We’ve another ‘Corona Coaster’ episode for you, this time with Enduro Privateer Matt Stuttard. The series takes a look at how professional mountain bikers are dealing with a year put on hold and Matt’s been keeping himself busy working in his local bike shop, riding his new pit bike and plenty of mountain biking in what has been the hottest spring on record here in the UK.
Matt and LTR’s filmer Nico first met when they collided quite literally at the 2017 Enduro World Series race in Madeira. Despite doctors suggesting Matt would struggle to walk again let alone ride a bike he’s managed to overcome the injury and has not only ridden his bike but has had some of his best results in recent years.
This season had Matt set to carry on working his way up the rankings with a new signing to Privateer Bikes/Hunt Wheels and it’s safe to say he’s settled in to riding the bike well. Matt’s home is just along the road from Singletrack Towers, where trails vary between flat out moorland descents and steep technical trails in the woods.
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Looking ahead to the proposed restart of the Enduro World Series season at the end of August, Matt made an interesting point about the compact nature of the events, with several back to back rounds.
“Obviously you’ve got to push on to be as fast as you can to get the results, but if you just have one little crash that could put you out for the next race. It’s going to be a very fine line in risk and reward.” – Matt Stuttard
Whilst Matt acknowledges there are more important things than racing at the moment, he can’t wait for it to all blow over and to get back racing.