WITH YOUR PRO COMPETITION BACKGROUND PRIMARILY IN DIRT JUMPING AND SLOPESTYLE, WHAT TYPE OF EVENTS WERE ON YOUR RADAR FOR 2020?
I’m focusing on the three Crankworx events. Rotura happened earlier this spring, however I wasn’t able to make it to the Innsbruck event due to the covid virus, and Crankworx Whistler was ultimately cancelled because of it, as well.
HOW DID THE WORLD LOCKDOWN SITUATION AFFECT YOUR RIDING SEASON?
Honestly, there wasn’t really a riding season. I got second place in Speed & Style at the Crankworx event in Rotorua, New Zealand in March, which ended up being the last mountain bike event in which I was able to compete. I was in a good spot for that Crankworx title, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to the Innsbruck event, and of course Whistler didn’t happen.
The season was very weird, to say the least. Because, I’ve always had goals and events to work toward, but since nothing was happening as planned, I felt like I was on my own. I had nothing to focus on, nothing to train for, it just felt strange.
I also had a lot of film trips cancelled. In April, I was supposed to be in Chile for a project, and later in the summer Barcelona, but as with most of the contests, those trips didn’t happen, either. On top of the riding and filming trips basically being cancelled, I also do some digging for local bike parks. All of the funding for those projects disappeared, too. Thankfully Mongoose, my frame sponsor, has been supportive and stuck by my side through it all.