Wise Words is our new interview series talking to some of mountain biking’s most switched on people.
We’ll ask our short list of questions to a heap of influential, inspiring and outspoken people that we feel are driving the direction of mountain biking today. Some will make you think, some will make you laugh, some will be plain dumb, some will inspire you to better yourself and your riding. We hope!
This week’s Wise Words come to you from French flyer, Morgane Charre.
Morgane Charre burst into our collective conscious by having the ‘zen’ run and bagging the 2012 Elite Womens’ Downhill World Championship gold ahead of some serious competition. Since then she’s been a World Cup podium regular, never outside the top 10. She’s also proven she has the fitness for enduro by bagging multiple EWS top 10s as well.
How would your closest riding buddies describe you to someone who has never met you?
A girl who likes to have fun on her mountain bike and who enjoys racing at the weekends.
What thing or things have you bought in the last year that had the biggest effect on your life as a mountain biker / cyclist / person that works in the bike industry?
I got a Headspace subscription which is a meditation app. I don’t use it that often, but it definitely helped me getting more relaxed before races. It also makes me feel good and more positive in my everyday life.
I also got myself a proper winter (soft-shell) riding pant and it definitely changed my life over the last few weeks. Winter riding just got way better.
What unusual habits do you have as a bike rider?
I ride flat pedals which is quite unusual for racers, but I wouldn’t change it.
What piece of advice do you think every mountain bike rider should hear? And what piece should they ignore?
Don’t limit yourself to one type of riding but try a bit of everything is a good advice in my opinion.
Not sure what they should ignore…
If you could go back and re-ride one day from your life so far, where/what/when/who would it be? Would you change anything?
It has to be my World Champs win in Leogang in 2012. That race run felt amazing and it was like everything was ‘easy’. My best friends were there to watch the race and sharing these emotions with them is something I’ll never forget.
The only thing I would change would be to bring my parents and sister to that race as well, so we could celebrate all together.
What have you wasted the most time on in your life as a rider or bike industry career that you wished you’d given up years ago?
Somehow it took me a while to give up riding with tubes, but I’m fully convinced by tubeless now.
How do you motivate yourself when you’re struggling or lacking inspiration?
I like to listen to some music, take a few minutes for myself to clear my mind and then I’m usually good to go.
What single and specific thing about riding bicycles do you gain the most happiness from?
It’s pretty basic but to be at the top of a trail in the middle of nowhere with your best buddies knowing you’re going to have a lot of fun on the way down is the best feeling for me.
Getting your race run just how you want it, floating over the track is a really addictive feeling as well.
What single thing would you like to erase from cycling history from the last year?
That doping story in the EWS was the worst thing to happen to our sport this past year in my opinion. Even if it wasn’t something as sinister as EPO, it’s still a bummer to hear that some of the icons of the sport got tested positive.
What single thing would you like to make happen in the cycling world in the next year?
I would love to see more support towards women in DH and enduro. There are more and more girls riding but a lot of brands still don’t give much support to aspiring top athletes.
Who else should we ask these questions to?