Great Britain2014 rank:
Five Years in EliteCurrent Team:
2014 was all sunshine, lollypops and rainbows for Manon Carpenter. With three gold medals in the World Cup rounds that helped land her first in the overall, the real cherry on top was the World Championship title. Manon seems to quite fancy her rainbow stripes, and doesn't look set to hand them over to her competitors without a fight. Let's get ready to rumble!PB: 1: Where and how have you been spending your off-season?
PB: 2. What was the highlight of your 2014 season and why was it so significant to you?
| I've been spending my off season mainly in South Wales, with a couple of camps with the team in Spain and Portugal. - Manon| PB: 3. Was there a moment or period you considered to be your season ‘low’ and for what reason?
| Pretty obvious one for me, winning World Champs in Norway at the end of the season. I'd just won the Overall in Meribel and had just about come down in time to focus on World Champs and it all went crazy again. It was more than I could have hoped for and I was high on excitement for a long time afterwards! - Manon| PB: 4. Are there changes you are looking to make to your approach mentally or physically for 2015?
| Getting a flat tyre at Fort William was really rubbish. I didn't have an issue all weekend then got unlucky in race run. I felt so ready for that race! - Manon| PB: 5. How have you split your time between ‘on’ and ‘off’ the big bike training?
| Mostly same thing as usual, just stepped up again. I got my head into a good place in Norway so I'd like to be able to do that more often, but everything has worked so far so more of the same! - Manon| PB: 6. When inspiration has run low lately, to whom or what have you turned to kick your motivation levels up a gear?
| The first few months of training are spent more on the 'training' side of things working on physical weaknesses, and spending time on different bikes then as the season comes round I'll spend a lot more time on the Downhill bike getting up to speed. - Manon| PB: 7. What bit of kit are you looking forward to using most at the races?
| January always gets a bit depressing when the season feels ages away and the weather at home is grim. We headed out to Europe on a training camp to escape the worst of it and get some sun. - Manon| PB: 8. Which rider do you see as the biggest threat to the 2015 title?
| Our new Madison Clothing kit is looking pretty nice this year! - Manon| PB: 9. Which race or single moment of the coming season are you most excited for?
| You can never write Rachel off and I'm sure she'll be hungry again after last year, but you never know who will have made what improvements over winter so hopefully we'll have another year of close racing between all the women. - Manon| PB:10. Complete the sentence: ‘I won’t be racing a single World Cup without....'
| Can't choose between Fort William and World Champs! I really hope I get a good race in Scotland this year, and I love the track at Andorra. - Manon|
| My Rainbow stripes! - Manon|
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