Susie, a native San Diegan, grew up backpacking and hiking on the county’s trails and began mountain biking on some of those very same trails in the mid-1990’s. This life long love of San Diego County’s wild places led her to volunteer for organizations, such as the Mountain Bike Assistance Unit at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, which helps educate, protect and steward these precious resources. She has been active in the local cycling community for over 20 years, progressing from a recreational rider to an amateur racer, competing in cross country and Super D formats from 1996 to 2005. Susie raced cross country and Super D with Team Go Girl, Trek Women's Cycling Team and Mission Cyclery. She semi-retired in 2005 after winning the California State Super D Championship for her age group. Her fondest memories revolve around being able to ride, race, and travel with her family. Susie is currently on the leadership teams of the San Diego Chapter of Girlz Gone Riding and the Wheel Women of San Diego, which promote getting women out riding mountain and road bikes. She also enjoys coaching for the Eastlake High School Mountain Bike Team, part of the quickly growing SoCal League.
Susie’s background in education, volunteer leadership and event planning, as well as a knowledge of non-profit development and fundraising, will help SDMBA reach a new level of commitment, advocacy, and representation for San Diego County mountain bikers.
“I am committed to the members and volunteers of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association and their dedication to our amazing sport. I am excited by the momentum that has been generated by SDMBA’s community activities and advocacy efforts. The relationships that are being developed with local, state, and federal land management agencies are going to improve the trails in the county for generations to come and I am excited to be a part of it!”
Susie, a SDSU graduate has been a teacher for the last 10 years, but a desire to follow her passion for mountain biking and non-profit management has led her to this point. Susie and her husband Sean enjoy riding in Chula Vista where they live, as well as other trails near and far. They have enjoyed adventuring with their two children, Kiera, 22, and Shane, 18.
Susie MurphyExecutive Director - San Diego Mountain Biking Association