Reba

Rebecca Rusch

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

Rebecca Rusch fitted with GoPro headcam and competing during the 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Championship in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, 25th July 2009
© john Gibson/Red Bull Content Pool

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.

Bio

 Rebecca’s illustrious career began when she joined the Downers Grove North High School cross-country team for the free track suit; years later, she finds herself among the racks 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 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 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 ride 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 for 2013, and continues to build momentum under Rebecca's expert guidance. 

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Career Highlights

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

      California, USA

  2. 2013
    1. Record: Kokopelli Trail - Women's Time Record

      Fastest woman to complete 142-mile trail, in 13 hours 32 minutes

      Colorado/Utah, USA

    2. 1st Place: USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike Nationals

      Sun Valley, Idaho, USA

  3. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Leadville Trail 100

      Colorado, USA

    2. 1st Place: Dirty Kanza 200

      Kansas, USA

  4. 2011
    1. 1st Place: USAC Singlespeed XC Championship

      Idaho, USA

    2. 24 Hour Team Mountain Bike National Champion

      Colorado, USA

  5. 2010
    1. 1st Place: Leadville Trail 100

      Colorado, USA