Hannah Myers Interview – The Women Behind Flare

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A lot of us sit here and complain that there isn’t enough female specific MTB clothing around! Yet we don’t do anything about it! But one women that did do something about it was Hannah Myers! She turned a Uni project into what is now one of the most popular UK based MTB brands around today!

Hannah and her fiance Ben are the brains behind Flare Clothing Company! If you don’t know what or who Flare are then….. Where have you been? Flare Clothing Co, was established back in 2012, at the time they were solely focused on girls specific riding gear. But three years on they have expanded there range vastly, with the introduction of a male line in 2015. We caught up with Hannah to find out where and why Flare began, where it is going, the hurdles they have faced in the industry and what their plans are for 2016!

 

Hi Hannah! I think it is fair to say most people in the UK that mountain bike are now aware of Flare Clothing, but where did it all begin?

H: Thank you! It definitely feels as though we’re getting much more recognisable with the number of women (and now men) wearing our kit all over the country. It all started in a place of frustration that we’ve all felt as female mountain bikers – and cyclists, that there just wasn’t any good-looking, functional, well-fitting kit out there for women. I wanted to look feminine but powerful and there wasn’t anything that I liked, so thought I’d put my design background to good use and do something about it.

2015 has seen the introduction of a male line too! What made you branch out from just having a female specific line?

H: The guys asked for it! We started Flare to bridge the gap between what was available for men and what was available for women – at the time they were very different, and thought that the men were well catered for. As the first year went on we had more and more men ask “are these shorts only for women?” and “when will you make this for men?” so thought why not?! We never intended to be exclusively female – when we go riding we’re in groups of all different people and genders, the demand for the male range just came a bit sooner than we anticipated.

Have you experienced any hurdles branching into the male market, which is already so evolved?

H: We don’t have nearly as strong USP for the guys as we do for the girls. In the women’s market we are trying to do something very different to what’s out there (with exception of a few brands) and I think people recognise that, whereas in the male market we’re adding another option, so there’s definitely less to separate Flare from the rest of the crowd.

Mountain Biking has been very much a Male dominated sport, but the growth in Women Mountain biking in recent years has been huge! However to you think MTB manufacturers are still lacking behind the times and focusing far too much on the male dominated market?

H: It’s a tricky one because there are some women who are resistant to “women’s specific” anything, which is great because ultimately it’s them who have their pick of the bikes, accessories and clothing. However, as much as I love this sport it can be incredibly intimidating – online videos of guys hurling themselves down canyons, bike shops that have 12 different types of pedal and they all look the same. So to get more women riding and engaging in the community I think that specific bikes and other products make the sport more approachable, not just from an entry-level point of view, but all the way up to full-fledged race machines as something to aspire to.

I think that manufacturers are without a doubt stepping up – boutique brands like Juliana and Yeti are standing alongside industry heavyweights like Scott, Specialised and Giant (Liv) are showcasing some really well-thought out and designed products for women. However, the people with the power to deliver those fantastic products to the customers who want them are bike shops, and I think it’s these that have yet to change. For the most part (I am generalising, there are some great ones) enter any trail centre shop and you see the same collection of stuff whether you’re in Scotland or Kent, because these are the tried-and-tested, risk-free products that are neither going to cause problems or excitement. That’s what I think needs to change.

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Do you think their needs to be more coverage of Women’s Mountain Biking in mainstream MTB media?

H: Again, this is a tricky one. The short answer is yes. The long answer is that unfortunately so few women (by comparison) are providing content – there are far fewer women racing to cover for stories and a smaller pool of products to test for review which reflects the much smaller section of the community, so “women’s mountain biking” as a topic is always going to be put in second-place. However, what many mainstream media outlets are now doing (MBUK and BikeRadar for example) is rather than segregating women they are being made part of the main dialogue and featuring in stories alongside the men as equal riders and participants. I think this is a fantastic way to balance both sides and a very positive way for the industry to move forward.

