With the Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival fast approaching, to interview Rebecca Rusch seemed like an obvious choice. Not only is she a professional endurance mountain biker with a staggering list of accomplishments, she’s also a Ketchum resident for over a decade and an active member of the community. Rusch is a part-time member of the Ketchum Fire Department, and she gets out on the trails with the Wood River Bike Coalition to make sure the trails are open and maintained.
Rusch says that a surprising amount of her work is off the trail, doing advocacy and organizing events. You’ll see from some of the video that she definitely gets out on the trail and rides hard, too, but Rusch seems to be full of energy and projects of all sorts. She is a strong advocate for women cyclists, hosting the SRAM Gold Rusch Tour and Wheel Girls, both events to encourage women to get on bikes and learn from the pros.
On September 1st, Rusch is hosting an event, Rebecca’s Private Idaho, “A 100 mile gravel grinder with The Queen of Pain,” where she hopes to share her love of cycling the Sun Valley area.
Rusch’s capabilities and accomplishments are a bit superhuman, but you’ll see from this video that when she’s not setting records, she is down to earth and smiling, clearly passionate about her sport and the place that “feels like home.”
This video is 7 minutes long. Please excuse the sounds of outside activity in the second half. Summer is in the air.