Getting to Know Squamish's Teigen Pascual - The High School Student On Track to Make the Canadian BMX Olympic Team

Nov 6, 2020
by Sarah Moore  
Credit: Vairdy Frail


17-year-old Teigen Pascual is a Squamish local on track to make the Canadian BMX Olympic team. She is first foreigner to win the USA BMX title, she was second in the world for 16 year old girls and is 3x #1 Canadian National. Teigen is also an avid mountain biker and she coaches mountain biking locally for Jaime Hill's Hilltop MTB.


Describe yourself.

Hi, I'm Teigen Pascual, and I am 17 years old, and I live in Squamish, BC. Growing up in Squamish has given me so many cool opportunities to do what I love. Riding my bike and being outside has always been a big part of my life. I started BMX racing when I was 6 and haven’t looked back since. I would say sports is my thing. I love to compete in whatever I can, anytime possible. I would describe myself as very determined and focused. I'm quite shy at first, but when you get to know me, I also really like to have fun.


Who do you ride for?

I ride for Factory Rockstar Rift Tangent.




What are some of the accomplishments that you're most proud of?

2013, 2018, 2019 Canadian National #1 Girl
2019 USA National #1 Girl
2019 16 Girls World #22018, 2019 Canadian National Team
RBC Training Ground Identified Athlete - finished in the top 3 in 2019 Finals


Credit: Vairdy Frail


It's been a weird year, but what were some of the highlights of 2020 for you?

3 USA BMX National wins from January to March


What does a typical day look like for you?

Wake up at 7:15am. Eat lots, pack my lunch then go to school. Train At Crossfit Squamish with Jesse Bifano. Then I go to the BMX Local track and train or do sprint training in front of my house. I come home and eat dinner, then study and go to bed. I head to Abbotsford to train on the Olympic hill two times a week.


How did you get into BMX Racing?

I had a friend who raced and she and her family knew I was super competitive and loved racing so they told me to come try it one day. I was six years old. I raced, crashed, got back up and raced the final. I have loved it ever since.


What is something you believe that other people think is crazy?

I believe that ghosts are real.


What's the hardest part about being a BMX racer?

The hardest part is probably getting over your fears and really perfecting your skills. And not having any other high level Canadian girls to race against to keep the training intense. It is also hard finding high quality training facilities close to home to prepare me properly for races.


What's the best part about being a BMX racer?

The places you have the opportunity to visit. The people and friendships you make. The feeling the sport gives you. It's all just incredible.


What are your strengths?

I can endure a lot of pain. I don't give up easily. I love to train hard and I respect and love seeing people that are better than me so I can work harder to beat them. I love the intensity of the gate and I perform well under pressure.


What are your weaknesses?

I am pretty shy so it is hard for me to reach out and find other training partners. I hate losing. I am afraid of scary things


Where is your favourite place to ride?

My favorite places to ride has to be Chula Vista, CA (USA Olympic Training Center) or anywhere in Europe.


What's been your worst crash over the years?

In 2017 I broke my elbow during a race in California and this year I have crashed numerous times. One crash brought me to the emergency room where I had a pretty bad blunt trauma to my chest. I was thankful that is was nothing too serious


Who's your favourite rider?

Brooke Crain (USA)
Mariana Pajon (Columbia)


What's your favourite motto or saying?

“Breathe, Believe, Achieve”


Credit: Vairdy Frail


What's your favourite food?

My favorite food has to be sushi or anything sweet Smile


What annoys you?

When people eat their food very loud. I hate the crunching sound.


What Makes you Happy?

My dogs. My friends. Traveling


Credit: Vairdy Frail


What do you enjoy away from bikes?

I love skiing. I love traveling to cool places, I love competing in track and field with my school


What's your favourite non-bike website?

Lululemon and Nobull


How do you want to be remembered?

I want to be remembered for someone who people looked up to because of their passion and dedication for the sport. I want people to remember me for never giving up no matter what is in my way. I will continue to ride and compete because I love what I do.


Credit: Vairdy Frail


What does the future hold for Teigen Pascual?

My future is going to be filled with competitions all over the world representing my country. I can and will compete on my bike as long as I can support myself and find ways to train with other awesome riders. I hope Squamish can find ways to support local athletes like myself so I can stay local.


