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The Mountain Zone catches up with pro cross country mountain biker Gretchen Reeves between rides and races for a few words. Surprisingly, we didn't have to pry her hands from the bars to get her out of the saddle. Gretchen gives time for fun, friends and freeriding to keep her realities in check.
Attempting to keep up with her on a few descents, I began to wonder if she was working, training, or just having fun. I suspect all of the above.
At 26, Gretchen is having her best cross country season to date. She opened the Norba season in Big Bear, California, on the new Catera Team, where she placed fifth. Apparently Gretchen just needed a little Pure Energy Team boost.
Surprising when you find out she took first in the 24 Hours of Moab endurance race in '95...and she boards, teleskis and hikes as well. Spending winters in Vail and, for the past three years, summers on the NORBA Pro Tour, Gretchen's got a few top-10s under her belt so look for her to step up onto a Norba podium near you.
How did you come to Vail?
Tell us about your off season training?
It was in Vail that you turned pro?
What about injuring yourself snowboarding?
You started training early with Team Catera?
What do you see for next year?
What other kinds of sports do you do?
Hans Prosl, Mountain Zone Staff