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How bike guide Anne St. Clair found herself on a cross-country ride

Compiled by Page McClean
Special to the Daily

Editor's note: For countless Summit County residents, a bicycle is more than a machine — it's a lifestyle. Every week during the summer, we'll ask our most adventurous residents, "Where has your bike taken you?"

Sometimes it takes a cross-country bike ride to clear your head.

In 2006, shortly after Anne St. Clair graduated from the University of Notre Dame, the Pennsylvania native was at a loss. She wasn't sure what life had in store, so rather than simply join the rat race, she took to the saddle for a 1,500-mile ride across the U.S. After all, the scenery beat anything she found in a stuffy college library.

St. Clair eventually landed in Colorado and never looked back. She fell in love with the cycling community in Summit County and, like hundreds of bike fanatics, the stunning vistas and harrowing slickrock of Moab.

For the past nine summers she's been a guide with Escape Adventures, leading day trips in Moab and setting out for multi-day treks across the Southwest. She also volunteers as a coach with VIDA MTB clinics, a female-only mountain bike series, and is part of the on-field crew for local race organizer Maverick Sports.

Here's how St. Clair's fateful post-grad ride led to her calling.

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"I got on my bike right after I graduated from college. I wasn't sure what to pursue professionally, so I rode my road bike across the country that summer hoping I would be inspired, I would learn more about what's out there, and I'd see it all from a bike. While I was doing that I decided, well, maybe this is just what I want to do. I moved to Breckenridge for the winter and that following spring I was hired to guide mountain bike and road cycling tours for a company out of Moab and Las Vegas. After nine years of guiding around 100 multi-day bike trips, I have been fortunate to have pedaled the most incredible trails all over the West. Over the years it's been really fun to become intimate with those trails and see them in bloom or with golden aspen or after a downpour and with all types of clients."

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