Mary Beth Schmoller

Back in 2009, with the help of my mom, I packed all my belongs into a car and drove from Madison, Wisconsin to Aspen, Colorado.  It's been a pretty darn good life choice!  The first few summers I was here, I mostly just hiked.  While hiking was fun, it was never really that exciting.  But then a few friends of mine brought me on a mountain biking trip.  And after, I was a mountain biker!!!  It immediately provided a challenge and lots of thrilling moments.  Now, whenever I'm hiking, all I think about are the sweet mountain bike lines.  My weekends are filled with time on 2 wheels.

At first, I was focused a lot on going downhill.  But the more I got into the sport, the more I appreciated going uphill, which makes the downhill even better.  Recently, I've been working on my technical uphill abilities.  It's really great going from not being able to even get up a tough section to clearing it with ease.  My stubborn side comes out and I'll try the same section many many times until I progress.

Introducing new friends, especially women, to the sport is very fulfilling.  Knowing from experience that getting into the sport can be intimidating, it's wonderful that VIDA provides an environment for women to gain confidence in a very supportive, FUN environment...emphasis on fun!  I can't wait to really dive into the VIDA community this summer.

When I'm not riding my bike, I may be at work crunching numbers and playing with Excel (I work in a hotel accounting office) or relaxing on the couch catching up on Netflix or playing with my unicorn.  If it's winter, I get out skiing as much as I can.  I'm also a HUGE Packers and Badgers fan.  You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can't take the Wisconsin out of the girl ;)

All in all, I can't wait to see how much of an impact women can have on the mountain biking community in the coming years and I am so happy to be a part of it.  Ride on!