5 Minutes With Ines Thoma: Beyond The Podium

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Ines Thoma races for Canyon, coaches riding clinics, and travels with her bike. Does she have time for anything else?

Ines Thoma
All images credit: Boris Beyer

Tell us who you are, what you do and why we should go for a bike ride with you…

Hey everybody, I am Ines Thoma, 30 years old and I am a professional Enduro racer for Canyon Factory Racing. When I’m not traveling or racing I go riding and training with my friends and love to do riding clinics. You should definitely come on a day out with me because it’s always an adventure. I love to be in the mountains all day, find new trails (sometimes they work and sometimes not), stand on a peak and often get lost. So there is always a story you can tell after to your friends.

What has been your best memory or achievement from the last year?

Winning both Megavalanche races this year was super special to me. The one in Alpe d’Huez is such a classic race and after a bad start with a couple of crashes on the glacier, I fought until the end to get back to the front. Winning that race, I won the trip to the second Mega race of the year on La Réunion. What an awesome experience to race at the end of the season on this beautiful volcanic island. The track is even more rough and physical demanding than in France and I had a really good run and won the women’s category with finishing 13th overall. 

You crash your bike and can only salvage one thing from it – what would it be and why?

My electric shifting. I just got the SRAM AXS some months ago and I love it and don’t want to lose it straight again. Haha.

If you could only ride one trail for the rest of your days – which is it?

Dark Crystal on Blackcomb in Whistler. This trail has everything I love riding my bike with a beautiful forest, steep shoots, loam, a good rhythm, sick corners. So much fun!

Everyone wants to improve, right? What would you like to do better?

Ha. This list is super long. I would like to improve my jumping skills, also on the Dirt bike, wheelie and manuals, trial moves like big log hops, back wheel hops, cornering to the right side and so on.

Which component do you break and/or swap the most?

Tires. They just wear down and I always run the softest compound available which is for me the Maxx Grip from Maxxis. Other than that I luckily don’t break a lot. 

What is your tip to becoming a better mountain biker?

Start to play with your bike. On pump tracks, Dirt jumps and just with some euro pallets in the garden, you can learn so many helpful and stylish moves that also make you faster on the trail.

Ines Thoma

What one innovation has made mountain bikes better, and why?

That you can do everything with this one bike now. Geometries are so great. At the moment I basically only use my Strive for everything: long pedaling expeditions, racing, bike park, jumps. The new generation of Trail/ Enduro Bikes are so multi useful and they don’t break anymore. Remember the first days of DH racing where everything got destroyed after one run. Now the parts really last. That’s so good.

Who do you admire most in the mountain bike world?

That people go out and ride doesn’t matter where they live. You can ride your bike everywhere and out there you can free your mind and be offline for at least a couple of hours.

What are you hoping to get up to in the next 12 months?

I am looking forward to a great season 2020, full of trips, races and adventures. The EWS has some of my favourite venues with Chile and the Dolomites in its calendar. We will go the first time ever to the East of the US in Vermont, I will join some camps in South Tirol and hopefully make it to Nepal the first time. Apart from riding I am doing a 200hr Yoga teacher training that will finish this spring.

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