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ATHLETE SUMMER STORIES

Now that the summer months are upon us and the sun has got its hat once again, we thought we would catch up with the Champions of the 2020 Tour to see how they’re spending their downtime during the summer months. 

 

NILS MINDICH



How have you been keeping yourself entertained post lockdown?

After lockdown my appreciation for time spent outdoors has grown even more and I've been lucky enough to get a lot of time playing outside! Since travel restrictions within the US have been starting to loosen, I've been able to get out climbing and camping a fair amount.

 

What exciting plans have you got lined up for the rest of summer?

I'm currently on a road trip with my girlfriend Bri, my sister Wynter, and Lucy Dog! We've been on an extended climbing trip in my truck camper for a couple weeks now, and I think we'll stay on the road for at least a couple more.

 



What sport/activity has replaced riding for summer?

Climbing of course! I've also been trying to pick up reading. Like, "reading books". Currently I'm working through a pretty cool novel called Shantaram.

 

Any highlights or funny moments from the summer you’d like to share?

It wasn't too funny, but the BLM protests have definitely offered a highlight. I had typically been distant when it came to that subject, but it's been really moving to break out of that shell and start exploring a lot of really important topics like privilege, systemic racism.

 

MARION HAERTY

Marion Haerty free ride world tour champion



How have you been keeping yourself entertained post lockdown?

I was lucky enough to spend some time on my snowboard , I was riding at Chamonix and the quality of snow was really good up there considering it was May. I also took a little break from the mountains and headed towards the ocean for a surfing trip with a crew of friends.

 

What exciting plans have you got lined up for the rest of summer?

I'm planning on riding at Saas-Fee snowpark with the French slope style team in August, I'm looking forward to working on some new tricks. I also have some personal projects I'm going to work on, as well as priortising spending some time with my family and my best friends.

 



What sport/activity has replaced riding for summer?

Climbing, biking, hiking or paragliding! It's just about having fun!

 

Any highlights or funny moments from the summer you’d like to share?

Going up to the Crans Montana glacier with your snowboard and watching your snowboard going down without you...

 

ARIANNA TRICOMI



How have you been keeping yourself entertained post lockdown?

Unfortunately I injured myself when the lockdown was over, so when everybody was slowly getting back to normal my lockdown had just started, as I was on crutches and couldn’t really move. To keep myself entertained though I spent a lot of time in the garden with my mum planting plants and even started a vegetable garden.

 

What exciting plans have you got lined up for the rest of summer?

I’ve just moved into a new place so I’m spending a lot time working on the house, the garden and just trying to make it look more homely. Since my surgery though I’m focusing on rehab over the summer in order to be fit for the season, hopefully I will be in better shape by then as I have a surf trip planned in November. But for now, I will be mountain biking, just enjoying being in the mountains with lots of hiking, reading, cooking good food and trying to exercise as much as I can.

 



What sport/activity has replaced riding for summer?

I recently bought a new mountain bike, so I’ve been biking a lot. I thought I was going to be sweating constantly and not enjoying this side of mountain biking BUT it’s so much freaking fun! I’m super excited for this to be my new sport over the summer. I hope I can start climbing again, just mellow stuff to begin with like mellow top roping. But it’s nice to be humbled by the injury, before I was in a weird mindset of full send all the time, then I was injured and it was a good reminder for me to realise I need to respect my body more. This injury made me humble again in the way that I approach sport again and can take the time to enjoy the mellow things in life again.

 

Any highlights or funny moments from the summer you’d like to share?

The highlight of the summer would have to be having my crazy little sausage dog Lumpi by my side, he’s an incredible crazy little soul! He’s been keeping me company on my hikes and entertained the whole time - sometimes lots of love but other times he’s been hating on me too.

 

ISAAC FREELAND



How have you been keeping yourself entertained post lockdown?

My girlfriend and I were actually planning to move full time on the road pre COVID. During lockdown we did a lot of preparing for the move and post lockdown was just execution. It’s been a big and exciting change but so far it’s been good. We’ve been climbing, biking, hiking, and canyoning pretty much nonstop! The goal this summer is just fit in as many fun adventures as possible!

 

What sport/activity has replaced skiing for summer?

Most summers I get fixed on either mountain biking, hiking, skating, or climbing. Last summer it was climbing, this summer it’s looking more like mountain biking. Although, since we’ve been traveling, I've been trying to do a little of everything at each location we stop at which has been super fun!

 



Any highlights or funny moments from the summer you’d like to share?

Well about a dozen of us went on a party style river float. No big rapids, just a mellow ride on some inflatable ducks and tubes. The river was running unusually low and we forgot to bring paddles to avoid obstacles. Not having floated this river before, we sent it down anyways and we were having a blast! But slowly, one by one, our tubes were popping. With spirits high we thought we could make it to the take out before everything was destroyed. We checked the map to see how much river we actually had left. We weren’t even a third of the way to our take out point yet! With all hope of finishing the float gone we enacted an evacuation plan. As the others dragged our inflatables out of the river, I hitchhiked to our car in order to gather everyone up. Although we didn’t finish the float, we all had plenty of fun along the way!

 



With a mixed bag of activities to report on from all of our athlete's it was great to touch base with them and find out what shenanigans they have been up to during the off season. Stay tuned for more summer stories from our athletes where we will be finding out how Reine Barkered, Nuria Castan, Cody Bramwell and Erika Vikander have been enjoying their free time during the summer!

 

Just after we spoke Nils' girlfriend, Bri was involved in a climbing accident resulting in some pretty bad injuries and a trip to the hospital; read Nils' post. Nils has set up a GoFundMe to help cover some of Bri’s medical bills. To find out more information on how to help click on the link here.