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Getting to Know Heather Wilson of Muc-Off Young Guns

May 15, 2024 at 5:28
by Jessie-May Morgan  
Heather Wilson doing the business here infront of the home crowd.

Taking the win in the Junior Women's field at the opening round of the DH World Cup in Fort William was Heather Wilson. It's her very first season on the World Cup circuit, and her time of 4.56.6 would have placed her just outside the top 10 in the elite women's field. In 2023, Heather won 10 of the 11 DH events she raced in the UK, carrying that success into 2024 when she also won at the Portugal DH Cup, with a time that would've placed her 4th in the Elite Women's category. To say she is one to watch would be a something of an understatement. For her rookie season on the World Cup circuit, Heather is on the Muc-Off Young Guns team, alongside Ignacio Garcia Ayora, Rafael Pelletier, and Oriol Cuadrat Castells. We thought it pertinent to get to know this future star of the sport.



Who is Heather Wilson?


I'm Heather Wilson, I'm 17 and I'm a first year junior.

Where are you from and where do you live?


I was born in Fort William, but moved to the east coast in Scotland before I was two.

What are your goals this season?


My main goal at the start of the season was to just qualify for a World Cup, but I'm thinking of changing them to being able to get a podium at every World Cup this year as I think anything is possible.

Heather Wilson took the top spot in the Junior Women s race ahead of Sacha Earnst and Eliana Hulsebosch

What are some of the accomplishments that you're most proud of?


Having consistent race results and keeping my title as National Champ for my category 3 years running, but most of all racing and winning my first World Cup on home ground will always hold a special place.

What does a typical day look like for you?


Well I'm still full time in school so I don't get any time on the bike during the week, just at weekends. I go to the gym one night a week with my local friends from steam punk dh army. I try to get an uplift day if I can at the weekends on my DH bike.

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Heather taking the win at a National round in Fort William last season

How did you get into mountain biking?


I started riding bikes at 3 with my big brother and my dad. I then started racing dirt crits (little XC races) at 6 and on my first race my back wheel fell off and I was in floods of tears as I really wanted to win but I came last. I was then racing XC until I was 9 and then started mini downhills which were great fun as I got to ride my bike and make new friends.

Tell us what you love about your Mondraker Summum, and any custom aspects of the setup that’s unique to you.


I love the lightweight carbon frame, as I'm a small rider so it's easy to throw about. I've got an SDG custom saddle, a works components -6 headset and a custom idler from Mondraker.

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Credit: Nick Bentley

What is something you believe that other people think is crazy?


It's not something that I believe, but I name my chickens after pro DH riders and they think I'm crazy, aha.

What's the hardest part about being a mountain bike racer?


One of the hardest parts I think about being an MTB racer is that I miss out on my social life sometimes, for example my friends will be out partying and having fun whilst I'm training or away racing.

What's the best part about being a mountain bike racer?


The best part is having fun on my bike and making new friends through the sport that I love.

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Credit: Pete Scullion

What are your strengths?


I would say my strengths are that I'm very good at racing under pressure and I can ride steep, muddy and rooty tracks really well.

What are your weaknesses?


My weaknesses are uphill and school.

Young Scottish rider Heather Wilson headed for the win in junior women.

Where is your favorite place to ride?


I can't make my mind up between Fort William (Nevis range) and Dyfi as I love them both the same.

What's been your worst crash over the years?


I've had lots of crashes, but I always get back on my bike.

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Credit: Nick Bentley

Who's your favorite rider?


Rachel Atherton as she's such an inspiration to me.

What's your favorite motto or saying?


That's an easy peasy question to answer as it's #easypeasy.

What's your favorite food?


My favorite food is pasta with green pesto.

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What annoys you?


If I make mistakes in race runs or lose.

What makes you happy?


Lots of things, winning, food, friends and family, pets and most of all my favorite thing is my bike and riding it.

What do you enjoy away from bikes?


Hanging out with my friends, archery, quad biking and fishing.

What's your favorite non-bike website?


Probably Met Office as before I go biking I always check the weather, aha!

How do you want to be remembered?


A legend in the MTB community.

You’re going to Poland with the Number 1 Race Plate next weekend. How does that make you feel and what is your goal?


I haven't ridden my DH bike since my race run at fort William as I've been at school so I'm just excited to get back on it. It'll be amazing to have the number 1 plate, but I'm just going to take it one day at a time and just focus on qualifying and enjoying myself.

What does the future hold for Heather Wilson?


This is just the start so hopefully more World Cup wins.

Wilson for the win with a 3.5 second margin over Earnest.



We're excited to see how the rest of Heather's rookie season pans out, starting this coming weekend at Bielsko-Biala, Poland. Keep up with Heather on Instagram @heatherwilsonmtb.

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19 Comments
  • 22 0
 Reckon we'll be hearing a lot more about Heather from now on, she has a bright future!
  • 20 0
 I want to see pictures of those chickens with their names in the caption!!!
  • 1 0
 Need this
  • 19 1
 Weaknesses 'uphill'. Im with you Heather
  • 5 0
 I think I should change my surname to Wilson. It appears to help you become a fast Scottish downhiller. In all seriousness though I was so stoked to see Heather win her first Junior WC at the first attempt AND infront of her home fans. Hoping to see many more wins for Heather throughout her career!
  • 6 0
 Heather has some future ahead of her, little flying machine on a bike and always smiling.
  • 3 0
 I became a fan of her when I heard her words after that prang that gave her that puffy hand - and I daresay a lot of other people are the same. No whining or b**ching - she just got on with things.

That she won after that, well, that was impressive. With how little riding she says she's getting in, when she gets more bike time she could be dominant.

I hope the youngster is not limited by that hand, this weekend.
  • 6 0
 Brilliant win at FW, keep it going!
  • 5 0
 The future of women DH is brighter than ever. So many so skilled junior athletes.
  • 3 0
 "Uphill and School." I feel ya, girl.

She seems like a great kid, I'll definitely be pulling for her!
  • 2 0
 She posted on IG yesterday with that hand in a brace, let's hope it's not too bad
  • 2 0
 What shoes is she racing in? I like them
  • 2 0
 They look like Fizik or Leatts
  • 3 0
 @Hectorres2001: the shoes are from @suplestshoes -swiss manufacturer. White for racing and black for practice.
  • 2 0
 @ruttingstag: I have heard of them before, arent they rebranded Scotts shoes?
  • 3 6
 I hope the chickens don't get slaughtered...
  • 8 0
 My chickens prefer the butcher/eliminator combo
  • 6 0
 Not a winner? Chicken dinner.
  • 2 1
 @mi-bike: very under-rated comment!







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