Getting to Know: EWS Whistler's 6th Place Finisher Christina Chappetta

Aug 17, 2018 at 13:21
by Sarah Moore  

Christina Chappetta moved to Whistler six years ago soon after discovering mountain biking at the age of 22 when living in Colorado. She works 40 hours a week all year to pay for her racing habit, and until this year, her top finish in an Enduro World Series was 14th. This year she surprised everyone, including herself, with a career-best finish of 6th place. She recently became a Canadian resident, and we caught up with her on the Tuesday after her race to understand more about what she did differently this year to prepare, and what it's really like living the dream full time in Whistler.


How long have you been in Whistler?


Christina: I've been coming to Whistler for just over six years and probably three years full time. So six years on and off, then three years full time and now I'm a Canadian resident.


Where did you move here from?


Christina: I came here from Colorado, but I actually grew up in Louisiana. I lived in Colorado for four years though. My last year there, I learned about mountain biking and my friend showed me all these awesome bike videos from Whistler. Then the next spring, I moved to Whistler. Just for the summer at the time - me, my truck and three bikes. At the end of the summer, I was just like, "I have to get back here. I will do whatever it takes." I came back, spent the winter and then the rest is history. I'm still here and I don't plan to leave anytime soon.


How are you feeling the day after your first single-digit EWS finish?



Christina: Yeah, I'm feeling pretty psyched, pretty excited, but really tired, because I pretty much went home right after the race and went to sleep because I had to get up at 3:30 this morning for Deep Summer. I didn't want to let my friends down, so I just rallied and yeah, we all headed to the alpine at like 4:00 am. So I'm pretty tired, but I had a little nap today before more filming again later tonight.


Did you help out with Deep Summer before the EWS or did you just start riding for that today?


Christina: I just jumped in today. They get three days and so they already filmed Saturday and Sunday, so today was my last chance to jump in and help out and lend a hand to Chris Pilling. Hopefully he does well. I'm pretty tired after yesterday, but definitely still buzzing so it helps.

Stage 4 was quiet the contrast to what riders were to ride through on the Stage 5. Green room to high alpine.

So did you have any big crashes yesterday?


Christina: I didn't have any big crashes. I definitely had two crashes that were quite annoying, because I crashed there in practice. They weren't big crashes, but they were just awkward little mistakes that pull you off your bike. Mini moments, but probably just two real crashes, maybe three.


What was your best EWS result before yesterday?


Christina: Last year, I came 14th and the year before that, I got 15th, so I was pretty happy to be making some gains and moving up a bit. I was hoping for a better result than 14th this year, but I really surprised myself and I'm stoked it all paid off at the hometown race as well.


How much of an advantage do you think you have as a local to Whistler?


Christina: I definitely had an advantage knowing the track somewhat, but to crack into that top ten against the best riders in the world - they don't need the advantage of knowing the tracks. They are that good, they can just show up and throw down. So I think it helped a bit but it's definitely a nice reward to have a good result close to home with all the cheering and the support.


How many EWS races have you done before?


Christina: Good question. I did the Aspen race a couple years ago, Ireland and Madeira last season. One, two, three, four, five, six, maybe this was my sixth.


Are you planning on going to Spain and Finale?


Christina: Yeah, I’m doing Spain and Italy and my family will be there and my boyfriend, so it will be cool to make a little trip out of it and not get so overwhelmed with two weekends of racing back to back. That's a lot.


How did you prepare differently for the EWS race this week?


Christina: The course this year was really different to last year’s. It was kind of hard to prepare, because you want to do a lot of pre-riding, but I've been out of town a lot this week and when I am in town, I'm working, trying to pay for the next vacation. So I guess this year it was just trying to ride some scary trails and just to get used to the loose, really, really dry conditions, but just never riding too much, because Whistler is always known to be the biggest day of the season as far as EWS goes, so I wanted to save some legs for the big race. But yeah, there wasn't as much pedaling as usual, so it was kind of nice. I think everybody could give it a bit more on the actual stages and not be so gutted from the transfers and everything in between.


