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1) Favorite part about being a Title athlete?
Title supports so many other athletes I admire, so to be involved is an honour. I’m so pleased to work with Title for the 2023 season. I really like the simple design of the products, they are the coolest in the market in my eyes. I’m not that cool so this brand makes me look more cool.

2) Most memorable riding moment?
It would have to be 2020 world champs at Leogang where I placed 5th in elite women. It was such a crazy race, the bottom of the track was brand new and I loved it! Sloppy, muddy, steep awkwardness that after a year being stuck in Fort William due to covid… suited me very well!! I can’t even remember my run, I just remember it snowing at the top and crossing the line exhausted but so stoked! I also had a great mud beard on the go as I didn’t have a mud guard.

3) Bucket list riding locations?
I’d love to ride more in Canada, I’ve been lucky enough to visit a couple years ago but I feel like I only scratched the surface. I’d love to go back and explore more of the trails and ride more of the bike parks. Another would be Japan, it would be such an amazing place to ride and explore. One place I’d recommend for anyone else’s bucket list locations would be Madeira, it’s probably my favourite place to ride I’ve visited so far.

4) What are your hobbies and interests outside of riding?
I ride my bike pretty much all of my free time. I love riding new places and with new people. I used to ski instruct at Nevis Range in Fort William, I grew up skiing in Scotland and loved it. Hopefully Scotland will get some good winters over the next few years and maybe I can pick up this hobby again… Interests… I like cats, dog walks, coffee or any warm drinks, chocolate and nice cafes!

5) Who is someone that inspires you and why?
That’s a hard question, I have so many! All of the top World Cup girls. Every one of them has many riding or racing skills to admire. To narrow down to one example, watching the way Camille Balanche has become one the best riders in the world is pretty incredible, how she coped with the pressures of becoming a world champion and backing that up time and time again. She’s an absolute legend and I love watching her ride. Rachel Atherton returning to World Cup racing after having Arna and placing 6th was also insane, I have so much respect for her. I have to add in Vero Sandler too for obvious reasons, her videos on the 50/01 line blows my mind, I want to be able to jump like her one day!

6) If you weren’t a professional rider, what would your career be?
I can imagine I would have continued to ski instruct, maybe somewhere out of the UK. I have a huge interest in designing clothing, I love coming up with new kit ideas and patterns so maybe something along those lines.

7) What was your first mountain bike?
My first mountain bike was a Santa Cruz Bronson, it was such a sick bike! I sometimes wonder where it’s ended up now, so many good memories on that bike (and crashes).

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