Olympian Alison Dunlap Trains With Mountain Biking Team
Two-time cycling Olympian and 2001 World Mountain Biking champion Alison Dunlap spent two hours training with the FVS mountain biking team in early October.
Two-time cycling Olympian and 2001 World Mountain Biking champion Alison Dunlap spent two hours training with the Fountain Valley School mountain biking team in early October.
FVS mountain biking head coach Aaron Schubach met Dunlap when they both participated in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s Gran Corsa Ivywild Aug. 31 in Colorado Springs. Dunlap, a Colorado Springs resident, agreed to join the School’s biking team for practice.
Dunlap discussed basic bike mechanics with the FVS riders and followed that up with tips on braking, balance, proper warm-ups, race starts and post-race nutrition. She demonstrated certain techniques and then worked with the riders as they practiced.
Junior Clare Hamilton, a day student from Colorado Springs, said it was an incredible experience to ride with Dunlap.
“She gave us some really valuable advice about nutrition, racing strategies and mental preparation,” Hamilton said. “It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is not every day that you get to meet and learn from a world champion!”
The FVS mountain biking team is in its second competitive season. Last year, the team finished fourth at the state championships and will compete again at states on Oct. 20.