What changes do you have planned for your product range in 2016?

H: Well we’ve moved our production to enable us to include more technical features in our shorts for the same price, as well as using some new fabrics along with completely new graphics. We’ve also removed the Solar Tank jersey from the product line and replaced it with a t-shirt style jersey (although we Britons pray for long, balmy days of summer sun and dusty trails, they’re probably never going to happen!). Next year is very much about refinement, we made some big changes in 2015 and want to get them spot on in 2016.

You have sponsored the womens category at the BDS for the last 2 seasons do you plan to continue that into 2016 along with your sponsorship of the new British Enduro Series?

H: For 2016 unfortunately we won’t be supporting the BDS in such a large role. We felt that over the past two years we’ve provided those category winners with some great clothing that hopefully they’ll continue to use and enjoy, but ultimately our time had run its course, which is why we’re moving over and supporting the Cannondale British Enduro Series and UK Enduro Series.  We’re still going to be at a few rounds of the BDS though, so be sure to pop and and say hello.

You have a large number of riders sponsored by Flare! Do you plan to increase the number of sponsored riders for the 2016 season?

H: We’re making some changes within the women’s team, but we’re really happy with how everything has gone through 2015 so won’t be holding an open application process. On the men’s side we’re currently looking for guys to apply as some of our riders have been snapped up by teams, so more information is available on our website. Along with that though, we are looking for youth and junior male and female riders to apply to be part of a development team we hope to run during 2016.

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Hannah above everything you began Flare because you are a mountain biker! So where is your favourite place to ride?

H: My favourite in the UK is an oldie but goldie,  Coed-y-Brenin. This summer I was lucky enough to ride on the Pacific Northwest in America, miles of buff singletrack in epic scenery – I can’t even imagine anything better!

What is your bike set up at the moment?

H: For my main trail bike I have a Juliana Roubion at the moment but have my eyes on a Yeti Beti SB5c… I also have a Canyon Torque FRX Rockzone for DH.

Away from Mountain Biking & work what other hobbies and interests do you have?

H: I love a bit of Crossfit, especially on these cold autumn evenings, and I have a 1 year old border collie who of course takes up lots of attention!

Finally… There is clearly a lot of thought put into your ranges! But what is your favourite flare garment that you have designed so far?

H: Ooh that’s a tough one! Although they’re the most understated product we have in the current collection, I just love the Stage enduro shorts. They’re so comfortable and just move with you on the bike (it feels like you’re not wearing anything!) we’re hardly making any changes to them next year we’ve been that impressed.

Thanks Hannah & Good Luck for the future!

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AND Congratualtions on your Engagament!

Luana Oliveira Interview

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The 2015 season is now over so we caught up with Luana Oliveira to see how her 2015 season went and what her plans are for 2016 and the off season ahead!

Luana Oliveira is a Professional Downhill Mountain Biker. Born in Itu, a small city in São Paulo, Brazil.

Her first contact with the bike was so special that she never dropped the two wheels. Early in her career, trails and equipment were precarious and difficult to acquire & find. It was through a newly built BMX track in your area, that the passion for the sport began to flourish.

She is the biggest name in Mountain biking to come out of Brazil and defends the country at international competitions throughout the year. But mountain biking isn’t just a sport for Luana it is her lifestyle, her lives dedicated to training and developing her skills.

Hey Luana! Let’s start from the beginning, where did it all start for you? How did you become interested in biking and more specifically Downhill?

I was born in a small town in Brazil, near to São Paulo and the bike for me has always been a form of transport, since then I had already a strong connection with the bike. Until one day it was built an amateur Bmx track by my house and even with a very simple bike I started going to the track and tried to ride even I didn’t have any idea what is Bmx, because this modality was very weak in my city at that time .

After a while already jumping and having fun, I was invited by a Bmx team to compete. At the time my family weren’t in a situation to pay anything for me, nor did I have good equipment, but with help and support from many people in many different ways I could start competing.

