Susie started riding mountain bikes in the early 1990’s in order to follow her husband who had started to ride with their young daughter in a backpack. She just needed to keep an eye on them, but discovered a family pass time that took them all on many adventures. Some of their best times were camping at Sea Otter, or going to 24 Hour Races with all of our friends.
Her first race was at 1995 at Callaway Vineyards in Temecula. She threw up in the first quarter mile, came in third, and won a Rock Shox hat! Her last race was in 2005 and won the Am Cup Series Super D State Championship for Women over 40 while her daughter won the same title for Women Under 18. In between, she entered a lot of sports division races in California, Arizona, and Baja California and occasionally brought home some hardware.
Susie has volunteered in the cycling community for many years and she is so happy to have landed her dream job as the Executive Director of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association. Meeting and learning from all the dedicated volunteers has been amazing so far she states. "I learn new things every day about San Diego that I never knew, and I was born here!"
Her goal for 2016 is to work everyday to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences, not only for members, but all trail users of San Diego County. Susie states: "One of the best parts of this gig is that I can ride trails in San Diego County that I have never ridden before and investigate some places to get some new ones built! I get to ride with friends I have known for years and ride with brand new friends almost every week! What could be better!
The best advice I ever got about riding was to keep my chin up, literally and figuratively. When the going gets technical, this is best thing to get your eyes down the trail where you want to go! Your body and your bike will follow!"
Each GGR chapter partners with their local IMBA chapter. GGR is a NON DUES club, so please become a member of the San Diego Mountain Bike Association here. Susie is looking for committed volunteers to join her leadership team. If you are in the San Diego area, please email us to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome aboard Susie!