How has the season gone so far and what do you want to accomplish in the second half?
It´s my first year working as both a mechanic and as the team’s manager. Working two jobs means I need to be super organized and so far, everything is going great! I´m more than happy with the results from Ines and Joe. It’s the best start to a season that Joe has had and Ines has been on or close to the podium all season. Justin has had a hard start to the year after crashing on his hands and getting pneumonia in Tasmania, but it looks like he’s moving in the right direction. For the second half, I want to support the team and show that we didn’t just have a lucky start to the year. It’d also be great to work with Justin to chase some top-ten results.
How important is it to be on a factory team with an active role in bike development?
I love the way we work together with the designers and engineers at Canyon. Many of my good friends are on the development team and we are always sharing ideas at lunchtime or on after-work rides. If we need something made specially for the team, those guys are always ready to make it happen. We are lucky to work together with a group that really understands what it means to race.
Which of the remaining races are you most excited for and why?
It´s hard to say. I look forward to Whistler every year. It’s really the pace to be. I don’t think any place has done more for gravity mountain biking than Whistler. Finale is also an amazing event. The town, the trails, the food and for sure the coffee make every day a winner. The end-of-season party is legendary.
Spectral or Strive?
Not really a question for me, the Strive is my bike of choice. To have a bike that climbs so well, but is also so much fun on the descent, is something I had never experienced before. The geometry and function are just perfect for me.