Boulder pro Sonya Looney on posing for the sexed-up Cyclepassion calendar

"The human body -- male or female -- is a work of art, especially with athletes," says Boulder-based mountain bike pro endurance racer Sonya Looney, the latest local rider to strip down for Cyclepassion, the infamous German Calendar of International Cycling Stars often disparaged/celebrated as bike porn. "We work hard for our bodies, and there's a reason why photographs and paintings and sculptures of nude or nearly-nude athletes have always been popular."

Looney is one of six international athletes featured in the 2013 Cyclepassion calendar (her hard-won body is pictured on both the February and September pages) but she says the decision to pose wasn't an easy one. "For better or worse the calendar images are out there now, and it's starting to bring me a lot of attention I'm not used to." Westword caught up with her for a quick chat about the softcore calendar, the hardcore race schedule she still has ahead of her, and how she's balancing such contrasts in her life.

See also: - Bike Porn: Boulder champ Heather Irmiger strips down for 2011 Cyclepassion Calendar - Heather Irmiger wins mountain bike gold at 2011 Pan American Games - Best of Denver 2012, Best Mountain Bike Park: Trestle Bike Park

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Colin Bane
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