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Malene Degn

Date of Birth: December 2, 1996

Nationality: Danish

Height: 162cm

Weight: 52 kg

Hobbies: family, coffee, friends, adventures

After seeing her Dad came back from mountain bike rides with a big smile on his mud-speckled face, Malene, at the tender age of 9 years old, insisted on getting a mountain bike as well so she could take part in the fun. It started with one ride a week, but quickly escalated, and the one ride became an everyday activity. The mountain bike world fascinated Malene and it grew into a lifestyle. In her first six years of mountain biking, it was all about the fun-factor, playing on the bike and laughing with good friends.

 

At the age of 16, she participated in the Youth European Championship and finished 2nd. That event was the decisive moment for Malene’s choice, and her motivation to start dreaming of the big international mountain bike scene. Together with her home club, Canyon, and the National Team, she started her Junior years and became a huge success. Her worst finish during her 2 Junior years was a single 4th place, making it obvious to everyone that a new exceptional talent was about to be recognized. With several World Cup wins, champion titles and medals, she moved up to the U23 category with equally big dreams.

 

Going into the new and stronger category, Malene was still in school and therefore a well planned double life needed to be organized. As the competition got tougher along with the school, she didn’t have time or opportunity to ride a full World Cup schedule. Nevertheless, she still stayed with the Danish National Team and all in all, she enjoyed continued success. Finishing 4th, just outside the World Cup and World Champion podiums, she continued to improve and grow as an athlete.

After her first two years in the age bracket, she got the opportunity to join the GHOST FACTORY RACING TEAM, which undoubtedly was a great chance to develop even more as an athlete and start her new life as a full-time professional. “The first year on the team was sensational and I am really looking forward to my second season. We are totally on the same wavelength and the team spirit is just phenomenal. I was able to learn a lot this year and I think that I can still tweak and optimize a few minor things”, says Malene.

 

Besides racing and travelling around the world with her bike, Malene enjoys a good cup of coffee in great company, laughing with her friends and doing creative projects. One thing Malene never forgets is why she started with this sport in the first place: It’s the most fun, ever. That’s what drives her. “I aspire to get better every day, and I enjoy the progress as much as the achievements – always keeping it fun”.

www.malene-degn.com

2016

5. World Championship, U23

2015

4. World Championship, U23

4. Worldcup, Albstadt, U23