Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Marla Streb – On her Induction, Her Legacy and the Craziest Thing She’s Done on a Bike.

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                              Photo courtesy of  John Ker of Mountain Bike Action

 

What more could a classical pianist, acclaimed author, biologist and national mountain bike champion want? To be inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. In case you haven’t figured it out, we are talking about the legend herself, Marla Streb.

The nine-time NORBA national downhill winner, mother of two took a few minutes to chat with The Link about her induction, the lessons she’s learned as a rider and some of the wildest moments she’s lived through on her bike.

 

TL- How did you find out you were being inducted in the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame?

MS - I was in Costa Rica and received an email from Sal Ruibal. It was exciting because I had been nominated before and didn’t get it.

 

TL- If you could relive one moment in your career which would it be?

MS – It would be my first downhill race at Big Bear. I was under-prepared, and didn’t know what I was doing. I just showed up in a pair of long johns and went for it.

 

TL - Which moment would you strike from your career?  

MS - The moment I decided to hit a double jump in the slalom race at Mammoth Mountain in 1996, while riding my long-stemmed, Marin cross country bike with seat fully elevated.

 

TL – What is the craziest thing you have done on a bike?

MS – I rode my Cyclocross bike down the ski run on a Saturday afternoon, in the dead of Winter. I had no disk brakes and obviously Cyclocross tires aren’t made for that. I’m sure it looked pretty wild because I got arrested at the bottom of the mountain once I finished. No one had ever done that before and they didn’t know what to do.

 

TL - What makes you the strongest? Gives you the drive to suffer through pain?

MS – My drive is fueled by the need I feel to be the best in the world, at one thing (even if for a day). Suffering is easy; I endured 12 years of Catholic school.

 

TL – What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?  

MS - I love how ants organize their communities.

 

TL – What is your legacy?

MS - Being transparent and approachable. One should not fear getting naked for the whole world to see.

 

TL – What piece of advice do you have for young riders who want to become professional cyclists one day?

MS – The key is to set yourself a part. You have to create your own brand. You should ask yourself why a company would want to sponsor you or do business with you. Just about anyone can train and win races, your presence should be about more than just being a person that can win. There will always be new winners. But there can never be another you.

 

TL – What is the one thing you want to accomplish before you retire?

MS - Two things, I want to get Downhill Mountain Biking in the Olympics, and I want to compete. I’ll be the 60-year-old lady trying to qualify if it happens in my lifetime.

NEWS – Price Point to Partner with SoCal Cyclocross Prestige Series Through First Ever Social Media Sponsorship

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Rancho Dominquez, CA - Price Point Inc. is pleased to announce its support of the Southern California Cyclocross Prestige Series, SoCal Cross, as the Official Social Media Partner of the SoCalCross Prestige Series and the Official Online Bike Shop Sponsor of the CXLA UCI event weekend.

As the social media sponsor of Southern California Cyclocross Prestige Series, Price Point will host a social media lounge at select races during the 14 weekend series. Participants and event spectators will have the ability to participate in contests, videos and interviews in the lounge, while content and updates are posted to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter during the event.

This sponsorship is part of Price Point’s ongoing commitment to provide support to athletes, teams and events, and to create a social community where cycling enthusiasts can engage with each other both online and in person.

About Southern California Cyclocross

Southern California Cyclocross (known as SoCalCross) was formed in 2006 by a group of cycling clubs eager to grow the sport and motivated to become the premier cyclocross race series in Southern California and nationwide! Since then the Series has grown 500 percent, boasts over 100 races to date from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. The Prestige Series lasts 14 weekends will host four UCI Internationally sanctioned elite men and women’s and Junior Men’s races bringing the best cyclocross racers from across the world to Southern California.

About Price Point Inc.

Southern California based Price Point Inc. is a global ecommerce company that specializes in bikes, parts, clothing and accessories for cycling enthusiasts. Price Point serves millions of guests annually at pricepoint.com and has provided cycling enthusiasts with the finest components and gear, from the best brands, at the lowest possible prices since 1995. Additional information about Price Point can be found by visiting www.pricepoint.com/pages/about-us/, on Facebook at facebook.com/pricepoint and on Twitter at twitter.com/price_point.

10 Minutes with Pro CX Racers Ben Berden and Nicole Duke – Part 1 Ben Berden

                                      Photo Courtesy of  Phil Beckman of PB Creative

 

What do you get when you combine a bunch of out of season mountain bikers and roadies with colder weather, mud and cowbells? You get the 14-week  SoCal Prestige Cyclocross Series …. and of course, there will be beer.

As the Official Social Media Partner of the series we are going to keep you dialed in to exclusive content from the series right here on our blog, on Facebook, Instagram and on our website, www.pricepoint.com.

With the start of the series just days away, we caught up with pro-cyclocrossers Ben Berden and Nicole Duke for a quick chat about why they ride, what they are looking forward to this season and to find out what advice they would give to anyone looking to try Cyclocross. We asked them both 10 questions. Here is part 1 of the interview.

TL-What is it about Cyclocross that drew you to it?

BB-I have been doing since I was 15, so for 22 years now I have been involved with it. In Belgium everyone does it; you grow up with it, you see it on television. So that is why I started doing it.

 

TL-What is the best thing about being Ben Berden?

BB-I’m very persistent, and I love riding my bike. I think the combination of the two is what made it easy for me to become a professional cyclist.

 

TL-What is the hardest lesson you’ve learned as an athlete?

BB-Not to dope.  Cyclocross in Belgium is such a big thing. There is so much pressure and so many things that are involved. There it is about more than cycling, it’s a business and for the best people it is a career. I wasn’t happy with always being second or third. I wanted to win and I wanted to be faster. I met the wrong people at the wrong time and they convinced me to dope. I gave in and I ended up getting busted and suspended for three years. But now I know and trust my abilities. If I am the top athlete then that is good, but if not, that is fine too. Now it is more about pleasure and just getting a good result.

 

TL-What is the best piece of advice you’d give to someone training for Cyclocross?

BB-You have to really enjoy riding your bike. If you think training is a task then you have the wrong mindset and you will not make it.

 

TL-What is something that you never thought you’d be able to do that you have now accomplished?

BB-When I was younger everyone said it would be impossible making money by riding a bike.  But it’s 20 years later and I’m still doing it so I’m blessed.

 

TL-When you aren’t riding what do you do?

BB-I travel with my girlfriend, or go out with the kids. Usually you are so tired from training it’s hard to do much else.  

 

TL-What is your most memorable moment in your career?

BB-Winning my first World cup.

 

TL-What is your favorite Place to ride?

BB-The forest. I love riding in green environments.

 

TL-If someone were to play you in a movie who would it be?

BB-George Clooney.

 

TL-What do you have to accomplish before you retire?

BB-To give all of the knowledge I have about cycling to younger riders. Young riders don’t know how to live a cyclists’ lifestyle.  It’s about how to train and how to eat too, its not just about how hard you train.