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20 years/20 questions – Tracy Moseley

T-Mo has been with us since the start

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Dirt we’re speaking to the brands and riders that have supported us throughout the years. We’ll be asking 20 questions on the past present and future of mountain biking to those who are truly in the know. Check out our 20th anniversary book that’s available to pre-order here.

Tracy Moseley was the British junior champion when Dirt first emerged and from there we’ve followed her around the world in a career that’s encompassed downhill and enduro success.

Moseley is one of the select few British mountain bikers to ever wear the Rainbow Stripes after her 2010 win in Mont Sainte Anne. From downhill she progressed onto enduro, where she won the first three EWS titles. Her full time racing days are now behind her but she continues to support the UK scene and spread the stoke across the globe.

In short, she’s a proper legend. We had a chat about mountain biking past present and future.

Tracy moseley – 20 questions

What achievement are you most proud of?
Still having fun riding my bike aged 37 and winning three world titles along the way!

Give us a story from your wildest moment in mountain biking?
Most of my wild moments have been travelling to events when I was too young to rent a car in America, travelling with Will Longden and Scott Beaumont.

Having to sleep in the rental overnight in Colorado as the road was closed all night for rock blasting, then driving down the wrong way of a slip road onto a motorway with Will!  Always entertaining trips…

What has been your favourite moment of Dirt’s history?
Getting a front cover after winning DH worlds in 2010!!

How were you first introduced to Dirt?
It was the first mag to really follow the DH scene in the UK, so I just grew up with it being part of the sport.

What would be the first question you would ask Dirt?
Bring back the mag?

 

When did you first start mountain biking?
1994

What bike were you on then?
An XC hartail

What rider or person has most influenced your career?
My brother was the biggest influence for me, always encouraging me to start racing, giving me the skills, trying to keep up with him, fixing my bike for me at the start.

Ed Moseley (left)

My husband James has now taken on all of those roles and has been a huge influence in my great success over the last 10 yrs.

What has been your favourite or most memorable race?
Fort William World Cup, every year I raced there, the crowds were amazing, then this year, the Enduro World Series in Ireland was incredible too, such amazing fans to ride in front of.


Who would you loved to have raced against or ridden with?
I would have loved to have ridden with Jason McCroy as he had so much natural talent on his bike, he would have been good to follow…

What’s your opinion on E-Bikes?
I think they have a place and purpose in society, and if it gets more people out on bikes enjoying the great outdoors in a responsible manner, then I am all for it!

What’s your favourite wheel size?
29” for going fast.

What life lessons has Mountain biking taught you?
Work hard, play hard, and enjoy every moment of it..

Who doesn’t get the credit they deserve in the industry?
Often the mechanics don’t really get the credit, for all the hours they spend up until the early hours working on wet, muddy bikes, day in day out…we couldn’t do it without them.

 

What’s been the most questionable thing to come out of mountain biking?
Skinsuits

What’s been the best track you’ve ridden?
Maribor in 2000

How would you change World Cup downhill?
To not have to worry about TV and bring back some natural technical riding that the riders love to ride, without taking incredible risks..

What do you still want to achieve in mountain biking?
I want to still riding my bike off road when I’m 80 yrs old! 

What do you want to see more of from the Dirt website?

More rider interviews with a wider range of riders and age ranges. More widespread to encourage more people into the sport

What do you hope the next 20 years brings for mountain biking?
More access to more great trails all over the world, with a appreciation of other users and our planet.

CHECK OUT OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK THAT’S AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER HERE.

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