Sonya Looney

Sonya Looney is a pro mountain biker and Ergon brand manager with a positive take on life. She joins the show to talk about the Leadville 100, the Yak Attack Stage Race in Nepal, the BC Bike Race, other stage racing, as well as what's it's like to be a woman pro mountain biker and work in the industry.


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Sonya recently finished the Leadville 100 in 6th place among the pro women with a broken wrist. Earlier this year, she became the first women to complete the full Yak Attack Stage Race in Nepal. After a period of being tired from a whirlwind tour of racing and traveling for Ergon, Sonya is back on form and looking forward to a busy fall, including a trip to La Ruta.


Here's a bio from Sonya's website:

"I’m a professional mountain biker focusing on ultra endurance and stage racing events. I’ve been a pro for the last 6 years, and racing on Topeak Ergon for the last 3 years. I’m a big fan of backcountry riding and adventure on high alpine trails, and I try to keep things fun with a positive, friendly attitude.


My favorite distance to race is the 75-100 mile range, with as much singletrack as possible. And when I’m not riding singletrack, I like to go to yoga, race cyclocross, play tennis, trail run, ski, hike, play guitar, photography, and cook.


I was selected to the USA Marathon World Championships team for both 2010 and 2011 and was proud to represent the US in Germany in 2010. Other big results for me were: 2 wins at the Breck Epic (1 as a coed duo, and this year 2011, in the solo category), and 3rd in the coed duo category with my teammate, Jeff Kerkove, in the Brasil Stage Race."


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Breck Epic -

Trans Germany -

Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic -

La Ruta de los Conquistadores  -

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