After announcing he would be riding for The Brigade in 2020 we took 5 minutes to chat with Alex Marin to get to know him better.
-Tell us who you are, what you do and why we should go for a bike ride with you…
My name is Alex Marin, I ride bikes for living, and I’m sure we’ll have a good laugh on the way up and a sick time on the way down!
-What has been your best memory or achievement from the last year?
Probably winning the National Title overall for first time, and that top 20 in the world cup after a little injurie.
-You crash your bike and can only salvage one thing from it what would it be and why?
First Myself haha, and then probably the suspension, most expensive thing.
-If you could only ride one trail for the rest of your days which is it?
A Line all the way, whistler.
-Everyone wants to improve, right? What would you like to do better?
I would like to ride better in the wet, it’s hard to ride in the mud conditions here at home, that’s what I’m missing a bit.
-Which component do you break and/or swap the most?
Wheels if I had to choose, but I’m not a rider that breaks that much stuff, so the boss is happy haha😜
-What is your tip to becoming a better mountain biker?
Enjoy it, and then, discipline, without it, you will never get to the top.
-What one innovation has made mountain bikes better, and why?
There are lots of things that have been improved over the years. From wheel size to the innovation of the suspensions. But probably the frames and angles of the bike is the one I like the most.
-Who do you admire most in the mountain bike world?
I think someone like Greg Minnar, being that much time at the top, and so consistent, that’s so impresive. When you have the chance to race at a high level you can see how hard it is to stay at the top for a long time. I admire how good he’s been and he still is.
-What are you hoping to get up to in the next 12 months?
Regularly top20 in the world cups, and get those top 10 again, which I’ve been only once, but I feel like I can do it this year again and more than once!