A Family Tradition

With dirt like this and a family focused on playing in it, perhaps it was inevitable that Hannah Bergemann would become such a phenomenal talent. Photo: Skye Schillhammer | SONY, 1/800 sec, f/2, ISO 2000

A Family Tradition How Hood River Trail Life Shaped the Bergemanns

Even though Hood River, Oregon is a long way from British Columbia, the Family Man zone of the town’s Post Canyon trails gave pro rider Hannah Bergemann her first taste of freeride stunts inspired by Vancouver’s legendary North Shore.

The Family Man skills area is essentially a mountain bike playground filled with skinnies, jumps and drops of varying shapes and sizes. As a teen, Hannah loved to spend long afternoons sessioning the different features, determined to progress from one to the next. Her favorite trail, Drop Out, captured her imagination with its many wooden freeride builds.

“In the beginning, that’s what got me excited about riding,” Hannah says, adding that freeriding held much more appeal than her early forays into mountain bike racing. Trying to find the fastest lines and obsessing over race results wasn’t really her cup of tea. Instead, she was more interested in hitting jumps and honing her skills on challenging terrain.

Fast forward six years and the only things that have changed are the size and scale of the jumps and drops. That, and the fact that she’s a rising talent in the freeride community, having made a name for herself on the Enduro World Series race circuit and during Formation, a weeklong progression camp aimed at elevating the women’s freeride movement. Along the way, she’s picked up segments in videos and high-profile films, and during the summer of 2020 she scored a coveted Red Bull sponsorship. It’s safe to say we’ll only be seeing more of her.

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