To some, the tale of sophomore Eva Wilson sounds like an underdog story: arriving at Warren Wilson with little background in mountain biking, the New Hampshire native returned from Collegiate Nationals on Oct. 30 with a national title under her belt. Now, Wilson tells the Echo her inspiring story and looks ahead to the future.
Q: So when did you start mountain biking?
A: Well, my dad’s been biking since the ‘70s or ‘80s. I would ride with him every once in a while when I was little. It’s funny. My mom told me that once, when I was two, my dad took me out in a burley [small passenger trailer]. He crashed, and the burley got turned upside-down, but I just giggled and giggled.
Q: (laughs) That’s cute. What about when you got older?
A: I road-raced in high school, but they didn’t have a mountain biking team. When I visited Wilson and found out that they had mountain bike team, it was a huge draw; not many colleges have such a well-funded team. I knew that if I came here I would definitely do mountain biking.
Q: Wow, so you came here having barely mountain biked before? That’s crazy. How have you seen yourself grow as a biker since joining the team?
A: When I started, I didn’t really have the confidence to go through particularly technical sections or do drops (a big step-down). I’ve definitely gotten more confident going hard, and now I can do things I had never even dreamt of doing. ...
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