SPORT: Cross-country, Enduro Mountain Bike, Silent Assassin of Cookies
HOMETOWN: Peachland BC, Canada
Pro Rider Since: 2010 was the first year in the "pro" category. I'm still figuring out what "Pro" really means...
ABOUT Evan Guthrie
What got you started on the bike:
My parents – my dad would ride around a picnic table with me on a 10X10 concrete slab and that evolved into doing a BC Cup in Summerland, where I finished dead last and loved it. The rest is history as they would say.
What is your biggest accomplishment in your mountain biking career?/ or career highlights:
In 2009 I was fortunate to be on the Team Canada relay team at the World Championships as the junior rider. We took 2nd and trailed 1st by only 6 seconds after an hour of racing. That was an incredible day and opened my eyes to the highest level of cross-country racing.
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
Always keeping the balance of fun in there. Training becomes very hard but I love my bike and that goes a long way. There’s not place I’d rather be than in the mountains looking over the Okanagan Valley and eating a cookie after earning it on the way up. Cross-training and be a good athlete in general would be the next one. You can be a world class athlete in one sport and then go for a run of 7 minutes and not be able to walk for five days.. embarrassing, right?
What are some of your goals this season?
My goals are lofty this season. Objective goals are winning XC national championships and going top-20 at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup. I also want to be involved in the growth of cycling. Here in the valley we have some amazing programs and opportunities for youth that I never saw growing up and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved in getting kids on bikes!
What would be a dream goal?
The Olympics are the pinnacle of our sport so I would be lying if I didn’t saw that was #1, but I want to involved in the growth of sport and leave opportunities for the up and coming athletes to have similar opportunities that I had. Sport should be a lifelong and not just phase.
What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
That would be eating sweets. I’ve tried countless ideas that even included eating past the point of enjoyment but I always remember the enjoyment part!
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Who are your role models?
Generally I just love being active and being outside. The ‘lazy, relaxing and recovery’ part of being an athlete is the hardest one for me. I have a lot of role models both in sport and life. From people like Catharine Pendrel and Geoff Kabush to local business people and avid athletes who have great lives, careers, families and help in the sporting world. Of course, my parents and family are in there at the top of the list.
What is your favourite Swagman rack?
It would be the SITKKA 2 which holds every type of bike I own. The IMPAKT fork mount works wonders with its vast abilities for mounting!