How important is it to have new tracks on the circuit regularly?
AG: I really like going to new tracks. It keeps things fun and interesting for the racers and fans in my opinion. It also separates the riders a little more because it’s new and you have to find the lines, which I think is really cool.
You’ve been a big proponent of new race locations. What was it like racing on a track that people haven’t had memorized for the last 10 years? Since it was a new track, did it erode or change differently than the more established tracks on the circuit?
AG: Yeah, exactly! The challenge of dialing in a new track is really fun for me. The track broke down a bit but I think the builders did a great job considering what they had to work with. That whole hill was rock. There was almost no dirt anywhere and I was really impressed by how well they got everything to hold together. It was also a small hill with limited options and I thought the track was fun and flowed well.
What are your thoughts about the current race scene as a whole?
AG: I think the race scene is awesome right now It seems to just be growing more and more every year. We’ve got new bikes, new tracks, different wheel sizes, etc. There’s a lot of progression happening right now and I think that’s a great thing. It’s an exciting time to be a racer and a fan of downhill. I’m stoked to see how things unfold the rest of this season and into the future.
The World Cup circuit truly is more competitive than ever. With bike brands pushing the product envelope and riders reaching for new fitness levels, things are heating up. We’re all for new tracks that take teams out of their comfort zones and help to level the playing field between new riders and seasoned vets. Any time riders have to learn or discover lines on a track, the excitement as a fan is increased. Thankfully we aren’t the only ones that enjoy changing things up, since it seems most pros we talk to enjoy new stops as much as we do. Now all we have to do it sit back and enjoy watching the pros do what they do best! It’s race time.