the wanderer - Member
I don't think any one who is competitive at a world level is a nice person. Every action is calculated to increase their chances to win.
You never met Jason McRoy. Possibly one of the nicest blokes you could possibly hope to meet. And a world-class mountain biker.
Tracey Moseley is too.
I was out drinking in Vail with the British team for a week in 1994, including Rob 'Caveman' Warner, and everyone was loads of fun, although Warner could overdo the 'laddish' behaviour a bit, but that's Warner.
Which is where I met JMC; despite being busy in the Specialized team area, when I asked him a question about his tyres, he dragged me over to his bike and spent quite some time talking about it, as if we were long-time friends.
I'd never met him before. Lovely bloke, and much missed.
Missy Giove was really nice, too, she signed my SuperVee 3000 in Vail, and remembered me when we met again at the Bike Show a while later, was really nice and pleasant to talk to, nothing arrogant or arsey about her at all.
Shame about her later drug, (non-cycling related) issues.
Maybe it's because mountain biking has a different background and ethos to road riding, but we're still talking about athletes competing at a world level, and there's never seemed to be the doping going on like there has been in road.