YOUR APPROACH TO RACE DAY
My approach to race day starts before the event really, making sure I have done the training in the off season, the bike is set up right and everything is in place.
At the track I make sure I know all my lines, don’t over practice and get tired. Eat well the night before and go through the track in my head before I go to sleep.
Just before the race I will warm up for at least 20 minutes, you cannot get going unless you are warm, visualise the track and your lines before you hear the beeps.
STUDY OF TRACK
I will always walk the track before the event and make mental notes on different points in the course. Then I will try to get a good number of practice runs in on the first day and walk the track again if there is some new lines showing up or I am having problems with any sections.
A lot of my fitness is done in the off season, I like to hit the gym, do some road miles, XC rides, Motocross and anything else I feel helps with my balance and co-ordination. I feel good if I get quite strong in the gym before the season because it is a long season and the travelling can wear you down. The fitter you are going into the season the longer you will stay strong for throughout the season.
This is something I like to get sorted as early as possible to, I don’t want to be messing with my setting too much when I get to the races. Don’t get me wrong I have different setting for different tracks but it may only be minor tweaks here and there. I can’t stress how important it has been to me to have good mechanics helping me through my career, everytime i get on my bike I know it is going to get me to the bottom of the hill no problem and I don’t even have to think about it.
GENERAL VIEW OF DOWNHILLING AS A SPORT
Downhilling has gone through many changes in my time at the top and I think we are on really good times now. It is a cool sport for people to watch and for people to ride, the bikes get better and better and the whole sport is being pushed by riders and industry folks all the time. I will be around for many years to come and I can’t wait to see what we make of it.
WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT IMPROVED
The only places I would like to see it improved are if we could get more young people involved and get them out riding their bikes. I also wish we could get some chairlifts in the UK as I think it would help getting more people involved. I could go on all day with little things that I think would make our sport cooler but when I think about it I am picky and what we have is cool.