Interview | Zack Rundell: ‘Mountain Biking Saved My Life’

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Hannah chats to Zack Rundell, the U.S. high school mountain biking success aiming to inspire others to let bikes change their lives. While out in Idaho I attended a ‘Draft Meet Up’ – a community event combining beer and bikes, where locals and visitors get together and share ideas about how to improve cycling provision and uptake in their area. As the event also coincided with the US high-school bike racing organisation NICA (National Interscholastic Cycling Association) conference, some of the speakers from the conference spoke to the meet up. One of them was 18 year old Zack Rundell, who spoke so passionately about how mountain biking had changed his life that I had to sit down for a chat. I asked Zack to demonstrate his finishing line celebrations. A Tough Start Zack discovered NICA having spotted a flyer at the ‘Tour of Scranton’, a local 47 mile race he’d entered on an old clunker of a mountain bike, with no athletic background. In fact, it’s his background that makes his story all the more...

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