Follow Teigen on Instagram.




36 Comments

  • 54 0
 Hi Teigen! This is Halle! You are a great coach, so nice, and I hope you get your driver's license soon!
  • 22 1
 All this coverage of girls and women in biking is awesome. It's good to see that there are actually ladies out there doing what we all love. Keep it up, PB Beer
  • 17 0
 A lot of pro athletes could learn something from her authenticity. High Fives!
  • 1 0
 Most off-road cycling pros are in it for the love of the sport and certainly not for the pay opportunity due to the nature of our little industry. This means a different type of people and passion build our pros
  • 8 0
 “...teenage girls hitting gaps bigger than you every day....” - waki
Seriously though, really great read. I can only hope my kids (one girl) do such rad things and find something that they enjoy and excel in.
All the best to you, Teigen. Mountain bikers all wish they were even half as talented as bmx racers tup
  • 3 0
 Even the freestyle BMX stuff too. We see a few kids jumping on MTB's and doing great. Then we go to the BMX park and kids are working out 360's on big lines with nothing short of EXCEPTIONAL technique and style for days. It just teaches kids to control a bike so much better. The good news is that its not hard to do both. My kids ride BMX freestyle bikes as much as their expensive mountain bikes and it keeps variety so they ride more often. I'd guess one month of hard BMX riding can teach a kid as much as 10mo on a MTB. The repetitive nature just lends itself to development vastly more than riding trails...at least early on in their development.
  • 1 0
 @Svinyard: I could not agree more
  • 7 0
 Rad to see! Also, buying a USABMX license and a plastic number plate for my dirt jumper and racing cruiser was such a fun, low-stakes way to get racing in my life when MX required far too much money and commitment and amateur mountain bike racing (i want to put this diplomatically) is not always mountain biking's most fun side. Hoping all the local track operators make it through.
  • 7 0
 Badass.
  • 3 0
 still don't know why DH isn't an olympic event. Not to mention there are way too many unnecessary events as it is.
  • 1 0
 Teigan has an amazing dedication and skills. Great person and family as well.

Also a shout out to the Squamish BMX club, where many top mountain bikers (lies, Cruz, Fincham, Wolley, Sherlock etc) got started.
  • 1 0
 When her favorite non bike brands are Lulu and Nobull, she's for sure a CrossFitter! Cool to hear about young people doing awesome things
  • 3 5
 Oh, and P.S. Teigan? your helping to make america awesome again with your biking talents. Diversity, creativity and freedom to do what we love are our greatest asset's. we need more people to go do what they dream of, and thanks for spreading the gospel (of biking) with all those younger folks too.
  • 10 0
 did you notice the part about her being Canadian?
  • 9 2
 @twozerosix: Nope, I didn't.

Edit: you are helping Make Earth Awesome Again.
  • 5 1
 @twozerosix: Maybe I meant Making North America Awesome specifically?* Smile

*Nope, I just don't pay attention enough to what's going on around me (Unless I am hurtling downhill on a bike...) Beer thanks for pointing out my mistake
  • 2 2
 @rosemarywheel: But don't worry... Biden will help to make america awesome again! Smile
  • 1 0
 @Timo82: I hope so. My take on politics is we need the freedom of More Choices (for president). The two parties have everyone at each others throats and we most likely all want mostly the same things.
  • 2 1
 @rosemarywheel: Yeah in fact I don't really know if Bidden will be a good president but.... it sure will be better than Trump! Another 4 years and we would probably had a third world war... Anyway, all the countries around the world are quit happy about it! lol
  • 2 0
 @Timo82: I have to agree with that. WW3 would be kind of a downer... and I am pretty sure they wouldn't let me bring my bike once I was drafted Smile
  • 3 1
 Impressive! You make your country proud.
  • 1 0
 ???????? BMX royalty! ...amazing athlete !! Such a fantastic role model for young riders everywhere.
  • 1 0
 Canadian BMX royalty! ...amazing athlete and a fantastic role model for young riders everywhere !!
  • 2 0
 Superhero abilities
  • 1 0
 Serious question: how do you pronounce her first name?
  • 1 0
 Most likely like Tea-gan. Could be wrong, but that is how I read it.
  • 1 0
 RAD! Keep It UP!!!!!
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