Soon after I was invited to participate in a downhill race with a borrowed bike and the same thing happened, I had good results and had many people and sponsors who helped me to continue. Since the first downhill race I identified myself and since then I haven’t stopped.

How has the 2015 season been for you?

This  year I went to California for the pre season, enjoyed a little bit of good weather to get ready for the Inca Avalanche in Peru. It was one of my best experiences ever, meeting an amazing culture, visiting some local community and riding bikes in the middle of the endless beautiful mountains and for my first time visiting Machu Picchu.

The other really nice trip was to the National Championships it happened in Minas Gerais Southest of Brazil, really important place to the country’s history.

My last adventures so far was in Europe for the World Cup and World Championship in Italy and Andorra. Amazing places and awesome track, I always enjoy so much the times in Europe, long tracks!

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We don’t really hear much about mountain biking in Brazil? Did you find this made it harder to become an established international rider?

Mountain biking in Brazil is growing, the country has a lot potential to have really big mountain biking and what we really need is people with vision to bring this culture stronger and it’s happening already so it will be better soon.

In the beginning it was really difficult to get to competitions and most some of the most important races of the year, I had to struggle a lot to make it happened but I’m a positive person and it always helped me to get what I want and even the hard times was good and necessary learning.

Life seems like one big adventure for you Luana! But with so much time on the road you are bound to miss certain things! What do you miss the most when you are on the road?

Definitely my family, my dog and my culture.

You get to ride in some of the most amazing places in the world! If you had to pick a favourite place to ride where would it be?

I like many places and I see that each one has different beauty and characteristics, it is difficult to classify what is the best. But one that is really special for me is Peru.

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This year your focus was more on the adventure and less on racing and looking through your photos we can we why! It looks like you have had an amazing year! What has been your most treasured adventure of 2015?

I am very happy with the adventures that I have accomplish this year, it’s always very special to take the bike for different cultures, places and people.

One of the trips that marked most was to Peru, we rode all around the Ollantaytamboo, the trails and the endless mountains is amazing.

We had direct contact with the culture, we were greeted by two communities and to be in touch with children who really lives in the mountains make your life change for sure.

What’s your plans for 2016 are you going to continue the adventure or focus more on racing again?

For the next year I want to do more traveling and this time I’m working to produce more videos, show a little bit more the “making off” of the adventures, to share all the learning we have with all that and show some great places to ride.

I will continue competing yes, but is not the priority.

Also I will keep my project of MTB Clinics, I love to help people to ride better and motivate them, so I will be doing it in Brazil and California in some period of the year.

Your career has had many highlights, but what is your most memorable highlight so far?

I think it was the Four Cross Worlds in 2010, it was my first Worlds and I was with a Downhill Bike, it was special for me to make happen.  Also the Down Taxco in Mexico, it’s the most crazy and fun Urban Downhill I’ve rode in my life.

Time off the bike is essential for recovery both physically and mentally. What do you do with your time off the saddle?

I love to travel to visit friends, family and I love the nature so always on my days off I try to stay away from the city life. Meditation and yoga are my favourite things.

The off season is upon us now! Do you plan to get straight back into training for next season or are you planning some rest time now?

For me it’s time to keep training and ride but without pressure, I cannot really stops because I like to training but I keep doing it easy in this time.

I’ll also return to Brazil got a few projects that I will dedicate myself to between the training, I build bike trails and also the construction of an ecological house as my base.

What does your off season training involve?

I do every practice as I do during the season, but got more attention in training for concentration and technical improvement. As Downhill trails, meditations, and gym.

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Mountain biking is still so heavily male dominated, which can be daunting and put a lot of girls off riding and racing! What advice would you give to girls that want to get into riding & racing?

Something we really have to consider is what we feel and want, looking too much to the side does not help much.

