Before I got addicted to cycling, and all things with two wheels, I knew who Tracy Moseley was. Growing up, I would watch her race, or hear of her through sports news and more often then not, she was dominating her field. Starting off with her brother, Ed, Tracy entered the world of XC competing in a few competitions before heading into the competitive Downhill scene. After some years of DH racing, Tracy dabbled in 4X before settling into the world of Enduro where she secured herself World Cup victories among many other titles and podium finishes.
And nothings changed! This year Tracy scooped up her third World Cup Enduro title win after sailing to the top spot in the EWS rounds. Shortly after her win, Tracy announced her retirement, and that she would not be defending her title next year. So with this in mind, I thought it would be a good chance to catch up with the multi-talented athlete that is Tracy "T-Mo" Moseley.
Hi Tracy, thank you every so much for speaking with Velo Me. Massive congratulations on another year of phenomenal racing, and securing another championship under your belt. You’ve been so exciting to watch this year, how’s it been for you?
It’s been an incredible year, winning 6 out of 7 of the EWS (Enduro World Series) races and enjoying other events too like the Trans-Provence. Its not been easy though, as I had ups and downs with my fitness and health, so it feels great to come away from the year with a 3rd world title.
You’ve recently announced your retirement from racing, and that you don’t intend to defend your title next year. What will you do instead, and do you feel you might miss the racing environment?
I’m sure I’ll miss the racing environment a little, but after 20yrs of racing, I am looking forward to enjoying my riding more without the stress of racing at that level, and all the training needed! I still plan to take part in some races, but to not have the tie of the overall series hanging over me all year will be nice and will free up some time for other projects!
You've been a huge inspiration to riders all over the world, since you started racing in 1992. We've all followed your career from downhill, to 4X to Enduro and you've become a household name in the homes of all MTB riders. When you started out, who inspired you and what motivated you to race?
My brother I guess was my first inspiration as he got into mountain bike racing in 1992, and for the next 10 years, I followed him to races and tried to keep up with him. I think he can take the credit for my early years of racing, and a lot of my skill development.
It's quite common for bikers to dabble other disciplines, like BMX'ing and cyclocross, but to race in Downhill, 4X and now Enduro... they are some huge transitions! How did you find moving from one race discipline to the other? And how has your training altered for Enduro racing?
I have really enjoyed the challenge, as for me I am a cyclist and a mountain biker so I have always liked to do other disciplines, so it almost feels quite natural. I think its really important for young riders to not focus on one discipline too soon, and build skills across the sports. The real change in training for me has come in the endurance side, getting enough miles under my belt to survive the long days at the EWS races !
You've been in the industry for a long enough time to see the evolution of the women's cycling industry. It's great that we're a growing minority, and we're starting to get more media coverage to equal that of the men's races. How has the women's market changed in your time of riding? And how far would you like to see it go?
I think the women's side of the sport is in a really healthy place now and with more and more women cycling, it's only going to improve. We just need more of them having a go at the races to give us bigger fields at the events. Many companies now offer women’s specific products too which is great, my clothing sponsor Maloja has an equal sized catalogue of men's and women's clothing. Osprey maye Women’s packs, G-Form women’s pads etc.. So it’s a great time to get involved in the sport!
Pro-riders like yourself have said they feel it's their responsibility to help nurture the next generation of female riders, and help encourage more women to race. You've run some coaching courses yourself, can you tell us a little about these courses and what makes them so fun for you?
Yeah I love trying to inspire more women, of all ages, to take up the sport and share the same love that I have for it. I have done a few courses out in Verbier with Bike Verbier and in the future I plan to do more, but nothing definite at this stage…
What's the best piece of advice you've been given in your career, and what can you pass on to us?
Piss poor preparation leads to piss poor performance!!! Setting yourself goals in everything you do I think is key to success, happiness and having a good time with your sport.
You've accumulated a wealth of podium spots, titles and world cups in a variety of MTB disciplines. Do you have any goals aside from racing?
To have a happy, fun filled life and enjoy quality time with my friends and family.
It seems strange to think that next year I won't be able to flick over the the EWS and see Tracy Moseley lighting up the trails. She's had such an impressive career in racing which I think we can all take some lessons from, like experiencing different disciplines of riding.
I wish Tracy all the very best of luck, and fun riding for the future. I'm hopeful that Tracy will come back with some coaching courses and share more of her knowledge and experience. But for now... rest up, Tracy! You deserve some quality downtime after roller-coaster career.