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Rebecca Rusch

Adventure Athlete, Author, Activist

Rebecca Rusch

Adventure Athlete, Author, Activist

Rebecca Rusch is the “Queen of Pain” with a heart of gold. Whether she is pedaling through the night on an epic adventure across Italy, riding her bike up Africa’s legendary Mount Kilimanjaro or teaching at a #JoinTheRusch camp or clinic, she brings energy, positivity and inspiration to every challenge she meets.

As a professional athlete for over 3 decades, the 7-time world champion has continually tested her limits and shattered the glass ceiling in every sport she’s tackled. She redefined the team dynamics of adventure racing, was the first female to ascend El Capitan in Yosemite, riverboarded down the Grand Canyon and has made a name for herself in endurance mountain biking.

She is the best-selling author of “Rusch to Glory,” an event producer for Rebecca’s Private Idaho, a motivational speaker, a firefighter and a cycling advocate. She has raised more than $100K for bike-related charities through her adventures and events. In 2017, Rebecca released a full-length feature film with Red Bull Media House. The film, “Blood Road,” follows her very personal journey along the 1,800 km Hồ Chí Minh trail. Rebecca’s next adventures and expeditions will combine her outdoor adventure experience with her cycling prowess as she tackles some of the most iconic trails in the world by bike.

Author of “Rusch To Glory”

Seven-time World Champion in multiple sports

Four-time Leadville 100 MTB Champion

Three-time Dirty Kanza 200 Gravel Race Champion

Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Champion Team



Queen of Pain

Proudest Moment

Teaching my niece Haley to ride a bike! She’d been trying for a while, and I was so stoked to be the one to help her overcome that hurdle.


Be Good™ fundraising and awareness for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance efforts in Laos.
Rebecca’s Private Idaho event fundraising to support cycling charities.


Diesel and Gracie: the 2 best running partners out there. They are rescue pups with herding dog genes, so they love to run, ski and bike and are always ready to go on an adventure.

Favorite Dish

Congee — a healthy, easy-to-make comfort food. It’s a rice, chicken and ginger stew that I discovered when I was in Vietnam, and now I make it at home.

Favorite Movie

“Blood Road,” of course. This is the only documentary I have been part of, and it tells the story of the most important and most difficult expedition ride of my life.

Favorite Book

Right now, “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown

Favorite Snack

Stovetop popcorn

Favorite Magazine

Red Bulletin — it has sports, art, music and culture all rolled into 1 cool magazine

Favorite Moment in History

Billy Jean King’s monumental win over Bobby Riggs in the widely publicized “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match in 1973. This game was the first time women’s sports began to be recognized. Billy Jean King is still doing amazing work on this front with the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Most Humbling Moment

Finding my dad’s plane crash site in Laos after riding days through the jungle to get there

Kid Goals

I’m still working on what I want to be when I grow up


Queen – “Under Pressure”
Joan Jett – “Do You Want To Touch Me”
Cake – “He's Going the Distance”
The Police – “Murder By Numbers”
The Pretenders – “Brass In Pocket”
U2 – “Where the Streets Have No Name”
Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
Green Day – “American Idiot”
The Killers – “Human”
Nick Cave – “Into My Arms”

The Garmin Women of Adventure campaign celebrates athletes such as Rebecca Rusch, who lives by the credo “risk equals reward.”

Rebecca's Riding Partner

Edge® 1030

“I’ve used Garmin cycling products for years, and my latest love is the Edge 1030. It’s easy to use, has maps for my off-road rides and the best part — I can switch modes for my Varia™ lights right from my Edge.“
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