Wise Words is our 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 come to you from Marco Osborne.
Part of the group of ludicrously fast Americans on bicycles, Marco Osborne has made charging down large mountains look pretty straightforward his strong suit. Two time Trans-Provence winner, top 10 overall EWS finishes and the guy to beat on home turf. Often found with a fly fishing setup despite being on a bike miles from anywhere.
Photos by Abner Kingman.
How would your closest riding buddies describe you to someone who has never met you?
A big kid who loves riding bikes and spending time in the mountains no matter the activity. A dirt ball that probably smells and needs a haircut but is always up for an adventure.
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?
A bow and arrow. Having a new hobby to learn and the challenge to hunt with a bow has given me something else to focus on in between events and keep me stoked on bikes all year. I feel it’s important to have other hobbies to keep a good balance and not get burned out on bikes.
What unusual habits do you have as a bike rider?
I have a hard time stopping during practice. I just want to ride my bike and send it. While most other riders like to stop, and session sections. I just try and do a “blind” run and only stop if there’s something crazy technical.
What piece of advice do you think every mountain bike rider should hear? And what piece should they ignore?
Bikes are fun and they should stay that way. Just get out there and enjoy being on your bike and in the mountains. Don’t over-think or over analyze things.
Ignore the haters, the latest trends or what other people say you should be doing or be riding. Just do what you feel is best and ride what makes you happy.
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?
Trans Provence 2016-day 6 stage 1. I ended up going the wrong way and getting lost (I wasn’t the only one) and had to hike back up to the trail. I lost over a minuet and bumped from 3rd to 5th. But that’s blind racing for ya, keep your head up Rick.
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?
Cutting mud spikes. I used to do it every other week while in Europe. Good thing we don’t have to do that anymore, thanks to the WTB Vigilante & Verdict.
How do you motivate yourself when you’re struggling or lacking inspiration?
I just remind myself how lucky I am to be able to ride my bike for a living and try to just enjoy being on my bike.
What single and specific thing about riding bicycles do you gain the most happiness from?
Riding a trail for the first time as fast as possible, not stopping until the bottom and preferably in a high alpine to alpine setting.
What single thing would you like to erase from cycling history from the last year?
The loss between World Cup, Rob Warner, and Red Bull. Just going to take the world a little time to get used to.
What single thing would you like to make happen in the cycling world in the next year?
More coverage for US enduro events and athletes. It would be awesome to see more US racing coverage and showcase the athletes that are helping drive the US market and scene.
Who else should we ask these questions to?
You can keep tabs on Marco’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.