Lea Davison | Little Bellas

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Lea Davison

Lea Davison at a Little Bellas program in her Clif Pro Team kit.

Director and Co-Founder

Lea Davison grew up in northern Vermont competing in alpine ski and cross-country running.  It wasn’t until she was eighteen that a friend encouraged her to compete at the NORBA (National Off Road Bicycle Association) Nationals.  This race earned her entry to the Junior World Championships.    Yet ski racing still remained her focus and she raced for Middlebury College throughout her college years.  It wasn’t until 2002, when she tore her ACL, that her focus shifted to mountain bike racing.

After graduating college, Lea joined the Trek Vokswagen Pro Factory Team which she raced on from 2006-2008 with teammates Chris Eatough, Sue Haywood, and Jeremiah Bishop.  In 2008, Davison was  1st at the 2008 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California for Pro Short Track.

In 2009, the Trek Volkwagen Pro Factory Team dissolved, and Lea started riding on the Team Maxxis – Rocky Mountain team with riders Geoff Kabush, Raphael Gagne, Marie-Helene Premont, Cameron Cole, and Sabrina Jonnier.

Lea Davison's professional racing career gained huge momentum in 2011 when she signed with Specialized Racing.  She won the 2011 USA Mountain Bike National Championships for Super D, and continued the success in 2012, earning the Short Track title at the 2012 USA Mountain Bike National Championships.  She hat-tricked, in 2013, with both the 2013 USA Mountain Bike National Championships titles for short track and cross country.  In 2012, Lea earned a spot at the Olympic Games in London where she placed 11th.  Her 2X Olympian status is marked by her second Olympic appearance in Rio where she finished 7th.  Her other career highlights include: Bronze Medal at the 2014 World Championships, 3rd overall in the 2015 World Cup series, and Silver Medal at the 2016 World Championships.

In 2017, Lea joined the Clif Women’s Pro Team comprised of riders: Katerina Nash, Catharine Pendrel, Eva Lechner, Maghalie Rochette, Andrea Waldis, Hannah Finchamp, and Haley Batten.  The CLIF Pro Team was founded in 2001 on the principles of creating opportunities for women in sports, and to advocate for equal pay, prize money, and support of these athletes.

Lea is also on the board of directors for USA Cycling, and the advisory board for the Women’s Cycling Association. Her passion is finding rope swings and swimming holes, getting the next generation of females riding mountain bikes through the Little Bellas, and everything that has to do with Vermont maple syrup.

Twitter: @leadavisonbikes 
Instagram: @leaeatsalot

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