As I headed to Rio to compete in mountain biking at the Olympics, I found myself reflecting on all the factors that led to realizing this dream. Mountain biking is an outdoor sport and requires access to nature and trails. As an American, I am guaranteed access to the outdoors thanks to our spectacular system of public lands.
Once again I’m typing while flying. This time I’m somewhere over the southern Pacific in a Boeing 777, headed for touchdown in Sydney where I catch one last flight to Cairns, QLD for the World Cup opener (watch it live here). I’m just past the mid-way point in my five-weekend racing block and time is starting to fly (it’s like I’m missing a day or something. oh wait, that happens when you fly to Australia!).
There’s nothing like some intercontinental travel to finally kick-off the travel season.
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TJ, Maja, and I are cruising down I-10 headed home from the first race of the year as I type. We’ve been making this trip to California ever since we first started chasing the national cross-country circuit in 2006.
The Stan’s NoTubes-Pivot Team is pleased to announce its roster of elite cross country mountain bikers for 2016. Returning rider Chloe Woodruff has been joined by new signing Rose Grant.
The "Long Team" selection is the first round of cuts that USA Cycling makes for the Olympic Team, so it isn't a guarantee of actually making it to the Olympic Games. For mountain bike, they selected eight women and seven men from which they'll further pare down to just two each for the final "Short Team."
One of these years I hope to spend more than a weekend in South America. So far, I've been lucky enough to enjoy weekends in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and most recently, Brazil, and all as a part of the U.S National Team.