2021 Kaden Ambassador Melina VissatMelina Vissat lives in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she’s a committed mountain biker and advocate for the mountain biking community. She started mountain biking in 2017, which marked the same year she lost a bet that led to her racing her first backcountry MTB endurance event. A completely unprepared newb, she missed the last time cutoff by 12 minutes and promptly DNF’ed. But that failure lit a fire under her butt and she never looked back. Today, she’s an active member of the Colorado Springs mountain biking community. As a member of the Women’s Mountain Biking Association (WMBA) race team, she spends her summer evenings leading women’s group rides as a Ride Guide. She also sits on the Board of Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, the local IMBA chapter, and serves as a Community Leader with the VIDA organization. When she’s not riding her bike, Melina is an avid reader and skier, happy to both tear up the resort and skin out for some backcountry pow. She’s excited to race in 2021, looking at both XC and Enduro. She’s thrilled to rep the Kaden brand as an ambassador, especially as she works to advocate for local trails and getting more women out on bikes.

  • Current city, state: Colorado Springs, CO
  • Day job: Senior Manager, Public Relations for a global engineering company
  • Favorite bike: Knolly Fugitive, aka The Trail Beast
  • Number of bikes in your quiver? Only three!
  • Clipless or flats? Flats for techy fun, clipless for XC racing
  • Ice cream or popsicles? Ice cream, no question
  • Tacos or burritos? This is an impossible question but breakfast burritos are my favorite food, so … burritos!
  • Favorite place to ride? I’m biased, gotta say Colorado! We have high desert tech, gorgeous alpine flow and miles of gravel, so there’s something for everyone. But that said, I need to explore more areas in Utah and also check out Arizona and Wyoming
  • Bucket list bike trip? Mountain biking in the Dolomites (Italy) would be sick
  • Go-to activity when not biking? Skiing, hiking, painting, reading, socializing and volunteering with my local IMBA chapter!

Follow along with Melina’s adventures: @melina_outside

2021 Kaden Ambassador Melina Vissat.    2021 Kaden Ambassador Melina Vissat

2021 Kaden Ambassador Melina Vissat

2021 Kaden Ambassador Melina Vissat