So did you do more for your fitness this year or was it similar to last year?


Christina: I think I was better about training in the winter, doing indoor cycling at TAG and doing a bit of Meadow Park gym stuff, so I think I came into the season stronger. But as the season goes on, you break down a little bit - you’re not going to the gym, you're not going to indoor classes, you're just riding. I also had a trip to France earlier this year and did the Trans BC in the month of July, so I just some big days on the bike to get me prepared.

Chappetta had a few rowdy crashes earlier in the week. It was awesome to see her pull it together towards the end of the race for a second place finish. stage 1

Tell me about the trip to France that you did. What was that for?


Christina: That was crazy. On a whim, I applied with WORCA, the local cycling association for this trip to France to go to Les 2 Alpes and participate in the Mountain of Hell race. It was something I probably would have never actually signed myself up for, but something I've always wanted to do and so just to be given that opportunity totally out of nowhere, I couldn't say no. So I went to the race with the Whistler Delegation which was awesome, because we had the Mayor there, the President of the Chamber of Commerce, president of WORCA, and more. And some of us did the actual Mountain of Hell race which was probably the craziest thing I've ever done on a bike - a mass start with 700 plus people and yeah, on top of a glacier, so after you do that, it's a 46 minute downhill for me, Top of the World seems quite achievable for me. It's like okay, 26 minutes, I can do this, this is cool. I actually did well. I got second there against a local French lady, Ripper, so it was definitely a good feeling.


Was it an alliance between Whistler and France?


Christina: Yeah, so the Les 2 Alpes invited Whistler over to share ideas and see how we as Whistler survive as a year-round resort. So it's kind of a sister city slash sister resort kind of friendship now. Nobody's signed any contracts or anything like that, but we're going to be best friends forever. It was really cool to go over there, learn how they do things, how they succeed. They've hosted Crankworx in the past, so they're obviously really knowledgeable in skiing and mountain biking, but I think they learned a lot from us, as well, and just kind of seeing how we crush it as a year-round resort in Whistler.


How do you support your racing?


Christina: I work really hard when I do actually work. I work a lot, over 40 hours a week kind of thing. I work at Evolution Bike Shop in town and so they're amazingly supportive as far as helping me get discounts on product when I need it. Bike parts are super expensive. They let me take off work any time I want. It's never a question of, "Oh, can I go to this event," or, "Should I take a day off," it's like, "Go do it. Live your dream." Yeah, just having good bosses that have got your back. I've also been working with Tag Cycling this winter, which is awesome because I can be paid to train. I work as a coach with them and it keeps me in shape and helps me share the stoke with other people - older, younger, all ages.


So, most of the year you work 40 hours a week?


Christina: Yes. I would say so. Winter is definitely like hunker down time. I love to snowboard. I usually don't get a bike or a winter pass because I just want to put that 1,400 dollars into race registrations or plane tickets or whatever it is that I need. So usually in the winter, I work a lot and then in the summer, I can take off a couple weeks here and a couple weeks there. But yeah, it's tough, because you come back home and you don't really get a rest time. You just have to go straight back into work and it's really busy working at the shop and just constantly giving your energy out.


So paying for all of your own race registrations must add up to quite a bit during the summer?


Christina: Yeah, it's kind of scary to think about. I think Trans BC alone as a dirt bagger is like 1,200 dollars, so then you add a couple hundred dollar, 200 dollar days on top of that and you've spent thousands of dollars at races. I got a late entry into Air DH this week and was like "100 bucks, like I'm going to Spain next month. Can I actually afford to take 100 bucks and put into just a fun race that's simply for pleasure?" and the answer was yes, because YOLO and money comes and goes and so you might as well enjoy it while you got it.

Christina Chappetta spent a lot of time off the bike today not on purpose but managed to wrangle it back with a stage win on 4.

Are you buying all of your own bikes and components and everything at this time?


