What’s been your best result so far?
My best result so far has to be my 9th place finish at the World Championships in Val di Sole last year as a first year Junior. It was a very mentally and physically challenging race and I felt a lot of pressure from myself, I was very pleased to perform to such a high level under these challenging circumstances.
Who are you riding for this year?
This year I am riding for Intense Racing UK, and I am so stoked! We are working with a dream team of brands such as Enve, Chris King, Troy Lee Designs and, of course, Intense Cycles. It’s a dream set up for sure, and I have a great bunch of people backing me. What more can I say, I feel very blessed!
Where’s your favourite place to ride? What’s been your favourite race venue/event so far?
In the UK my favourite place to ride has to be Revolution Bike Park, but on the World Cup circuit it has to be Val di Sole, Andorra and Lourdes – the proper DH tracks. Make the World Cup tracks so tech and gnarly that it wouldn’t be possible to ride a 29er down them!
Who or what inspires you?
Becoming a better rider, winning and just the true love for riding and getting rowdy on the bikes with the boys! Other than winning there is no better feeling than a mad sesh with the boys where everyone is getting wild, whether that be on the big rigs, xc bikes, dj bikes, motorbikes or kids’ bikes.
There are aspects to hundreds of riders that I admire. Laurie Greenland has to be one of the riders I look up to most, especially the way he climbed from being British youth champion to elite World no.2 in just 3 years.
He’s kept a steady head the whole way through and even now he’s ‘big time’, he still has the same smile on his face, a great attitude and treats everyone the same. Not to mention his World Champs race run last year, the determination you can see he had for that run was out of this world! For me he just marks the path I want to follow.
You’ve had a great start to the season – how has that affected your confidence going forwards?
Yes, especially considering I fractured my pelvis only 2 months ago. To come away from the first BDS round with maximum points having won both seeding and finals and with a time that would have placed me 6th in Elite has given me great confidence. I have worked hard on a few things since then and I look forward to the rest of the World Cup season.