20 Apr Stefanie – My Ride in MTBWA
While every mountain bikers journey is different, from the trail head every rider shares a common path. MTBWA wants to celebrate you, the riders!
MTB is a lifestyle where both rider and steed (bike) share adventures across the landscape. It is a culture of getting outside, hitting the trails, and breathing in the outdoors. Our machines sit ready and waiting for the next experience. Be it as our therapist after a bad day at work, or to sneak an opportunity to meet with mates. It is all too easy to get swept up in the fast pace of life, the next race or the next shiny new ‘must have’ item that can make us forget the whole reason why we jumped on a bike in the first place….To.Have.Fun #MTBYourWA.
So this is a celebration of you, the riders and your machine. From industry faces to weekend warriors, MTBWA wants to hear about the bike that has given you that grin from ear to ear.
Why this ride? Price was right, versatility and heaps of fun in the air.
What’s your fave can’t live without bike related item? I bought myself my own set of Allen Keys when I could never find the ones at home, and these definitely get a work out. Although there are many mechanical things still I don’t know about, I love being able to work on my own bikes and learn more about how things work.
Natural or man-made trails? I definitely appreciate both. I like the enjoyment of the manicured berms and the construction that has gone into obstacles, but I also enjoy the achievement of a natural rock garden.
Fave place to ride ever? Ugh, such a hard question! I’ve had the opportunity to ride in some amazing places, and they all had different qualities. I loved Melrose in South Australia – so exposed and on the edge; I loved the trails at Derby in Tasmania when I got the opportunity to ride there for a day last year, and am definitely looking forward to going back for more! I also enjoyed the extreme challenges and scenic beauty of riding in Bolivia, starting at 5,500m above sea level where you can hardly breathe, and descending all day.
How long have you been riding bikes? 20 years. I used to hate cycling when I was at high school because I had a heavy steel bike (although it was the top of its range at the time) and had to ride up 3 big hills on the way home from school. I sucked at it and thought that it was because of me. Turns out it was the bike. When I got an alloy mountain bike when I was 19 I realized that you could actually ride a bike up a hill. After a few years of social mountain biking my husband wanted to start doing downhill, so I went along to a race, and there were only 2 women in the whole race, so I figured that even if I had to walk over a lot of things I’d still end up 3rd 😀
After a few years of racing downhill I started doing cross country to get fitter for downhill, and then a few years later I started commuting on the road to get fitter for cross country.
Fave bike you’ve ever owned? My current one – 2018 Giant Anthem 29er Advanced Pro 0 – so light, descends like a weapon, geometry feels amazing, LOVE it!
Other hobby or interests? Photography, rock climbing, geocaching, hiking.
Rocky rooty or fast and flowy? Love them both. Love the achievement factor of the rocky rooty, and the technical aspect; but enjoy the whoosh of the fast and flowy as well!
What got you interested in MTB? A high school friend of my husband was always encouraging him to start mountain biking, but we were pretty busy with rock climbing. Eventually we gave in and gave it a go, and have never looked back since.
Strava or for the fun? Strava! 😛
Last thing you purchased for riding? 12spd quick link and spare derailleur hanger “just in case!”
Photo credit: All photos provided by Stefanie