American manufacturer of carbon frames, Allied Cycles Worksis thrilled to announce a multi-year partnership with the two-time Olympian and eight-time United States National Champion Lea Davison. Davison joins Payson McElveen and Colin Strickland in riding Allied Cycle Works bikes and GRAX transmission lube.
In a career that spans two decades, two National Olympic, Cross Country, Short Track and Super D Championships, and multiple World Championship podiums, Davison has built a lasting legacy and a following. . Although she announced her ‘retirement’ from the World Cup this year, that doesn’t mean she’s going to stop cycling. In fact, she is one of 30 women selected for the inaugural Life Time Grand Prix and will compete in a more diverse race schedule and mix of events while opening up more energy to focus on larger goals. .
[QUOTE author=”Lea Davison]“I have ridden for big name brands in my career, and I am delighted to add Allied Cycle Works to this list. I am delighted with the opportunity to ride Allied Bikes as they prioritize equality and fair sponsorship for male and female athletes. . Equality is something I am passionate about and have championed throughout my career. We are also aligning with my goals for the next phase of my career as a competitor and mentor, and I’m thrilled to be able to race a great bike that’s made right here in the United States.[/QUOTE]
Davison looks forward to the excitement of running home, connecting with more people, and having more time to pursue her passions. One of the biggest is a project she is working on with her longtime sponsor Garneau. At each of the six Grand Prix events, she will launch a new riding kit that highlights nonprofits that champion the LGBTQ+ community, women’s empowerment, and the environment.
Another of Davison’s passions is getting the next generation into mountain biking. She is the co-founder of Little Bellas, a mountain bike mentoring program for girls. She will continue her work with Little Bellas in the Pro Ambassador program.
Davison also plans to share her experiences in public speaking. She recently gave a speech about her experience working towards, not making, a third Olympic Games. “It’s about taking a big swing and sometimes you miss,” says Davison, “and how to get back on the bike, in sport and in life.” It’s a keynote about resilience as an athlete and a person, and something a lot of people can relate to.
Davison has given the speech once and plans to give it at other venues this year, including the upcoming Rooted Vermont Women’s Gravel Camp and at Bard College. She is excited about a potential career in public speaking and has really enjoyed the experience.
Another thing Davison is looking forward to this year is riding custom painted ABLE and ECHO bikes. Davison called the paint concept “Darkness to Light” and said they are “the most beautiful bikes I have ever owned.” The paint scheme represents coming out of the dark and being your true self and living an authentic life. “This bike represents living in the light and proving that you can be an Olympian, you can be a professional road racer with the support of a sponsor AND you can be gay,” Davison said. “It’s an important thing to show the next generation to hopefully reduce the fear. I hope that if some people see me living my life with all my heart, they too can come out of the darkness and into their light.
With so many new opportunities ahead of her, Davison is looking forward to this next chapter in her career. But above all, she plans to have fun and make a positive impact, on and off the bike.