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Published on Aug 28, 2012
Downhill rider and philanthropist Chris Van Dine shows one of his second homes in Guatemala, where he rides and contributes to society development at the same time.
The son of east coast mountain bike pioneer Galen Van Dine, Chris Van Dine is a first generation professional racer who grew up living the mountain bike lifestyle from its beginnings. At an early age, Chris developed a taste for speed and won his first mountain bike race when he was eight. He was the first North American to be crowned the fastest man on the continent at the 2009 Pan-American Championships. His proclivity for travel and adventure has taken him to pinnacle experiences and jaw dropping first descents from Alaska to Patagonia. After being confronted with the realities of the developing world, Chris realized that his passion and experience could actually impact peoples' lives on a basic level. From that point, his mission became one of ambassadorship and philanthropy, and after partnering with Pedals 4 Progress, an organization responsible for redistributing more than 136,000 bicycles to around 30 developing nations, Chris' purpose was realized and he has not looked back since.