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Life as a bike jockey: Are you in or are you out?

  • By Judy Freeman
  • Published Apr. 27, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:42 PM EDT

How it played out

I finished in 62nd in Houffalize. I had hoped to rally by the next weekend at Sea Otter, but those finishes also fell far from what I had hoped. And that’s the roller coaster that is racing. I had a great start to the season and now a couple of WTF weekends.

It doesn’t weigh well for my chances making the Olympic team but I’m still taking my shot at it. Nothing is decided and anything can happen on any given day.

What’s next

Pretty crazy schedule coming up, but I’m thankful that I’ve got this opportunity to live my dream. As I type now, I’m on a plane for the Whiskey 50 in Prescott, Arizona. Then it’s home for two weeks before heading back to Europe for World Cups number three and four.

Yup. I’ve decided.
I’m in.

Thank yous…

Thanks to everyone for all the support and well-wishes after Houffalize, especially to my teammate Chloe, my team managers Tim and Amanda, Caroline Manni, UCI’s Simon Burney, the doctors on the course, my family and friends, the Red Bull TV guys (wherever you are), the Trek-Subaru mechanics who offered to rough Tom up so he didn’t get funny looks sitting next to me on the flight home and of course, to Tom for just being pretty awesome.


Judy Freeman is a pro mountain biker out of Boulder, Colorado. She was nominated to the Olympic Long Team as a potential rider at the 2012 London Olympics. Freeman races for the Crankbrothers Race Club. Team sponsors for 2012 include Ibis Bicycles, X-Fusion suspension, Formula braking, SRAM shifting, Crankbrother components, Pactimo clothing, Fi’zi:k saddles, Continental tires, Rocky Mounts racks and Pearl Izumi footwear. Join her for her monthly column on Singletrack.com called “Life as a Bike Jockey.” Also, be sure to follow her adventures on her Facebook athlete page.

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