Meet The Riders

EMMA MAARANEN

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.

Instagram:  @emmamaaranen

Webpage: www.emmamaaranen.com

JEN MALIK

Jennifer Malik recently earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University, but is also an elite athlete who gives back to the community through volunteer activities in Columbus, Ohio. Introduced to the sport later in life, she’s excelled over the past years. Jen continues to work towards her aspirations of competing in a World Cup race and eventually racing on the US National Team. When she is not in the lab or racing, Jen actively recruits women to try mountain biking as well as volunteers at local mountain bike clinics and practices to teach new cyclists. She serves as an active board member in the Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization(COMBO) specifically focused on local trail maintenance and building with her biggest accomplishment being the project lead and coordinator for the installation of a 100ft rock garden. In conjunction with being an active COMBO member, Jen volunteers with Cap City Collective to organize and help run the local short track mountain bike series; the only USAC sanctioned mountain bike events in Ohio. Jen was inspired by neighboring NICA Leagues and is currently leading the charge to bring an NICA Mountain Bike League to Ohio!

Instagram: @jenemal

Website: https://www.facebook.com/jenmalikcx/

NIKKI PETERSON

Nikki’s athletic career started many years ago as a middle and long distance runner. She ran on a scholarship for Indiana University and the University of Wyoming while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Human Food and Nutrition. She began riding all-mountain bikes in 2010 but rode sparingly because her focus was on the two coffee shops that she co-owned in Wyoming. She started racing cross country mountain bikes in 2015 when she moved to Southern California. In 2016, as a first year Pro, she finished 11th in the women’s Pro division at the USA Cycling National Championships. In 2017, Nikki made huge improvements and finished 6th in the overall US Cup series with an 8th place at the ProXCT Chile Challenge (C1), 10th at the ProXCT Utah Tech-Devo, and 17th at the ProXCT Wyndham XCO race (HC). She also earned enough points to race in a World Cup which is a goal for 2018.Nikki is now a NICA coach for Idyllwild Middle School and Hemet High School while working on an Elementary Teaching Credential with a Master’s in Teaching Education. She also enjoys attending group rides with her bike shop, Incycle, to help spread the love of cycling!

Instagram: @Nikki_Jo_Peterson

Website: www.nikkipeterson.com

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