What Rider has most pushed the boundaries over the past 20years?
“I think you gotta go with Peaty, always thinking he’s 15 yrs old forever haha, all the wins, the never quit attitude. Palmer for the bus, gold capes to wear on podiums, the crowns, winning is bitchin’! Haha”
What has been your favourite or most memorable race?
“Peaty finally getting that rainbow jersey-after all those attempts and heartbreaks. As of recently, Brandon Semenuk’s Rampage, his endless innovating – I know it’s not racing, but it amazes me how one with the bike he is, cat like…but he brings it with a racer’s style.”
What does the next 20 years bring for Mountain biking?
“We’re all going back to 21” wheels haha. I think racing is going to grow again. Downhill racing has always been our formula one and we need to embrace it for what it is, a spectacular sport.
Dual slalom needs a comeback too, we don’t have enough of those and they are so fun to watch, it’s a great development discipline too where you can eventually graduate into DH.”
What’s your opinion on E-Bikes?
“It’s changed my life since I got my Specialized LEVO, I can tell you that….I can ride twice in one day, I could never do that, I can ride with my kids without getting dropped. I used to go ride MX in the afternoon and was too tired to ride my bike that day, but I can go for a pedal later that night now if I want to and still get a workout.
I shattered my hip 3 years ago, mountain biking just got a little more difficult for me and the Levo has given me a chance to ride more, which helps me personally but I can test our product out, give my own feedback but more importantly I am riding, doing little damage to the trails, not going any faster really, just getting a little help.
I have got 16 friends into mountain biking through that Levo, they were getting old and fat, not riding, but they tried it out and bought one-now they are mountain bikers. We are moto people, and these are not motorcycles, we got a real throttle for that!”
What life lessons has Mountain biking taught you?
“Its an amazing tool to keep the family bonded, takes you to unreal places around the world but even if you ride your local trails you feel like you are getting away from it all. It’s taught me how to get outside and enjoy life, which is something I grew up with but mountain biking is always the reminder to stay connected to the outdoors.
Mountain biking helps me with design even outside of the bicycle industry, mountain biking helps boost the creative juices for me really, it draws from so many areas of design… mountain biking is such a cool canvas. Mountain biking has brought me so many great people within our brand too, I think ultimately it’s taught me to not take yourself too seriously, because you’re going to fall sometimes hahaha.”
What’s been the most questionable thing to come out of Mountain biking?
“Whatever those suspension saddle top tube things and flexstems.
Rampage always makes me question where Freeride has gone – not disputing the achievements of the riding or the building of lines, but, I see it and I can’t believe they are going to ride a bicycle down that!??”