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Fresh off of Crankworx Whistler, we sit down with the fast and stylish Kyleigh Stewart.

 

Who is Kyleigh Stewart?

I am an 18-year-old mountain biker based out of Kamloops BC that spends the majority of my time doing party laps with friends or racing around the west coast of Canada and the US just focusing on having fun!

 

 

Where are you from and where do you live?

I was born in Kamloops and still live here now, with a surplus of great riding there isn’t much reason to leave.

 

Photo: Mark Mackay

 

 

What got you into MTB?

Mountain biking was always part of my family with my Dad racing XC and road while I was young, I found interest in the sport when I was little and it grew from BMX to MTB over the years. When I was 10 or 11 there was a toonie dual slalom race that I competed in at the local hill and that really got me interested in the racing and downhill potion of things.

 

 

What does a typical day look like for you?

During the summer I usually get out for a ride before it’s too hot and then head to work at the bike park where I coach or to my other job working in a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store. Any other time of the year I usually balance university with riding bikes or skiing, my schedule is pretty flexible so I get to take advantage of the all-time fall time and spring trail conditions!

 

Photo: Matt Staggs

 

What’s been your worst crash/injury?

I’ve been super lucky with injuries throughout my life, the worst injury I’ve had was a broken hand and nose combo. I was only 11 and was hitting some dirt jumps with my family when I tried impressing everyone with a massive one footer resulting in me overshooting a jump and going over the bars.

 

 

Where’s your favorite place to ride?

I think Whistler is most peoples’ answer but the jump trails there just can’t be beaten! As far as tech or just all around fun singletrack the local spots like Sun Peaks and Harper Mountain keep me stoked.

 

Photo: Matt Staggs

 

Who’s your favorite rider?

Casey Brown. She seems to have it all figured out as far as being a professional mountain biker goes and it’s super inspiring for what I’d like to do in the future.

 

 

What do you do when you’re not riding?

Either working/studying or doing whatever I can to be in the mountains!

 

Photo: Matt Staggs

 

What aspect of your riding would you like to improve?

I think speed is always something I want to keep improving but at the moment I am really focusing on improving my bag of tricks and hitting bigger jumps.

 

 

If you were in charge of the sport, what one change would you make?

While I was at Crankworx I got to take part in the first women’s only jump jam/comp on the riverside dirt jumps and it was the best experience I have had in a long time! Everyone was progressing so fast because of the supportive environment and the fun vibe, we definitely need more of those events to push women’s riding to the next level!

 

Last but not least, check out the Matt Staggs video, Summer In The Loops: Kyleigh Stewart, as she takes him for a tour of her hometown to explore the endless possibilities of tacky dirt and big jumps.

https://www.pinkbike.com/u/MattStaggs/blog/summer-in-the-loops-kyleigh-stewart-video.html 

 

Photos: @mattstaggsvisuals and @markmackayphoto

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