‘Queen of Crankworx’ Busts Out Flawless MTB Stunts

Vaea Verbeeck raced for 10 years before she became a pro mountain biker, and she still works hard every day to grow in the sport.

For Vaea Verbeeck, it took years of hard work and dedication to get close to a podium spot in the sport of downhill mountain biking. In this Shimano athlete film, Verbeeck talks about her personal growth and progression while shredding some lines along the way.

Being able to flawlessly flow through lines and ride with confidence takes years of practice. In 2019, Verbeeck won the Air DH at the Crankworx MTB festival and competition, earning herself the title “Queen of Crankworx.”

“You can just feel that you are getting attention because you’re a girl,” she said. “So I just put my head down.”

To her, that meant riding every day, practicing skills she had already mastered, training, and more. “It’s really as simple as setting a goal and doing it.”

In this short film, she rides everything from pump tracks to steep backcountry lines. On the bike, her focus and control are as obvious as her passion for the sport.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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