Last week, Dirty sent me this article about the mountain biking, cupcake scarfing and soon to be Olympian, Lea Davison. We all know that to be selected to compete in the games is kind of a big deal, and requires massive dedication to turn the dream into a reality. To say the least, I was pleased to learn how Lea keeps her drive alive.
The spring campaign to make the Olympic selection was a tumultuous experience but she maintained the razor sharp focus needed to achieve solid results. She is looking forward to representing the US at the Olympics in London and hopefully inspiring more Bellas into cycling. Davison said that she is fueled for the upcoming Olympics by the love and support of her family, friends, and fans, as well as maple bacon cupcakes.
After reading about her affinity with cupcakes, I felt obligated to ask her some questions. I wrote to her explaining that we had a sacred mutual love for the magical fluffy cakes of delicious, and also ride biking, and that we must speak. What transpired was a deep, intellectual conversation about her life secrets and nutritional regimen as she prepares for the games in London. Check it…
LEA DAVISON Y’ALL
DC: If you were a stripper, what would your stage name be?
LD: I’m going to have to get back to you on that one…
DC: When did you start riding bikes?
LD: I probably had the training wheels off by four. When I turned five, I got my new bike without training wheels and my neighbor immediately took it. She rode it around a bend on our dirt road straight into a fence. I was really upset.
DC: Why don’t you use training wheels anymore?
LD: That’s the logical next step after two-niner, is going back to four wheels. That’s my plan at least.
DC: If you had a rocket launcher what fast food joint would you blow up?
LD: Probably KFC, that’s not even real chicken.
DC: Meat or cupcakes?
LD: Oh my gosh! That’s the toughest question I’ve ever been asked. Both at the same time. Anything with bacon on it, I’m sold.
DC: Do you think humans could survive on beer and cupcakes alone?
LD: Definitely, if it was Belgian beer.
DC: In three words, how do cupcakes make you feel?
LD: I. Am. Happy.
DC: Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?
LD: Let’s see here, that would be one of life’s unanswerable questions. Like if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?
DC: How do you eat your string cheese?
LD: I like to pull it off in big chunks. I wouldn’t say I break it up into thirds. I start off smaller, but then I just want to eat it all. One little piece, two little piece, and then down the hatch. I’m too hungry to eat slow.
DC: Is that how you eat your cupcakes too?
LD: Pretty much, yes. Although I have recently learned about a new cupcake eating technique. You take the top off, and then flip it around and make a cupcake sandwich so that the frosting is in the middle. Everyone must try it.
DC: Why are triathletes so afraid of mountain bikers?
LD: Because we don’t ride with bento boxes on our bikes. They get very suspicious if you don’t have a bento box on your bike.
DC: Transitions are the fourth discipline of triathlon, would you like to discipline me?
LD: Of course!
DC: East coast or West coast?
LD: East coast. I spent some time in Santa Cruz, but I’m all about the East cost.
DC: Tri bars or compression socks?
DC: Tell us about Little Bellas.
LD: My sister and I founded the program in 2007 and just growing up and racing as juniors, we started noticing that there were far fewer junior girls at the races than junior boys and thought that was a problem. It’s a non-competitive program that’s aimed to getting as many girls riding mountain bikes as possible. We run a lot of different summer camps; Vermont Sunday Sessions, a few week long camps in Vermont, we are at Sea Otter, the Beti Bike Bash and also the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival. This summer we plan to have about 160 girls on bikes and spending a lot of time individually with each of them.
DC: What are you most looking forward to about the olympics?
LD: The free swag! I’m super excited about everything but I think it’s going to be really cool to get all the clothing.
DC: Do you think they have maple bacon cupcakes in London?
LD: I don’t know but we just had a meeting/prep session giving us all the details and what to expect. They told us if we want anything at all, just ask for it and they would have it for us in a couple days. I’ve already put in my request…