Juliana Bicycles - Britt Phelan

Britt Phelan

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One summer day, a friend convinced Brittany Phelan to attend a Juliana Ride-Out in Whistler. While out on the trail, she met Juliana rider Sarah Leishman. “How do I become a professional mountain biker?” Brittany blurted out. “I want to do what you do!”

 

Soon after that first meeting, Brittany became a Juliana ambassador and began racing. Four years later, Brittany’s a professional mountain biker.

 

If that all sounds too easy, you should know that Brittany is no stranger to competing — and winning — at the highest levels. A two-time Winter Olympian, Brittany won a silver medal in 2018 in the high-flying, warp-speed event of ski cross. “Still to this day, it does not feel real,” she says. “I’ve come to the conclusion that it will never feel real.”

 

Brittany hadn’t expected to medal in the event. Even better, her best friend and teammate Kelsey Serwa won the gold. “It was kind of a fairytale ending.”

 

Brittany first fell in love with mountain biking when, as a fifteen-year-old alpine skier, she attended a summer national team training camp in Fernie BC. “We went on a ride and I was like, ‘this is all I want to do for the rest of my life,’” she says.

 

Though she continued to race on skis, Brittany added mountain biking to her summer training. It became her reward for completing the four- to five-hour gym sessions that elite-level skiing demands.

 

These days, Brittany races ski cross for the Canadian national team during the winter and spends summers racing enduro for Juliana. She finished eighth at the Crankworx enduro last year and for 2019, Brittany is excited to head Europe where she’ll race two EWS races.

 

Brittany never really has an off-season, but that’s alright with her. “I’m so excited to ride when it’s finally bike season,” she says. “The stoke is always there for sure, when I’m riding!”

 

Home Base

Whistler, BC

 

Favorite Race

Crankworx Whistler. “It’s my home race and I know all the trails. Last year, it was really fun having my whole Juliana team out there. It doesn’t matter how you’re riding, one of us will always pull through and have a sick race!”

 

Bet you didn’t know

At the 2018 Olympics, Brittany and her teammate Kelsey Serwa were waiting to ride the chairlift before their first run. “When we got on the chair, it was chair number one and I was like, ‘Oh Kelsey, we’re going to win today.’” They finished first and second.

 

Wisdom

“I love that feeling of being in the moment and letting things happen, just letting go. One of the best things about skiing about mountain biking is the speed. You’re just on the cusp of control and almost crashing. When I’m having my best races, I’m right on the edge.”

 

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