I always say that the best thing to do is to follow your heart and nobody opinion matters in this time. At the beginning to do anything it is always more difficult and only the dedication and love we put on that make us achieving something.

I always liked to be different so for me it wasn’t a hard thing to face.

We women can do anything, so I hope that each one of us remember the potential that exists within us and we can go get whatever we want.

Just do it!

You moved from Brazil to the US. Are you still in California? And how does it differ to your life in Brazil?

I went to California in 2013 for the first time and it was a shock to me, it is very different from Brazil. So I moved and lived for a while.

I see California as a second home, I’m always coming back. But now I’m back to Brazil for a while, I want to bring the experiences I gained in those years I travelled and use it to help mountain bike growth in my own country.

There many differences and I admit it’s a little hard to get used to my country again, the motivation that exists in California doesn’t yet exist in Brazil, you need to start over from scratch, in Brazil the life is harder whereas in California it’s much easier in a lot ways so I chose to leave my comfort zone and go back to Brazil accepting these difficulties but I’m happy to make something to have more people riding.

What one thing about you would most people not know?

I’m vegan!

Riding and racing is heard enough but without help it was be almost impossible to do it at such a high level! Any special mentions of thanks you would like to make?

Definitely I am super grateful to my sponsors, partners, family and my friends who from the beginning believed in my potential and they are with me to this day.

Oakley for the seven incredible years of partnership;

Nukeproof for the bikes one day I dreamed and all the professionalism;

O’neal for their trust and partnership that motivated me a lot since the beginning of the year, which made my year to be more colourful with my favourite gear;

Marzocchi for quality products that made all the difference and partnership we have since 2013;

DeRose Method that offers me the best training of high performance;

Thanks Luana it was awesome to catch up with you!

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Jill Kintner – The Interview

“Bikes are fun and everyone knows it!”

Jill Kintner…. Three time 4x World Champion… Consistent World Cup top ten finisher and … Olympic bronze medalist!

 

With so much success throughout her career it’s no wonder Jill Kintner is considered a legend in and out of the biking world! She has the ability to handle anything on two wheels and the skill to do it in style! Kintners career hasn’t been without its tough times, but her strong will and determination definitely shawn through in these times and led her to achieve some of her biggest achievement!

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Kintner – 3 National Titles in 1 Weekend

 

Hi Jill it’s clear that you’re a natural on a bike, something that is demonstrated by your ability to ride just about every discipline but where did it all begin? How did you get into the riding and racing scene?

Bike riding started in my neighbourhood. I was the only girl, and my older brother and his friends all rode bikes, so of course I did as well. My mom said I rode without training wheels when I was 2. I have seen pictures at our local BMX track when I was 4 mobbing down the massive start ramp, feet off the pedals loving it. So I guess it might have always been a part of my life.

 

 

After 3 national titles in 1 weekend! A podium in Leogang you must be feeling pretty pumped about racing at the moment?

Yes, I’ve had a really good year! Stoked to be getting these results and also spreading my wings a bit in other areas. I kind of miss racing the best girls in the world, but picking and choosing events has always been a good formula for me. The international travel back to back is not my favourite part anymore, so I’m glad the U.S. National series is gaining ground as a premiere series to follow again, and that I have the luxury to go to events I like.

 

In 2014 it was announced that you and your husband Bryn would no longer be racing world cups, was this a decision that you later regretted after deciding to make a return to the world cup scene in for the 3rd round in Leogang. Or was it always the plan just to do a few rounds in the 2015 season?

 It’s a long story, but things change. Bryn didn’t want to race world cups anymore, and I just didn’t want to go to Europe as much. Another team was hired to race world cups for Norco, so our program changed a bit. It worked out decent in the end, but I had a lot of mixed emotion about it that I had to work through after getting a few WC podiums the previous year.

 

Can we expect to see you back full time on the world cup scene full time in 2016?

 Probably not. I don’t really need another result to feel good about my career, the main thing that motivates me is riding better, and helping others. The drive to race pushes me to be disciplined and break comfort levels which in turn makes me better, but we will see what happens next.

