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Paige Stuart knows more about what makes a mountain bike run great, than you. (Photo: @retroyspective)
Paige Stuart knows more about what makes a mountain bike run great, than you. (Photo: @retroyspective)

Liv Racing journeyed to the Cape Epic with two women’s teams, supported by women. 

It is exceedingly rare to encounter women as mechanics or team managers in pro mountain biking, but that is what purposely makes the Liv Racing set-up different. 

The Giant sub-brand is all about getting more women on bikes. And what better way to enforce this mission statement, than with an all-women team at the world's toughest mountain bike race?

Liv Racing’s Cape Epic team included female mechanic Paige Stuart, an alumnus of the famous Chile Pepper Bike Shop in Moab, Utah – an epicentre of American mountain biking. 

Ride24 caught up with Stuart in the wake of her Cape Epic experience.

What led you to become a professional bicycle mechanic?

Always worked on my own bicycles as a hobby. A few years ago, I went for some training, but this passion remained as a hobby.

I live in Moab, Utah. A very popular mountain bike destination. I enjoyed working on bicycles and in 2014 I left my job as a soil scientist and started working in the local bike shop full time.

How were you accepted in a profession dominated by men?

In the beginning, some men would look around for a male technician to chat to. 

I quickly learned that I needed to command authority and have the posture to come across as confident. This evolves as you become more confident in your own ability. 

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