What is your name? (include your nicknames!)
Occupation/Grade and School: (tell us a little about what you plan on doing after graduation!)
I am a senior at Hellgate High School, and I am taking a gap year before attending MSU in the fall of 2020. I’m still not totally sure what I’ll be doing over the course of my gap year, but one of my goals is to hike the Camino de Santiago in Spain. And go skiing and biking, of course.
What is your bike’s name?
My last bike was named Black Stallion, but I am riding my mom’s bike these days. She won’t let me name it because it’s “her” bike. It’s silver, so maybe something with Silver in the name?
What do you think about when you’re riding down EWOK?
“Ooh, that fun corner by the roots is coming up, should I go high or low?”
“Shoot, I think going high would have been faster.”
“Do I have a math test tomorrow??”
How old were you when you started riding? When did you join MT Alpha?
I started riding when I was 5, I think. But it wasn’t until I was 10 or 11 that I started mountain biking more, and it was around then that I joined MT Alpha. I think it was the summer of 2013.
What is your favorite Missoula trail and why?
Oof, that’s a tough question. But even with all the options, I have to go with Ewok! I love ending most of my rides with it, and it has been so much fun to feel myself getting faster and faster as I grow up. The first time I did Ewok with my parents it took my sister and I 20 minutes or something. I cried.
What do you like best about riding your bike?
I like how quiet it can be. It seems like a lot of sports that are fast and exciting are also loud, but bikes seem to blend with nature a little bit more. I also like the strategy of it, on both the climb and the descent.
Are there any hurdles to riding your bike? How did you overcome them?
When I started MT Alpha, I was a couple years younger than the other junior girls, who were mostly in high school. I felt a little shy, but I slowly learned how to seek out the things we had in common, and then I felt like part of the pack.
What is your favorite post ride snack?
If there is a message or advise you would give to inspire someone (young or old) to ride bikes, what would that be?
Trust your bike and trust yourself! You can do amazing things on a bike, and find amazing people to do them with. Find your pack and have fun!