Sonya Looney has raced her mountain bike in the Sahara Desert, Himalayas, tropical jungles, and mountain ranges all over the world. Her spirit for adventure, personal growth, and taking on new challenges has driven her to over 25 race wins in her career on just about every continent. Her specialty is stage races, 100 miles, and 24 hour racing with a World Champion title (2015) and 4 USA National Champion Titles. Not only does Sonya love endurance racing, but she also started racing Enduro stage races in 2016. Her favorite thing about mountain biking is technical riding. She loves the adrenaline, focus, and confidence required to race downhill on some of the most difficult trails in the areas she races.
Off the bike, Sonya is the podcast host of The Sonya Looney Show, Founder of the apparel & sock brand Moxy & Grit, an accomplished freelance writer with over a decade of experience, and also a motivational speaker. Sonya gave a TED Talk in 2015 and has given keynotes in several different industry conferences including leadership and business, tech, start-up, and the outdoor industry. Her published stories span across 20+ publications and magazines with a common theme of mindset, health, and mountain bike specific tips. Her outgoing and friendly personality can be seen in her video projects and social media.
Sonya lives in Kelowna, BC with her husband Matt and border terrier pup, Baxter.
- World Champion (2015 24-Hour)
- 4x USA National Champ
- 2x Breck Epic Winner
- 2x Brasil Ride Winner
- La Leyenda Stage Race Winner (Colombia)
- Sudety Stage Race Winner (Poland)
- Singletrack 6 Winner (BC)
- 2x Yak Attack Winner (Nepal)
- Breck 100 Winner
- 3x Bailey Hundo Winner
Write a book!!! I’m working on it right now 😉
- I can play 4 instruments
- I did a TEDx Talk about Redefining Success in your life
- I have a podcast, The Sonya Looney Show about high performance living (mindset, plant-based nutrition, and inspiring stories
Favorite GU Product
GU Roctane Energy Drink Mix! I can power through anything with that jet fuel!
Make sure you drink enough water when you eat a gel. I put my gel in a flask, add water, and sip water when I eat or take a gel.