Meet Junior Rider Maddie Jo Robbins

This Friday marks the fourth week of Bear Development Team’s Junior Series! We are honored to dedicate our weekly post to the introduction of one member of the Bear Development Team.
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This week, meet…

MADDIE JO ROBBINS

Racing Age: 17
Hometown: Durango, CO
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9 RSL
Favorite Training Song: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
Best Post-Ride Snack: Nachos w/ cannellini beans & extra sharp white cheddar cheese

I have been fortunate enough to grow up in Durango, Colorado. A small town full of hard working and determined, yet adventurous people. Nestled amidst mountain biking trails galore, Durango is a hot spot for pros such as Howard Grotts, Todd Wells, Ned Overend and many more. This has allowed me to see what hard work and determination can do, as well as the pure joy of riding a bike for a living.


I first started biking when I was around five years old. My brother was learning and I did not want to him to be able to do something I could not. As a young kid I rode family rides with my parents as well as with Durango Devo, the local bike program. Every year my family and three other families would ride the White Rim, a 100 mile loop in Canyonlands National Park. This is where I fell in love with biking, as the three day trip kept us away from civilization in a beautiful and magical place, where we were free to ride, play and just enjoy life. Every year I would try to conquer something new and ride a little bit further.  After riding 30 miles (into the dark of night) on a single speed 16” bike when I was 7, I completed the whole thing in three days at the age of nine. At this point I just enjoyed the challenges mountain biking posed, as well as the ability to be outside. It wasn’t until my brother broke his arm, making him unable to compete at a bike race, that I took his spot and fell in love with the racing aspect of cycling.


My life isn’t all bikes, though. I enjoy almost everything to do with the outdoors. When I was young I tried almost every sport and loved them all! From baseball to golf, soccer and tennis, and even swim team, I was there. Though my favorite was and still is, ski racing. I have ski raced competitively since I was five. I love having the ability to fly down the mountain at unimaginable speeds as well as the team camaraderie that goes along with the sport. This year was my first year not competing on a high level, rather, I just competed for my high school. It was hard to let go, but the time had come, and being able to still race for my school was super sweet. The stress levels were very low, and I was able to just have fun and rediscover the magic of the sport.


When I’m not competing, I enjoy coaching the young shredders of Durango Devo. Seeing the beaming smiles on their faces as they ride their bikes, is one of the best sights in the world! I have coached kindergarten to middle school aged riders, and have loved every ride. It is super fun to be able to pass on the joy of the sport I love and to watch as the generations below me improve every year, tackling the same challenges I did.


Along with coaching, I love to travel, camp and be with my family wherever that may be! When I was ten, my family and I went to New Zealand. That trip was something special. To this day, I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about the freedoms we had, the generosity of the people, and the amazing sights we saw. Along with the fact that I was on a month long adventure. A dream come true.

My family consists of me, my mom, Denise, my dad, Jeff, my brother, Lucas, my fluffy poodle, Ponga and a turtle named Squirt. My family is tight. Whenever possible we travel to races together.  We are there for each other, and we’d rather be together than alone. I owe my love for biking to my family. At a young age my parents introduced both me and my brother to the sport, and rode, very slowly, by our sides as we learned the sport. But, I owe my love of racing to my brother. If it were not for him, I would not be doing what I am now, I would not have gotten the incredible opportunity to be on such an amazing team as Bear, and I would not have had the opportunity to complete one of my biggest dreams and race for Team USA at an international race. Lucas was the one who pushed me into the sport, told me I could be better, had me apply for Bear and race at races outside of our little community. I owe all my biking success and love that I have had, and all that may come in the future to him. Lucas continues to  push me and tell me I can do it from afar, as he is now attending the University of Colorado in Boulder as he pursues a career in Engineering, and competes on CU’s Ultimate Frisbee team.