Meet The Riders And Their Rides-Chloe Woodruff and Her Pivot Mach 4
Meet The Riders And Their Rides-
Chloe Woodruff and Her Pivot Mach 4
Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2018 World Cup action. Photo by Matthew DeLorme
Chloe Woodruff has to be one of the hardest-working professional mountain bikers in America. She won both the cross-country and short-track national titles in 2015, then raced on the U.S. Olympic team in 2016. She’s still one of the top elite women’s racers in America today, and on top of that, she manages (and owns!) the Stan’s Pivot race team. We’re not sure how she handles all that stuff, but she does.
“Not many people know I run the team, but it’s really no secret,” says Chloe. “I’ve become very adept at prioritizing my time and recognizing when I can be productive with different sorts of tasks.
“I like to say I periodize my workload around my training volume. Rest weeks are filled with meetings, logistics, e-mails and planning. And, I’m thinking of adopting an auto e-mail response during big training weeks that says, ‘I’m training big this week on the bike, so I’m napping extra, cooking lots of tasty food and doing my very best to ignore my inbox. So, please try me again in a few days or text me if it’s urgent. Thanks for your understanding.’ Ha! That’s a joke but not a bad idea.
“In a normal week, I work at the computer for a few hours in the morning and usually get on my bike by 11 a.m. The late afternoon through dinner is more for recovery and down time. After dinner, if I get a second wind, then I may do some travel logistics or bookkeeping. Three days a week I go to the gym in the evening. I don’t spend much time on social media any given day.”
We asked Chloe what her favorite bike is, and she had no trouble telling us. It’s her Pivot Mach 4, which is her go-to bike for both riding and racing. Chloe says it’s her all-time favorite of all the bikes she’s ever ridden.
Name: Chloe Woodruff
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado
Weight: 110 pounds
Shoe size: 37
Helmet size: Small
Current home: Prescott, Arizona
Cars: Honda Fit and Sprinter Van
Started racing or competing: 2003
Turned pro: 2006
Racing/riding specialty: Crosscountry and short-track
Favorite course or riding area (North America): Mont-Sainte-Anne, Quebec
Favorite course or riding area (Europe): Nove Mesto na Morave, Czechia
Favorite food: Burritos
Goals: Keep getting better
Heroes: Katerina Nash, Lindsey Vonn
Favorite recording artist: Beck
Favorite movie: The Princess Bride
Favorite hobbies: Reading and cooking
Jobs held (other than racer): Movie store clerk, bike shop mechanic, transportation intern, bike-andpedestrian program assistant
Most embarrassing moment: Too soon to tell
Always takes on a trip: Hard cheese grater and my own set of kitchen knives
What you would be if you were not a racer: A librarian
Inside The Pros’ Bikes
Bike weight: 22.5 pounds
Estimated price: $9000
“I’ve raced on the Pivot Mach 4 Carbon on the XC World Cup (and at the Rio 2016 Olympics!). The XS size has 100mm travel front and rear. The shock is a FOX Float DPS iRD, which I run at 105 psi.”
“I run a 27.5-inch FOX 32 SC 100mm fork with iRD, usually set at 52 psi with a single volume spacer. The shock is a FOX Float DPS iRD, which I run at 105 psi.”
“My go-to race tire is the Maxxis Aspen 27.5×2.25 with EXO sidewall protection. It provides good corner knobs, rolls fast, has enough volume to comfortably run low pressures and is light enough for World Cup racing.”
4. Inner tubes or tubeless system.
“I always have Stan’s Race Sealant in my tires.”
“My rims are custom 27.5-inch Stan’s Crest CB7.”
6. Spokes: Stan’s Sapim Laser, 1.8/1.5/1.8.
7. Front hub: Stan’s Neo Ultimate.
8. Rear hub: Stan’s Neo Ultimate.
“I run Shimano XTR Race brakes with 160 CL rotors. The reliability of Shimano XTR brakes is next to none and yet they’re a performance weight. I also have very small hands and have plenty of adjustment.”
“The PRO Tharsis XC Flat Top DI2 carbon handlebar allows us to internally run wires, keeping our cockpits looking clean. I run my bars at 680mm wide.”
