Heidi Wahl

Cat 1 Mountain

Heidi is a Colorado native, who even though played competitive soccer most of her youth took the Colorado outdoors for granted until breaking her neck and back in a car accident during college. After that, she participated in everything Colorado had to offer – hiking, backpacking, telemark skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing, adventure racing, and cycling.  But it wasn’t until her 30s when she really focused her efforts on mountain biking. After meeting her husband adventure racing, she started transitioning into 24-hour mountain bike racing sprinkled with an intermittent road race. As much as she enjoyed road cycling, it was the flowy single track, technical terrain, and fast downhills that won over her heart. Now she participates in the occasional road race, usually of the Roubaix variety, but spends most of her time tackling challenging single track in Colorado and beyond. She hopes to add Enduro racing to her cycling resume in 2014.

Personal Goal: “To learn how to have quick starts and not lose ground so quickly in a mountain bike race only to have to gain ground later when it isn’t as convenient. Also, I want to help introduce more girls to mountain biking by building their skills, confidence, and interest in the sport.”  

 

Nickname: Gemini – a testament to my dual personality of career woman and weekend warrior

Hometown: Boulder, CO

Current Home: Lakewood, CO

Racing Disciplines: Mountain, Cyclocross

Strengths: Anything on dirt – the more technical the better!

Racing Since: 10+ years, but only 4 seriously

Favorite Race: Mountain – 12 Hours of Mesa Verde, Steamboat Stinger, Dakota 5-0 (too many to list)

Favorite Post Race Drink: The great thing about mountain and cyclocross racing is there is always a beer garden. That’s where you will find me.

Favorite During Race Drink: First Endurance EFS or Scratch Labs

Bikes: I’m downsizing! Scott Spark 900RC, Specialized Amira S-Works, Specialized Crux

Racing Highlights: Nothing notable in 2013 but lots of PRs! 2014 is my year!

Rollers or trainer: Rollers

Bibs or shorts: Both have their time and place

Skinsuit or kit: Mountain bike – Kit,  CX – Skinsuit

Speedplay, Look or Shimano:  Speedplay all the way!

Carbon or steel: Carbon

If you could ride your bike anywhere, where would it be? Anywhere new!