Mountain Bike Magazine SANI - Autumn 2018 - Page 27

PEOPLE | RIDERS WE LIKE PHOTOGRAPHS MICHAL CERVENY PHOTOGRAPHY & BARTEK WOLINSKI/RED BULL CONTENT POOL. ALAN: ERICA GREEN Tell us about growing up in NZ. Has riding bikes always been part of your life? My passion for two wheels and speed has been something I was born with. I’ve always been outside and enjoying it. It started with Motocross when I was young, then it shifted to BMX that eventually had to be stopped from the amount of crashes! I was given a road bike and that’s where the racing began. I always had the MTB, and raced the national circuit along with that. I dreamt of being the best in the world at something, and in 2012 I watched the MTB race at the London Olympics on TV and I was hooked. Since then I’ve been obsessed with the sport. Do you have brothers and sisters? What does your family think of your success to date, and have they been a great support for you? Yes, I have two brothers and a sister. It’s almost like I live two lives, they don’t see the racing and how things work; only me disappearing off every day to train. One day I would love the whole family to be at a big race and see what I get to see in the sport. But they are super supportive, and I would like to think that they are happy with how I’ve chosen to live the life I do. What do you like to do in your downtime, is there a special someone in your life, and what other hobbies do you have? I love to be outside, but the novelty of that begins to wear thin when I am constantly training. Some days I am happiest relaxing and catching up on all the different sporting events going on. Of course, being a cyclist comes with being a coffee lover, so if I get a relaxed day with a good few cafè sessions then I am happy! When did you first come to SA, and what were your thoughts on our trails and the country in general? Where did you enjoy riding the most? I fell in love with Stellenbosch when I first came three years ago. The atmosphere and vibe, the town and region is amazing and it’s always a pleasure to come back. I really enjoy Jonkershoek and Grabouw, I’ve spent a lot of time training around the place and kiwi kahunas | MTB | 27 PEOPLE | RIDERS WE LIKE Tell us about growing up in NZ. Has riding bikes always been part of your life? My passion for two wheels and speed has been something I was born with. I’ve always been outside and enjoying it. It started with Motocross when I was young, then it shifted to BMX that eventually had to be stopped from the amount of crashes! I was given a road bike and that’s where the racing began. I always had the MTB, and raced the national circuit along with that. I dreamt of being the best in the world at something, and in 2012 I watched the MTB race at the London Olympics on TV and I was hooked. Since then I’ve been obsessed with the sport. Do you have brothers and sisters? What does your family think of your success to date, and have they been a great support for you? Yes, I have two bro FW'2B67FW"N( 27BƖRƗfRGvƗfW2FWF( B6VRFR&6pBrFw2v&ǒPF6V&rfbWfW'FFG&RFvVBfRFPvRf֖ǒF&RB&r&6PB6VRvBvWBF6VRFR7'B'WBFW&R7WW 7W'FfRBvVBƖPFFFBFW&RvFr( fR66VFƗfPFRƖfRFvBFRƖRFF৖W"FvFR2FW&R7V66VRW"ƖfRBvBFW"&&W2FRfSfRF&RWG6FR'WBFRfVGbFB&Vv2FvV"FvV67FFǐG&r6RF2ЦW7B&VrB6F6pWFRFffW&VB7'FpWfVG2vrb6W'6R&Vr76Ɨ7B6W2vF&Vr6ffVRfW"6bvW@&VVBFvFvBfWp6l:6W762FVvVFBRf'7B6PF4BvBvW&RW FVvG2W"G&2@FR6VG'vVW&vW&RFBRV&FpFR7CfVfRvF7FVV&66vVf'7@6RF&VRV'2vFPF7W&RBf&RFRFvB&Vv2rBN( 0v2V7W&RF6R&6ऒ&VǒVW'6V@w&&Wr( fR7VBBbFPG&r&VBFR6R@vV2D"#p