For 4-time National Champ and 2021 Olympian Erin Huck, race day preparation is a little different these days.
Fill the bottles. Check tire pressure. Review the course. Change a diaper. Competing at the highest level is difficult no matter what; but balancing it with a full-time engineering career and Erin’s favorite job – being Brennen’s mother - means Erin is facing some unique challenges. That being said, there is no place Erin would rather be than in the middle of Team Huck Yeah.
Erin started mountain biking relatively late, stepping onto the World Cup scene when she was already 30. But it wasn’t until she was long-listed for the Olympics that Erin considered herself a true mountain biker. In the Olympic journey she met Andrew Clemence, now her husband and mechanic. And in 2022, Team Huck Yeah welcomed the third member - Brennen Huck.
After a hiatus, the itch to return to racing needed scratching and Team Huck Yeah were back at the races. With a bigger suitcase, a diaper bag and two bikes in tow, Team Huck Yeah returned to the racing circuit. After a successful 2023 season, Erin reflects back on her previous preconceptions. “I had the misconception that once you are a parent, or if you want to pursue a career, you can’t be a bike racer. And that’s not true.” That being said, she also recognizes that her current lifestyle comes with unique challenges.
For 2024, Team Huck Yeah will be taking on the Life Time Grand Prix with Erin being chosen as one of only 30 Elite Female athletes to participate.