We'd like introduce you to Megan, another fellow MTB sister who grew up on a bike, took a break, then jumped back into it later in life. Her story captures the essence of why we all love riding bikes and how it can make our world a better place.
My name is Megan Van Gundy and Mountain Biking Changed My Life. I have lived in Utah my whole life and have been riding bikes since I could walk. I have always had a love of cycling and it just became more passionate when I got into mountain biking.
I Was Hooked!
"The Thrill of just being on a bike in the mountains is good, but to be on a bike in the mountains with other people who love the same sport I do is beyond words."
Last summer I discovered WomenMTB on Facebook and after my first group ride with them I was hooked. The thrill of just being on a bike in the mountains is good, but to be on a bike in the mountains with other people who love the same sport I do is beyond words.
Mountain biking allows me to challenge myself both physically and mentally in a way that I never thought possible. When I’m on the trail and I come to a hill that I have to climb I tell myself, “I can do this! I’ve got this!” then I proceed to accept the challenge. When I’m on a descent I have to constantly remind myself to stay in control and not to let the thrill of going fast down a mountain distract me from being safe.
I recall the first MTB clinic I attended with the WomenMTB as well. It was with this clinic that I learned how to mountain bike. I learned how to corner, where my body position should be when climbing and descending, and my seat post position when climbing and descending, among other skills.
I have always been known for my bubbly, outgoing personality. Towards the end of the summer last year, my parents made a comment that they had noticed that I was happier and more bubbly than normal and wanted to know what was different. When I told them all about my mountain biking adventures and how much fun I was having that’s when I realized how it changed me. I enjoy socializing and learning from others and getting outside is a bonus. My aunt says that I have even influenced her to get out and ride. She has a special bike that is custom made for her and all though it isn’t a mountain bike, she gets out and rides as much as she can. She isn’t shy about sharing her adventures with me and is always pushing herself to try harder and get better at riding.
I can’t thank WomenMTB and Bingham Cyclery enough for the rides and support. I want to specially thank Raeshell Sutherland and Angela Wright for their support and love of mountain biking. Thanks.