Tracy Moseley gehört zu den besten Bikerinnen der Welt und bewies dies nach ihrer Downhillkarriere regelmässig durch totale Dominanz bei den Enduro World Series.
Wir hatten die Chance ihr ein paar Fragen auf der Trek World 2016 zu stellen. Sie war mit ihrem brandneuen Slash 29″ vor Ort. Natürlich haben wir auch dazu direkt Fragen gestellt.
Interview Tracy Moseley
Tracy Moseley, in enduro racing, especially the Enduro World Series, 29 inch wheels have been rather the exception in the past. You have successfully demonstrated that this is no disadvantage. Can you give us your take upon wheel sizes, how you came to settle for 29 inch and why it has been a good choice for racing?
When the Remedy 29 came out in 2013, I took the bike to the first ever Enduro World Series in Italy. First time I ever rode it was practice for the race. I really didn`t expect to like it but I thought it’s new and Trek was keen for me to try it. Pretty much from day one I never stopped and rode anything else. I really just felt that the bike was amazing, carried speed everywhere and just felt like it was a race bike. The Bike also suits the way I ride – I’m not an aggressive change-of-speed, change-of-direction [rider], as I like to carry speed a lot. This suits this kind of bike – once you’re up to speed you’re away. The whole of the EWS series ever since I’ve been riding the Remedy 29. The only time I changed was the first year when we didn’t really have tires in the same range we have now; I rode the Slash for a couple of bigger alpine races. The whole of last year and the year before was all on Remedy 29. For me it makes sense, I want to race, I want to go as fast as I possibly can. It feels like it’s efficient, even on transitions it feels you can carry speed, so it’s easier – why not? I’ve ridden it all over the world, and yes there are occasionally a few tight turns you might struggle to get around, but you can still get around, you just have to adapt your style a little bit. I think the advantages you get elsewhere are far more important than the few negatives. So for me as a racer I think it’s been a bit of a secret. It’s almost seen as not cool, certainly initially for the first few years. It’s only now that you’re seeing all the Cube guys on 29ers. 29 won, I think first, second and third on this year. You’re starting to see manufacturers make really competitive 29 inch bikes. A lot of the time they’ve been shorter travel, maybe not so good geometry, where as I think Trek got it right with Remedy the first couple of years and now they’ve refined if just more so to become even more of a true race bike. It’s a little bit more travel, a bit more aggressive and you’ll see more people now realizing it’s pretty cool, it goes really fast. Now it seems like electric bikes are the not-cool thing in Europe so now it’s ok to ride 29er, so there’s something else that’s not cool. It’s always an image thing with mountain biking.
What size do you ride?
17.5 inch frame
With 29 inch wheels one of the concerns have been flexing wheels or less durable wheel sets. How many set of wheels do you go through in a season?
You know what, I never had that feeling and maybe that’s because I’ve been lucky and have had good wheel sets. Generally we have the chance to have a new race set every race but it’s not because my wheels are trashed, like far from that. I’ve never every fully trashed a wheel that I’ve not been able to finish a race in 3 years. And I’ve never felt that kind of flexy, wobbly feel that people talk about so I think we’ve had a really good combination with the Bontrager rims we used over the past few years. It’s only gotten better now with the wider rim, it’s more stable, more strong. Yeah, it’s not been a problem for me at all.
Are you riding alloy or carbon rims?
Alloy. I’ve done a little bit of testing with carbon, I think they’ve definitely come on a long way. The new Bontrager carbon rim is pretty good. But I’m not in the place to take on … it’s more that when I say I’ve never trashed a wheel, when I dent one, with alloy you can even bend it back on trail, where with a three day enduro race if you trash your carbon rim you’re done, your race is over. For me with the enduro things there’s always a compromise: you need to get yourself and your bike through an event and I think I have more chance in doing that on an alloy rim than on a carbon. That’s the reason. Maybe I’m compromising with weight but I want to finish the race.
How do you combine racing worldwide with friends and family?
I think it’s now become a lifestyle for me. I mean, I have been racing since I was 15, so more than half my life, and yeah it it’s tough. You spend long time away but I am fortunate that I can travel with James, my boyfriend, who’s actually have been mechanizing for me on the bike so we’ve actually done the whole World Series together for the last 4 years. That’s quite cool how you get to travel.I think my friends have become part of the bike scene and also my friends are on the race circuit. We have friends all over the world from riding bikes. So yeah it’s cool, it’s almost like one big traveling family. Everyone appreciates that it’s not forever and it’s a pretty cool lifestyle and I enjoy it while I can.
We recently had the opportunity to ride with James from Bike Verbier, whom you know. He told us about your recent crash. How do you deal with injuries, especially mental perspective of being down an out?
