A nice piece by bikemag.com with Swagman Ambassador Brittany Phelan.
For many racers, Sea Otter is the season kick-off–a time to shake off the cobwebs and switch back into competitive mode–but for Brittany Phelan, it was more of a victory lap after a career-best year that landed her on the world’s most prestigious podium. The 26-year-old Juliana Bicycles’ Free Agent racer is also a professional skier who won the Olympic silver medal in ski cross in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and wrapped up the World Cup season with a career-high ranking of third in the world.
After all the stress of training, traveling, racing, qualifying and ultimately landing on the world’s most prestigious podium, one would think Phelan might retreat to her Whistler, British Columbia, home and stare at the wall for a few months. Not a chance, says Phelan.
“This is the first year in five years that I haven’t been injured at the end of the ski season so I was very stressed at our last race this year. I was like, ‘Don’t mess this up, you’re going to Sea Otter this year.’ The past four years my plan was to go to Sea Otter so finally it’s happening,” Phelan said from Santa Cruz, where she spent the days before Sea Otter at a Juliana team camp.
Phelan, 26, thrives on competition, and feels fortunate to race year-round in two sports she loves so much. She suited up for the enduro, downhill and her first-ever dual slalom at Sea Otter, and plans to race as much as she can this summer alongside her Juliana Free Agent teammates, with her primary target being redemption at the Crankworx Whistler EWS, where a mechanical last year landed her in 17th place.
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