Anne started racing downhill during her senior year of college and spent the next 6 years racing lift-assisted big bikes. She started pedaling while earning her PhD in nanoanalytical chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill and was soon racing pro Enduro aboard the Yeti/Fox National Factory Enduro Team. She spent 2017 winning the Big Mountain Enduro series and Scott Enduro cup series overall pro women titles as well as completing a postdoctoral research project designing nanobiosensors for monitoring oxygen gradients in bacterial biofilms at the Colorado School of Mines. In 2018, Anne took a step back from racing to focus on her science career and she is now a pro ambassador for Yeti, SRAM, Industry Nine, Ergon, Troy Lee Designs, and Dynaplug focusing on coaching and encouraging more women to race bikes. Anne now works full-time as an environmental toxicology consultant in Seattle, WA and is a PMBIA certified mountain bike instructor. She plans to race the 2019 Trans BC and spend more time coaching MTB skills and enduro race-specific clinics.
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Hannah hails from Hood River, Oregon. Her passion for riding comes from her dad- an avid biker and racer. He kick started her addiction by giving her his old mountain bike in high school. After moving to Bellingham for college, Hannah fell in with the wrong right crowd at Kona bikes and became even more involved with the MTB scene. She took the Cascadia Dirt cup overall title for the pro womens field this past year and competed in her first EWS race at Whistler. Some of her race plans for 2019 include more EWS races, Trans BC, and maybe a DH race or two... Her favorite places to ride include techy trails in Pemberton and Squamish, as well as the local trails in Bellingham. When Hannah is not being a boss on the bike, she’s studying hard at Western Washington University, working at the Kona Bike Shop, or getting her adrenaline fix skiing, kiteboarding, or climbing.
Rosara is an expat Kiwi who spent many years living a double life studying law and racing a mountain bike in beautiful places around the world. After 8 years on the World Cup XC circuit she saw the light and spent a couple of years racing the Enduro World Series and learning the true pain of arm pump. She’s now happily washed up and living in Squamish, BC, where the options for fun and adventure are endless.
pc: @skyeride & Transition Bikes
From Washington with Vermont influences, lives in Bellingham with badass wife and energetic small child and no dog. 176.5cm, 70.3Kg, peculiar hybrid form at home on <1” to 2.5” tread, 35mm to 100mm stems, curly to flat bars, uphill and downhill, steep and flat. Evolved from strong cross country and endurance roots with notable displays of aggression in marathon, enduro, all mountain, cyclocross, road, etc. Six years on the World Cup Circuit and UCI World Championships, lots of 2nd, 4th, 6th, 11th and other “almosts" domestically. Now a racer/coach/GIS analyst with growing small business (Peak Energy LLC). Comfortable in spandex super-suit XC races, cyclocross, multi-day blind enduros, and ultra-endurance challenges involving getting from Point A to B no matter the odds. The 2019 season will comprise the 30th year on two wheels. Looks forward to expanding his repertoire in the ever-growing culture of mountain biking, some racing, more riding, and connecting the dots on the deeper experiences through the lens of the bicycle.
IG & Twitter: @slaxsonMTB (IG & TW)
6x US National Team Member for MTB World Championships
2x US Olympic Long Team Member
2x US National Championships Medalist
2015 Pan Am Games Competitor
4x BC Bike Race Silver Medalist
9-year (and current) member of the Kona Bicycles Factory Endurance Team
pc: Patrick Means (@patrick_means)
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People call her Sturmy, or Sarie Bear, both nick names are extremely intimidating. Sara lives in Durango, CO with her bf Dylan and dog Norman. She participate heavily in mountain activities, especially those that involve two wheels. Sarah first discovered the mountains and all of their splendor after moving to Durango 10 years ago for school. Rather than picking up riding then racing, she jumped right in by joining the cycling team, racing her way into the sport. From track and road to mountain and cyclocross- that was just the beginning! Now she coaches the little groms of Durango and leads mental health initiatives within women's cycling.
Sarah is always looking for new challenges like throwing herself into some sweetly terrifying enduros, bike-packing adventures, or cyclocross mayham. She loves the challenege mentally and physically, pushing herself to work hard to improve, but finds joy in being the one who skids down the mountain slower than everyone else. For her, cycling is all about the places she gets to see and the people she gets to meet.
Mark Turner aka (Turns) is an Australian based mountain biker who has been riding for more than 25 years.
A former rescue helicopter crewman he is now a trail builder, PMBI qualified MTB coach / guide and is also a medic for TRANS NZ enduro race.
He also was a test rider and contributor for AMB magazine back in the day and has spent plenty of time riding the steeps of the Sea to Sky region of BC and Whistler is his second home.
Riding dirt, waves and snow is his thing, as well as craft beer.