Tracy Moseley is one of the most iconic mountain bikers of all time – gracing her first first podium in 1995. Since then the British athlete has picked up medals around the world in her career as a downhiller. But in 2012 she made the switch to enduro – and the rest is history. We catch up with the two time Enduro World Champion to hear her plans for the season ahead.
What’s your training regime been coming into the new season? Have you changed anything from last year?
No changes from last year although I am not focusing on any XC racing this season so I have spent a bit more time on the enduro bike at the start of the season, which will hopefully be good for this season.
You finished last year on an incredible high, taking your second world champs title in Finale – does that give you confidence going into the new season or does it add extra pressure?
I think it gives both extra pressure but also satisfaction with what I have already achieved, so although I would love to win again, I am so happy to have won it twice and I know I will be able to retire happy even if I don’t win it again!
What do you think of the trails around Rotorua?
I have had so much fun in the forest at Rotorua, its such an amazing place to ride and have fun on your bike. The whole town and vibe here is so into biking that its been such a cool place to spend some time and get some good hours in on the bike.
What are your goals for this race? Do you have a game plan?
My goal is always to do my best and have fun at the same time. I’d love to win, to start the season off well and also to win in Rotorua would be amazing as I am a big fan of New Zealand and would love to win here, but winning races gets harder every year, as the standard improves and everyone is gunning for me.
Do you think you can take the world champs title for a third time? What would it mean to you if you did?
It would be incredible to win it for a third time, but I think the chances are slim, as I have already had two great years with very few mistakes or problems at the races, and with enduro getting tougher and the competition getting closer, just one mechanical or puncture could be the end of a title challenge so I am not focusing on the overall. I just want to enjoy this year, I have achieved enough to already be happy with my transition to enduro racing and I want to have fun and ride as fast as I can and give a good fight for every race I take part in.