Amy Beth McDougall is a custodian for success on mountain bikes. Reaching the top step of the podium seven times in 2016, McDougall has done well this year too, achieving a strong second place at the 2017 edition of the Absa Cape Epic in the mixed category.
Her strong form continued into Old Mutual joBerg2c where she and her partner in riding and in life Grant Usher, gained another convincing second place in the mixed category.
The 27-year-old is sponsored by Valencia Wholesalers and is the proud owner of Over the Bars MTB Skills Coaching. In her six years of triumph on the mountain bike, McDougall’s career highlights have seen her win The Mungu, a non-stop 1000km race from Bloemfontein to Stellenbosch and the Old Mutual joBerg2c women’s category. The jewel in her crown of big victories came with her Iron Bike Italy win – the toughest stage race in the world, trekking for eight days through the Alps.
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Happy new bike day!! No better place than a slippery rugged @thabatrails to see what this thing can do. @make_mefaster hit the nail on the head when she said it's like it has a magnet pulling it towards the earth. The control and smoothness over the steep rocky descents is incredible! Been taking every opportunity to push the limits just a little 😉 Thanks @vbikevalencia!
For the immediate future, McDougall has a full calendar for 2017/18 as she continues to prove herself as one of the best and toughest women in MTB. Her goal is to achieve wins or podiums in all the Ashburton National Marathons, podium at SA XCM Champs and XCO Champs, as well as to compete in the Sani2c, Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush, and Cape Pioneer.
Occupation: Pro mountain biker sponsored by Valencia Wholesalers & owner of Over the Bars MTB Skills Coaching
Years racing: 6
Strongest disciplines: XCM (Marathon) and stage races
Single Speed World Champion 2012 and 2015
SA XCO National Team 2013
SA XCM National Team 2014
Winner of joBergc women’s title
Winner of The Munga 2015 (single stage 1072km race from Bloem to Wellington)
Winner of Iron Bike in Italy (toughest stage race in the world, 8 days in the Alps)
23 Jan: USN Cup #1 1st lady
27 Feb: USN Cup #2 1st lady
31 March: African XCM Champs: 1st lady
28 May: Trailseeker #1 Rooiberg: 1st lady
29 May: JUMA Marathon JHB: 1st lady
23 – 30 July: Iron Bike Italy 1st lady
13 August: Transbaviaans 1st ladies team
2 – 5 March: PE-Plett: 1st ladies team with Samantha Sanders
19 – 26 March: ABSA Cape Epic: 2nd Mixed team with Grant Usher
Amy’s plans for 2017 and 2018:
Follow the series and achieve wins or podiums in all the Ashburton National Marathons, podium at SA XCM Champs and XCO Champs, race Sani2C with Sam Sanders and podium, qualify for XCM World Champs, compete at La Leyenda stage race in Colombia partnering with Sonya Looney from the US with the goal to win or podium, then tackle the Berg ‘n Bush and Cape Pioneer stage races, possibly with Sam Sanders, and do as many of the Nissan TrailSeeker races as the calendar allows. I’d also love to compete in World XCO cups, if not in 2017 then definitely in 2018. The 2018 Absa Cape Epic is also a goal, as part of a competitive women’s team, with the goal to podium.
Author: Tanja Schmitz
Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.