Hill of the Vista Stake in California won the silver
medal for the USA team at the World Masters Mountain
Bike Championship Finals in the downhill event.
The UCI World Championships took place at Bromont
Ski Resort in Quebec Canada August 28 - September 1,
Friday, August 30, Teresa raced in the World
Championship Qualifying Race.
She then qualified to compete in the Finals
Hill, sponsored by Checkered Flag Racing, qualified
for the USA team by taking first place at the NORBA
National Championship Series Mountain Bike Race, in
the Downhill Event, held at Big Bear, California
last May. Her son, Michael, a senior at Rancho
Buena Vista High School, took 3rd place at the same
the downhill event in the Junior Racing Category.
“I have had a lot of fun as a parent
training and racing together with Michael,” said
Quebec is known to have one of the Worlds toughest
“This was the hardest course I have ever
done. I had butterflies every time I went down it,”
Teresa said. The
upper section of the racecourse was mostly rock
gardens on steep terrain in dark wooden sections
with sharp switchback turns and vertical drop offs.
interviewed, Teresa said “I
had to go through so much to just compete in this
were times when I wanted to quit.
However, when I got on the podium and saw the
American Flag, then I realized how it was all worth
was proud to have represented my country.
I realize now that sometimes the real victory
is not always about going the fastest—but
finishing no matter how tough it may seem."
went on to say, "Bringing back a silver medal
for the USA has fulfilled a dream for me.
I always have wanted to participate on an
International level with other athletes.
When I got my medal, I felt that my dad,
Warren Mackie, was smiling proudly for me.
He passed away last year.
He had the opportunity to go to the Olympics
in pole vaulting.
Instead, he accepted the offer to bowl
professionally. Years later, he regretted his
decision not to participate in the Olympics.
I did not want to live my life with [similar]
Teresa's favorite quotes is by T.S. Eliot,
who said, “Only those who will risk going too far
can possibly find out how far one can go.”