With three World Championship titles in enduro as well as one in downhill, plus seven British Downhill National Championships on her palmares, Tracy Moseley is one of the most successful mountain bikers of her generation. She’s no longer racing full-time but is still very much involved in the sport. We caught up with Tracy to reflect on her career and find out what’s next.
Why mountain biking? And how did you get started?
Growing up on a farm meant that my older brother and I always had bikes to rip around the farm and woodland. I just tried to do whatever my brother was doing. Riding bikes, riding down crazy steep chutes and making jumps seemed normal to me! Then my brother started MTB racing and I just went along to watch until eventually, he persuaded me to have a go…and the rest they say is history!
How has the women’s professional MTB scene changed since you started racing?
Mountain biking has changed a lot in the last 20yrs. In the 90s, MTB was really a new, cool and popular sport and the US was the leader back then. There were good sponsorship opportunities and the races were televised. Since then the sport has for sure had a decline in terms of TV, sponsorship and race numbers at world cup races, but it has grown in so many other ways. The bikes and technicality have evolved so much, there are more disciplines and you now need to be a specialist in one. The mass participation of people just out riding bikes at the weekend has grown loads and especially amongst women. The professional women’s field is still small but I would say the standard, speed and skill level of the top women is always progressing.
What’s the best advice you can give to somebody starting MTB now?
Find a good group or club to ride with. Start off small, learn on a basic bike, start on the blues, get some coaching and look before you leap! It’s easy to jump on a fancy bike and have no skills or technique and get hurt, so take your time and build your skills slowly.
What have been your favourite innovations in MTB over the years?
The dropper seat post, allowing you to drop your saddle height with a button on the bars has been my favourite. A close second is tubeless tyres – no more patching tubes and punctures any more. Then there’s my biking backpack, my Osprey Raven 10, which allows me to have big days out on the bike and have all my snacks and spares to hand!!
What has been your favourite memory from your racing career?
There have been so many, but I think becoming downhill world champion in 2010 after many years of trying is one of my highlights.
You’ve retired from racing but it doesn’t look like you’ve slowed down with a new role in the Trek Factory Racing teams. What does your role involve?
I am part of the management group at Trek that is running their factory race programs for DH, XC and Enduro. I am involved in the logistics and organisation of the Enduro team and I am also the athlete liaison for all the XC and Enduro athletes, helping them perform at their happiest and best!
How much travelling do you do and how do you organise yourself, especially with a new baby?
I am trying to reduce my travel schedule a little as life with a baby is busy! However, I am really lucky that my husband is able to travel so we have done most of the travel as a family which has been amazing. Having great Osprey luggage, including the baby-carrying Poco, means we can go anywhere and take him with us!
Now that you’re no longer racing, what’s your favourite way to stay active? Still mountain-biking?
I’m still planning to do a few races!! And yes riding my bike is still my top choice but I have done my first two Park Runs last month. Running is really efficient when time is limited, although not as fun as biking!
What are your goals for 2019?
To be the best mum and wife. I’d also like to get fit again, enjoy some family adventures and do a few bike races too!!
Photo credits: Tezzerphoto & James Richards