I think this was a crazy one and it just happened, That’s often the case: it’s not doing something technical or racing. Over the years I’ve had plenty of time off. I’ve been quite fortunate that it’s been in the off-season. I’ve had things repaired if it has broken during the season but I’ve been quite fortunate. I think with experience you know if you want to get back to racing you have to actually take time and look after things. I’m finding this broken sternum to probably be one of the hardest [injuries] in ways. Not because it’s really that painful but there’s no way of putting a cast on it and resting it. Everything I do is a little bit uncomfortable but it’s not really bad, so it’s kind of frustrating – I can ride, but I can’t ride properly. It’s hard to gage that level you’re doing more harm than good. It’s in the middle of the summer this time, which is annoying and frustrating. Injuries are part of racing and I’ve been so fortunate to have done the past 3 years of enduro world series without having to miss any races through injuries so it’s about time i did something if you think of all the risks I’ve taken and the time spent I’ve spent on my bike
How long will you need to recover from this injury?
Anything from 4 to 8 weeks they’ve said. It’s one of these injuries you can’t really tell I guess. I’m just going to take my time. I’m hoping to do the Trans-Rezia, which is a new 6 day enduro race, at the End of August in Italy. That’s my plan to be able to race that one. I’ve got a month from now, and it’s 3 weeks since I’ve done it, so I’m hoping that it’ll be good as long as I don’t do too much.
Tracy Moseley has dominated the EWS. How come? What do you do and what do you bring to racing that others don’t?
It’s that experience thing having raced for so long. I spent more than ten years racing on the Worldcup downhill circuit so I guess I brought a lot of knowing how-to-get-fast experience. I have grown to really love riding my bike and the challenge to ride uphill as well as downhill is now something I enjoy. So I think it is just the riding different places and actually enjoying it. It’s not becoming such a stressful racing feeling as well. Just having fun out on my bike and spending five or six hours out there all day. Some people who are coming from downhill are struggling with that fitness element. So certainly for me my biggest investment has been getting fit in the past 3 years. Also advantages like choosing a 29 – because it is the best bike for me, compromising what the lightest tyre is that I can get away with without getting punctured. I think I put a lot of thought into a lot of things in enduro, where others haven’t, for example I always make sure I have got more spares than I need with me because if I do have a problem I can fix it. Loads of people now are going minimalist, they’re not even carrying a bag: they’re not feeding themselves and hydrating properly. They are trying to short cut a little bit with the sport. I see it more than this elite level of racing – it’s an adventure thing for me and that’s how I’ve approached it from the start.
You mentioned Bike Verbier, I do think this is really one big part of my successes. For the last eight years we have always use the guys of Bike Verbier. It is a little bit of a base when we were in Europe racing. The terrain there is incredible – there is so much variety, steepness, technicalness and Phil is showing us every possible trail that he knows and there is still more. Every time we go we ride something different. It’s great to get the chance to ride such varieties of terrain and to be able to 20+ minutes downhill and switchbacks that are almost impossible. Just that kind of stuff and riding in different places in the world, the whole spectrum with everything has worked. I wouldn’t ever think I would be the best enduro racer out there when I started. We all came to do it, having come from cross country or downhill and it was like: let’s see who is gonna be good in this. I really found a discipline that even suits for me than downhill did I think. So it’s a big combination and there is not only one thing that you have to be good at. You have to be an all-round bike rider, an athlete, someone uses the head and not just go crazy downhill on decent.
You partially retired from EWS racing. What do you do with the time you are gaining now?
I wanted to slow down from the race because it is something I have done for so long. I thought if I would stop quickly I would struggle a little bit. It was nice to go back to race Ireland and still realize I was doing good, that was cool.
I have been investing a lot in some of the younger riders at home. I have a couple of youngsters that I’m sponsoring this year who have had amazing season already and our local clubs are been really a big part what I have been doing at home. That has been enjoyable. I have actually been going to more races in the UK than I have in many years because I have been at home and gotten back into the grassroots scene. I really enjoyed that. Also I have a little bit more time to come to events that Trek got on. I did the Powerfly launch a few weeks ago in Flims and yeah just being able to do some more hands on dealer visits and some more film and media. I’ve enjoyed this difference, just less stress. I think my riding has been better than ever this year. I mean the racing I have done certainly in Ireland was just because there was no pressure. It’s been nice doing something little bit different. Feels like I can put back into the sport and still give Trek some good value for sponsoring me.
What’s next for Tracy Moseley?
I was hoping to have done one more EWS this year but sadly that is not going to happen now because of the timing of the injury. James and I are going to get married at the End of September this year, so that is gonna be an outside of biking step in life. Next year hopefully I’m looking to do probably again the same idea, like a little bit of racing. We do want to have a family as well so this is gonna be a big step for the future. I still want to stay involved in the sport. I’d love to be able to return to racing – not at the same level but always be involved and hopefully be an ambassador role for the brand and do more events, see more people out there and enjoy riding bikes. Especially I have a real passion for the women’s side of racing. I see young girls stopping sport when the get to 15-16, I try to really inspire them and show them that there is a career there and a lifestyle they can have.
Hoffentlich sehen wir Tracy Moseley bei der Trans Rezia in Italien Ende August. Wir drücken ihr die Daumen dass sie bis dahin wieder fit ist.
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