 

After being part of a team for so long did it feel strange being in Austria without your usual team support?

Yeah. It was really hard emotionally. I feel like I deserve full support, but Austria proved that I have all the support within, plus good equipment and friends around me. Nothing easy is worth having, so it’s the struggles sometimes that mean the most. Mentally I was really free and had fun riding as well. Red bull is from Austria as well, so I feel really safe and protected there because of them. They always have my back, and I love them for that.

 

You began your career in BMX and then made the full switch to mountain biking in 2004, then went back to BMX in 2008 for the Olympics. What made you make the switch initially? Then what made you go back in 2008?

I didn’t really want to make the switch back to BMX initially, just because there wasn’t really support or infrastructure in place, and MTB opened my eyes a lot to proper ways of training and professionalism. I had gained really good sponsors like Red Bull and GT from my MTB success, so they gave me a chance to pursue the Olympic Dream the right way.

I guess I was also a bit bored in 4x after 3 consecutive world titles, and my dad really wanted me to pursue the Olympic thing as he thought lots of doors would open.
I was up for the challenge only after my dad passed away. I was lost without him for a while and made the decision to go for it for him, and all the time we put in getting to that point. He really thought I could do it, and was right! I wish now that he could know that I did it.

 

You’ve had such an amazing career so far from Olympic BMX medals to multiple 4x World Championship wins, but what has been the highlight so far? 

Olympics for sure. There is nothing like that experience, and the reach it gives you as a professional athlete to have a voice. Plus it’s so damn difficult to do and manage the pressure and expectation that people know Olympic medallists are unique and work hard.

 

Jill @ Fort William World Cup

Jill @ Fort William World Cup

As much as we love riding, time off the bike is essential too! What do you do to unwind off the bike?

 I like being at home, walking the dog, being with my friends, coffee shops, making art etc.

 

Jill, you’ve ridden all over the world but if you had to choose a favourite place to ride where would it be?

 Washington is my fav, so I’m lucky to live there.

 

The girls world cup scene seems pretty friendly and all the girls seems really supportive of each other, but ultimately you are all there to win, does it ever get really competitive amongst the girls?

 Yeah for sure. I’m glad it seems friendly 🙂 the girls are all really nice, and since it’s not head to head racing, you can be civil. There are a few gems in the lot of course, but I personally am way too competitive to really be close friends or give away any advantage to direct competitors, so I guess there is that. In non-race settings I really like them all. Canadians and Aussies are good fun.

 

We can’t not mention the growth in the female mountain biking. What do you think has caused this movement in the growth of female cycling?

Bikes are fun, and everyone knows it!

 

Kintner with fellow  DH National Champ & Countryman Aaron Gwin

Kintner with fellow DH National Champ & Countryman Aaron Gwin

After such success throughout your career how do you manage to stay grounded?

 I realize it is just bike racing, and important things are people, relationships, as well as being a kind person. Beyond that, Winning is more fun than losing, so I work as hard as I can with my training and any weaknesses, and strive to be the best I can be. That’s it. The rest happens however it’s gonna happen.

 

Nutrition is a big thing for us here at MTB Girls Ride and the right foods when training is essential. Do you stick to a specific diet when training? 

No, I just eat healthy, and fuel properly. Your body knows what it needs, and it takes a lot of refinement to feel really good throughout a season. I’m not perfect, but I do go out of my way to take care of my body because it works hard for me and deserves the best energy.

 

Finally Jill, what advice would you give to any girls looking to break onto the riding and racing scene?

 Don’t be scared to learn. Take advantage of mistakes, ask questions, try things, and love the joy of free speed. J

 

 

Thanks Jill, and good luck for the rest of the 2015 season

 

 

Interview With Tracy Moseley!

