Fearless, naturally gifted, and extremely fast: Izabela Yankova is the full package. Hailing from the town of Teteven, Bulgaria, she grew up riding BMX at the foot of the Stara Planina Mountain. Inspired by mountain bike videos on YouTube, she saved up enough money to buy her own downhill bike to follow her passion for riding the mountains. After winning the very first race she entered, Izabela doubled down on pursuing her international racing career. As a young teenager in 2018, she started traveling to official races in a van with her supportive father, grinding out 17-hour trips to events across Europe in the process. Never losing sight of the dream and always willing to work hard, Izabela started garnering attention and sponsorship opportunities on the junior circuit.