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It was always going to be interesting to see how the 2013 Junior World Champ stacked up against the field when she moved into elite for 2014. Posting solid top ten results was a great start, but as the season went on Tahnée came more into form and began working her way up the rankings until she eventually stood with fellow-countrywomen, Rachel and Manon on the third step of the World Champs podium. Tahnee has left snow covered Morzine this winter in place of Shropshire, and has been spending much more time on her bike this off-season as a result. We expect with the extra ride time and the help of her mums smarties flapjacks, (the food of champions), Tahnée should be coming in hot for 2015.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 based in Shropshire, UK, near a load of tracks in North Wales to get away from my snowy home in Morzine. It's been good to keep at it rather than putting the bike down for a whole 8 months then going straight into the first World Cup unprepared. so I've been having a bit more time on all my bikes, keeping it all fun! - Tahnee|PB: 3. Was there a moment or period you considered to be your season ‘low’ and for what reason?
| By far, Worlds. It was such a surprise as it wasn't a focus for me at all as a first year Elite. I'd just wrapped up a 5th overall title so I was over the moon. I got really ill before Worlds, so I went in with a positive mind, thinking I'll do the best I can, and will walk away happy no matter what. You bet I walked away happy! Not my best result as I then went on to win the national but it was the closest I had been off the win all season and to have a 3 Brit podium was incredible. Proud indeed. - Tahnee|PB: 4. Are there changes you are looking to make to your approach mentally or physically for 2015?
|I hate to admit it but yes. It's always taken me a couple of races to get up to speed, so I got annoyed after my first two world cup results after crashing. I know a lot of people would think I'd mention Fort William but to be honest it's been put in the "high" category. I qualified 4th, showing what I was capable of, followed by a puncture in the finals that only made me hungrier. - Tahnee|PB: 5. How have you split your time between ‘on’ and ‘off’ the big bike training?
|Mentally, no. I know what I am capable of and there isn't any doubt there. That's when the physical side of things come into place. The stronger you are, the more mentally strong you will feel. - Tahnee|PB: 6. When inspiration has run low lately, to whom or what have you turned to kick your motivation levels up a gear?
|I don't really. I do love riding, but I way prefer racing. I'm a competitive soul and it's hard to get motivated when there's no competition put in front of you. I'll mix things up when I get bored, that's where Chris my trainer is real helpful. Girls can be a handful! I'll mostly ride on weekends when more people are able to, it's more fun! - Tahnee|PB: 7. What bit of kit are you looking forward to using most at the races?
|Well, as I just said, it's not in front of you it IS hard. For any racer/competitor, the thought of losing is enough to motivate you. I have a lot of people to thank for picking me up and dragging me along, no need to do a long boring list, they know who they are. - Tahnee|PB: 8. Which rider do you see as the biggest threat to the 2015 title?
| Big wheels is a new thing for me! I've just got them on my new Devinci Wilson and I love playing around on it. It's new, different and interesting! - Tahnee|PB: 9. Which race or single moment of the coming season are you most excited for?
|I'm sure all the other girls will be saying the same. After Manon racking up the World Cup overall title and winning World Champs she's definitely on form. She is a really good friend of mine and we ride together when we get the chance, but I'd love to give her a run for her money! - Tahnee|PB:10. Complete the sentence: ‘I won’t be racing a single World Cup without....'
| Fort William. Always. - Tahnee|
| Mums smarties flapjacks. Food. Of. Champions. - Tahnee|
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