Getting to Know Toni Ferreiro

Jun 27, 2016 at 8:38
by Matt Wragg  
Toni Ferreiro


TONI FERREIRO


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...


Bariloche Argentina. Photo by Matt Wragg.


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.


Valdivia. Chile. Photo by Matt Wragg.


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.


Bariloche Argentina. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Bariloche Argentina. Photo by Matt Wragg.


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.


Valdivia. Chile. Photo by Matt Wragg.


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.


Images from the XXIII Gran Premio RockShox Diputaci de Barcelona Sant Andreu de la Barca 2016
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.


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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.


Toni Ferreiro rides for Evil Bikes.
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.


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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.



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18 Comments

  • + 12
 Slayer!!!
  • + 6
 Better than bieber haha
  • + 3
 @RedBurn:
Angel of death was too obvious as favorite song
  • + 1
 Slayer!!!!!!! Indeed!
  • + 6
 great guy, very friendly, and damn fast on the bike, remember im racing here in Portugal in mujaes back in 2009 or 2010 on of the smothest riders i've seen.always enjoied seeing him ride when he raced here
  • + 8
 Ah Mr Ferrero, with this interview you are really spoiling us.
  • + 1
 Lol. You deserve 50 extra props for that. Wonder if it's only the Brits that will get the link????
  • + 1
 why?? hahah
  • + 2
 He was in the Canary Islands last februar with Edgar Carballo training and racing, we had dinner together and he made us cry telling stories about WC racing. One of the most humble, funny and fastest guys i´ve ever met. I´ve he wins or not, doesn´t matter. If I had written this interview i´ve would finish it with: " He is that kind of guy you meet in a party and in 5 minutes you want him to be your friend"
  • + 4
 "What’s your favourite movie/ TV show? Top Gear." ...unfortunately, should read 'Was Top Gear'...cuz holy hell does the new one ever suck.
  • + 3
 Yet another rad dude from Vigo? Big Grin
  • - 5
flag otero96 (Jul 2, 2016 at 11:43) (Below Threshold)
 Toni is an old-dog, some years racing full WC, without getting top places, but in Spain he beats everyone. Angel is from Vigo, but his father has a lot of money... hahaha, you know what I say.
  • + 3
 @otero96: Bad comment about Angel, just let it be happy. Toni Ferreiro is a legend in our country, enough for us!!
  • + 2
 @otero96: macho eres un crack... aunque tu padre tuviese mucho dinero seguirías dando pena igual jajajaj you know what i mean
  • + 1
 @otero96: Tienes más razón que un santo.
  • + 2
 let him FLOWWWWW ~~~~~~
  • + 1
 go Toni, go!
  • + 0
 Tony ferrino?

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