Rebecca Rusch described her bicycle as a kind of tool allowing her to accomplish many things beyond winning races.

"It's become a tool for my career, a tool for my fitness, a tool for my mental wellness, a tool for socializing, a tool for fundraising," Rusch said. "It's a lot more than just going out on a mountain bike ride and having a good time."

Rusch was the keynote speaker Friday at the International Mountain Bicycling Association's inaugural conference for women, called Uprising, which continues today. Dozens of women gathered at The Record to hear Rusch's 45-minute presentation.

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