Thomas Leah - Athlete Ambassador
Have you always been into sport?
Yeah 100% I’ve been brought up around racing and sport in general. Started racing Downhill at 14 and started also racing motocross in the last 12 months. As a child my dad used to race rally cars and hill climb cars to.
What has been your favourite race to date and why?
This is a tough one been a few really enjoyable ones. I wanna say my first race win at a urban Downhill race in Aberystwyth in Mid Wales back in 2014. I've had podiums since and strong results but your first really sticks with you.
What is your proudest achievement?
Probably getting selected for the Royal Navy Downhill Team and getting my first podium with them. Felt awesome.
Have you ever had any racing disasters?
Practice run 2 on Saturday of a national event up Fort William Scotland. Handlebar stem snapped on me. Cracked my fork crown, bent crank arms, destroyed my rear wheel and blew out my rear shock. Was fortunate enough to be lent a bike for the remainder of the weekend by Madison Saracen, so huge shoutout to them for that. Another disaster would be snapping my chain out the start gate of a race run. Proper nightmare.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I don't take poor results well and I use it as motivation. If I have a poor weekends racing it’s 100% a take it back to drawing board, see what went wrong and how do I learn from it and improve on it.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
Don't beat your self up too much when you first start out. This is because there’s more that enough people who are willing to do what for you.
What are your goals?
Get into the expert category in the next 3/4 years. It’s gonna take time and a lot of effort but it'll be worth it.
Who inspires you?
May not be a mountain biker but has to be Valentino Rossi for me. Far too many reasons to list why.
Why work with Sundried?
Love the look and feel of the kit and what it's all about and the opportunities it gives.
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