Laura Slavin


December Weight:“107lbs”

Race Weight: “107lbs – for DH I should be racing in a weight vest…”

Birthdate: “July 29th. Oddly introverted extrovert Leo.”

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

Hobbies and Interests: “Bike riding is a vortex outside of which nothing exists…”

Favorite Movies: “Fight Club, Idiocracy, Out of Sight, The Big Lebowski, Bend it Like Beckham…  I can’t handle anything depressing or super violent/serious. I have an embarrassing love for cheesy romance movies. ”

Musical Tastes: “I can find music in pretty much any genre that I like and I go through phases where I’ll just listen to the same artist on repeat non-stop. Music underlines my life cycles.”

Favorite TV Shows: BRITISH TOP GEAR!!! I’d give anything to have Anthony Bourdain back… I binge watch a lot of Netflix because I work from home and am too screwed up to sit in silence. So lots of Netflix and podcasts for me — I’ll pretty much *watch* anything.”

Favorite Meal: “Ramen. Authentic, messy, amazing ramen.”

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: “Coffee.”

Favorite Pre-Race Meal: “I don’t really like to eat before races. If I can’t get away with not eating, I’ll choke down some kind of bar.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Whatever’s vegan :D”

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. My wanna-be hacker days resulted in much mayhem for my poor Father’s computer.”

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 to train, but it’s hardly vacation! I once went on a riding trip to Sedona that was sorta magical… but again, not a vacation…”

Pre-Race Feeling: “The best races I’ve ever had, the pre-race feeling has been hyped and not too serious. When I take things serious, it becomes pressurized and I don’t do well. Hehehe.”

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… too excited? Perhaps. Then, since I didn’t know how to actually ride a mountain bike yet, the moment we went into the singletrack (maybe 100ft from the start) 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: “From the perspective of downtime needed: I guess when I broke my knee… but in reality, dealing with a concussion (perhaps two back to back) is probably the hardest and worst injury there is. It’s so hard to handle it right because you can’t SEE anything wrong and feeling is so subjective.”

Closest Racing Friends: “I have a very tight, small circle.”

Favorite Race: “Sea Otter, because it’s not a race.”

Embarrassing Racing Memory: “The first time I ever made it into a 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.”

Favorite Athletes to Watch: “Brandon Semenuk, Hannah Bergemann, Veronique Sandler”

Qualities You Most Admire in People: “Sincerity, humility and personal accountability.”

What You Love Most About Riding Your Bicycle: “Endorphins, flowstate, tunnelvision… floating weightlessly….”