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!
Wise Words this week comes to you from none other than Wyn Masters.
Not only is Wyn Masters one of the endless stream of pinned Kiwis taking on the World Cup downhill circuit, he’s also bagged a home Enduro World Series win in Rotorua, as well as being the man behind #WheelieWednesday and WynTV.
How would your closest riding buddies describe you to someone who has never met you?
Someone that likes to ride too much probably and always up for a good laugh or prank.
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?
Well with the current situation I’d have to say a shovel and little Silky saw. Having plenty of time with no racing has given me time to get back on the tools, and I have to say I’ve missed that as a full-time racer, its like being 15 again when everyday consists of digging and riding.
What unusual habits do you have as a bike rider?
Don’t know really but I’m not a fan of hiking as it all seems way to slow, I mean why walk to the top of a mountain when you gotta walk all the way back down.
What piece of advice do you think every mountain bike rider should hear? And what piece should they ignore?
Spend time riding a hardtail and flat pedals, especially starting out. This will only help you in the long run, I’d ride flat pedals full-time if I wasn’t racing, but the hardtail teaches you to ride smooth and pick lines stuff that will only help later on.
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?
Probably plenty of races I’d say I shouldn’t have done this or that and not crashed or something but then I would miss the lessons learned from those days also, but if I had to then Champery 2010. I’d qualified 5th and felt great in final practice but just got way too nervous, so I’d tell myself to calm down a bit and ride my own race.
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?
Can’t really say anything I’ve been wasting my time on, but if there was anything it would be worrying what anyone else thinks of the way I do things.
How do you motivate yourself when you’re struggling or lacking inspiration?
Pretty much getting out on the bike, and it can be any bike too dirt jump hardtail, XC hardtail, DH bike, enduro bike, road bike whatever… just getting out for spin often clears the head and resets things, mixing up the bikes you ride helps too.
What single and specific thing about riding bicycles do you gain the most happiness from?
Just the freedom of being on a bike, that first feeling of freedom as kid is still there today.
What single thing would you like to erase from cycling history from the last year?
The past year is a tough one, I see the sport in great place right now. I would say COVID-19 but I think that has also been a reminder to us how good we have it, so really I just hope that we can get back to racing sometime this year and be more grateful for what we have.
What single thing would you like to make happen in the cycling world in the next year?
I’d like to continue helping privateers to make it happen as that’s how I came through myself, and just keep promoting the sport and enjoying everyday doing what love.
Who else should we ask these questions to?
Joe Nation. I just did a podcast with Joe and he’s got some truly epic privateer stories, check out Wyn or Lose podcast on YouTube, Apple or Spotify.
Keep tabs on Wyn’s adventures on his Instagram feed here.
You can catch all our previous Wise Words interviews with the likes of Sven Martin, Manon Carpenter, Ric McLaughlin and plenty more here.