Christina: No, thank God, because Transition helps me with frames, Maxxis helps with tires, We Are One Components out of Kamloops for wheels, so yeah, I get a lot of support but things add up. You get a frame and some wheels and still have to buy drive chains and suspension and if your bike breaks, hopefully you have a second bike there to help out. So yeah, I can't thank those companies enough. They for sure are the reason I can keep doing this. I couldn't afford it otherwise. So yeah, I hope in the future something comes of it, maybe I can get a little more money to do some more events and just travel more, because that's what I find the most exciting is experiencing other cultures and communities and being able to ride my bike and do some racing along the way.


How is different racing the EWS at Whistler which is in your backyard versus like showing up at Madeira, Portugal and going straight into a grueling race?


Christina: It's super different, like you're just completely out of your comfort zone. The trails are usually not what you would be riding at home, nothing similar, which is why we all live where we live. We love the trails that we ride. So yeah, it's awesome to go experience different terrain and see how other people build trails and what they find fun. I love it. It's definitely a good test of your abilities to be able to adapt, but yeah, it's a lot harder. Being able to sleep in my own bed and cook breakfast in my kitchen is super nice. Whenever I do go travel, I just try to be comfortable and have a nice little setting where you can still get your calm and collective zen mode on and have a good ride.


How did you get into riding?


Christina: I didn't start riding until I was 22, when I lived in Colorado. Everybody cross-country biked there but every summer I was injured from snowboarding accidents, so I never really had a chance to try it out until one year I was finally healthy and I borrowed my friend's bike. It was a Kona hardtail or something but literally that day, I was sold and I was like, "I have to have a bike." And that summer I bought three bikes - a downhill bike, a trail bike and a dirt jumper. I kind of fully committed, just jumped right into it. I finally found my niche and yeah, I'm stoked. I can't thank my friends enough for making me try it and showing me sweet bike videos of stuff I never knew existed.


Were you a competitive person growing up?


Christina: I was definitely a competitive person. I grew up with three older brothers who were very sporty and so I kind of always had that competitive nature in a way, but never really had a sport that was mine. I played soccer and ran track and some other things, but I was never 100% committed to it until biking. I loved snowboarding and I still love snowboarding, but I never found that drive with snowboarding in the way that I did with biking.


So you grew up with three older brothers, do they still ride?


Christina: No. One of my brothers visited last year with his little boys. He now lives in Arkansas and so we did go mountain biking which was awesome, because I've never been better than him at something and I could actually show him a few things and he was super proud and just inspired by me, because we haven't hung out together for years. I've been away from home for so long and so having him come out to visit was pretty awesome and then the fact that we got to go biking and now he's into biking and his little boys are going to grow up and be bikers now too is pretty cool.

Christina Chappetta. Whistler Fall Classic part of the North American Enduro Tour. Whistler B.C. Photo Scott Robarts

Who do you usually ride with when you're in Whistler?


Christina: I've got a lot of friends I've met through the shop, co-workers, old co-workers, my boyfriend Sam, he's one of the first people I met in Whistler and he's an amazing rider, not much of a racer, but he definitely shows me the lines and gives me someone to chase which is awesome. And the girl crew here is very, very strong - that's for sure why I moved here.

Being one of the only ladies where I lived that mountain biked, I needed someone else to ride with that wasn't just chasing the guys down the mountain and so when I kind of like saw how much of a following there was here in Whistler, I was like, "I gotta go be part of that. That's where the best riders in the world live," and it's true. You get on the chairlift here and anybody, like anybody on any bike wearing anything is probably a better rider than you. So you just take it all in, you follow everyone, you learn something new from all the people and everyone's really nice. My first couple days here, nobody could really believe my story. They're like, "You did what? You drove here by yourself from Colorado," and I'm just like, "Yeah," and they're like, "Alright, follow me. We're going to Freight Train or Original Sin," and I was in way over my head, but it did help. They just kind of threw me in the deep end and was like, "Sweet. This is Whistler. This is what you do, I guess."


