Endtroducing - Fergus Ryan
Catching up with MTB Beds' pro seasonaire
If you’re booking a trip to Morzine this summer you could do a lot worse than staying with MTB Beds. Having begun operating in Morzine back in 2012 MTB Beds has now spread across to Finale Ligure with big plans for new resorts locations for 2018. They offer the full package from secure storage to slap up meals, a fully stocked workshop and guides who know the myriad trails of the region better than anyone.
Fergus Ryan is a lover of all things with two wheels and this is no change when it comes to his job. Having spent many years racing downhill on the European circuit Fergus transitioned to the seasonaire lifestyle in Morzine. After meeting the guys at MTB Beds through riding bikes and drinking beers this developed into a role in the company. We caught up with him for the latest Endtroducing.
Who is Fergus Ryan?
A very energetic character with a passion for everything on two wheels.
Where do you live?
I split my time living in Bristol in the winter and summers spent in Morzine in the French alps.
What's your job title?
Media & marketing manager
What do you do?
I run all the social media for MTB Beds as well as looking after all those people looking to book their mountain bike holidays in Morzine and Finale Ligure.
How long have you been working for MTB Beds?
I spent the summer working for the company back in 2017 in the Chalets in Morzine but I have been working full time for the company since September.
What's the worst job you've ever had?
I spent the winter of 2017 working for my grandad building their new house. Trust me working for your family is just not a good idea!
What's your favourite place?
I definitely feel like Morzine is where I am happiest, I love the chilled out lifestyle of the Alps and the obvious advantage of being able to ride rad trails everyday.
Where's your favourite place to ride?
Pleney in Morzine, I try to get at least one run in everyday I am out there. With such a vast network of amazing steep singletrack you can mix and match the runs to ride something different everyday.
When are you happiest?
When I am home in Tunbridge Wells and sessioning the 10 second tracks I grew up riding.
What makes you angry?
When I am injured and can’t ride my bike, I have had some big crashes over the years and sitting indoors sucks!
What makes you happy?
Progression, I have spent my life competing in various sports and there is no better feeling that finally nailing a new technique or clearing a big jump that has scared you for ages.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
Give 100% at everything you do and try to maximise your potential for success. If you do this you will have no regrets. I think this definitely has inspired and helped me over the years.
Who do you admire?
My parents for putting up with me for the past 24 years!
What would you never throw away?
Tyres, I keep all of my used tires in the vein hope that I may one day use them again.
What's your greatest fear?
Having my bike stolen. I have had two stolen in my time and it is the worst feeling in the world.
What's the first thing you do in the morning?
Make myself an espresso and have a quick five-minute stretch.
What would be your dream meal?
I think my dream meal would be french onion soup to start, followed by a big steak and chips. It’s just a winner and I always have a smile on my face afterwards.
Do you have any regrets?
Not starting mountain biking earlier. I am so jealous of all the young racers today and the opportunities that are presented to them.
What's the most important lesson that you've learnt?
Trees hurt. I crashed into a tree a couple of years back and unsurprisingly the tree came away unscathed... unlike my shoulder.
If you could have dinner with three famous people (dead or alive) who would they be?
Russell Howard, Vincent Lombardi and Usain Bolt.
Who is your favourite rider?
What's your least favourite bike product of all time?
Met Parachute helmet, it’s just not a good look.
What are you riding at the moment?
A Specialized Enduro Elite 29er AKA the pink panther
What are you listening to at the moment?
A bit of old school hip hop along with Netsky.
What one thing would you change about yourself?
My Grey hairs, 24 and the silver fox life is hitting hard!
What are your weaknesses?
My jib game is lacking that's for sure and answering questionnaires it would seem.
What does the future hold for mountain biking?
The Olympic Games? Downhill needs the call up for sure.
How would you like to be remembered?
An energetic character who enjoyed riding his bike.