WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE FOR RIDING FASTER?
Where you look is super important. Never look down. You need to look forward, to gauge what’s coming. Look where you want to go, and the bike will put you there. Another good tip is to make sure you brake before the corner and not in the corner. This will allow you to ride through with good exit speed, rather than lose speed by braking in the corner.
A small tip, but one to keep in mind, is to know the right gear to be in and pay attention to where your pedals are. To be prepared to climb up the trail, you need to shift into the right gear as you arrive. When cornering you want your pedal to be in the right positions.
WITH 2020 BEING A YEAR OF CHALLENGES, GLOBALLY, HOW HAVE YOU BEST DEALT WITH THE HURDLES?
This year’s challenges have been excruciating; full of ups and downs, positives and negatives. It’s been pretty much a game of hurry up and wait, haha. Back in March, we were kicking off our season in Rotorua, New Zealand for Crankworx. When we got home, our season came to a screeching halt. I was feeling really great on the bike and had 2020 lined up great with sponsors. Due to COVID-19, all our races were canceled. Then the travel ban has been pretty tough when our job is to travel to amazing places and race. It’s a bummer but I’ve been looking on the brighter side of things. It’s nice to be home, safe, and just have a great time with family and friends. I took a different direction and went back to my old self. I started to work at home; making MTB happen more from here with trail maintenance, spending more time building my track and riding at my friend Kyle Strait’s house. I’ve kept a pretty solid focus on what makes us better through utilizing local resources. I also took an opportunity to work with my family at their metal fabrication business. That is pretty fun, and I find myself always doing something new with so many projects. As usual, I keep riding every day to stay up on my fitness. Luckily, I had my private spots to ride during the majority of the COVID lockdown, so it was not an issue. But the way things have been globally, it has taken a toll on all the competitors.