Last year I was at the Core show and bumped into our good friend Jamie from wideopen magazine. He was talking to a delightful young lady whose name I didn’t catch. Fast forward to this year and I got to meet her in person. Well she was indeed charming and delightful. She talked me through the nice new things that Hope Technology are creating. But I had to ask as to whether she rode bikes. A bit of a silly question really as I think they all do. But She also races. Now being a bit dim at the time, when she said “That’s my bike over there” I thought she meant the Cyclocross bike. Er No. Try the rather splendid Hope team Tricked out Specialized demo. Ahh so you’re fast then? Well what can I say? I asked her politely if she’d be happy to do an interview. well she said yes and has some interesting thoughts. I wonder If i can get her to join the ranks of Hardtail.. Anyway we ask a lovely lass who gets to tear about like a mad thing with the likes of Adam Brayton. Now if she can keep up with him she must be damned quick.
We ask the fast lass from Hope technology… Who are you?
1, Who are you?
Rachael Walker, Hope Technology Factory Team rider and manager
2, Where are you from?
3, What do you do for a living?
I work at Hope Technology as the marketing and team manager
4, What’s the best thing about your job?
Getting to play with bikes everyday
5, Is there a downside to it?
Everyone asking for sponsorship!
6, What bike/s do you ride?
I’m pretty lucky, I have a few….Specialized Demo 8 for DH, Yeti SB66c for trail riding, Giant TCR for getting some road miles
7, Where do you ride?
Everywhere and anywhere, but mostly DH and in the Lake District- secret tracks.
8, Who do you get to ride with?
My team mates Adam Brayton and Sam Flanagan – fast fast boys!!
9, Where’s your favourite place to ride?
In the UK Keswick, Lake District, further afield it would be Maribor, Slovenia- fantastic course and beautiful country.
10, Where would you like to go that you haven’t yet?
USA! Colorado looks like an amazing place to have some biking adventures!
11, Now I know you are quite found of DH racing. What is it that attracts you to it?
The speed, the adrenaline rush, the focus that is required – and of course the bling bikes required.
12, You have a couple of handy lads to ride with too don’t you?
My team mates Adam and Sam are pretty handy, they push me quite a lot so I cant complain.
13, What do you think need to improve for women’s racing?
What do you think need to improve for women’s racing? More girls riding together would be a great start. Riding with guys is great for learning skills and pushing your limits, however, sometimes getting left behind can harm your confidence. Riding with other girls can be fun and you can push each other just as much as the guys.
Strength in numbers – more girls need to get out together!!
14, Can we expect you to get into the new buzz “Enduro”?
I raced a few “enduro’s” last year, including the World Enduro at Les Deux Alpes and some of the UK Gravity Enduro’s. I enjoyed them but my heart is really with downhill. Enduro to me is really just riding with your friends and having a bit of an adventure – nothing new to most people!
15, What makes you happy?
Finishing a race run without crashing or just generally riding all day and hitting everything perfectly.
16, What gets your goat?
People who steal my chocolate
17, What tunes do you like?
Oasis for chilling and something along the lines of Avicii for working out to
18, Describe your perfect day?
Early morning XC country ride around Whinlatter, DH in the afternoon followed by a 10 mile road ride round one of the Keswick lakes!
19, Who do you admire?
Riders like Nico Vink who devote their life to riding bikes and sacrifice so much to get to where they are now
20, If you could meet anyone past or present, who would it be?
JFK just because he was a bit of a dude.
21, When did you last scare yourself? Last weekend flying down Adam Brayton’s secret tracks in the pouring rain and ending up 10m off the track…
22, When was the last time you saw something that made you go “WTF”?
Watching Dougie Lampkin practising trials on his local turf- that guy has some serious skills!!
23, What could you not do without?
Lindor chocolate and my Hope’d up Demo 8
24, What advice would you give to women who want to get into mountain biking and racing?
Don’t try and compete with the boys and just have fun. The more you worry the less you will enjoy it.
25. Okay it wouldn’t be cool unless we included a bit about Hope. What makes Hope the best stuff to run on your bike?
Hope products are designed by riders for riders.
26, What does the future hold for you?
Bikes, work, riding and more bikes!
27, Any thoughts on the wheel size debate?
Ride what feels the best for you – not what people say you should be riding.
28, Any last words or thanks?
Have fun and ride lots! Oh and…buy Hope.