Aimee Dunn, who has always considered herself a runner, turned to competitive racing in her mid-twenties. For someone who has played competitive soccer for 19+ plus including several national titles as a youth and adult, Dunn confesses how quickly she gets bored of a certain sport.
Freeride and downhill mountain biking proved otherwise, and was a sport Aimee quickly took to and found to be a great fit. Freeride is a discipline of mountain biking closely related to downhill cycling and dirt jumping that is mainly focused on tricks, style, and technical trail features. Not only did Aimee find this sport extremely challenging, it also greatly improved her riding skills, much to her delight. In 2006, she competed in Primal Quest fulfilling a long time dream; Dunn also competed in Psychosis – unaware of the fact that this was one of the most difficult courses in the world – after a year of this style of riding. In 2009, her participation in another race resulted in a badly broken leg, a few months before her wedding. Shortly after, she welcomed her first child and tackled the BC Bike Race (BCBR) which was a new competitive adventure for her.
Aimee is still an active member, and was for a time, president of Muddbunnies.com, which is a women’s cycling community offering that provides product reviews, interviews, industry news, training strategies, recipes, and stories from female riders from around the globe. Muddbunnies, whose mission is to empower, inspire and encourage more women to ride bikes, remains active in the biking community, putting on trail maintenance days, and volunteering for various bike related events.
Aimee, who runs a specialty cakes business in her spare time, recently spoke at FEAT Canada 2013 about her evolution in sport, some highlights of her training and on racing the BCBR; and how being a parent changes one’s perspective.
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