Muddbunnies.com would like to introduce, Crystal Lambert, the Product Director and co-owner of Muddbunnies Riding Inc.
MUDDBUNNIES: Crystal, tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What is your â€œday jobâ€?
CRYSTAL: Well I was born and raised in a small town in central Ontario.Â My education is in wildlife biology/GIS but my â€œday jobâ€ now is owning and operating a small non-ferrous metal foundry in Surrey, BC.Â Previously I moved quite a bit for work, Calgary, Kelowna, Whitehorse but I have been in the Lower Mainland (and at the metal foundry) for the last seven years and love it.Â You canâ€™t beat the quality of life here.
MUDDBUNNIES: How long have you been involved with Muddbunnies? What have been your roles with the club and company thus far?
CRYSTAL: A gal I worked with in Whitehorse told me about this cool group of mountain bike chicks in Vancouver and that if I was ever in the area I should check it out.Â After a season on the trails I was confident enough to join this radtastic group of ladies called the Muddbunnies.Â So in 2007 I went on my first Muddbunnie ride on Fromme.Â A few years later Iâ€™m still hooked and now look back on my initial intimidation and complete terror fondly.
Through the years I have generally been involved with the Muddbunnies for the calendars and group rides.Â Part of my â€œday jobâ€ is to sit on the board of directors for the American Foundry Society.Â This is now my final year with that Board and I am excited to have more time to put towards my other interests, such as the Bunnies! The Muddbunnies are an inspiring organization, and am so proud to be a part of it and help in its success.
MUDDBUNNIES: Why did you decide to sign on as a partner and one of the three Directors for the company?
CRYSTAL: Because I was asked!Â The timing in my life was perfect and I am always eager to take on a challenge I believe in.Â Iâ€™ve always been a Bunnie supporter and I believe this organization has a lot of value beyond the monetary.Â My admiration for Dianaâ€™s work ethic and Ryanâ€™s dream made my decision to come on board with these two incredible ladies a no brainer.
MUDDBUNNIES: When did you start riding?
CRYSTAL: I decided in 2006 that I wanted to learn how to mountain bike. So I signed up for a beginners clinic and had my eyes opened to the world of mountain biking.Â Having never even met anyone that road a mountain bike I really had no idea what I had gotten myself into.
After getting my crappy old hard-tail stolen (I suppose this is what you would call a blessing in disguise) I upgraded to a full on dual suspension proper mountain bike!Â Riding with the Bunnies was such a great place to learn skills and have a great time.
MUDDBUNNIES: What are you current bike(s)?
CRYSTAL: I have no brand loyalty: Specialized Demo 7, Santa Cruz Blur, Specialized P2, a borrowed Specialized Tarmac road bike and a crappy old cruiser that is fun for Stanley Park.
MUDDBUNNIES: Where do you ride?
CRYSTAL: Anywhere I get the chance!.Â Moving to Langley from the Shore last year definitely changed my riding.Â Not in a bad way though.Â I now live in the middle of dozens of amazing riding areas including skills and dirt jump parks.Â Lately my focus has been on the human powered rides so anything that involves a nice long pedal catches my eye. However that will change once Whistler is open, it sometimes feels like my second home in the summer months.
And of course destination riding!Â I was introduced to Christina Lake last year and it was amazing!
MUDDBUNNIES: When did you start racing and what are you plans for racing this season?
CRYSTAL: Ha, racing.Â Iâ€™m more of a race participator.Â Last year a friend and I decided that doing the Test of Metal would be something fun we could challenge ourselves with.Â I didnâ€™t even own a xc bike or had ever ridden xc, I was a shuttle Bunnie!Â Unfortunately my partner in crime hurt herself that February (on my birthday ride no lessâ€¦ oh man) and wouldnâ€™t be able to do it.Â A few weeks later in March I ended up hurting myself quite bad and was out of commission for a couple months which took a big toll on any preparation I could do for the race (and I needed a lot of preparation) not to mention my confidence.Â But by the end of the training and the race I was hooked on pedaling.
This year Iâ€™m so excited to try my hand at the Hell of a Series set of races with Team Muddbunnies!Â Iâ€™m staying healthy (no injuries!) and working really hard this year hoping to see some improvement over last year.Â I have only been participating in races for under a year but I am getting more comfortable with it and starting to even enjoy it.
MUDDBUNNIES: What is your role within the company?
CRYSTAL: I am currently the Product Director responsible for all product related matters.Â My focus is on overseeing the conception, development, production, and management of Muddbunnies products including apparel.Â The first project that I am excited about tackling is to update the Muddbunnies online shopping presence on the website.
MUDDBUNNIES: What is your favourite trail?
CRYSTAL: Ahh the favorite trail question.Â How can you choose?Â I donâ€™t even have a favorite riding area!
MUDDBUNNIES: Iphone, Blackberry or Android?
CRYSTAL: Blackberry for no particular reason
MUDDBUNNIES: Shuttle or Climb?
CRYSTAL: Climb is my preferred method right now
MUDDBUNNIES: What are your personal riding goals?
CRYSTAL: Finishing all of the Hell of a Series with a smile!
MUDDBUNNIES: Fav music?
CRYSTAL: I think most people would say that I have some pretty bad taste in music.Â Right now Iâ€™m loving the Annie Lennox again but just went through a lengthy Ludacris phase and songs from the Little Mermaid show up on a weekly basis in my truck.
MUDDBUNNIES: Other sports you play, participate in?
CRYSTAL: I participate in pretty standard sports.Â Ski and scuba.Â But everything took the back seat once I started riding.
And there you have it!
4 thoughts on “Introducing Crystal Lambert”
Crystal, I didn’t know you were a big Whistler fan too??!! Look forward to seeing you in the park and ripping up some trails with you (although, judging by the amount of snow there right now, we may need to invest in some snowscoots! lol)
Awesome Crystal!! What a team!
Sounds like you’ll be a great new addition!
Congrats Crystal! You’ve come a long way!