faster, and carry the Muddbunnies flag with pride and joy. Looking forward to a great new year of riding and racing!
I work tirelessly on bringing others into the sport – I run a kids MTB team and do beginner/all level rides. I also give back by volunteering for the local chapter of NEMBA, helping with advocacy, events, trail building etc.

I look forward to being committed to the team, pushing my skills and strength to new levels, and being an inspiration for beginners and timid riders, women in particular.

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Enduro, XC, Road
North Vancouver, BC

I grew up in Vancouver and started exploring trails in Squamish and the Shore in Fall 2013 when I moved back home from Montreal. I have always been active and competitive and I love a challenge; so it wasn’t hard for me to throw myself into mountain biking. Joining the Muddbunnies gave me the perfect opportunity to learn to ride, learn to race, and hang out with rad ladies. I want to race because it is a good time; you get to sweat, feel the burn, sometimes cry, but mostly you get to smile and get hugs and high-fives. When I am not on the bike, you can maybe find me working in the city, but more likely you’ll find me on my skis, climbing or running.

XC

This year I want to race because I had such a great time my first year out.  I really didn’t know what to expect or really how to race at all, but I figured it out along the way.  So this year I want to help encourage other women that are new to racing, or scared of trying to get out there and do it, have a good time, meet new people, and challenge what they think is possible for them on a bike.  Being part of an all female mountain bike team is one of the coolest things I’ve done, and I hope to get others involved that will feel the same way.  I know having been through my first year racing my self confidence and courage has come a long way, hopefully next year will be even better.  And maybe, just maybe I’ll get a podium finish if I avoid epic crashes!

Enduro, XC
Burnaby, BC

My name is Tara Grace Scott and I am an outdoor enthusiast. I got into riding around 6 years ago and fell in love over that past few years. I like checking out and riding new trails, exploring what the different places have to offer. I love the feeling biking gives me. I hope to expand my biking abilities and fun experiences by racing for Muddbunnies.

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Enduro, XC, Road
West Bloomfield, MI

Where do I start? Ive been riding for many years but babies and living overseas,and life happens. This last year 2016 I reached an all time low and high. After 9 years of a physically and mentally abusive marriage, I left and got a divorce. I choose my children and myself! During this whole process, I developed 3 breast tumors and had to be put on chemo. I couldn’t share this with many due to court and custody battles. The one person I shared this whole trial with was my guardian angel Jordan Richter. She bought a mountain bike and she kept me on track! “Dry your tears and lets ride hard!” was her motto and it saved me. We rode 3-4 times a week and I regained my strength and love for mountain biking and life! I made new friends that encouraged and supported me. I felt so good about my life, I signed up for a race. I took 3rd in my age group and that was the spark! I’m determined to make 2017 shine and I would be honored to represent the Muddbunnies.

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