For our third weekly podcast, we brought in Ella editor, Anne-Marije Rook, and special guest Rebecca Rusch.
Rusch, a.k.a, “The Queen of Pain”, is a seven-time multi-discipline world champion and a firefighter.
Off-the-bike Rusch has national and world titles in whitewater rafting, adventure racing, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. On the bike, Rusch excels anytime her wheels touch the dirt or gravel. She has national wins across multiple off-road disciplines as well as record-setting victories at ultra endurance races like the Leadville Trail 100, the Dirty Kanza and 24 Hour MTB World Championships.
Earlier this year, she conquered Africa’s highest Peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, summitting the 19,341 feet peak by riding, carrying and pushing her bike up the mountain before riding back down. She followed one adventure up with another: the Italy Divide in May, a race that would push her to her absolute limit.
We talked to Rusch about both these experiences before debating the topics surrounding fair play in mix-gendered racing.
Should men and women race together? Can women use male racers to help win their category? Should there be separate races and how would you police that?
We debated these questions and more, and we’d love to have you join in the conversation by sharing your opinion in the comments below.
As always, thank you for listening and we welcome any feedback.