You never know where inspiration will strike and for 18 year old pro mountain bike rider Tegan Molloy it was riding around the bike tracks of Jindabyne at age 11. Curious about the ski runs that morphed brilliantly into Thredbo mountain biking tracks during summer, she asked her Dad to let her have a go ?downhill?, instead of just along flat and even bike paths. That particular summer season, then aged 11-12, she experienced the downhill tracks just twice, Santa granted her wish for a proper mountain bike and, voil? Australia?s up and coming mountain bike star was born. [caption id="attachment_7720" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tegan Molloy[/caption] With a love for the outdoors already entrenched, and a knack for skateboarding that gave her good grounding in balance and risk management, this Jindabyne Central School student fell in love with the daring downhill events. When asked about fear of falling and managing turns on two wheels at high speeds, it is clear she has a very level head - ?You have to work up to it, build your confidence slowly,? she says. Tegan has just come back from winning the Junior World Championship in Norway, as one of 12 riders in the Junior women?s race, in which entrants must be aged between 16 and 19 years old. The downhill event Tegan competed in was a race in which entrants ride in 30 second intervals, with the rider with the fastest time crowned winner overall. ?I love the event because there are lots of jumps and it?s fast paced and high energy,? she says.