Before the start of this year's Enduro World Series, Toni Ferreiro was not a name many people will have known. He had some good results at World Cup DH races in recent years, but never quite cracked the top ten and he had never raced at an EWS before. Showing up to rounds one and two of this year's series in Chile and Argentina, he had the breakout ride of the first two races, narrowly missing out on the podium in the second race. So who is this wild Spaniard scaring the established names in enduro? We caught up with him to find out more...
Who is Toni Ferreiro?
My name is Toni Ferreiro. I am a DH and Enduro MTB racer. Where are you from and where do you live?
I am from Vigo, a beautiful sea town in Galicia, a region known for its stunning landscapes in the northwest of Spain. Who do you ride for?
I have been riding for Evil Bikes since 2013.
Where are you happiest?
Happiness for me is riding and racing my bike. It's what I enjoy the most in life. What’s been your favourite race venue?
I don't have a favorite venue but I have very good memories of the World Cup in Val di Sole, 2013 where I finished 11th and this year's EWS race in Bariloche where I finished 4th.
What are your strengths?
My biggest strength is that I never give up. I also learn fast from my mistakes. What are your weaknesses?
I need to pedal harder and continue to fine tune my race set-up What’s been your worst crash over the years?
A few years ago I had a big crash at the old World Cup track in Vigo and smashed two vertebrae, right at the beginning of the 2009 season. It was very hard but after three months I was back on the bike at full speed and I was able to win the Spanish DH title.
What’s been your luckiest escape?
Mmmmm…I have had many but I remember a very hairy one during the World Championships in Norway, at the big gap. I almost killed myself... What bikes are you riding right now?
Evil insurgent 650b, Evil Wreckoning 29er, Evil Undead and Evil Faction hardtail. Who’s your favourite rider?
Steve Peat. He's incredible. So many years on top and always kind and close to everybody. He's a legend. I also admire Richie Rude and Martin Maes. They are young and they don't make mistakes on the bike. They know how to do it to get a good run... Hats off. Who or what inspires you?
More than inspiring, what motivates me is achieving what I always wanted... being able to make a good living doing what I love; racing and with all the needed support, and without a shortage of anything.
Photo credit: Carmen Herrero.
What do you enjoy doing away from bikes?
Anything that is outdoors or involving wheels. What are you listening to right now?
Enrique iglesias!! Ha, no, Slayer
, all day long! What’s your favourite movie/ TV show?
Top Gear. What’s your favourite non-bike website?
The top ones in my computer are always bike related. Other than that, Youtube. What’s your favourite motto or saying?“A tope!!”
... Flat out!! What grinds your gears?
Losing time and making mistakes. What makes you happy?
Being with my friends and the feeling of speed.
On the DH bike in 2014. Photo credit: Alberto Armada.
If you weren’t a pro mountain biker, what would you be doing?
I would be doing something related to sports. For example, organizing events or building a bike park, I'd love it. Actually, I have already started to design bike parks with Promotionsport
and I like it a lot. If you were in charge of the sport, what changes would you make?
I am new to Enduro racing and I like all I have seen so far but I would maybe put some more jumps in the courses. When you hang up your racing shoes, how do you want to be remembered?
I'd like to be remembered as a guy that had fun on the bike and that always gave 100% at each race. What does the future hold for Toni Ferreiro?
What does the future hold? Right now I only think about doing the best possible result in the next EWS venues and learn in each race. In the future, I'd like to have a team around me to help me focus on racing. These races are very demanding and require that you have as many of the best resources as possible in order to be competitive and maintain your level on top.