Christian is an adventurous soul who loves the outdoors whether that's adventuring on two wheels, backcountry skiing or surfing. Even after playing collegiate soccer and obtaining her doctorate in physical therapy she did not begin mountain biking until four years ago where she entered her first Xterra and cross country mountain bike race on an old heavy bike. She soon realized how much fun it was to compete again and become connected with the support of the biking community. She saw huge gains in her ability quickly by pushing herself with each ride to improve from the last, hired and trained with a coach, and sought out riding with any elite rider she could. When she started mountain biking she was a physiotherapist professor at Regis University in Colorado specializing in orthopedics and sports helping athletes recover from injury, injury prevention, and performance enhancement.
She has practiced in the United States and New Zealand with collegiate athletes and elite triathletes, mountain bikers, cyclists, and skiers and has presented around the world on various orthopedic topics. As an athlete she understands the demands of the athletes she works with as she has competed in Xterra off road triathlon Nationals and Worlds, cross country mountain bike races throughout Colorado, and the Pioneer MTB Stage Race in New Zealand. She plans to expand into the Enduro scene as she strives to grow in her technical abilities riding and racing with such technically solid ladies!
Near the end of March 2016 she broke her back in three places after falling over 100 feet off the side of a mountain while mountain biking in New Zealand. Christian had to rock climb back up the mountain and bike 5 kilometers to a hut where she was heli-evacuated to the ER. In addition, to breaking her back she also sustained a spinal cord injury, which fortunately did not leave her paralyzed. Following the fall she sustained sever adrenal fatigue as well as several months of rehabilitation to get back on the bike. Six months after breaking her back she took on a 10-day purpose-driven mountain bike ride through the European Alps to support her best friend's mom, those impacted by cancer, and to raise funds for a retreat center. She views her survival from her fall as a miracle and feels her purpose going forward is to encourage and inspire others going through hardship as no mountain is to big that you can't climb it! The view from the top is well worth the climb; especially on two wheels! She is an adventurous soul who loves exploring this beautiful world on two wheels and encourage others to as well.