Bike Monkey Athlete Profile: Maura Whitman
Canada is a huge country with a number of great athletes from coast to coast. And nowhere is that more evident than at the Canada Games where athletes from around the country come together to compete in a variety of sports. And the Bike Monkey team is so proud to have our very own Maura Whitman competing this year. Maura is an exceptional athlete and a truly incredible individual so we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you a little more about one of our favourite people. This past weekend Maura finished 16th in the country in Cross Country Mountain Bike and on Tuesday she helped Nova Scotia to a 4th place finish in the team relay.
Some people are late bloomers but Maura got an early start on her cycling career, ditching her training wheels at age 3. Maura started racing competitively at age 9 and raced in her first Quebec Cup at age 10. While at that race, Maura met Bike Monkey owner Jeff Simms and they’ve had an incredible relationship since that point with Jeff supporting Maura as a friend, mentor and coach. Having Maura as part of the Bike Monkey team has been great for Jeff, Maura and every single member.
Maura has received a number of accolades including recently being named 2017 Female Team Athlete of the Year at the Support4Sports awards. Awards are nothing new to Maura who was the 2015 U17 Provincial Time Trial Champion – Road, 2015 Female Youth Athlete of the Year – Bicycle NS, 2016 U19 Provincial Time Trial Champion – Road, and 2016 Female Athlete of the Year – Bicycle NS.
Maura has a long cycling career ahead of her but much like her personal role model, Clara Hughes, she understands the power of diversification. In addition to her cycling career, Maura is an incredibly talented musician having recently opened for the legendary Gordie Sampson at The Carleton and for Neon Dreams at the Halifax Pavillion. The young singer/songwriter has a number of songs available on iTunes and is working on her latest music video, Human, to be released sometime in the very near future. Survivors, her second professional music video, brought together her music with her love of the sport of cycling.
More incredible than the fact that Maura is so talented at everything she does is the idea that she has the time to do any of it at all. She trains 5 days a week and races on the weekends. That’s a lot of work for anyone but Maura is focused on achieving her dreams and if you’ve ever seen her race, you’ll know not to bet against her.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Maura for everything she does. She is a great team member and an inspiring leader in the cycling community and we know that she’ll be a name to watch for years to come. Best of luck in everything you do, Maura.