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Pedal to the medal

You have to get up pretty early to keep pace with Stephanie Nychka

As if being a mother of three, a trained chiropractor, and entrepreneur wasn’t hardcore enough. Stephanie Nychka is out to become the BMX Queen of Calgary’s skateparks.

After 20 years of competitive mountain biking, Stephanie was looking for a new challenge. Friends encouraged her to try BMX. After a quick search, she found exactly what she was looking for being sold by the family of a 12-year-old Lebanese boy in North Eastern Calgary.

A few days later, she went to her first competition, no less than the World Cup in Edmonton. She was hooked.

“It really opened my eyes to the discipline and it was just so much fun,” says Stephanie.  “It’s really blowing up right now, and unlike mountain biking, there are equal purse prizes for men and women.”

If that’s the upside, the downside is that there are some operational hazards- not to mention bumps and bruises. During filming, in fact, Stephanie was actually recovering from a separated shoulder.

Of course, that hasn’t dampened the fire of this mom/athlete.

“I’ve always been an incredibly competitive person,” says Stephanie, “and ultimately BMX is just a way to push myself. I want to see what my potential can be.”

Now, thanks to a bike from Kijiji, her sights are set on the mother of all prizes: gold at the 2020 Olympic games.


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