Who is Alanna Columb? - Interview and Video

Dec 14, 2015
by Paul Rayner  
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Tell us a bit about your history on two wheels?

Motorbikes have been a predominate part of my life. I started riding when I was five, I raced a little bit of motocross in my teenage years and throughout my life I worked as a motorbike guide. In 2012 I rode my first downhill mountain bike and I haven't looked back since.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

Why did you start mountain biking and specifically DH?

I needed a new passion in my life, something exciting and challenging to stir things up. I've always loved going downhill fast on a moto so downhill mountain biking was the perfect sport for me.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

Why did you get into racing?

Ever since I was young I wanted to be an athlete and to be on the world stage. I love the buzz of competing. The first time I rode a downhill bike I knew I wanted to race it.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

After spending a season racing World Cups, what did you learn about racing?

A lot! There is much that goes into racing against the best in the world, not just being able to ride a bike fast. It's about knowing how hard to push, how fit and strong you need to be and perfecting your race craft. Downhill is as much mental as it physical.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

What are you going to do differently in your training in preparation for next season?

I have started to train earlier, a lot more bike riding to progress my skills and racing. Basically I am going to do it all differently and up the fun. I have a whole different view on racing coming into 2016 and I am excited.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

What is it like being a Kiwi female DH racer attempting to race the world cup circuit?

It's definitely had its ups and downs, nothing about being a female or being a kiwi though. It's been challenging being on the other side of the world learning a new sport and not really knowing anyone. But I have met some awesome people that have helped me immensely and now that my relationship with my bicycle is going strong I know it can only get better from here.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

What do you think about the state of female bike racing in New Zealand?

Female bike racing in New Zealand has a lot of potential. There are not many women out there racing but I feel we will see that change soon enough and then the progression of female downhill racers will grow rapidly.

Alanna Columb video and interview photos

What is your favourite part about riding and racing DH?

The feeling I get from riding my bike is my favourite and progression is the most exciting for me right now.


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28 Comments

  • 21 1
 Thanks for this Edit!!!
Now I can show every girl I train,that girls can stand on the bike like boys (not pushing her bottom to the back)and act really nice.
Props for her riding...promise that we will see her more often Wink
  • 8 0
 Based on your moto riding, clearly not afraid to Let loose...def somebody to watch for the next few years
  • 2 0
 Progression *is* the most exciting part. Each new skill builds on the last and opens up new possibilities, even on trails you've ridden countless times. Great riding BTW. Accent's not bad, either. ;-)
  • 5 0
 GO GIRL!!! may the underdogs be the overtakers! hahah
  • 7 1
 Nice truck
  • 2 0
 Awesome to see Kiwi women in the big league. There are so many out on the trails but they seem under-represented in the pro ranks.
  • 3 0
 Yeah yeah! Such a great effort for someone who hasn't been riding dh that long!
  • 2 0
 Oh to have a stable of enduro motorbikes and DH mountain bikes and any skill whatsover on either! She rips both, mad respect!
  • 3 0
 Thank you! This is a properly executed edit. Alanna shreds!
  • 2 0
 I love this, so much focus on her riding, some girl! I want to try motorbikes Smile
  • 2 0
 Me watching her: " takes helmet off and walks bike back to vehicle.."
She crushes. Super rad!!!
  • 2 0
 I see Pedal or Die Smile Wanaka, NZ
  • 3 0
 i dig it
  • 2 1
 I gotta get me a girl like that! cute accent, pretty face and way faster than me!!!!
  • 3 0
 Good dog!
  • 2 0
 she absolutely rips! great riding style!
  • 2 0
 Super fast, some of the dh bits were pretty steep and rough sheesh.
  • 2 0
 Love the vid! Sick riding!
  • 2 0
 That girl's got talent!! Great vid!
  • 2 0
 Holy crap! I want to be that fast.
  • 1 0
 lol, i thought it said review
  • 2 0
 Sweet work team!!!
  • 2 1
 the fifth picture "glory jump" is that iago garay with the red sunglasses?
  • 2 0
 line choices on point.
  • 1 0
 love this vid and her style. Makes me want to ride a moto.
  • 1 0
 get in
  • 1 1
 DOG

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