Meet Junior Rider Ruth Holcomb

This Friday marks the seventh 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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Racing Age: 15
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Race Bike of Choice: Trek Top Fuel 9.9 RSL
Favorite Training Song: “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
Best Post-Ride Snack: Watermelon

I always liked to ride my bike, but I didn’t decide that I really wanted to race until about 7th grade. I had jumped into a few local races, but had never really thought of it as one of my main sports. In seventh grade, I went to several races in Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico and realized that I loved to ride. The next year, I went to even more races. Since fifth grade I had been racing under the guidance of my Durango Devo coaches who have helped me so much along the way.

I was born in Boulder, Colorado. I grew up loving the outdoors like most other people there. I went to a bilingual school there where I learned both English and Spanish. As a result from that, I speak both English and Spanish fluently. As for sports, I played soccer, swam, and rode bikes. I can tell you that at the time, I wasn’t a huge fan of biking unless my mom brought a lot of gummy bears. At age ten, my family decided to move down to Durango. I was originally very against the idea, but as soon as I went riding with their bike club, Durango Devo, I decided I loved Durango.

I now attend Durango High School. I enjoy math and science and hope to become an engineer. The Harry Potter book series is also my all time favorite series. When I’m not on my bike, I run for my high school’s cross country and track teams, and I nordic ski race. I also ride for the Durango Demons mountain bike team during the fall for NICA. Competing in all these different sports makes it easy to keep biking fun.

I live with my mom, my dad and my two sisters, Maggie, who is 12, and Betty who is 10. We love to ride bikes, hike, raft, and explore together. Maggie and Betty are also super into riding bikes and ride with Durango Devo. Durango is the perfect place for my family, with lots of mountains and trails to explore!