Hometown Kidderminster, UK Years Competing 36
Nicknames Boom Boom
Discipline 4X, BMX, DH
Honors UK National Champion 2008, 2009, National 4X Series Champion 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 8 World Cup podiums
How does FOX contribute to your success?
I have the best 4X fork on the market - the Factory Series 32 831 100 FIT RLC. It is great that FOX invested time and money into developing a specific fork for 4X. It makes a huge difference being able to tune it in with Fitzy and Justin at the World Cups.
What else is in your garage?
Intense Podium BMX, golf clubs, gym, and trophies!
What's your training regimen?
About 3-4 hours a day. Loads of gym work at the moment. Also, sprints on the bike, XC riding, DH riding, but most of all riding the 4X bike at 4X tracks. Loads of gate starts.
Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
A few here and there but for the most part I have been lucky. Last year I tore all the ligaments in my left foot at the second World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. I tried to carry on racing in the weeks afterwards with a shoe two sizes bigger on my left foot, but in the end I had to stop racing, recover and come back at the end of the season. The recovery was cool as I worked with a premiership football phisio. Learnt a few new things with him!
What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Pre-race meal is pasta. It's pretty easy to eat and fuels me up. Guilty pleasure would be vanilla ice cream.
How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
I always have a set program of 4X races - 6 British 4X Nationals, 5 Euro 4X rounds and 6 World Cups. Plus the big one day events - National Championships, European Championships and World Championships. Then we add in other festival events if they work with the schedule.
What motivated you to get started professionally?
My dad was a professional motorcycle racer. Racing is really in my family so it was always going to happen. My mom used to race motorcycles and my uncle still runs one of the biggest motorsport associations in the UK, so I wanted to race something! I started out in BMX and moved to MTB in 1996.
What separates you from other professional athletes?
Not much separates any of us to be honest. Usually just 1 percent mentally on race day makes the difference!
What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
Jet pilot! It was always my 'real job' dream at school! Although I raced my first BMX European Championship when I was just 5 years old, so the pro athlete route was always inevitable!
What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Travelling around the world and seeing so many sights that I may not have seen otherwise. Also, pushing myself in my training and not being restricted with time in my training sessions. Being able to ride anytime is the biggest bonus.
What other sports are you interested in?
Moto X! I love Supercross and Moto X. I also like Moto GP, Formula 1, World Rally, Speedway, golf, BMX. If it's a race then I'm interested!
Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
If you are not training, then someone else is! To become a pro takes a lot of dedication and hard work. It is worth it in so many ways, but you might have to pass on a few of those nights out with your buddies to make it all the way!
What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Favorite magazines are MBUK, Dirt, GQ, Moto, Racer X, Decline. Favorite websites are Dirt, Silverfish, Bikeradar, Southerndownhill, and Racer X.
Favorite movie quote?
"I don't care if he's Muhammed, I'm hard, Bruce Lee" - Snatch, 2000
Who is your hero?
Ricky Carmichael. That guy is such a legend I cannot even start to describe him. Flat out, ballsiest MX rider ever.
Are you a Mac or PC? PC - just about to eject from that sinking ship and become Mac
Top 3 bands Black Eyed Peas, Daft Punk, and The XX
Greatest strength Being smooth
Most frustrating challenge Making the perfect gate start