Tonya Bray is the original mtbchick… accept no substitutes! Tonya founded Mountain Bike Chick in 2000 as a way to empower women through cycling and in life.
+ Founding Committee Member and Girls’ Cycling Advocate for SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League
+ Freelance journalist
+ Product testing: mountain, road, cycling in general
+ Women’s marketing consultant (manufacturer and retail)
+ Event production and promotion
+ Cycling coach and skills instructor (Road, Mountain and Cyclocross)
My passion is women in cycling… to empower women to do things they never thought possible, to help women set and reach goals in life, and in cycling. During the past 20 years of my life, I have been involved in the Outdoor Industry. I began mountain biking around that time, working in bike and mountaineering shops, riding radical mountain trails in Montana. I spent 5 years racing mountain bikes professionally, however I found my true passion is in empowering women through cycling. soft skin, hardcore!
My lifelong pursuit is to create a collective for sustainable philanthropy. In order to get to that point, we have to begin to think about our lives, our businesses (our busy-ness) and our values in a different light. In the meantime, let’s ride! Be it on the mountain, on the pavement, in a class at your local health club.
tonya quick stats:
in: dallas, texas
based in: altadena, ca
career highlight: winning the 2002 hours in the old pueblo solo female class
fave race: durango- the fans are awesome! and so is the terrain! the World Cup was the best!
fave place to ride: montana, beartooth loop. locally- Middle Merrill to El Prieto
fave food: Toblerone or dark chocolate
fave drink: single origin espresso
fave book: currently Business Stripped Bare by Sir Richard Branson. Salt by Mark Kurlanski; Deepak Chopra’s The Sponataneous Fulfillment of Desire, Skinny Bitch; Lamb, by Christopher Moore. Sophie’s World by jostein Gaarder, 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Ed Abbey and Dharma Bums by Kerouac.
fave music: Jesse Cook, Yann Tiersen, Black Eyed Peas, The Specials, Bebel Gilberto, Red Hot Chili Peppers and YoYo Ma, especially the Tango compilation. Sarah Harmer, Paul Weller. Juan Serrano, No Doubt. Mozart.
fave movie: Amelie, with Audrey Tautou
first comp: won the medal for fastest girl in kindergarten
most admired mtber: leigh donovan, because she rocks on a bike, and she is not afraid to be feminine!!! you rock, leigh!! and the woman STILL kicks a$$!
other sports: running, motocross (um), surfing (barely), rock climbing (I still have my gear), yoga (ashtanga preferred!).
my current favorite web sites: Seventh Generation, non-toxic living; do-not-zzz.com (very cool! my fave), litkicks.com(info on Am Lit, namely the Beats), dailyzen.com (a good dose of zen+cool cards to send), dalailama.com (a great site about the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet… great insights on living), imdb.com (all things film)
+ Web Editor, Mountain Bike Action web site, mbaction.com Read here
+ Field Marketing Specialist (Women’s), Cannondale Bicycle Corporation