What is it like putting together a new DH team?
It’s awesome. I didn’t know Troy and Ruaridh really well, but I knew them well enough to know that we’d all get along and that it would be a good time. Everyone on the staff is amazing as well. It’s been a good process. I’m enjoying it. It feels like we’ve been a team a lot longer than we have.
How important is it to be on a factory team with an active role in bike development?
The close link with the engineers is one of the most important things you can ask for as a rider. Downhill bikes are complicated machines and there’s constantly tuning going on to make them faster. If you can have a direct conversation with the people who are making the bike, it’s a huge advantage. It’s also super cool to have Fabien involved. He can ride the bikes and test them with us, but also has a direct link to the R&D and everyone here at Canyon. There’s a bit less of a middle man to getting what we’re asking for and vice versa.
What are your goals for 2017?
I’d like to get a couple more top tens and a podium would be great. That’s kind of been the goal the last few years – try to get up on the podium. If could get a podium and place top ten overall, I’d be super happy.
Which race are you most looking forward to?
It’s hard for me not to choose Sainte-Anne as it is in Canada and I had my best ever result there. Not to mention it’s a fun track.