Rebecca Rusch is the greatest mountain biker of her generation. With multiple world and national championship titles, the woman known as the “Queen of Pain” has built her racing career on perseverance, toughness, and the ability to reinvent herself as an athlete. Rusch first became a world champion in the sport of adventure racing, winning the Raid Gauloises, then won the Masters Cross Country Skiing World Championship, and then focused on mountain biking to win four times at the Leadville Trail 100 and three times at the 24-hour solo mountain bike World Championships, among other victories. In 2013, Rusch set a new female course record for the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail.

Rusch won her fourth straight Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race in August of 2012. In addition to three 24-hour solo mountain bike World Champion rainbow jerseys, Rusch is the 2010 World Champion for Master’s XC mountain biking, the 2011 National XC single-speed champion, and a three-time national champion in 24-hour team mountain biking. She set a new female course record for the 142-mile Kokopelli Trail in 2013. Rusch won Idaho’s Short Track state championship (twice), and a Cyclocross state title. An accomplished Nordic skier, she’s won the Masters Cross Country Skiing World Championship, in addition to taking the top prize at Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Championships. Rebecca also organizes a series of female ride initiatives called the SRAM Gold Rusch Tour, an event that combines race & training clinics at major bike events, female media camps and an all girls MTB camp in her hometown of Ketchum, Idaho.

Career Highlights

2013
USA Cycling Marathon MTB National Champion, Women’s Single-Speed
Kokopelli Trail (Moab-Fruita) course record: 13:32.46

2012
Leadville Trail 100 MTB, women’s course record: 7:28.06
Singletrack.com Mountain Biker of the Year

2011
Leadville Trail 100 MTB, women’s course record: 7:31
USA Cycling Marathon MTB National Champion, Women’s Single-Speed
USA Cycling 24-Hour MTB National Champion, 4-person women’s team

2010
Leadville Trail 100 MTB, women’s course record: 7:47
UCI Masters MTB World Champion, Women’s 35-44 (Brazil)

2009
World 24-Hour Mountain Bike Champion, Solo Division (Canmore, Canada)
Leadville Trail 100 MTB Champion (women’s division, 30th overall)
24 Hours of Moab—USA Cycling MTB National Championships, Women’s Duo (with Gretchen Reeves)

2008
USA Cycling 24-Hour MTB National Champion, 4-person women’s team
World 24-Hour Mountain Bike Champion, solo division (Canmore, Canada)
Masters World Cup Cross-Country Skiing Champion, 15K skate

2007
World 24-Hour Mountain Bike Champion, solo division

2006
USA Cycling 24-Hours MTB National Champion, Women’s solo
24-Hour Orienterring National Champion

2004
Adventure Sports Magazine’s “Queen of Pain”
Adventure Sports Magazine’s 20 Most Pivotal People in Adventure Racing

2003
Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Champion (Kyrgyzstan, Team Montrail)
Sports Illustrated Adventure Racing Team of the Year
Outside Magazine’s Top 20 Female Athletes of the Year
Competitor Magazine Endurance Sports Awards Adventure Racer of the Year

2002
Raid the North Extreme champion, Yukon Territory (Team Montrail)
U.S. White-water Rafting National Champion, Women’s Team (Virginia)

2001
1st-ever 300-mile self-supported descent of the Grand Canyon (with Julie Munger and Kelley Kalafatich)
U.S. White-water Rafting National Champion, Women’s Team (Colorado)

2000
Catalina Challenge, U.S. Outrigger Canoe Champion (Offshore Canoe Club)

1999
4th Place: Eco-Challenge Argentina (Team Atlas Snowshoes/Rubicon with Cathy Sassin, Ian Adamson, Robyn Benincasa)
Romulan Warbird V, 5.9, C2, Yosemite 1999, 1st female ascent, 1st solo ascent

1998
Skull Queen V, 5.10, A3, Yosemite, solo aid climb

1997
Spaceshot, IV, 5.7, C2, Zion, solo aid climb

1996
Bermuda Dunes, VI, 5.11c, A4, El Capitan, Yosemite, 2nd ascent, 1st female ascent

Books by Rebecca Rusch

Rebecca Rusch Blood Road DVD
Rusch to Glory by Rebecca Rusch RTG_96dpi_400x600_str