So you saw videos of Whistler and then you decided to move here?


Christina: Yeah. Pretty much. I think Follow Me and Seasons, were probably the first mountain bike videos I saw, which are actually a bit later in the mountain bike history of things, so when people reference like old Cranked movies it's a bit over my head. I'm like, "I don't really know those ones. I kind of jumped into biking when dual suspension was good, so I'm a little bit late to the game, but I think mountain biking was at a pretty awesome time at that point and so it made it possible for anyone to do it. So I was like, "I can be that anyone. I can ride a bike."


So what are your big lofty goals in mountain biking and for the future?


Christina: Well, yesterday I definitely achieved many goals. I don't think I've ever even had a top 10 stage finish, so just to get a couple of those in a day was pretty amazing. Yeah, definitely having that result yesterday was awesome.

The big goal's just to enjoy the ride. I do like the big races. I feel like I wouldn't personally push myself or my friends wouldn't push me to ride that hard, that long, that committed and so I like the big, scary races, the big, long, downhills like in Mountain of Hell. Trans BC's also an amazing experience. It's six days of bike camp, so you just get to have a ton of fun on the bike, but you're also progressing as a rider. Yeah, it would be awesome to work with some really cool companies that support women and support local communities, as well, because living in Whistler, like there's a lot going on here. There are so many opportunities and cycling clubs and yeah, anybody in the future that I could potentially work with and grow as a rider, I kind of hope that they have similar views in that way.


107 Comments

  • + 67
 This looks like a great opportunity for Transition Bikes to step up and create a factory Enduro team with Christina Chappetta and Max Leyen leading the charge! Amazing athletes and great ambassadors!
  • + 27
 Thanks Don!! I second that idea Smile Max and I could make a sweet team!
  • + 7
 Yes! Can't think of more talented or deserving people.
  • + 0
 @cchappetta1: any tips on becoming a Canadian citizen? If trump is not impeached, me and family are definitely considering Canada as new home!
  • + 12
 @TransitionBikeCompany nudge, nudge, wink, wink!
  • - 44
flag Beez177 (Aug 22, 2018 at 8:41) (Below Threshold)
 @enduro29erHack: snowflake..
  • + 1
 @enduro29erHack: Hire a lawyer and save a lot of money! It's not easy, and not cheap... but it's been worth it so far :-)
  • + 41
 I to remember when a 40 hour work week seemed like alot. ahh to be young again.
  • + 16
 If you want to learn about hard work do a year as a chef. I was routinely working 60-80 hour weeks. Eventually quit so I could actually have a life and ride my bike again Smile
  • + 33
 @samjobson: you can't quit. Job is literally in your name haha
  • + 9
 were you racing EWS events at the same time?
  • + 5
 @samjobson: Then go from that to a heavy duty diesel tech and go even higher hours Playing the on call game.. Ah well, atleast I can buy dentist bikes to ride 2x a week!
  • + 46
 @makripper 40 hours a week is a lot if you're finishing 6th at EWS Whistler.
  • + 7
 @brianpark: but what if you're a full of shit internet commentator? gnar-stina gettin' up!
  • + 14
 Ah, to put responsibility for your decisions on someone else instead of accepting that you chose the life that has you working so much.
  • + 3
 Love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life
  • + 10
 @wind13: I do chuckle when people complain about how many hours they work. your choice, no-one else's
  • + 4
 40 hours?.. you were lucky...

