Jakub VenclJakub made a name for himself at Crankworx, winning the dual speed and style at stops one and two. The Prague native rides with an easy going style that is a treat to watch. A musician and skater in his free time, it doesn't sound like the Czech will be leaving the mountain biking scene anytime soon.
Who is Jakub Vencl?
I'm a 27-year-old pro Mountain biker. And I mostly ride dirt jump and slopestyle.
Where are you from and where do you live?
I'm from Prague, the capital of Czech republic and that's also where I'm still living.
Who do you ride for?
I ride for Rose Bikes, RST Suspension, O´Neal, Alexrims, Snowbitch.cz, Azonic, ERV and CTI knee braces.
Where are you happiest?
Anywhere being surrounded by friends and doing fun stuff. The place doesn't matter.
What’s been your favorite race/contest venue?
I would say Crankworx Rotorua and Innsbruck. Those two were both sick.
Where are your favorite trails?
That's a really tough question. I like to ride at my jumps, just because I live in that spot somehow. But I'm always curious about new jumps, trails, and places to ride. Variety makes it all that much more fun.
What are your strengths?
When it comes to the bike riding, I've done a lot of disciplines. I believe I have pretty good bike control and I'm kind of consistent.
What are your weaknesses?
I can't crash at all. I usually don't crash very often, but when I do I usually hurt myself.
What’s been your worst crash over the years?
I've had quite a few crashes that sent me to the hospital during the years. The worst was probably when I tore my ACL for the first time back in 2010. I had no idea what the recovery was gonna be like. And actually I was always afraid to hurt my knees for some reason and in that moment I was in my nightmare scenario. It turned out good, got the surgery done and was back on the bike sooner then I would have ever imagined.
What’s been your luckiest escape?
There have been a lot of close calls during the years but I don't have one luckiest in my mind.
What bikes are you riding right now?
I've ridden for Rose bikes for a long time. My dirt/slope bike is a hardtail The Bruce. I ride my enduro bike a lot as well, that's probably the one I have the most fun on. It's a 150 travel 27.5 bike called Granite Chief. And my big bike is 190mm travel ROSE Soul Fire.
Who’s your favorite rider?
I always liked riders with a different style and original tricks. From nowadays slopestyle and dirt jump scene it is Szymon Godziek and Adrian Tell. Both for doing crazy things with original style.
Who or what inspires you?
To be honest, I'm not following the bike videos and that kind of stuff as much as I used to. I watch a lot of skateboarding videos. It is really inspiring to see the struggle they are going through to film a trick sometimes. Of course, riding contests is a good motivation too.
What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
There are a lot of things. I like skateboarding a lot, I like to play a bass or guitar. I'm into music a lot, so a good concert is something I always enjoy and also spending some time with my girl…
What are you listening to right now?
Right now I'm listening to Pantera – Cowboys from hell.
In general, I'm very picky with the music. I mostly listen to thrash metal, heavy metal, and hard rock. I don't like electronic music. I want to hear real instruments and real people behind.
What’s your favorite movie/ TV show?
My favorite shows lately are the real survival shows on Discovery. Dual Survival is the best.
What’s your favorite non-bike website?
What’s your favorite motto or saying?
I don't really have one. Just be yourself probably.
What grinds your gears?
Unreliable people most of the time.
What makes you happy?
Just doing things I like, bikes, skate, music, friends… that's more than enough.
If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?
I was tending to that for a long time. So I would probably go on a different path completely.
If you were in charge of the sport, what changes would you make?
I kind of miss those old freestyle days. It's great to see the sport growing but on the other hand its sometimes a little too strict and too bounded by all the rules, rankings and that kind of stuff.
When you hang up your racing/ riding shoes, how do you want to be remembered?
As someone who had his own style and wasn't only following what others were doing.
What does the future hold for Jakub Vencl?
This was so far one of the best seasons I've ever had. I hope I'll be able to continue doing things I enjoy for a few more years, that would be great.