Lea Davison: Mountain Biking’s Maven

Although she has been a strong contender on the international mountain biking circuit for a number of years, 2015 was Lea Davison’s most successful season yet.

This past July at the Cross-Country World Cup in Switzerland, Davison slipped out of her pedal at the critical start and found herself in 14th place early on. She didn’t panic, though, and eventually clawed her way back to finish with a silver medal. Two months later, the 32-year-old from Jericho finished sixth at the Quebec World Cup at Mount Saint Anne. In September at the Mountain Biking World Championships in Andorra, she finished tenth out of 55 riders from around the globe.

It is clear that Davison is just getting started; she still possesses a lot of potential and the next step for her is the 2016 Olympics. To prepare on a course in the area, she competed in the International Cycling MTB Challenge in Rio de Janeiro in October where she placed seventh.

Like Enman, Davison dedicates herself to helping to empower women and girls. She is an active volunteer for the non-profit “Little Bellas” that she co-founded with her sister in 2010. This organization provides mountain biking camps and sessions for girls with the goal of helping young women realize their potential through cycling.

After recapping her past season, Davison recently posted on her Twitter page, “I can’t wait for 2016!” We can’t either.

Evan Johnson

Evan Johnson is the staff writer for Vermont Sports Magazine. The native Vermonter enjoys steep and deep skiing and wandering all over the state by Subaru. Find him on Twitter at @evanisathome.