The UCSB Women’s Center is proud to host professional mountain bike champion Marla Streb for its 9th Annual Distinguished Woman in Sports Lecture for free on Monday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Corwin Pavillion. Streb won the national title in both the Downhill and Super Downhill events in 2004 and the Single Speed World Champion title in 2005. She clocks in at a top speed of 67 mph, which she hit at a midnight race on the ice-covered Olympic bobsled track in Cortina, Italy during a Red Bull “Tube” competition. To date, at 41 years old, Streb has endured five broken collarbones, six concussions, two blown ligaments, 200 stitches, broken ankles, fingers and thumbs, but continues to smoke the trails and her younger competition.
One of the top performing female athletes in the world, Streb rides professionally for Team Luna Chick. Not only an intense athlete, Streb strives to give back to the world. She is currently at work in Costa Rica where she has been for the past few years developing mountain bike park called “Singletrack Jungle.” Singletrack Jungle will be considered a low-pact, sustainable alternative eco-amenity at the Estancia Del Mar resort.