I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down the mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work.
  • + 3
 People who work more than a 40h week and while hating their job are either money addicts or someow need to pay off debt or child support.
  • + 4
 @colincolin @expat things in life change, often not by your own doing, your main job could fold, your country or area could go into economic depression, interest rates violently change, your employer refuse to give you expected payrises and no other jobs to go to other than looking at your own time capabilities and add another job or 2 on to the existing one just to maintain the lifestyle you bargained for. i'm in that position where my employer is not honouring the pay formulas agreed to decades ago and interest rates far succeed my annual increase of less than 1% . i have 2 other jobs to make the ends meet that i want to meet. Most weeks i do between 60-100hrs. However i read your comment @wind13 and thought long and hard about my reply.... and y'know what you are absolutely 100% right..... regardless of what my employer pays me or what economic difficulties arise...... its pretty much me and only me thats deciding i need "X" income to pay for "Y" activities. damn you for being right.
  • + 0
 @brianpark: thanks Bri!!
  • + 23
 I was hoping to learn how to move to Canada and become a citizen.
  • + 1
 Step one: buy vitamin D pills.
  • + 4
 I to want to know that beta
  • + 11
 @colincolin: buddy, I'd say from May to September it's sunny and beautiful on the west coast of Canada. Seriously though everyone should supplement vitamin D, it's a healthy move.
  • + 1
 Vitamin D seems more like a placebo effect to me than anything else. I tried it and never seen any difference. Btw, I live at the 48th north parallel.
  • + 0
 @colincolin: what? I literally live on the sunshine coast. Also the interior of BC regulary sees high 30's i had to move because it was too hot. Don't get me start on the prairies bro
  • + 4
 @lRaphl: you won't necessarily notice a difference.. Other than you may just not get some disease down the road!
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 @bohns1: lmao I got snake oil for sell too
  • + 1
 Apparently all you have to do is get a part-time job at a bike shop...
  • - 15
flag mollow (Aug 22, 2018 at 9:54) (Below Threshold)
 @skelldify: I heard claiming you are an immigrant fleeing from potential danger (even if its complete bullshit) will allow you to illegally cross the border wherever the f*ck you want and on top of that, get free checks from Justin for a year or however much time you may need to set yourself up. Yay Canada!
  • - 7
flag mollow (Aug 22, 2018 at 9:57) (Below Threshold)
 Add to that free healthcare and driver licensing, even though you've never paid any taxes on your life. But if you have been paying taxes for the past 10 years, don't you fuckoling dare miss a single payment on your services, because we will revoke them and deny you immediatly
  • + 3
 @colincolin: ha ha, 9 months cloudy/rainy, 1 month sunny, 2 months smokey. 3rd year in a row... not funny
  • + 6
 @mollow: you take your snake oil I'll take my 1200mcg vit d pills.. Let's see who goes to the old folks home first.. Aaaaand gooo!
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flag mollow (Aug 22, 2018 at 10:57) (Below Threshold)
 I ain't taking fuckall tho. Race is on and you're ahead
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 @colincolin: Dude...I've been to Germany and didn't see the sun for 2 weeks in September.B.C is the best!
  • + 6
 @GunRack: the west coast of Canada is a horrible place to live. You need the vitamin d pills, the riding season is only two months long, the powder isn't very good in the winter and we only get four hours of sun most of the day.


And the trails are overrated.
  • + 5
 @mollow: Healthcare professional here... Vit D is far from snake oil. Helps with bone health, muscle recovery, immune support, energy, and mood. It has been studied pretty well.
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flag mollow (Aug 22, 2018 at 14:09) (Below Threshold)
 @huntstyle: It's proven that supplementing it to your diet even though you have been exposed to sunlight more than 30 minutes during that day will improve everything you just mentionned? No its not, supplements are recommended for people who can't be outside. Please specify where you work so I never have to get treated at a place where they would think hiring you is a good idea!
  • + 2
 I'm triggered
  • + 2
 @johnnyswinger I never said it's any better here. Might actually move south some time in life.

@mollow You sound exactly like someone who "ain't taking f*ckall tho".
  • + 3
 @mollow: Wow, you are quite irritable. Perhaps your Vitamin D is low.

I've had patients who worked outside and still had low Vitamin D. Just because you get sunlight does not mean your Vitamin D is going to be in the normal range. If you talked to some of my patients whose Vit D was down in the single digits, and supplementing brought them back to normal (30-100), they could tell you themselves how much better they feel! You don't have to take my word for it. There's plenty of information available for you if you take the time to actually look into it rather than just believing your own assumptions based on... what?

