ABOUT Takoda Crawford
What got you biking?
My dad was the one who first got me into mountain biking. After a year or two I entered into a couple local cross country and downhill races and after that point I was hooked!
What is your biggest accomplishment in your mountain biking career?/ or career highlights:
My biggest accomplishment so far would have to be making it onto the podium at a couple local races. Next season I’m going to be aiming to be up there on the podium more often!
What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?
One of the biggest things that I changed in my winter training last year was seeking out a training coach. I started training with Clay Smith owner of Prime’ Sport Performance and Kinesiology. Clay helped me get my fitness to the next level so that I could be in the mix with some of the fastest guys in the B.C Enduro series. The second thing that I do is just ride my bike! Riding a ton is the best way to get faster!
What are some of your goals this season?
My main goal for next year is to finish within the top ten pro men in the B.C Enduro Series. After missing out only by three positions last year I know that with some hard work I’ll be able to get up there. Another big goal for me is to make it to a couple of the Enduro World Series races this season. I’m hoping to get into the EWS in Whistler and if I’m lucky enough make it to Aspen, Colorado EWS.
What would be a dream goal?
My dream goal would have to be being able to race my bike around the world at the highest level. Being able to race the EWS with all of the top level guys.
What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
My biggest challenge has always been my confidence in my abilities on the bike, in the past when getting ready for a race run my confidence was always lacking. Last season I made a big improvement, I think just knowing that I was the fittest I’ve ever been and knowing that I did everything I could to be at my best gave me a confidence boost. I also just tried to focus on racing my own race, trying not to pay too much attention to everyone else and just concentrate on pushing myself. The key is to just have fun on your bike! That’s when I go the fastest!
Where do you draw your inspiration from? Who are your role models?
Recently I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from the guys that race Supercross, like Ken Roczen or Ryan Dungy. To see what those guys put themselves through as far as training goes really gives me the motivation to push my hardest all winter and put myself through the ringer. My biggest role model and the one that I looked up to the most growing up was Stevie Smith. Seeing him go from being a local ripper to becoming the 2013 downhill world cup champion was a huge inspiration for probably not only me but all of Canada. #Longlivechainsaw
What is your favourite Swagman rack?
I really like the Semi 2.0. The rack secures your bike by the front and rear wheel so there is zero frame contact, keeping my bikes frame in pristine condition. It’s also not too big, I’ve got a pretty small Toyota Yaris (great on gas by the way!) and the rack doesn’t stick out to far or sit up to high when it’s tilted up.