Tracy Moseley World Champion 2011

2011 World Champion

Tracy Moseley literally eat, sleeps and drinks bikes, she is without a doubt one of the most iconic figures in women’s mountain biking! She has achieved so much in her career and shows no signs pulling the brakes on anytime soon. Securing 15 world cup wins, being crowned 2011 world champion and world enduro series winner in 2013 & 2014, it’s no wonder she is considered a legend!

We recently caught up with Tracy to talk about the 2015 season and much more!

Hi Tracy, another really strong season for you this year! How are you feeling for going into the next round of the EWS?

Yes it’s been another great season so far, still a long way to go and with enduro racing there is so much going on at every race that you can never assume you will have a good race, but I’m really enjoying my riding and feel good on my bike!

 

You are a magnificent role model for women’s cycling in the UK and the World, what advice would you give to girls looking to get into the sport?

I think now is a great time to get involved in all aspects of cycling and especially women in sport, so I really encourage girls to just get out there and have a go. Don’t be put off or scared away by racing, the enduro format creates some great social, fun racing at the grassroots level so just go and give it a go.

I also think that young girls should really focus on getting their basic bike skills up to scratch. Spend time riding a hardtail bike with flat pedals and make sure you can control the bike before you move on to try harder trails….can you lift your front wheel and rear wheel independently and then together? Can you do a wheelie, a side hop, ride along a plank, trackstand etc, all these skills will help you progress further and ultimately have less crashes!

 

5x Winner at Fort William  for this reason Tracy got a Gondola named after her!

5x Winner at Fort William for this reason Tracy got a Gondola named after her!

You’ve dominated the world enduro series the last two years, but with more and more girls racing do you feel like it is getting harder to get top results?

Yeah it’s great to see the womens field growing each year, and the standard is improving, everyone is training harder and coming in to the season fitter and stronger, so it’s great. I feel as though I am still improving and learning a lot so it’s good to keep the level high.

 

What is the best lesson you’ve learnt as a rider which you can teach us?

I think you must always take something away from each ride or race that you did well and something you can improve upon. Always have a goal and a challenge so you always have something to focus  on and keep improving your riding.. Never get complacent with your riding…

 

The world series stretches from one corner of the earth to the other, but what round would you say is your favourite?

That’s a tough one as there are new venues each year and very different race formats so each race is so unique. As far as this season goes so far, it would have to be Ireland. The weather was amazing, the crowd was incredible and the stages were so much fun to race, I loved every minute of it!!

 

EWS Winner 2013 & 2014

EWS Winner 2013 & 2014

 

You began the transition over to Enduro full time in 2012, is plans to hit up some DH races in the near future or had that ship sailed? Or anything you miss from the DH scene?

No I retired from DH having achieved everything I wanted to, so I have no desire to go back and race and I really haven’t missed it. The enduro racing has been so full on I have not had time to miss my DH bike!!

 

You get to travel all over the world with your bike and ride in many different places, where is your favourite place to ride?

You know what I still love riding at home on the Malvern Hills when I get the time which is cool to be able to say that when I have traveled all over ! But its home and its fun riding.

The alps and especially riding with friends at Bike Verbier always ends in amazing days on the bike, so for me it’s the location, trails, challenges but also the people you ride with and the good times you have, that makes a great days riding !

 

We are trying to promote healthy eating on our website, what sort of diet do you try to maintain? Do you feel like a good diet is essential to success?

Yeah I really think that diet makes a huge difference to performance, energy levels and in general well being. Especially these days when our food is so processed and manufactured I think its more important than ever to make good food choices. I really try and stick to natural, wholefoods and try to make as much of my food as possible from scratch with natural ingredients so I know what I am putting inside my body.

 

Finally…Time off the bike is essential so what do you do on your time off the bike?

Sleep !!!

Thanks Tracy & good luck with the rest of the season!

Interview with Katy Curd – “Stop thinking, start doing!”

