Sue Haywood

Photo courtesy of A.E. Landes

The TSE continues!!


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Sue Haywood joins Mountain Bike Radio to discuss the Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic (TSE). She took the Stage 3 win and is just over 5 minutes back of Cheryl Sornson in the overall after the stage. We'll see what she thinks so far this week, how she's feeling, and what her plans are for the rest of the week.

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I pulled a great little bio of Sue from the Stan's NOTUBES Women's Elite Racing Team's website:


"Sue is a true blue mountain biker who bleeds mud and lives for singletrack. She made her way to the sport in college via friends who taught her that its okay to get lost, puke up a lung and go OTB, as long as it makes a good story over beers after the ride. Whining is never an option. With those fundamentals learned, Sue made a foray into racing bikes. She spent the 90′s racing in West Virginia and other East Coast haunts perfecting the mud, roots and rocks of the right coast. With delusions of grandeur she made her way to the pro ranks in 1998. At the time she was the only racer in the country sponsored by a state tourism department.


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. 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 embarassing 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 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 tibula/fibula on her retirement day. After a long couch recovery and racing withdrawls, Sue heard the call of the wild. Now living in the bike capital of Virginia, Harrisonburg, with her uber mechanic boyfriend, she is surrounded by awesome trails and a top notch bike community. Underground races, trail work and full pull days on the mtb are the spice of life. A side gig as a landscaper helps her maintain her guns."


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