An evening at Rose Grant’s Montana home might be spent over a warm bowl of deer chili and a thick slice of homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. With a much different origin story and unique approach to training, Rose isn’t your typical professional mountain bike racer. In fact, if you asked her to describe herself, she’d first say, “I’m a mom.”
Rose was 30 years old when she upgraded to professional on her mountain bike license. She also got pregnant that same year. With daughter Layla in tow, she continued to impress her fierceness upon the cycling world. She is a five-time winner of the Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships and defending champion of the Leadville 100. Living in Montana, she prepares with a lot of trainer time and skiing. Another key for her is being flexible and accepting if the plan has to change due to family commitments.
When we caught up with Rose for a video chat earlier this month we found her donning a comfy-looking Juliana sweatshirt on the day after she won the short track and took 2nd at Pro XCT in Soldier Hollow, UT. We talked with her about her new team at Juliana/SRAM. We chatted about her favorite APEX moments from 2020, where she won Stage 1 and placed 3rd in the women's overall.
Since we've been focusing a lot on bringing more women to the sport and finding motherhood can be an obstacle to participation, we were also eager to dive into her return to pro racing after her daughter was born, how things have changed as she’s grown and how the industry can support mothers in their pursuit of competition.
Rose jokes about baking 'anything you want,' but we might have to hold her to it. We're intrigued by that huckleberry pie, but did you see the Avocado Date Chocolate Mousse Torte with Pecan Date Oat Crust! If you're not following @recipeswithrose on Instagram, be sure to check out her amazing recipes.