Life of Lea
Posted on 04 August 2021
We are proud to welcome World Cup cross-country mountain biker, two-time Olympian, and fellow Vermonter Lea Davison to the Skida family with her new Life of Lea Collection! Proceeds from this mountain-inspired print – designed in collaboration with Lea – support her travels, training camps, and World Cup races around the world. We've been cheering loud for Lea this season as she travels around the world competing on the World Cup circuit!
40% of proceeds from the Life of Lea Collection go towards supporting Lea's pursuits of World Cup podiums, travels, and training camps.
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Lea Davison recalls that her earliest memories on a bike were ripping down the dirt road she lived on with her sister, en route to the local chocolate shop to take advantage of the free samples they offered. In the years since those early two-wheeled adventures, Lea has forged a name for herself in the world of cross-country mountain biking, competing in two Olympics and traveling the world on the World Cup circuit, in addition to co-founding the mountain bike mentoring program Little Bellas.
We caught up with Lea to check-in on how her season is going, learn more about her advocacy efforts for the LGBTQ+ community, and find out what she gets up to when she's not on a bike -
Welcome to the Skida family, Lea! What is one thing we might not know about you?
"I am a Skida fanatic and already have a closet full of Skida hats, neckwarmers, and headbands. I was SO excited when Skida wanted to do a collaboration. I went to college with Skida founder, Corinne, so this is a really fun partnership for me.
"Something you might not know about me is since everything slowed down in 2020, it gave me the opportunity to take a public speaking course. I completely fell in love with speaking and telling my story to advocate in the LGBTQ space and to empower women. I've had speaking engagements over the past year, and it's something I would love to do more of."
What is your connection to Vermont?
"I grew up in Jericho, Vermont. I've been here since I was five years old. I went to Middlebury College, and after college, settled here. My wife, Frazier Blair, is also from Vermont. My connection runs deep here in the Green Mountain State. It's one of my favorite places on earth."
What does the name of your collaboration "Life of Lea" mean to you?
"The acronym for Life of Lea is LOL – Laugh Out Loud. I think this describes my joyful and optimistic approach to life. I try to have fun in my pursuits as a professional mountain bike racer and anywhere life takes me."
You had a big hand in the design of your print. Where did you draw inspiration from?
"I drew inspiration from Vermont artist Sabra Field's layered interpretation of the Green Mountains. I just love her prints. We played with some fun color and also a added in a singletrack or two to give the print some personal mountain bike flare."
Tell us about your season so far!
"This past winter, I focused solely on training on the bike and preparing for the Olympic qualifying races this spring, Normally, my season preparation includes cross-country skiing in Vermont. I trained in Asheville, North Carolina and then in Tucson, Arizona. My wife, Frazier, was able to come with my because she was still in a remote working environment. This was such a gift since usually we have to spend several months apart while I escape the snow and get on my bike. Because we were all taking precautions against Covid, we drove across the country to each of these locations. It was a real adventure.
"I've also traveled to Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, and France for the 2021 World Cup circuit. I will travel to Italy for the World Championships in August, and Switzerland and Snowshoe, West Virginia for the closing World Cups of the season.
"I'm looking forward to the World Championships and especially World Cup Finals in the United States. I think these are great opportunities for me! The Wold Cup Finals on home soil happen September 17 and 19 if you want to watch it live in-person!"
Tell us about your support system at home that keeps you going through your training and travels around the world.
"It truly takes a village of support to make dreams come true, and Frazier is such an important part of my village. She completely understands the enormous effort it takes to be the best in the world, and she is there for it. Two of the many ways she supports me is doing intervals with me (starting before me so I have someone to chase and push me) or making me a smoothie for recovery. She is a truly grounding and stabilizing force and a big reason for any success that I have."
What do you like to do for fun when you're not riding your bike?
"I love to do anything active and outdoors, whether that's cross-country skiing, paddle-boarding, or playing lawn games. I also love to cook and bake. I'm obsessed with the food magazine, Bon Appétit and I read it cover to cover every month."
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
"It's been a pure joy to found and work with the all-girls mentoring on mountain bikes program, the Little Bellas. I was also so excited when Skida and Little Bellas did a collaboration!"