Rebecca Rusch

You can either run across hot coals, or walk across them

© Josh Glazebrook

Hi, my name is Rebecca Rusch. My discipline is mountain bike cross country. My friends call me Reba. I was born on 25 August 1968 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. My special talent is endurance. My philosophy of life is if you don't use it, you'll lose it. The most important person in my life is my supportive network of friends and family. My favourite food is cheese and homemade bread. My favourite music is Green Day.


Rebecca’s illustrious career began when she joined the Downers Grove North High School cross-country team for the free tracksuit; years later, she finds herself among the ranks of the world’s elite endurance athletes. In August of 2011, Rebecca won her third straight Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race, crushing her previous year’s record time by almost 16 minutes. She returned to the iconic race for 2012, and successfully defended her title once again.

In addition to three 24-hour solo mountain bike World Champion rainbow jerseys, the Masters XC and National XC single-speed mountain biking championship titles, Reba has also taken wins at Idaho’s Short Track state championship and a state Cyclocross title.

Rebecca's talent also extends to Nordic Skiing - a Masters Cross Country Skiing World Championship winner, she has also taken the top prize at the Raid Gauloises' Adventure Racing World Championships. And, although that’s just a cross-section of her palmarès, it’s easy to see why Rebecca has been profiled by the likes of Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine and Adventure Sport Magazine.

Since 2011, Rebecca has also spearheaded a series of female rider initiatives under the “SRAM Gold Rusch Tour” moniker. The tour - which includes race and training clinics at the Sea Otter Classic, an all-girls MTB camp, races and a gravel Gran Fondo style event in Sun Valley, Idaho - is still going strong, and continues to build momentum under Rebecca's expert guidance.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 1st Place: Jay P’s Backyard Fat Pursuit, 200K

      With 4th Place Overall

      Island Park, Idaho

  2. 2014
    1. 1st Place: Trans Andes Challenge, Solo Open Women


  3. 2013
    1. 1st Place: Tahoe Trail 100

      California, USA

    2. Record: Kokopelli Trail - Women's Time Record

      Fastest woman to complete the 142-mile trail (229 km), in 13 hours 32 minutes

      Colorado/Utah, USA

  4. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Leadville Trail 100

      Colorado, USA

  5. 2011
    1. 1st Place: USAC Singlespeed XC Champion

      Idaho, USA

    2. 24 Hour Team Mountain Bike National Champion

      Having also won in 2008 and 2009

  6. 2010
    1. 1st Place: Leadville Trail 100

      Colorado, USA