Lea Davison

NATIONAL CHAMPION | L.L.BEAN PARTNER ATHLETE

“The outdoors is one of the most important aspects of my life.”

We love Lea Davison because she was born to be an outsider. Raised in a small town in Vermont, Lea spent her childhood exploring the woods, fields and waters with her sister, Sabra. “We would build forts, explore the frog pond and go swimming in the river,” she reminisces. “We grew up outside.” Also, Lea loved sports, from cycling to skiing. In 2001, Lea realized she could make mountain biking her career and never looked back.

Lea is the top female mountain-bike racer in the country, representing the US in 2012 and 2016 World Championships. When not training or mentoring, she loves skiing, hiking or stand-up paddleboarding with her family and friends. “Outdoor adventures make the best memories,” she shares.

In 2007 Lea cofounded Little Bellas, a nonprofit all-girls biking mentoring program. Learn more

Lea’s commitment to sharing the outdoors makes her an ideal L.L.Bean partner athlete. In 2007, after observing fewer and fewer girls on the starting line, Lea and Sabra cofounded Little Bellas, a mountain bike mentoring program for girls ages seven to 14. With Little Bellas, Lea and Sabra can help empower the next generation of young girls through sports. "Our goal is not about racing – we want to get girls on bikes and keep them on bikes." Little Bellas, now a nationwide program, has impacted thousands of girls.

Summer Games

2016 7th: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 11th: London, England

World Championships

2016 Silver: Nové M?sto na Morav?, Czech Republic
2014 Bronze: Hafjell, Norway

World Cup Podiums, XC

2015 4th: UCI Mountain Bike, Windham, USA
2015 2nd: UCI Mountain Bike, Lenzerheide, Switzerland
2015 3rd overall: World Cup Circuit, XC
2014 4th: UCI Mountain Bike, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
2013 4th: UCI Mountain Bike, Hafjell, Norway
2013 5th: UCI Mountain Bike, Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
2012 5th: UCI Mountain Bike, Windham, NY

USA National Championships

2017 2nd: Cross Country, Snowshoe, WV
2017 2nd: Short Track Cross Country, Snowshoe, WV
2015 2nd: Short Track Cross Country, Mammoth Mountain, CA
2014 3rd: Short Track Cross Country, Lehigh Valley, PA
2014 1st: Cross Country, Lehigh Valley, PA
2013 1st: Short Track Cross Country, Lehigh Valley, PA
2013 1st: Cross Country, Lehigh Valley, PA
2013 2nd: Super D, Lehigh Valley, PA
2012 1st: Short Track Cross Country, Sun Valley, ID
2012 2nd: Cross Country, Sun Valley, ID
2012 3rd: Super D, Sun Valley, ID