And don't worry, I wouldn't want you as a patient anyway. I thought Canadians were nice?!
  • - 1
 @huntstyle: there's a difference in saying everybody should take vitamin D supplements and isolating people who have been diagnosed with low levels of said vitamin. I'm not irritable I'm just browsing PB a lot and have a low tolerance for jabronis.
  • + 2
 @mollow: give it up.
  • + 1
 @mollow: I never said "everybody" should take Vitamin D. Of course if you're in the normal range already you don't need it, and probably won't see any benefit. But you'd be surprised how many people are low without supplementation. Just guessing on the percentage based on what I have seen, it's probably 80-90%. And I'm in Texas. Plenty of sunshine down here.
  • + 1
 @mollow: your already dying!
  • + 18
 Way to go Chappetta! Can’t believe the trolls on here... You are a great member of our little whistler community and we are stoked for you. Props to the great crew at Transition Bikes for supporting a fun and talented extended family. Thanks for being a rad role model and bringing such a positive and contagious vibe as a working athlete. And great job earning your PR card too - that’s not easy to get done! Have a great trip to Europe and finish the year strong!!!
  • + 9
 Fantastic interview by a talented female writer about a talented female rider! Super cool to see a strong woman influence in the riding community. Christina; thanks for your story. It helps me to appreciate how much work and commitment is involved in racing. Also congrats on your top 6 finish! You da boss.
  • + 1
 Thanks girl! Appreciate the love Smile
  • + 12
 Congratulations Christina. Just pure talent + hard work. Well deserved jump into the Top 10.
  • + 8
 Top 10 EWS results and buying her own drivetrain & suspension? That's f-ed. @SRAM @Shimano take note and step up.
  • + 3
 @shimano @SramMedia @foxfactory you're asleep at the wheel wake up!
  • + 6
 She has one top 10 plus manufacturers can't just go around sponsoring every athlete.
  • + 20
 It's fucking hilarious how people think everyone should be sponsored. She just had her first top 10 result in a category that rarely sees more than 20 racers per event. It is really possible that team managers have never even seen or heard about her before. Let her get more consistent good performances and I'm sure there will be offers coming her way. Take a fucking chill pill all you sponsor nazis...
  • + 3
 @mollow: i should be sponsored because i have 200 followers on instagram and I'm an influencer
  • + 5
 Support for women in MTB pales in comparison to the men's is the point. Kick a free drivetrain her way so she can put the money to better use.
  • - 6
flag mollow (Aug 22, 2018 at 11:16) (Below Threshold)
 Take that feminist tinfoil hat off please
  • + 5
 @mollow: LOL. Ok. Back to mothers basement with you troll.
  • + 1
 @mollow: the category may be small but the standard is big.
  • + 3
 @mollow: have you actually looked at an EWS results sheet? There are far more than 20 women competing in most rounds!
  • + 6
 It comes as no surprise that CC has three older brothers. She has that kind of swagger. Always good to see someone realize that Colorado is only a stepping stone to the real adventures.
  • + 6
 Huh? CO is full of real adventures.
  • + 8
 Stepping stone?? Mtns aren't big enough for you?
  • + 1
 @Beez177: Bigger? Yeah that is why the Texans love to go there I heard.
  • + 10
 Okay, just gonna say it. This comment seems a lot like Claudios comment that the only reason Rachel Atherton is good is because of her brothers.
How's about we all stop assuming that the only way women get so good or have "swagger" (whatever that even means these days) is due to having brothers / men in their lives.
It's sexiest and stupid.
  • + 4
 @ratedgg13: That dude is a jag bag. Whistler made her the rider she is today, brothers probably had nothing to do her skills.
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 @ratedgg13: Word. Thought the exact same.
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flag Sycip69er (Aug 22, 2018 at 10:27) (Below Threshold)
 @Beez177: "nothing"????

