Interview: Red Bull Foxhunt 2015 Winner - Colin Ross

Oct 9, 2015 at 1:27
by Fraktiv  

Congrats on the win Colin! The helmetcam footage shows us that it was a bit of a wild race. Tell us in your own words about that winning run.

It was a crazy race. I couldn't get my right foot clipped in off the start so spent the first five seconds in limp mode trying to get it in. When I hit the first climb I was already outside the top 10 and thought my race was over. I just kept the head down and thought about getting past as many people as I could. I knew it was going to be tough as the top section is very narrow with few places to pass.

As I managed to get past a few riders I could see the leaders in the distance and thought I might still have a chance. I kept pushing as I knew it wasn't far to the start if the main DH section. At the start of the descent I was probably about 10 seconds back so it was all or nothing to try and get that time back and put myself in a position were I could win.

When I caught the leaders I thought "Game On! I can do this!" but knew it was going to be tough and its very tight and difficult to pass. I managed to get into second place pretty quick and then the real battle began with leader James McFerran. I tried everything I could which even meant riding the long way round at times hoping I would be fast enough to find a way through, but just couldn't make it happen. We even made contact on one of the steep sections.

As we came towards the end of the track I knew there was a final sprint to the finish which was going to suit me so I relaxed and waited. As soon as we hit the final straight I gave it everything I had and managed to time it perfect and make an inside pass about two metres before the line.

Did you have a game plan for the race?

My plan was to go for the hole shot and get as big a lead as possible before the DH section as I knew once I got there I could have a clear track to really push and make it hard for the other competitors to catch up.

Do you know the guy who you overtook at the finish line?

James McFerran took second place and we get on well, but maybe not now!

Only just got the J mac before the finish!!!Had a great battle with this kid!!

Posted by Rosco Lines on Sunday, 4 October 2015

It was quite a dramatic finish line, did you think you'd be able to overtake James?

Coming down the last finish straight I felt confident but when I saw how close the finish line was I started to doubt would I take him. I just reacted and gave it all I had which thankfully was enough!

What bike did you race on?

I raced the Vitus Sommet Pro 155mm travel because the bottom half of the track is mostly DH and with the higher travel and slack geometry I knew it would handle well. It also pedals well up the climbs especially as I had it on lock out for the top section.

Well here we go again!! All the best to everyone racing tomorrow, keep it smooth!!

Posted by Rosco Lines on Saturday, 3 October 2015

You won the previous Gee Atherton Foxhunt didn't you?

The last Foxhunt was in 2013 which was a great win. With the two year gap there was definitely a lot of expectation for me to win again.

So do you race professionally?

I have been racing semi-pro for the last couple of years, mostly racing DH on the national circuit over here in Ireland claiming the Elite National DH Championship title for the last three years in a row. This year I made a bit of a switch to Enduro racing and did three of the EWS rounds, finishing 55th in the overall series.

What were your feelings when you crossed the line at Foxhunt?

When I landed in the finish field I felt so happy and relived but was also gutted for James at the same time. This is definitely a race I won't forget!

