Katy Curd returned to racing this year after a long period of rehabilitation after a head injury. Is she going to be back between the race tape again in 2020?
Tell us who you are, what you do and why we should go for a bike ride with you.
Katy Curd, professional racer and mountain bike coach. Can always guarantee a laugh riding with me as there’s always a girly scream without fail!
What has been your best memory or achievement from the last year?
Fort William world cup was my biggest highlight of the year, a crash put me out of achieving a result but what was a crazy couple of months for me in the lead up to the race I pulled everything together for my race run and felt proud to be able to get into the right mindset when needed.
You crash your bike and can only salvage one thing from it – what would it be and why?
My Renthal grips, I run my grips so worn in, moulded perfect to my hand shape. They look worn out to most people but perfect to me!
If you could only ride one trail for the rest of your days – which is it?
Llangollen downhill trails, always loved the steep fast trails there
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Everyone wants to improve, right? What would you like to do better?
I would love to be more confident in my ability, I know I can do something but yet I still doubt myself or talk myself out of things.
Which component do you break and/or swap the most?
I honestly don’t tend to break much on my bike, same components all year round so far on my bikes, just swap brake pads more than anything due to the gritty terrain around our local trails
What is your tip to becoming a better mountain biker?
Buy a hardtail and ride flat pedals, it will teach you how to ride smoothly and effectively rather than allowing the suspension to compensate. Also great for pump track riding which brings on your skills a lot
What one innovation has made mountain bikes better, and why?
Dropper seat posts, I still have a hardtail mountain bike without one and its just not the same!! Its surprising how many people I coach that still don’t have dropper posts and they soon realise how much benefit it is having the option to be able to constantly adjust the saddle height!
Who do you admire most in the mountain bike world?
Tracy Moseley, incredible rider and athlete, down to earth and super nice genuine person.
What are you hoping to get up to in the next 12 months?
Having a little change up next year, stepping back a little from World Cup racing and just having a more of a fun, chilled year competing in various races, downhill and enduro, just having some fun with it all. I’m also busy building up my mountain bike coaching business, Katy Curd Coaching so a lot more coaching sessions too.
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