Katy Curd is an amazingly talented rider and can handle anything on two wheels! The 4x World Champion & Rose Bike team rider is in the middle of one hell of a season so we caught up with her to find out about her season so far and her transition from 4x back to DH! 

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Hi Katy! 2015 has been an amazing season for you, taking your first world cup podium at the brutal Fort William and then getting a top 10 in Lenzerheide, what’s been your highlight of the season so far?

Highlight for me is Fort William, I love just riding up there as the track is amazing but it was a big goal of mine to score a podium up there, even though I didn’t quite believe that I could beforehand! But other than that actually just riding my downhill bike again! I love just getting out riding and any results that come along are just a bonus for now, I’ve got my goals in my head but this year for me is more just learning and gaining the experience racing downhill again.

 

You dominated the 4x scene for so long, what made you decide to make to full move over to Downhill? And do you have any plans to race 4x again in the future?

I love racing 4X but ever since I stopped racing downhill I knew I wanted to eventually come back to it. After reaching all my goals in the 4X racing it seemed like a good time to transfer over to racing downhill. It’s great for my head as well as I have such a short attention span so switching up the training for downhill is keeping everything fresh and keeping me motivated.

 

We see that you spent the winter off season in the mountain bike mecca that is New Zealand, do you think spending the winter there helped you prepare better for the 2015 season?

Yeah to be honest we weren’t even going out there to train it was more of a good break away and an opportunity we couldn’t miss out on but it turned out that it was pretty perfect for off season training! I learnt so much whilst out there gearing me up for race season and had the best time whilst there, I couldn’t off ask for a better couple of months! It’s a must do on the list of places to travel if you’ve never been.

 

Also we have to ask you, what’s your favourite world cup round?

Fort William, mainly because it’s our home round but also everything about the event is spot on. The track is fast and brutal and the crowds and supporters just make the event what it is.

Katy Curd taking her 1st world cup podium at Fort William

Katy Curd taking her 1st world cup podium at Fort William

 

You’ve achieved so much in your career so far, but where did it all start? How did you get into riding and racing?

I just never stopped riding since I was a kid, I was always out on my bike with every spare minute I had even if it was just in a car park pulling wheelies but it was Andrew Dodd who got me into racing and pushed me in the right direction. I owe that man more than I could give as I’m sure I would still be stuck in my local woods if it wasn’t for him helping me out!

 

 

It’s great to see so many more girls getting into riding and racing, but what do you think has caused this movement in female mountain biking?

I agree it definitely a noticeable growth in the amount of women riding and racing now which is great to see. Over the last few years there has been a lot more women only ride days, coaching days and events happening which I think has played a massive part in it. Just given other women the chance to get out and enjoy it rather than worrying about not quite being as good as the guys. Riding is all about having fun, that’s why we all ride so I think these days really help for building confidence and just getting out there and getting stuck in.

As a professional racer you’ve had the chance to ride in so many amazing places all round the world but if you had to choose a favourite place to ride where would it be?

New Zealand, the place is stunning, take away the riding and the scenery is beautiful. The riding out there as well is incredible, everywhere you look there seems to be a trail leading out to somewhere and they are not tame either!

 

You’re such a diverse rider, from dirt jumps to downhill but what do you do on your time off the bike? 

We have just moved house so at the moment its DIY!! But no I like to chill out with friends and family (mainly my dog!), I travel and race so much I feel like I barely get to see people sometimes so it’s always nice to spend time with my mates. I am also in to photography, so love just snapping away at random things.

 

One last thing Katy. What advice would you give to any starting girls looking to break into the race scene? 

Just go and get stuck in, look out for some local races to start building some confidence and go from there, everyone is so friendly and down to earth you will always have people to ride with and ask for help if ever needed. Stop thinking, start doing!

 

Thanks Katy! Good Luck for the rest of the season!

Thank you!

Katy storming in to take her 2nd top 10 of the year in Lenzerheide

Katy storming in to take her 2nd top 10 of the year in Lenzerheide