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Annijke Wade - Adaptive Athlete & Community Advocate.


Renata Chlumska  - Adventure athlete who became the first Swedish and Czech woman to climb Mount Everest and in 2005 did a circumnavigate of the lower 48 States of the United States by her own power.

Annijke (she/her) is a new adaptive mountain biker and athlete.

In 2021, Annijke sustained a spinal cord injury in a horrible downhill mountain biking accident.

In 2022, Annijke is back to sport and is learning how to live as a full time wheelchair user.

Outside of loving mountain biking and being outdoors, Annijke also is passionate about making the outdoors and mountain biking a safe space for all.

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Show notes

  • Who is Annijke

  • Starting mountain biking in 2019

  • Learning how to live as a full time wheelchair user

  • Returning to sport and mountain biking

  • What Annijke was like as little girl

  • Starting ballet at 3 years old

  • Having a keen interest for the arts

  • Starting to interact with the natural world

  • Being exposed to the outdoors through her Girl Scouts Troop

  • Being adopted at 2 months old

  • Going to college and taking a step back from dance

  • Wanting to try new things in the outdoors

  • Studying environmental studies with a concentration on political science

  • Getting into mountain biking

  • Moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico

  • Buying her first bike - DiamondBack HardTail

  • Being intimidated by other mountain bikers

  • Falling in love with the sport and why she loves it

  • Enjoying the community and being supported

  • Riding a BowHead Reach Bike - full suspension, all-electric off-road adaptive trike that has two wheels in front, and one in back

  • 2022 - Getting back to sport and why it’s been so fulfilling

  • The incredible amount of support through her community

  • Being a sponsored Athlete - with PEARL iZUMi

  • Kootenay Adaptive Sport Association Adaptive Mountain Biking advocacy, trails, programming and rentals in British Columbia and beyond.

  • What does advocacy look like in this space

  • Being intentional about what she does

  • “I want to be on an adaptive mountain bike and this is what I want my life to look like”

  • Josie Fouts - Mad scientist on a mission to single-handedly save the world with cycling! IG: @ms.stubbornness

  • 100 mile desert ride in Canyonlands, National Park, Moab, Utah.

  • Trying not to get too attached to the outcome

  • Dealing with mechanical issues

  • Broadening the conversation about access and opportunity in the outdoors

  • Tread Setters is a film project that highlights 5 para-cyclists riding the White Rim Trail while balancing the mental, emotional and social aspects of advocacy.

  • Is the White Rim Trail Accessible? Why it’s yes and no.

  • Needing people to support her due to the nature of the trail and the remoteness

  • Why being outdoors might look a little bit different

  • Wanting to share mountain biking with others and create a welcoming environment

  • Plans for 2023

  • Connect with Annijke

  • Where does her Instagram handle come from

  • What is a Geospatial Professional?

  • Final words of advice and wisdom

 

Social Media

Instagram @geodesicdome

 

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