It’s been a long road, for Alasdair Fey, to get to the 2013 World Champs in Pietermaritzburg South Africa. The past few years haven’t been easy for the young athlete, but with a bit of help from his friends, he’s made it. Alasdair qualified in the “A” team to represent South Africa later this month, and we asked him about his journey.
Tell us about your preparation over the last two years. The past year I have been hitting the gym hard and putting some good hours on the bike to get super fit. I work in a gym so get a good advantage in training. I had a lot of bad luck with my bike and with injuries in 2012, but this year I finally had a consistent year of racing with out a injury like the past year.
What do you do to chill out when you’re not racing, training or working? Just hang out with my close friends and have some fun doing crazy things.
Are you just a DH rider, or do you ride other types of bikes to train, or just to have fun? My main thing is racing DH but I do a bit of everything involving dirt and bikes. I enjoy a bit of dirt jumping and have been hitting the trails around Hilton and PMB on my chromoly single speed. It’s hard work, but so much fun.
What do you do you stay so positive with all the stuff that happens in life? Been trying to keep motivated as possible even through the tough parts in life, but just keep moving forward pushing as hard as I can when I’m training. Main thing is mind over matter.
How does the Pietermaritzburg track suit your riding? I am super confident on this track as it is my home track I love the open fast sections and the big jumps on this track the challenging part is just the peddle but feeling fit for the race.
You’ve represented SA at World Champs before. You feeling any pressure for this race, because it on your home track?There is a bit of pressure as it is my home town. Differently have home advantage with all my friends that will be there and the vibe that will happen, I have no words to describe. Being at the top of my home town mountain in the start gate of WORLD CHAMPS, is like a dream come true.
Anyone you want to mention, that has helped get you here? Tech support is my team, Team Sputnikcorp, Morewood Bikes that hooked me up with a sweet ride for worlds. Von Zipper and Dakine for always hooking me up with some good product. And for the energy side Monster Energy, and media promotion and POV cameras from Drift Innovations. There are so many people that have helped get me here and I’m just so grateful to them all. With out them, the fact is that I just wouldn’t be racing, so I owe all my sponsors so much.
How are you feeling about your bike and have you made any major changes over the course of this season? Bike is feeling amazing! I have changed to a smaller frame and suspension is feeling really good with the Fox 40 on the front. The only other thing is a move to some stiffer rims to make a more aggressive and harder feeling bike for the hard PMB course.
So tell us how you are going to do at World Champs? I’ll do the best I can at Worlds. I don’t want to choose a number and jinx myself but I’ll assure you I’m going to throw down a good race run.
Alasdair is very much ready for this World Champs. Probably more ready than he’s been for any other race in his career. His kept consistent and strong and made sure to be in the right physical condition as well as frame of mind to be a world beater. We wish him the best of luck.
The UCI Mountain Bike and Trials World Championships takes place at Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September 2013, and will be preceded by the UCI MTB Masters World Championships from 21 to 25 August. More information can be found at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za