Emma Maaranen

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Instagram:  @emmamaaranen
www.emmamaaranen.com

Emma found herself at the first mountain bike start line the year after she was in a near fatal mountain bike crash where she fell off a three-story cliff. After Life Flight and countless surgeries to save her left foot, she was determined to become a better bike handler so she would not have to repeat the event. She started racing not to race, but to meet women who were shredders to ride with. Now, as an elite mountain biker, she races to challenge herself and connect with women to share her passion for the sport. She has been racing in the elite ranks for three seasons after winning Cat 1 women XC at Sea Otter Classic in 2015. Since then, she consistently places in the top ten at Pro XCT and STXC events, was crowned the 2016 Pro Woman Fat Bike National Champion, earned second place at Breck Epic after six grueling days in the mountains, and most recently placed second to Katerina Nash at Downieville for the All-Mountain World Championships. Her stoke is found working on technical lines and methodically expanding her bike handling skills. She regularly finds herself helping strangers on the trail step up a large boulder or sight a line through the unforgiving lavarock baby heads, and this has evolved into regular mountain bike skills clinics. Off the bike Emma is a professor at Central Oregon Community College teaching physiology based courses to vocational medical students; a professional background that she applies to her mountain bike, road, and triathlon clients. As a mountain bike coach, she puts on skills clinics targets for groups with specific needs and works one-on-one with cyclists to advance their technical riding and confidence.