So Cameron, your a bogger we know that. But tell us a bit yourself and how you ended up doing nothing but biking these days?
Ha ha, Well I started mountain biking as soon as I could ride a bike really and I've always preferred going down the hills then up them, I also saw some videos of DH and it looked like the thing to do!
We have a pretty big garden too so we built a DH track there and shredded that on my trusty KONA Hula! Since I've started I have never really focused on anything else except trying to achieve my goals in mountain biking. One thing has led to another and I've picked up some good results along the way through racing.At the moment i am fully focusing on my training and riding and have given up some distractions ha ha!
You live in a bit of a remote location?
Yeah, I live in Kealkill Co.Cork,
It's good and bad I guess, on one side I'm free to do pretty much what I like, but there is a lack of people and flat ground! I think that ultimatley its an adantage in terms of racing as I usually train on my own and when your racing the clock your on your own which i'm used to. At our house we have a DH track , pumptrack and plenty of land for anything!
When I wake up every morning I'm surrounded by posters and a few trophies, when i walk out my front door the lawn is covered in moto ruts. Pretty much my time at home is fully about bikes, this sums up my life too I guess!
Your part of a clan down there in Cork, do you think your two brothers help keep you on top of your game?
Yeah for sure, nobody wants to be beaten by their younger brother do they!? This happened to me a few times in 2010 and it was a kick in the teeth to wake up and get back on the pace. This season I haven't had that problem thankfully.We kind of use it as a gauge I guess.
How did the 2011 Race Season go?
2011 went well, I won every Irish NPS and the champs in the under 16 category and towards the end of the season would have been on the elite podium a few times.
In the British Downhill series I finished in 4'th place in the overall, I wasn't fully happy with this due to a few mistakes i made in the final round.
Overall it has left me on a good level to work from and I have worked out what I need to do to get to where i want to be.
Did it go to plan?
For the most part it did, I think the mistakes I made are inevitable when your pushing to reach the top.
What are the plans for the future?
From now till Spring I will just be training and having fun on my bike,
The plan for 2012 is to race the majority of the World cups, The BDS, and the Irish NPS, I'm hoping to qualify in the world cups, it won't be easy but with the preparation I'm doing I feel it's a very realistic goal.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hmm I'd be 26 so hopefully at my prime in DH, that means succeeding in world cups, That would be pretty amazing, otherwise I don't know as I don't have any other goals till that ones done.
3 Random Questions -
In Ireland Carrick is hard to beat! I'm really looking forward to riding Hafjell in Norway again too!
Anywhere is good once I have my bike and good people around me.
I see your on a new bike for 2012 Race Season, tell us a bit about that?
Yeah for 2012 we are sponsored by Kona bikes which I am really excited about. We have our Supreme Operator's and Tanuki xc bikes for training, from the riding I've done so far on the Operator I've been really impressed, the bike covers ground quicker then anything else I've ridden. This trait is pretty handy in racing!!
Big thanks to Kona and MBW for their ongoing support and thanks to big Adam Tarbett for giving me the chance to do this interview!
More soon, AT.
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