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Riding Forward Ambassador

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I’m very excited to announce that I am getting involved with Riding Forward as an athlete ambassador!

Our mission at Riding Forward is to advocate, educate, and develop today’s youths and communities to reach their full potential through partnerships involving two wheeled sports.

All of us at Riding Forward are very passionate about wheeled sports and realize that times are changing. Everyday more and more youth gain interest in cycling, motorcycles, or a number of sports other than the standard team sports they were introduced to in school. We want to harness that interest and teach them the life skills they will need to succeed in life, on and off the bike.

Riding Forward has four major initiatives:

Healthy Living and Mentorship

Bike Skills and Knowledge Clinics    

Parks Rehabilitation

Athlete Initiatives and FullRide Program

 

Head on over to my Riding Forward page to learn more about this amazing program and ways you can get involved!

 

The first ride – Mountain Creek Bike Park

The first day on a new bike always puts a lot of apprehensive questions into my head: will I like the new rig? what if I can’t get comfortable? will the new [insert component here] work/break/feel better? worse?… it turned out to be one of those rare days where I felt nearly up to speed right away.

Yesterday, Matt and I headed to Mountain Creek Bike Park; he to work and me to give the new trail bike a good shakedown on some real big bike trails.  Luckily, there was a ProGRT going on this weekend, so we got to catch up with lots of good friends that we haven’t seen since last season.  The TWR crew was here and a big thanks to Vance McCaw from the Trek Race Shop for helping me to get the bike dialed in (the dude shreds, too).

Long story short – I have a good looking trail bike that feels like a DH bike.  I’m over the moon!  We spent the first half of the day getting the suspension dialed in, and I’m so pleased with the adjustability and feel of the new SR Suntour Auron.  Instead of a handful of options for “soft” or “firm”, I’ve got full range of high- and low-speed.  We played with air pressure and compression until I got the DH feel I wanted; fast-tracking, stiff, and big-hit-taking.  By the end of the day, I didn’t feel hesitation letting the brakes go in the open, clearing step-downs, or hitting rock drops on a trail bike, because I knew it would handle it.

I should mention how many times someone commented positively on my Troy Lee Designs women’s gear; more than I could count!  I’m loving the retro Rev jersey designs, and I’ve never worn a pair of aggressive DH shorts that fit as well as the Moto.  No more cinching the waist of a pair of guy’s shorts that are too long and baggy in order to fit them over the bum.  Just trim shorts cut to fit some curves.  Highly recommended for anyone looking for women’s options.

Finally, this was the first big test of my Allsport Dynamics wrist braces.  As with my first ride, I’m still impressed.  I’m not exaggerating when I say, I feel absolutely zero pain.  Nothing.  No instability, no wrist fatigue.  Just solid, consistent, comfortable support all day long.  If you have even an ounce of discomfort from previous wrist injury, and especially if you’re interested in preventing future injury, you owe it to yourself to look into these braces.

It has been a great weekend.  I can’t believe how much I’ve missed my DH family!  Got a chance to ride with some old friends, and made some rad new ones.  20+ runs; my body hurts and my hands are shot.  It was especially great because Matt is home!   It’s his last weekend before heading to Europe for a 5-week tour.  Even though he was working, we got to spend a few laps riding bikes together :).  As usual, he couldn’t put the camera down, so I got a few bomber shots to share with you.

 

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2014 Trail Bike – Tangerine Dream

It’s here! I’m very excited to show you my 2014 trail bike, a 650b weapon that I’ll be racing on this season.  Shout out to Tom at the Bicycle Escape and to my buddy Dave Kalt for helping with the build.  As always, this bike wouldn’t have happened without the incredible support from Ray Waxham and Ross Rushin at Trek Bicycles, Deity Components, SR Suntour, and e*Thirteen.   Photos by Matt DeLorme.

