Well known for her no-handers and airborne tricks, we managed to keep Veronique Sandler on the ground long enough to answer a few questions.
Tell us who you are, what you do and why we should go for a bike ride with you…
I’m Veronique Sandler, a Kiwi MTBer who fell in love with the UK and moved here in 2015. You should come and shred with me because I promise we will have a laugh and I’ll show you some grade A turns.
What has been your best memory or achievement from the last year?
I was lucky enough to be invited to film a video at Retallack Lodge, BC earlier this year and I’ve never been anywhere so sick before! An absolute mountain biker’s dream with the best trails ever and awesome, friendly people everywhere who share the stoke. Memories were made and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has the chance to check the place out!
You crash your bike and can only salvage one thing from it – what would it be and why?
The G-up sticker on my top tube because it gets me hyped to send it every time I look down.
Everyone wants to improve, right? What would you like to do better?
I’d like to be able to corner equally as well to the right as I can to the left. It’s crazy how much better left handers work for me and I’d love to be able to get my right handers on par.
Which component do you break and/or swap the most?
Hmm… I don’t really go through many parts but I do like to try get my rear wheel sliding as much as I can, so probably back tyres.
What is your tip to becoming a better mountain biker?
Enjoy the process! Get out there and session whatever you want to improve on and understand its not going to come straight away. Sometimes it even feels like your progression curve is going backwards but have trust in it and once you nail that skill the feeling will be so worth all the time spent practising!
What one innovation has made mountain bikes better, and why?
I hate to say it, but I’ve got to give it to the invention of dropper posts. I remember back in the day going for a trail ride I’d almost get hand cramp from having to stop and put my seat up and down so much. We have it pretty dialled these days with the little lever on our bars!
Who do you admire most in the mountain bike world?
I have huge respect for Manon Carpenter for being independent and doing what was right for her when so many people were putting pressure on her to keep racing. She is such an insane rider and I love following her down a trail to see her steezing it out, not worrying about the pressures of competition!
What are you hoping to get up to in the next 12 months?
Hopefully more of the same but tick some new spots and adventures off the list. I have some exciting video ideas for next year so hopefully I can create some content that I’m stoked with too!