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Clare Hamilton

Bio

In her third season of racing enduro, Clare Lucienne Hamilton still wakes up surprised to be a professional mountain bike racer. “I have to kind of pinch myself,” she says. “I never would have imagined that I would be paid to do something I love like mountain biking.”

 

Her first experience with racing came in high school when she rode a NICA cross-country race on a hardtail that she borrowed from her mom. She quickly fell in love with the sport. It’s hard to believe now that Clare remained a dedicated member of the 100mm travel club throughout high school.

 

That soon changed when she headed to college at CU-Boulder. “We didn’t have any women gravity racers on the team, so my coach encouraged all the cross-country rider to try it out,” she says. Clare finished her first season with a proud 2nd place at collegiate national championships. By the end of her second season, Clare won both the men’s and women’s downhill races and the dual slalom race at the championships.

 

Clare excels at resort-style ripping and she loves to hit her local bike park at Valmont on her dirtjump bike. For the coming season, Clare’s working to combine her gravity skills with the long-ride fitness she needs for enduro’s all-day events.

 

As a third-year student studying environmental design, Clare definitely feels the time crunch of balancing school and training. Her degree requires time-intensive studio courses focused on solving specific building design problems. This year, she’s contributing to a project to build a net-zero home.

 

But Clare has long summer days to make up for it: Racing, jump sessions at the Valmont bike park, long trail rides, and a dip in the creek on a hot afternoon. Clare also finds time for woodworking and baking bread. “Basically if the day ends with me covered in bike grease, sawdust, or flour, it’s been a good one.”

 

Home Base

Boulder, Colorado.

 

Favorite Race

Scott Enduro Cup at Angel Fire Resort. “I’m kind of a park rat and Angel Fire resort is one of my favorite places to ride. I always have a blast there!”

 

Bet you didn’t know

Clare grew up on an organic farm in Colorado Springs and competed in Rodeo events, such as barrel racing and pole bending. “I attribute my work ethic to growing up on a farm,” she says. “And just an appreciation of good food and knowing where it comes from.”

 

Wisdom

“It’s not just about who you are as a racer, it’s about who you are as a person. That’s what’s cool about our Juliana team. We all have passions outside of our bikes.”

 

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