While the prime riding terrain makes this region extremely attractive, the strong cycling community and talented group riders is a valuable component. One of my best friends and fellow World Cup riders Luca Shaw lives nearby and we get out riding together on a daily basis. Having my brother and mechanic living here with me is also a huge bonus. This year Mick Hannah and Isak Leivsson based themselves here for the offseason as well, making the crew even stronger. It proves to be motivating and immensely beneficial to be training with some of the world’s top riders. In addition, there are several locally based cycling companies in the region, including Industry Nine, Cane Creek, and one of my main sponsors, Oscar Blues Brewery. It’s exciting to live in a place where mountain biking is so prominent.