I’m Tracy Moseley, a semi-retired professional mountain biker from the UK. I still love riding my bike even after 20 years of racing all over the world, and I am happiest on an adventure in the mountains exploring new places. I love planning the next trip, how best to maximize my each and every day. I enjoy my own space and time and would say I am fairly quiet until I get to know people!
How and why did you get into mountain biking?
I started riding mountain bikes as a kid as I always had a bike growing up on a farm. My brother was my biggest influence and encouragement to start racing. I was a pretty lazy kid who didn’t like pedaling up hills so naturally, downhill racing appealed to me! I love all sports and played most school sports as much as I could, and I am really competitive at everything I do!
My parents were amazing, they knew nothing about bikes or the sport and never got involved in trying to help us fix the bikes, show us how to ride or I interfere with sponsorship or anything but they just supported us in every other way possible, which was the best approach I believe. They would drive us all over the country and feed us! That’s what was needed and they loved watching us and enjoyed making new friends along the way!
Why is mountain biking important to you?
Mountain biking is an amazing way to travel, to see places that you wouldn’t access by car and you can cover so much more terrain than by foot. Mountain biking had given me so many amazing friends and I met my husband through racing bikes!
Being active and healthy are things that are so important in our lives, and riding a bike is a great way to stay in shape and reduce our impact to the world.
How do you train and become a better mountain biker?
These days I am not following any specific training program, I just ride when and where I want and dependent on how I feel, which is nice! When I was racing, I followed a bit more of a training program and got advice from few different people over the years but I have always been a bit hit and miss with serious training.
What are the most difficult aspects of mountain biking?
The hardest part of mountain biking is the change of weather and the effects that can have on the terrain of your bike and equipment. Also, often being motivated to go out and ride during the cold, wet winter months can be tough. To add, getting injured is part of racing and pushing your limits and injuries are always hard to come back from stronger and without any loss in confidence. What keeps me going is the fun that riding a bike can bring and all the good times I have along the way.
How do you prepare for events/races?
Preparing for events takes many forms from sorting out all the travel logistics ahead of time, being organized and prepared is definitely the key to being successful. I do a lot of yoga and pilates and regularly stretch every day to try and keep myself in the best possible shape throughout the years.
Do you adjust your eating and sleeping habits while training?
I love sleeping and eating, and find it easy to do too much of both of those things! I need 8hrs or more sleep a night to function properly and I think good sleep is such a huge part of performing well in the sport. For my diet, I try and just eat a really well-balanced diet with as much fresh and natural food as possible.
How do you handle injuries and recovery?
Having an understanding of your body, some basic anatomy and knowledge I think helps a lot with injuries as you appreciate more what needs to happen in your body to recover properly. Getting good advice early and working at your physio and rehab exercises are really keys to a full recovery. Also, not rushing injuries is really important. Take time for your body to heal properly before you test it again.
What advice would you give to those starting out in mountain biking?
Try and meet up with a club or group of people who ride regularly as it’s much easier to get out the door if you have arranged to meet someone. It’s also a great social activity, and riding with people better than yourself will always help your skills progress.
Best advice for people who have been mountain biking for years?
Ride in new locations, challenge yourself to try and master a new skill, and get a coaching session to make sure your bad habits are not too ingrained! I’d love to see people all spending time working on skills on the flat with flat pedals on hardtail bikes, getting the basics dialed before attempting the red and black trails! It can reduce the crashes and make people better bike riders.
How do you balance your personal life with training and competitions?
My work/life balance is a bit blurred as my job and my hobby are all the same thing! I am fortunate that I have been able to earn money from my hobby too, but it’s often hard to switch off from work and escape, which can be tricky with family and friends as you often make sacrifices to pursue your work and hobby.
What mountain bikes do you prefer?
I have been riding for Trek Bicycles for 9 years now and love the different options of bikes I can use for each different discipline. I love the Fuel EX and my Top Fuel the most as they are really versatile bikes.
What has been your best sporting purchase below $100?
I think my grid foam roller, great to travel with and help keep up with my stretching routine wherever I am in the world.
What sporting gear do you love?
I love my Osprey backpack so I can always have all the things I need on my bike rides. I have various options depending on what I need to carry. My go-to race pack is the Osprey Zealot 15litre. For shorter events, I use an Osprey Raven 10litre. I also use an Osprey Escapist 25 for guiding and leading. I also use Osprey packs for all my travel too, which makes life easy when traveling to and from airports so much!
What will the future bring?
Hopefully, many more fun filled years of riding bikes and introducing another generation of young Moseley’s into the world of bikes and the outdoor world!
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