Juliana Bicycles - Emily Slaco

Emily Slaco

Bio

If you spin the globe, you’ll likely find Juliana newcomer Emily Slaco somewhere out of range, riding deep in the backcountry. Emily’s specialty is difficult multi-day events such as Trans-Cascadia and Trans-Provence. “I like the adventure-style races where it feels less like a race, than a fun, big day on your bike,” she says.

 

The unpredictability of racing on trails she’s never seen and can’t pre-ride spark Emily’s enthusiasm. “I like variety and it just keeps things fresh and new.” In 2018, Emily won the five-day Trans-New Zealand and four-day Trans-Cascadia races.

 

Based in Whistler, Emily divides her summers between racing and guiding mountain bike trips. “You just Tetris your summer schedule at the beginning of the year and make it all happen,” she says. Sometimes, she shifts from guiding to racing in the space of a few days and she’s nearly always on the move.

 

The South Chilcotin, a mountain biker’s paradise north of Whistler, remains one of her favorite destinations. “It’s a true wilderness and there are always new places to explore because it’s so expansive.” The South Chilcotin is home to grizzly bears and a network of trails that feels infinite. Emily has also led guiding trips in the Yukon and throughout Europe, including Greece, Croatia, and Italy.

 

Though she’s a past Canadian national enduro champion, Emily feels most at home at the backcountry adventure fests such as Trans-Provence. This year she’s looking forward to raising her game in the EWS races. “For whatever reason, those races always make me more nervous,” she says.

 

Emily’s also excited to be a part of the Juliana team for the first time. “I’ve never been part of a team before and I’m looking forward to having the camaraderie and support,” she says.” I’m pretty stoked on that!” Wherever her bike takes her, Emily is sure to find new adventures.

 

Home Base

Whistler, BC.

 

Favorite Race

Trans-Cascadia. “That race is all about new trails and new places. And their après scene and vibe is the best!”

 

Bet you didn’t know

After graduating from the University of Victoria, Emily moved to Whistler for the snowboarding. She currently works ski patrol during the winter.

 

Wisdom

“Just keep at it. I think a lot of us doubt ourselves. I’m not young enough, I’m not fast enough, I’m not — whatever. All you can do is try your best.”

 

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