Meet Reho Travel Ambassador Karen Hill

Karen is coached by Jenni King of Pedal lab and is currently supported by Rocky Mountain Bicycles Australia, Blush Images, Crossfit Victoria, Impact Massage and Reho Travel.

About me and my goals

I believe in living a life that sets your soul on fire. Riding and racing mountain bikes does exactly that for me. The people I meet and the places my bike takes me is incredible. I have only been racing cross country mountain bikes for a few years but have some big plans.

I have always been involved in a range of sports growing up; karate, netball, tennis, boxing and more recently triathlon. I started mountain biking thanks to getting teased at my last bike shop for doing triathlon. I went on a trip to France in 2012 to compete in the Alpe d’Huez long course triathlon and when I returned, I just wanted to ride bike. So that’s what I did.

Playing sports has helped me get through high school and university. I wasn’t a fan of school but I was lucky to have a Koori liason officer, Bernie who helped me obtain bursaries and apply for uni. Bernie also helped me apply for an amazing scholarship through Balwyn Rotary club (Rotary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship). This went for 4 years and allowed me to focus on studies, work in my holidays and play sport. I am now a mentor to another scholarship recipient.

I have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional therapy, Bachelor of Science Honours (sports nutrition and exercise metabolism) and I am currently completing my PhD (Sports nutrition and exercise metabolism).  I am setting up my online nutrition consulting business, Karen Hill Nutrition.

Sports and in particular my love of mountain bike riding has kept me out of a lot of trouble and gotten me through many years of university. In the future I plan to start my own foundation that will give under privileged kids the opportunity to take up riding and racing through providing bikes and an avenue for them to take up the sport. I want to provide kids with another outlet other than drugs and alcohol. I believe a lot of life skills can be learnt from participating in sport from a young age.

You can follow Karen’s journey to the 2018 Commonwealth Games on her blog Karen Hill Racing

You can read about her Tour de Timor 2016 journey here!