MENTIONS: @RoscoLines / @redbullbike


  • + 38
 6.40 onwards....You two guys, no quarter given, outstanding, just like watching Sheene and Roberts !!
  • + 56
 That was possibly the coolest racing POV footage of all time. Those two guys were going so hard on each other. It was some impressive man-on-man action. I got so excited watching them wrestle for pole position. I can't imagine how many times their rubbers were smacking each other in that mayhem.
  • + 28
 @scott-townes If I didn't know any better, I'd say that was a sexual innuendo regarding homosexuality.
  • + 6
 Huh? nah man, I just enjoy a good race.
  • + 17
 We need more mass start races ,that was awesome.
  • + 9
 Best advertising for that Acti-Snack I've never hear of before Smile
  • + 4
 This is racing, aside from pushing another rider off, you do what you have to to hold the lead. Closing doors and trying force the other rider to make a mistake is all part of the racing strategy. No such thing as a" free lunch". And it sure made for some right entertainment.
  • + 5
 Such an awesome guy..always has time to talk to everyone and probably still the best Irish rider!
  • + 6
 That was awesome! Was like a video game... Good job!!!
  • + 5
 That battle was intense! He deserved that win!
  • + 2
 did you see that super snake at the end
  • + 2
 Hahahha it helps to have an invisible motor on your bike doesn't it!! Congrats on the win. An infinitely better way to finish than to just stroll to the finish line Wink
  • + 7
 Invisible motor? Hey! This isn't road cycling Wink
  • + 1
 Cheating from the start... the anouncer goes: "5,4..." and he goes after "4" Smile
  • + 1
 that was cause the guy blew the horn early so everyone just went.
  • + 1
 Some potentially unsportsmanlike riding up the top there, I'm sure there was a guy shouting "oi! Dirty f*cker!" ????????
  • + 1
 Did a mass start enduro the other week in New York state. *Absolute mayhem* of the fun kind!
  • + 1
 That sprint at the end though, it was like somebody lit a fire under his @ss!
Awesome stuff.
  • + 2
 I bet that guy was even more pissed off than the girl Rach overtook!!
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  • + 1
 some sneaky french lines in there, i guess thats just how this game is played!!
  • + 1
 huge thumbs up to all who took part, you 3 leaders of the pack.. now that's what you call racing and game on!
  • + 1
 I am amazed you two didnt tangle handlebars on that one corner, such an epic thing to watch POV of. Great racing!
  • + 2
 Well done Rosco awesome run.
  • + 1
 Now that was entertaining.
  • + 1
 Always nice when people say "on your left" when passing.
  • + 0
 It looked a great race, but isn't it missing the point if there are pro's riding it??
  • + 6
 An Irish pro is not quite the se thing as being a factory sponsored pro. And by that I mean he has no more opportunity to race gee Atherton on a day to day basis than any of the other riders there. It's not like he is racing world cup all the time. He still works a day job, he is just really good at riding bikes.
  • + 2
  • + 2
 Bad a$$!
  • + 2
 Great race.
  • + 1
 Awesome great racing last 1/4 of the race, better then nascar!
  • + 29
 I have a loaf of bread that is 3 months out of date, but its still better than nascar......
  • + 2
 Sick footy. Great race.
  • + 1
 Crazy format! So exciting to watch, bravo!
  • + 2
 Awesome footage!
  • + 1
 That was like watching an Outdoor or Supercross battle for 1st place!!!
  • + 1
 great race!
  • + 1
 love this race
  • + 1
 hard game
  • - 1
 Glad you had some room to get around him in the end you were faster in the trees and he wasn’t letting you by!
  • + 3
 If you cant overtake the guy in 1st place then you finish 2nd mate, thats just how it is...... It is still a race at the end of the day so cant expect the potential winner to simply move aside to let someone else take the win.
  • + 0
 I'm not a racer but I did do the Whole a Enchilada Enduro back in 2012. Their pre race instructions were to not be a 'D....' and if someone is faster and needs to get around to let them pass. I don't know if that was the right way or norm for racing but it made sense to me. I certainly let more than a few people pass me when they caught up to me and they were al appreciative.
  • + 3
 I don't think anyone battling for the lead is going to just let someone else pass!
  • + 2
 Exactly my point
  • + 4
 I didn’t knock the guy for not letting him pass, I just said he wasn’t letting him by so it was a good thing when the trail opened up and the faster rider got a chance to blow passed.
Like I said, I don’t race and don’t know the etiquette but if I’d won because I managed to block the faster guy I’d know I wasn’t the fastest, just good at blocking and it wouldn’t feel like much of a bonafide win to me.
  • + 5
 @jeremiahwas , in an enduro like the one you did, the rider is basically doing a time trial since they start each stage independently, so not holding up a faster rider is definitely the right thing to do. You can let someone by without really effecting your own position in the standings. Mass start races are a lot different. Those are meant to be raced head to head and it's the chasing rider's responsibility to find a way past. Defending your position is perfectly fine, as long as you aren't purposely trying to take the other rider out by crashing them or running them off course.
  • + 2
 That makes sense thanks.
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