2014 Trek 650b Remedy 9 with FOX float DRCV rear shock

Deity T-Mo carbon bars

Deity Mainline saddle

SR Suntour Auron RC2 150mm fork

Shimano XT brakes

Shimano XT cranks

SRAM xx1 drivetrain

e*Thirteen M 104 guidering

ODI Grips

FOX D.O.S.S. Dropper seatpost

Bontrager Rhythm Comp Tubeless wheelset

Bontrager XR3 tires 

 

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UNC Feature

…and now for a look into the other half of my life – science! The UNC Gillings School of Public Health Director of Communications happens to be a mountain biker, and put together this feature on me and my work. Check it out!

http://sph.unc.edu/sph-news/anne-galyean-world-class-trailblazer/

 

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In The Spotlight With Anne Galyean

Anne Galyean:

I recently got a chance to sit down with thegearnuts.com for a chat about all things bikes and gear!

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We caught up with 27-year-old Professional Downhill Mountain Biker Anne Galyean and here’s what she had to say about all things mountain biking:

TGN: Hey Anne! We want to start out by saying thanks for stepping into the spotlight and sharing your story with our readers. We have heard so many great things about you, mostly that you’re fast! So tell us, what is your main discipline or sport that you participate in?

Anne: Downhill MTB, though will be racing Enduro this year.

TGN: Awesome, so what part of the country do you live in?

Anne: Currently I live in Maryland, USA.

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TGN: Our readers would really love to hear what it’s like to compete as a Downhill Mountain Biker at the professional level.

Anne: Words that come to mind to describe this: intimidating, thrilling, exhausting, rush, challenging, motivation, drive, goals, achievement, satisfaction, adrenaline, excitement, passion, community.

TGN: What made you decide…

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With all the crazy weather this off-season, getting outside on the bike has been difficult, to say the least.  A few weeks ago, a small group of us attempted a local ride and got to play around in the snow a bit.  Challenging, but definitely a fun time!  I got to try out some new 2014 TLD, Deity, and Allsport Dynamics gear, as well.  As usual, Matthew DeLorme with the photo credits.

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Pinkbike Interview

Thanks to Brice Shirbach of FatTireFests for putting together this interview as part of his new, “East-bound and Down” column on Pinkbike!  Click the picture below to check it out!

 

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http://www.pinkbike.com/news/anne-galyean-breaking-rad-interview-2014.html

Fall Enduro shoot with Matthew DeLorme

Some fun shots we got last Fall!

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2014 Season

For the 2014 season, I will be changing focus and training to begin competing in East Coast and National Enduro events with the ultimate goal of becoming competitive on the international Enduro circuit.  Enduro holds special appeal after several seasons racing downhill, and the thrill of trying something new is motivation for me to train harder than ever going into 2014.   As this is my last year of graduate school (graduation expected Dec 2014), my schedule will be more limited than in the past; school has always and will always come first.  I will, however, be racing when and where I am able.  I’m striving for at least 5 events: 3-4 on the East Coast and 1-2 out West, which will hopefully include the EWS event in CO.  One of my main goals this year is to be an ambassador for women in mountain biking by working towards my International Mountain Bike Instructor Certification (IMIC) and becoming involved with regional/national women’s skills clinics and events, like the Cleveland Ray’s MTB Park Women’s Weekend.

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome new sponsors to my 2014 Enduro program, as well as thank several who are continuing their support.  Cheers to you all for your support this season and I’m really looking forward to where this new adventure leads us in the future.  Check out what each of these fantastic companies can offer you by clicking on their logos below.  See you all on the trails!

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Anne’s 3rd Annual Birthday Fundraiser – Community Food Share, Inc.

THE STORY:

Last year, we raised $720 for Trees, Water, and People. This year, let’s take it up a notch with a $1000 goal! Help me celebrate my 27th Birthday by supporting a good cause.

The selected charity this year is Community Food Share, Inc. located in Louisville, CO, who is committed to aiding in Colorado Flood relief.  While many of the larger communities affected are bouncing back, the smaller ones with less infrastructure are still struggling.

Community Food Share is a 4-star charity with 94.9% of the charity’s budget spent on the programs and services it exists to deliver.  You can see a complete financial and transparency analysis of this charity here. Tax ID# 74-2227731.

Thank you!

- See more information about the chosen charity and ways to donate at: http://www.crowdrise.com/AnnesBirthdayFundraiser

UPDATE:  Thank you so much for your generosity!  Together, we raised $1400 for Community Food Share, Inc.

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