Sue Haywood

Sue is a true blue mountain biker who bleeds mud and lives for singletrack. She is a mix of east coast old school mountain biker and a lover of  new school flow trails.

She first started mountain biking in 1991 with friends in college. Racing around West Virginia in the 90′s laid the foundation for turning pro in 1998. Sue moved up the ranks and started to travel around the country racing mountain bikes. She did Norba cross country races, 100 milers and even some solo 24 hour races. She earned her first National Championship in Short Track in 2001 and decided to take the show on the international circuit with the powerhouse Trek/VW squad. The World Cup circuit was thrilling with mind blowing athletes who seemed to exude power with every pedal stroke. After many collisions with aggro euros passing on the inside and embarrassing tangles with course markings, Sue found some success with a couple podiums at World Cups, and two top tens at World Championships. These highlights rolled into races in China, Ecuador, Cyprus, Argentina, Costa Rica many other countries. Sue’s Olympic pursuits are chronicled in the movie, Off Road to Athens.

Sue was now in her late thirties and thought retirement was the new frontier. The mountain bike gods laughed at this and gave her a broken tibia/fibula on her retirement day. After a long couch recovery and racing withdrawls, Sue heard the call of the wild to do some racing again . Now living in the bike capital of  Virginia, Harrisonburg, she is surrounded by awesome trails and a top notch bike community. Underground races, trail work and full pull days on the mountain bike are the spice of life.

In addition to taking classes in Allied Health, Sue will be teaching mountain bike skills clinics through her own company, as well as through Better Ride. She also puts on the annual Canaan MTB Festival in beautiful Davis, WV.  Sue produces her own salsa called HaySue’s Spicy Salsa. If you haven’t tried it, you should!

Building on the fun and success of being on the Stan’s No Tubes team in 2012, Sue is excited for 2013. Look for Sue to compete in the Tran-Sylvania Epic, National Championships, Colorado Freeride Festival, Shenandoah 100 and many local XC races, Enduros and Super Ds.

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