Laura Slavin


Height:
 5’5”

December Weight:“101lbs”

Race Weight: “105lbs. I have to drink about 3 protein shakes a day to bump my weight for racing. Cycling anomaly.”

Birthdate: “July 29th. The stereotypical Leo description summarizes me well.”

Childhood Heroes:“I never really had any heroes as a kid…”

Hobbies and Interests:“We all know that there’s no hobbies or interests outside of bike riding.”

Favorite Movies: “Fight Club, Idiocracy, Coming to America… I like to laugh so… I also have an embarrassing thing for Films based on Brit Lit. ”

Musical Tastes: “Dubstep to Trap to folk to indie to metal to gangsta rap… I’m down with pretty much anything but country… and even sometimes country, if you can figure out how to get me to drink more than one beer.”

Favorite TV Shows: BRITISH TOP GEAR!!! Other than that, I watch an excessive amount of ESPN: 30 for 30, The Dan Lebatard Show with Stugotz, First Take and The Six are my favorites.”

Favorite Meal: “That I’m capable of making myself: 2 over-easy eggs and avocado on semolina toast. That I cannot make myself: Fish tacos with a Corona Light. Magical bruh.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “If I’m being healthy: oatmeal with bananas. If I’m being honest: Lucky Charms… :-/”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “I don’t really like to eat before races. Typically force down an Oatmeal Chocolate Chip PROBAR. And Redbulls!!!! Pre-race listening to dubstep LOUD and SMASHING REDBULLS. On your forehead if you really wanna get metal.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Black Raspberry! But I can’t eat much eat ice cream ’cause with asthma it makes me boogery.”

Childhood Dream: “I wanted to be Indiana Jones. I still kinda do. Sometimes I play the music in my head while I’m doing things.”

First Car: “1991 Chevy Cavalier….teal and 90’s AF.”

First Job: “I did web design and coding for a family friend’s company when I was like 15 or 16. I was a counter-culture wanna-be h4x0r before the internet was a thing.”

Favorite Vacation Spot: “I’m still trying to find it. Lots of work so far, not a lot of vacation. I enjoy wintering in FL, but it’s hardly vacation!”

Pre-Race Feeling: “Either bizarrely calm or about to **** myself. There is no in between.”

Early Racing Memory: “I remember being too timid to pass anyone, the minute I ran into whoever was in front of me, I’d just kind of sit behind them feeling awkward and heavy breathing…”

Funny Racing Memory: “Cat 3: got the hole shot at Windham in my second race ever, I was SO excited… and then, since I didn’t know how to actually ride a mountain bike yet, the moment we went into the singletrack I just kind of fell over on the first root and got passed by the entire field.”

Greatest Racing Moment: “I haven’t had it yet, it’s coming…”

Most Painful Moment In Life: “I’ve had a few. I’d rather talk about the happy ones. Dwelling isn’t productive.”

Worst Injury from Racing: “There was this one time at the bike park… I decided to take a trail they had re-done over the winter and took it waaaaay too hot. Turns out they had changed a berm to a step-down and I went flying off into oblivion, landed hard and rag dolled many feet into some trees. The trail rash and bruising were severe. Rode down the mountain blitzed out of my mind, right to the biergarten, drank about 10 Coronas, rode my home and went to bed for 3 days.”

Closest Racing Friends: “There are no friends in bike racing. LOL. There are friends before and friends after…”

Favorite Race: “I love the 12 hour race at Santos in Florida. It’s been a yearly bro squad tradition that kicks off my season perfectly.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “The first time I ever made it into a Dirtwire.tv video recap, I was pictured falling on the smallest, dumbest log-over you’ve ever seen. I actually went to my dad’s house and cried when I saw it.”

Toughest Competitors: “I dunno. They all seem tough. If the competition is easy, you’re either cheating or sand-bagging. So stop that immediately.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas, Lebron… for bikes: Nicholi Rogatkin on slopestyle, Jay Dalton and Caroline Buchanan on bmx, Veronique Sandler & Danny Hart on DH.”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Sincerity.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “The massive quantities of feel good chemicals that flood my brain. It’s all just chemistry, bruh.”