Bulletproof Talent: Kaos Seagrave
Getting to know Tahnee's younger brother
Having moved out to Wales nearly two years ago, and living just 5 minutes from me, it's fair to say I've gotten to know Kaos a fair bit during his time here. I've spent a year following him around the World Cup's, and have shot and rode with him countless times. Regardless, i decided it was time to delve into the mind of the young free racer.
Riding for Transition Factory/FMD Racing, alongside his sister Tahnee. With Lourdes just around the corner, he's spent a year competing against the fastest juniors the racing world has to offer. Kaos let us in on his thoughts going into the season, life away from bikes, and everything in between.
Who is Kaos Seagrave?
Where are you from?
I'm originally from Croydon; the anti-capital of mountain biking, but I now live in North Wales.
So, how did you get into riding?
It all began for me after we moved out to Morzine when I was 4; We had a chalet, and I got to go out riding with my dad, and sister with the guests. It was great as I got to ride with some really cool people, such as Ruaridh Cunningham, Chris Kovarik, and loads more.
When did the racing start?
Well, Tahnee started racing, but I had to wait till I was old enough, age 10. My dad started FMD, and I just tagged along for a few years, It all started like that.
What's been your best result so far?
I've had some good results in the BDS, and IXS series, but my best result on the World Cup was a 9th at Mont Saint Anne after qualifying 5th.
Who are you riding for this year?
This year I'm racing for Transition Factory Racing // FMD. I've been on the team for... well, my whole career, Haha. I'm riding a TR500, which is just incredible, not to mention, it loves getting sideways.
With a history in Morzine, a year of racing around the world, and now living in the capital of UK mountain biking it must be tough to choose a favorite spot?
For sure, but my favourite place to ride would have to be Wales, anywhere in Wales. I love hitting up my local, Revolution Bike Park, but my favourite World Cup track has to be Fort William, or maybe Mont Saint Anne.
You're renowned for getting pretty wild on a bike, what's been your worst crash so far?
Tough one, there's been many! If I had to pick one, or maybe two, it would have to be where I knocked myself out in Schladming, or the time I collided with Matt Walker mid-air over the motorway section at Fort Bill. I knocked myself out, again.
What motivates you?
I just love being out on my bike, and riding with friends, I have fun and I become a better rider, what more could you ask for?
Who do you look up to as a rider?
That would be Ratboy. He's so natural on a bike, and still now just loves getting out on his bike. It was awesome to get the opportunity to shred the new 50:01 Line with him recently.
You've had a couple of podium finishes recently, one out in Portugal, and another at BDS, how has this affected your confidence going into Lourdes, WC?
Yeah, Portugal went pretty well for me, until race runs where I got caught up behind another rider. I still finished with a 3rd but it was shame as I lost some time. The BDS didn't go so well; an over the bars in practice resulted in a broken finger, I decided to race anyway and ended up with a 3rd again, so wasn't too bad.It put me off the bike for a few weeks, but I'm feeling super confident going into Lourdes.
It's good to see you're confident going in, what are your goals for the season ahead?
My goal for the season is to improve at every race, I'm going to give 110 per cent, and if that results with a podium finish, or a win at the WC I'll be stoked.
What do you get up to away from bikes?
Just hanging round with my girlfriend, and chilling out, but to be honest I'm riding my bike most of the time.
Strengths // weaknesses?
Strengths - Bikes // Weaknesses - McDonald's
What does the future hold for Kaos?
Lots of good times, winning some races, and sending whips with the bros.
Any mottos you live by?
Shake and Bake // Letsavew
Right... and finally, if you were the man in charge of mountain biking, what would you change?
I'd stop 29'ers, and tracks wouldn't go straight down a hill, they would be gnarlier like they were back in the day.