Interview: Rowan Sorrell

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June 17, 2015

The RowanSorrell-6117 ST: So, some of us with long enough memories will remember you as Rowan Sorrell the racer. How did you go from that, to Rowan Sorrell the trail builder?

RS: When I was racing I had to earn some money because racing wasn’t really paying me any money. I guess I’d always enjoyed building tracks, unofficially, tracks that I’d ride. While I was racing I had the opportunity to work on a couple of projects which were in a paid or professional capacity but they were quite spread out at that point in time, I think it must have been about 2004 I started. That was when I first decided that I’d try to do this as a career. I had an opportunity to work on the trails in South Wales, maintenance initially. I set up Back On Track as a company and just responded really to what was going on out there and had different opportunities that came up. Once I’d designed or built a couple of trails that was it really, I knew I really enjoyed it – the challenges of working on different projects. The theory was it would give me a lot of free time to ride my bike [laughs]…

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