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This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

Aug 22, 2017
by WD-40BIKE  

At the end of the work week, Erin Huck balances the responsibilities of her "real job" as a project manager for a medical device company to race bikes on the weekends.

Ride along with Erin to Snowshoe, West Virginia, as she aims to defend her double 2016 USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championship crowns as the United States's fastest female in both Short Track and Cross Country...

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ
Erin Huck – 2017 U.S. National Champion, Short Track

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

Erin Huck 2017 U.S. National Championships

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ
This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ
Mechanic Scott Kelly travels the world with Erin to ensure Team Huck, bike and body, operate like a well-oiled machine

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ

This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ


This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ


This Full-Time Working Woman is Your U.S. National Champ
Champagne lubricates the soul: Erin Huck – 2017 U.S. National Champion, Short Track

Team Rider:
Erin Huck

Team Mechanic:
Scott Kelly


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42 Comments

  • + 71
 Love this! Congrats. What if PB did a series of interviews on how people who work full time organize their schedule to maybe motivate us desk potatoes to get to the next level!
  • + 10
 As a three-times-a-year racer, that would be awesome!
  • + 46
 Does it seem ironic that her sponsor is promoting the fact that her sponsors don't pay her enough to make a living from riding?
  • + 2
 Totally agree. Mtb riders are some of the most fit, dedicated, and tough athletes in the world. It's time for this trend of paying them peanuts to end. Honestly this sport is still in the stage that baseball was back in the days when Yogi Berra had to work a full time job in the winter just so he could afford to play for the NYY in the summer! Honestly people it's time for this to end. Everybody makes money except the riders? WTF? Oh and btw this may be controversial but the truth of the matter is the pro athletes in the major sports didn't start getting paid decently until they unionized. That's a fact. I don't ever see bike riders behaving like pampered over the top superstars or getting the salaries of NBA stars and the like, but C'mon bike industry pony up a little!!!
  • + 4
 I dunno, think about it from the sponsor's perspective. They're paying someone for some part-time, low-visibility advertising. Had you ever heard of Erin before? If PB doesn't do this article, would you have heard of her? The economics of being a sports celebrity is extremely top heavy- the people at the top pull a disproportionate amount of attention and therefore a disproportionate amount of the dollars. Seems like it makes sense to me.
  • + 2
 Theres no money to be made in the bike industry
  • + 18
 That's what racing is all about for most people!
  • + 12
 Great story, cool to see a someone work around a full time schedule to the highest level of XC. Pretty inspiring as I too am a Project Manager at a Medical Device company and race Pro XC. But I suck at it...there's a critical difference.
  • + 11
 This is really impressive. I struggle to find time to work, family and get 3-4 rides in a week. Working remote is great but finding reliable internet is a pain. I have spent way too much time in a Macdonalds using their internet till the local library opens.
  • + 11
 A quick Google search shows we work for the same company. That is crazy impressive, great work!
  • + 3
 You must be one of the coworkers who has no idea she races bikes then Smile
  • + 1
 @davidccoleman: if it's a medical device company in Colorado, I'm guessing they have tens of thousands of employees.
  • + 2
 I found her in the company directory, different BU, can't IM her.
  • + 10
 She seriously needs to be paid more for racing... unless she just really loves her job.
  • + 5
 she probably makes more at her day job than she ever could racing. i remember the first time i went to fontana to race. back in the day semipros like me practiced with the pros and a lot of them lived nearby so they drove their personal cars to the race. it was an eye opener to see them in older toyota pickups etc not the sponsor supplied raptor, volvo, etc ... i love seeing mechanical engineers racing. over the years ive met so many - its funny how like minded we all are!
  • + 3
 @meathooker: then of course there is Gwin whos got a GT3 Porsche.
  • + 4
 @meathooker: yea, you're kinda making the point for me. If you're the National champion in America at anything, you should be paid very well for being at the top of your craft or discipline. So being the Women's USA National Champ and also being a factory Cannondale rider (one of the largest American bike brands), she should be in a position that she doesn't have to take leave from her better paying engineer job to go race. I'm sure Cannondale could easily cough up a nice six figure salary for putting their bike on top of the National podiums. Wonder how much they pay their TDF riders (particularly the domestiques) who will never see the podium or yellow jersey...
  • + 1
 @Chadimac22:

i got what you're saying but i look at it this way - aside from the Gwins, Carmichaels, McGraths, etc professional action sports athletes don't make a ton of money. I worked with a guy whose kid was on a satellite factory motocross team and the kid got free bikes/parts/travel to races and a salary of 20-30k/yr. if shes making 100-150k at her day job it wouldn't make sense for her to ride full time and take a pay cut.
  • + 9
 Crazy gifted and motivated. Watched her kick ass at as the Breck Epic last week. She is right up there with the pro men!
  • + 5
 As a full-time student going back to school after a number of years and working on the side, I love seeing articles like this!
It's a great reminder that just because you're not riding full factory, traveling all over the world, doesn't mean you have to give up on your desire to ride/race any chance you get.
  • + 4
 Erin is a ripper! Have had the pleasure (of suffering & being dropped) doing a few training rides with her around Boulder. Glad to see she makes plenty of others suffer too!
  • + 1
 Erin is an amazing person and athlete. She is also incredibly humble... I'm sure that's why her co-workers don't always know how talented she is. This feature highlights her achievements and helps her shine in a way that she really deserves. Look out for her on the XC World Cup circuit! Mad respect for this woman and her hustle!
  • + 5
 This is the coolest thing I've seen on PB!
  • + 5
 Great story. Better name.
  • + 3
 Congratulations and good luck!!! That is determination, thanks for the inspiration Smile
  • + 1
 Congratulations on Landing a full-time job with a flexible schedule. Congratulations on setting the bar for the rest of the herd
  • + 2
 Now if we can just get the guys commentating the World Cup races to learn the name of the top American finisher.
  • + 1
 Nice work kickin' some buns AND working full-time!! Time to know I'm not alone!
  • + 3
 hell yea
  • + 2
 Hell ya Erin, you're my hero. Front range rider represent!
  • + 2
 Ahh man so cool to see this happen. Major props!
  • + 3
 Her last name is rad!
  • + 11
 Actually, I think her last name is "Huck" which is a rad last name.
  • + 2
 I use all my vacation hours to ride bikes but I'm still a fat turd :/
  • + 3
 Good job!
  • + 1
 Cool video. Makes me want to go xc racing.
  • + 1
 WD-40 schwag.....sweet......
  • + 1
 major respect! she sets an example of whats possible.
  • + 1
 If my last name was Huck, I'd proly take it serious too!
  • + 2
 Huck ya!
  • + 1
 Inspiring!
  • + 1
 Awesome vid! Well done!

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