Mountain Bike National Champion
Marla got into serious mountain biking at the age of 28. And that was a while ago! By that time, she had a Masters degree in molecular biology, became a cytogeneticist and researched the AIDS virus. In the midst of it all, she went on a cycling trip across Europe with pal Mark Fitzgerald. Both, the bike and the guy stuck and changed her life.
"I knew I could suffer more than any of the other racers." That's what convinced Marla that she had what it takes to become pro. In 1997, she won her first bronze World Cup medal with a 2 hour-old broken ankle in South Africa.
In 2003, Marla became the National Downhill champion in the U.S., won the World Cup in Austria and published her first book, "Downhill: The Life Story of a Gravity Goddess". Moreover, the IMAX movie "Top Speed" was released and featured her racing down a bobsled track in Utah. Streb's no stranger to a camera- she's also been featured on the cover of OUTSIDE Magazine and NBC's Dateline and the Today Show.
In September 2004, Marla won the National Championship title again - this time in two events: Downhill and Super-Downhill. In the half hour long Super-D race she won by eleven seconds powering through the finish with a flat tire. In the Downhill race, Marla smoked her nearest threat by 17 seconds.
Marla grew up in Baltimore with four brothers. For 18 years she studied classical piano. What distinguishes Marla most is her multi-faceted personality. Just check her hobbies: skateboarding, sailing, motocross, piano and billiards!
Actually, sailing is a big part of her life. She and Mark live part-time on 52-foot ketch called "Indifference" and dream about sailing the globe one day.
For '06, Streb has signed again with the Luna team, Red Bull, and Oakley. The current National Downhill champ will try to win another Single Speed World Championship. She will also be working on her next book, called "Bicycling Magazine's Century Training Program". On top of all that, Streb will oversee the building of the world's first signature mountain bike park in Costa Rica at the Estancia Del Mar resort.
Marla plans to show up at a myriad of gravity and endurance events, supplemented with surprise appearances in her quest to become a household name, or to experience the ultimate “bonk.” Whichever comes first.