Holy shit way to read into my comment and go negative. Millennial snowflakes I swear want to ignore the development of human beings. No, everyone is a special and perfect. I can't stand this nonsense. Human beings can be categorized get over it. Common trends are observed and studied by scientists. Meet a person, hear she has 3 older brothers, and see something in common with other people you have met with similar family dynamics, and have that moment of deja vue. The only mistake made is making that observation on the internet.

@ratedgg13 I'm sure Claudio never said the "only" reason Rachel is good is because of older brothers. you just interpreted it that way.

no wonder everyone jumps on Waki when he makes an observation on human condition.
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flag Beez177 (Aug 22, 2018 at 11:09) (Below Threshold)
 @Sycip69er: shut your cock holster.
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 @Beez177: yeah I thought so. move along child
  • - 1
 @ratedgg13: Most kids I know, male or female, tend to excel at sports and be more fearless when they have 2 older brothers. It helps having two older, tougher people to play catch with, tackle, ride bikes with...whatever your choice of sport. Being put out of your depth often helps you to learn to swim faster.

Its not the "only" reason for swagger/success, but nobody said that. It also doesn't "only" apply to females, nobody said that either, other than you.
  • + 6
 Yes Christina ! Met her when I arrived in 2013 in Whistler, and she has progressed very fast and constantly since. I 'm looking forward to see what you get next year CC !
  • + 2
 Thanks Rem dog! Hoping to keep it fun and fast
  • + 4
 I've dreamed of living in Whistler since I first visited in 2009. Even if it was for one summer. That place is heaven. Seems expensive though. Nelson would be a pretty cool town to live in. Hopefully Canada doesn't stop taking in Americans :-/
  • + 3
 36 years old started riding at 30 bought a bike went to my first fortwilliam World Cup in 2013 Then this happened a week later my world changed found ou about this little place called WHISTLER on the west coast of Canada 3 weeks trail riding or so I thought. Then found the bike park never being on a downhill bike before first ever run for some strange reason let’s do crank it up all going good but slow then got to the step up to slow got stuck in the bottom. Years have now passed 5 trips now getting air out of step up smashed A-line riding going well 3.5 weeks to my next trip over and now planning to do a couple of summer seasons in the coming years.
  • + 5
 Working at a bike shop, and able to afford all that?? Can I come work there?
  • + 2
 " "Can I actually afford to take 100 bucks and put into just a fun race that's simply for pleasure?" and the answer was yes, because YOLO and money comes and goes and so you might as well enjoy it while you got it."

This, live that Whistler dream! So stoked to see someone who is so focused on having a blast riding her bike absolutely kill it. I can't wait to see what 2018 holds for Christina!!!
  • + 3
 The background growing up definitely makes a difference. Strong sporting background, coupled with older brothers to work with sets one up. It's worked many times.
  • + 5
 Awesome interview! Great to hear her story. Best of luck in future races!
  • + 5
 Way to go Christina, live life and do stuff, sick results too, keep it up.
  • + 5
 My dream died when I got a job!
  • + 3
 Thanks so much for your hard work last week Christina! So excited for your bright future!
  • + 3
 I think Christina would make an excellent candidate for next season's expansion of The Privateer.
  • + 3
 How sick would that be hahaha who knows what could be achieved?!?
  • + 3
 @cchappetta1: Actually yes !
  • + 4
 Live your dream. Do it. Words to live by.
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 Hell yea, Christina! Stoked to see you move up the ranks. Keep doing you and making it happen!
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 Stoked for you Christina... hard work pays off.
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 Yeah, 'YOLO' girl! Such an inspiration.
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 How do I move from Colorado to Whistler and get citizenship? Working on that now and it's very hard unless you're granted express entry
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 Number one in our ❤️s!
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 Thought it was Tippies daughter
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 Still riding strong with those Stan ZTR Flow 2016 rims :-) I love those.
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 Working 40 hours a week is my EXCUSE not to ride better hahah
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 I think I love her ????
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