11. Bottom bracket: Shimano XTR Press-Fit.
“ESI Racer’s Edge Grips.”
“Shimano XTR 9020 in 165 with Stages power meter.”
14. Chainring: Shimano XTR, 32T.
15. Pedals: Shimano XTR 9000 pedals.
“I run a Shimano 11-speed chain and change it when it starts to show signs of wear.”
17. Rear derailleur.
“My rear derailleur is a Shimano XTR Di2, which shifts beautifully.”
18. Front derailleur, if any.
“Only one shifter for the rear derailleur. It’s a Shimano XTR shifter.”
20. Brake levers.
“Shimano XTR Race (carbon) brake levers.”
21. Rear cassette.
“I race with a Shimano XTR 11-40T cassette.”
“Pro Components Griffon Carbon saddle.”
“I run a Fox Transfer, 100mm dropper post.”
24. Cables and housings.
“Shimano Di2 wires.”
“Sealed press-fit headset.”
26. Water bottle cage.
“Pro carbon water bottle cage.”
“Pro Tharsis, 70 mm, -16.”
28. Special touches, such as carbon or titanium bolts.
“No special bolts.”
“Stages Dash head unit.”
30: Head angle: 68.5 degrees.
31. Bottom bracket height: 12.8 inches.
MBA: Where did you grow up?
Chloe: Boulder, Colorado.
MBA: What kind of work do your father and mother do?
Chloe: My dad is an artist and my mom is an architect.
MBA: When did you first start riding a bicycle?
Chloe: When I was 4.
MBA: When did you first start racing bikes, and what kind of bike was it?
Chloe: My first race bike was a ’96 Trek 8700, which I raced in 2002–2004, including at the ’04 World Championships in Les Gets, France.
MBA: How did you finish?
Chloe: I was the last finisher at the 2004 World Champs in the Junior Women’s race.
MBA: Did you do any other kinds of bike racing before competing on mountain bikes?
Chloe: I raced on the road while in college at the University of Arizona.
MBA: What were your best race results on road bikes?
Chloe: In 2010, I won the Cat. 3 jersey at the Nature Valley Grand Prix (and I’m still a Cat 3!). I also finished 4th at the Junior Road Nationals in 2005 and 2nd in the road race at Collegiate Nationals in 2008.
MBA: When did you start racing mountain bikes?
Chloe: My first race was the 2002 24 Hours in Moab, where I competed on a four-person Junior Women’s relay team.
MBA: How did you do in your first event?
Chloe: We won! (I also cried during one of my night laps and decided mountain bike racing was the dumbest thing ever, but I clearly changed my mind).
MBA: What have been your best national and international results?
Chloe: In 2015 I won the elite cross-country and short-track National Championships in Mammoth, California, exactly a decade after winning my first junior cross-country title at the same venue. Internationally, I raced on the 2016 Rio Olympic team and finished sixth at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup the same year.
MBA: What titles have you won, and what years did you win them?
Chloe: I’ve won cross-country National Championship titles as a Junior, U23, Collegiate, and Elite racer. I’m proud of my longevity in the sport and my determination to stick with it.
MBA: Have you gone to college? If so, what was your major field of study?
Chloe: I hold a BS in Community Health Education from the University of Arizona.
MBA: Do you have any other kind of career training?
Chloe: In high school I worked as a mechanic at Full Cycle in Boulder, Colorado and worked in bike-and-pedestrian program planning while living in Tucson, Arizona.
MBA: Did you earn any awards in school?
Chloe: My dorm voted me the “most athletic.”
MBA: What other sports do you like to do now?
Chloe: I love hiking and dog walking, and I also enjoy trail running during my off-season. It’s taken years, but I’ve also learned to love strength training.
MBA: Have you competed in them?
Chloe: Nope, although if I could be a pro dog walker, that would make me a very happy person. In the 2010 Tucson Turkey Trot 5K, I was out-sprinted by a 9-year-old.
MBA: Can you tell us something interesting or unusual about yourself or your family that is not widely known.
Chloe: I have a twin sister, lived for two months with my family in a 1985 VW Westvalia during one middle-school summer, traveled with my dad in Vietnam for three months in high school, co-promoted a criterium in Tucson for six years, and own and manage the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team presented by Maxxis.
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