She lists cruising in her 1976 red BMG as her hobby but make no mistake:
Chrissy Redden goes full throttle on her mountain bike in competition.
That was evident at the recent Canadian championships. With an Olympic
spot locked-up Redden still hammered the rest of the field by a whopping eight minutes.
It was another highlight in a breakthrough season for the steadily
improving Redden headed to her first major Games. She earned her first
career World Cup medal in July at Mte-Ste-Anne and was seventh at the world
championships in June after not competing in the month of May to concentrate on training.
"It takes a lot of dedication to gun for an Olympic medal," said the bubbly
Redden, who has clearly established herself this season as a medal threat.
She became a fulltime pro rider three years ago and let go her job as a
quality assurance manager for a major beef processing plant. She competes
almost year-round on both the mountain bike and cyclo cross circuits.
Cyclo cross combines running and biking. Running with the bike can become
a huge factor in a mountain bike race if there is rain and mud on the course.
"Cyclo-cross fine tunes my agility on a mountain bike," she said.
Sept. 23: Women's mountain bike: Chrissy Redden, Campbellville, Ont., was eighth.
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