Meet Caroline Washam
Pro Downhill Racer and Professional Mountain Bike Skills Coach
Mooresville, NC, USA
You might be asking yourself, “So, wait… she rides bikes for a living?”
Well, not exactly. I also think about bikes, talk about bikes and help create cool stories about bikes… for a living.
My life hasn’t always revolved around bikes, but for over two-thirds of my 33.5 years I have been obsessed with them. It started when I went all-in at 10 years old and spent my carefully hoarded allowance money on a BMX bike. I began rolling around the local track with one sole objective: beat all the boys in my age group. That developed into a love for gravity-fed mountain biking in college and led to a job in the cycling industry a few years later – driving a van full of bikes to events around the western United States for Liv.
Back then, I was just stumbling around saying, “yes,” to the things that made me happy. I never dreamed those yeses would lead to racing World Cups and World Championships, owning my own coaching business or working alongside a global team of inspiring people in the bike industry. I also never imagined I would have the opportunity to ride and train on a magical mountain bike that would allow me to float up to the top of a mountain with ease and ride laps to my heart’s desire – but here we are!