• Tue October 11 2022
  • Posted Oct 11, 2022
Wanting to keep up with her older brothers, Savilia Blunk started mountain biking in the small California town of Inverness when she was young and shortly joined her NICA League high school cycling team where she learned about racing. College took her to Durango, Colorado where she not only sharpened the saw on the bike, but she developed a relationship with Cole Patten, also a professional mountain biker. The two now travel the country and world in pursuit of off road and gravel podiums in their Orange Seal team van and have created their popular YouTube channel: Cole and Savilia. In her first year at the UCI Elite level, Blunk has seen success in both the UCI Short Track as well as the XCO, or Cross Country Olympic courses, most notably on home turf in Snowshoe, West Virginia. She also took home the Stars and Stripes jersey as XCO National Champion at Winter Park in July. Most recently she won a very wet and muddy Chequamegon 40, where she agreed to join me on Bike Talk with Dave! Enjoy episode no. 40 and be sure to check out the Cole and Savilia YouTube Channel and give her a follow on instagram. @SaviliaBlunk.

Savilia and her boyfriend, travel partner and fellow Orange Seal Off Road Cycling Team member Cole Paton are busy training in Washington, preparing for their last two races of this year starting on Oct. 22 with the Big Sugar gravel race in Bentonville Arkansas, and at the Iceman Cometh mountain bike race in northern Michigan in November.

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