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 Mr. Isac Paddock.
Isac Paddock is a snapper extraordinaire who cut his teeth on the race circuit like many squids before him, with the hard work bagging him a gig with YT Industries as Athlete Communications, which means he still points a camera at a fair few things…
How would your closest riding buddies describe you to someone who has never met you?
They would describe me as someone who loves pedaling, and always pushing for the biggest adventures or rides. They’d probably say I’m unprepared, I’m normally the guy with 1 water bottle for 60km rides and no snacks. Bonk pending.
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?
Wahoo GPS. With the amount of travelling I do with work I constantly find myself in new places, and I love to spend every second of my free time riding. Normally my free-time is limited, so I’ve been using a Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt in combination with Komoot to maximize exploring local trails globally.
What unusual habits do you have as a bike rider?
I enjoy climbing, especially when it gets hard for my buddies, haha. I love to challenge e-bikes on fire roads, as long as they’re restricted…
What piece of advice do you think every mountain bike rider should hear? And what piece should they ignore?
Invest money in equipment that is necessary or makes riding more enjoyable (good winter/rain gear if you live in the UK).
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?
I’ve been lucky enough to ride with many of my child-hood hero’s over the years, but every ride is great. I wouldn’t change anything.
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?
Strava, it’s easy to get stuck in and start comparing your times thinking what could have been, but ultimately there is only one place to test your skills against the clock, and that’s between the race tape, and they’re guaranteed more fun than staring at an app.
How do you motivate yourself when you’re struggling or lacking inspiration?
Get out and ride, even if it’s just riding to the pub, any form of 2 wheels put’s me in a happy place.
What single and specific thing about riding bicycles do you gain the most happiness from?
The community. The stoke everyone shares when you hit a feature, or finish a challenging ride.
What single thing would you like to erase from cycling history from the last year?
Not just the last year, but it’s definitely increased in the past year due to the bike boom that COVID brought. I would like to change/erase the negativity that some people share around new people joining our sport.
There is a place for everyone in cycling, we should embrace that. Not everyone needs or wants to be riding the gnarliest of trails, there is space for us all to enjoy two wheels, whether that’s commuting, riding e-bikes, or shredding laps of your local.
What single thing would you like to make happen in the cycling world in the next year?
I’d like to see even more people take up cycling. As for me in-particular, I’d like to continue telling the stories of our athletes (YT Industries), and hopefully inspire the next generation to get involved with 2 wheels.
Who else should we ask these questions to?
Jan Philipp Becker.
You can keep tabs on Isac’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.