Casey Brown's infectious smile and enthusiasm are hard to ignore, but it's her presence and raw bike handling skills that have catapulted Casey into the hearts and minds of many of us. After a few years of back-to-back seasons on the downhill World Cup circuit, Casey has taken a different path for 2016, instead, choosing a program all of her own. Arguably one of the raddest riders on the scene right now, we caught up with Casey in Les Gets to see how her year is shaping up... A new year and a totally new program. Can you tell us more about your move from World Cup racing and why you've switched things up?
So this year is a bit different for me. I'll be doing a lot more filming and photo trips, along with Crankworx competitions and a few EWS events. Believe it or not, my schedule is busier than ever but I get to do more from home which is nice. My reason for the switch is to have a bit more control over what I do during the season, to be a bit more creative in my riding and work on some things I've had on my list for a while. What are your thoughts with regards to the current state of World Cup downhill downhill racing and do you think anyone can break Rachel's winning streak?
The World Cup downhill is for sure the pinnacle of the sport, really inspiring to see how hard those athletes work. Rach is killing it right now but I know how determined the girls are to get on the top spot, it's bound to happen eventually, maybe in the next couple rounds? Can you tell us a little more about your program with Trek this year?
So I'll be mostly Crankworx focused this season. I'm looking forward to spending some time filming in my hometown - it's always nice when you can showcase where you came from. Was making the leap into enduro ever in your game plan and have you surprised yourself with your results so far?
I honestly thought I'd never race an enduro, but hey, the offer was there and it's hard to say no to riding in some of the sickest locations in the world. I've only ridden one EWS so far and yes it was a surprise to place 2nd. Have you had to switch up your off-season training in preparation for these new challenges?
My training hasn't really changed too much, I'm still training with PerformX. I did get a sled this year so winter had a lot more backcountry days, and wrestling a 450-pound machine around in the deep snow has to be good for something right? You smashed the whip-off contest at Crankworx Les Gets and have a reputation for being one of the raddest women in the sport, but do you consider it an insult or a compliment when people say that you can ride like a guy?
I take it as a compliment because I think they intend it to be a compliment, but I do wish the stereotypical "do anything like a girl"
(run, throw, ride, etc) would just go away, for the kids sake, it's just so limiting for young people. Of all the riders out there, who's your favourite?
My favorite rider to watch/follow is R-dog... the kid has unmatchable style. Is it true that your dad killed a moose with his bare hands?
Yes, it's a really sad story, but when he tells a story I always listen because you know sh*ts about to go down. Can you tell us a little more about your involvement with Revelstoke?
I'm a tourism Revelstoke ambassador, along with a few other athletes who call it home. We have a few little projects going on and it's sweet to represent my hometown. Do you have any plans to get involved in product development?
Yup, I've been involved with product development in the past and plan on continuing. How does Crankworx compare next to the World Cup and EWS?
They're all on the right path, but World Cup DH will have a deeper pool of legends, because of the longer history, and maybe a more "core" following because of that. What's the story behind the graphics on your new helmet?
I ride for Clif Bar in the same sense as anyone with an energy drink graphic on their helmet - I like to promote healthy lifestyles and I know kids are watching. You're known as a tough cookie and someone who can look after themselves, but is it true that you used to work in construction during past off-seasons?
Yeah, I used to work under an industrial electrician as an apprentice, on the railway, and in sawmills... interesting work. What are you plans for the future?
Ride or die. If you win the Queen of Crankworx title this year, how will you celebrate?
Patron on ice!
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