Finished: Tahnée Seagrave - Ask Me Anything

Jan 28, 2016 at 11:08
by Pinkbike Staff  



We've got one of the fastest female downhillers answering your questions live from the Bicycle Service in London in just a few hours time!

Yesterday saw the announcement that Tahnée will be joined by Neil Stewart to form Transition Factory Racing. Alongside the main team will be Transition/FMD Racing development team consisting of; Kaos Seagrave, Joe Parfitt and Jamie Edmonson. Today you have a chance to ask Tahnée anything you'd like in this exclusive event.

Having sat and watched Vanessa Quin win the World Championships in Les Gets, France in 2004, a nine-year-old Tahnée was instantly inspired to achieve similar greatness. Dedication and desire got Tahnée onto the international race circuit in 2012 where she ended up winning the overall series but just missing out on the one title she had in her sights; Junior World Champion.

Losing that race was one of those big lessons in life and in 2013 - Tahnée's second and final year as a Junior racer - she secured the overall title as well as the Championship crown.

Now with two year's worth of Elite competition behind her, including several podium spots, Tahnée is set on making the 2016 season count.


How ‘Ask Us Anything' Works


Starting at 11:00 AM PST/19:00 BST on Friday, 29th January you can type your questions into the comment box following this article and Tahnée Seagrave will have a crack at answering them. Sometimes your answer will pop up in a few seconds; others may take a while as Tahnée will be busy responding to the flood of questions. Everyone who posts a question, large or small, will be taken seriously. To make the process as efficient as possible, try to follow these simple guidelines:

• Be patient with an answer, Tahnée will plan to get round to replying to your question.

• Before asking Tahnée a question, look to make sure it hasn't been asked already.

• Be courteous, being saying rude and offensive things will get you banned.

• Stay focused. Try to keep your questions on one topic if possible. You can always ask another question later.

• Try to keep your questions to no more than 100 words.

• Ask Me Anything is a platform for Pinkbike readers who are seeking information and insight, not a forum to broadcast opinions or grievances.

• Use propping to acknowledge good - or not so good - questions. Bump them up or down to where you think they belong.

Tahnee Seagrave AMA

Mark your calendars - the conversation starts at 11:00 PST / 19:00 GMT..

Time Zone Break Down

• 11:00 PST (Vancouver)
• 14:00 EST (New York)
• 19:00 GMT (London)
• 20:00 CET (Berlin)
• 06:00 Saturday 30th February AEST (Sydney)

Ask Me Anything with Tahnée Seagrave has been produced in conjunction with geebeebee media.


MENTIONS: @FMD-Racing / @tahneeseagrave / @TransitionBikeCompany / @foxracingshox / @foxheadeurope / @shimano / @ergonbike / @schwalbe / @crankbrothers / @geebeebee




478 Comments

  • 338 37
 Whats your SnapChat?
  • 5 4
 I thought of this question when I saw the headline lol!
  • 2 5
 Hello fr3d
  • 149 20
 What drugs were your parents on when they decided to name your brother "kaos"?
  • 7 0
 Not a question, just good luck for the season!
  • 34 3
 Do people usually focus on your gender and ask stupid questions thinking maybe they are cute or do adults usually ask questions about your amazing success and even though you are female maybe how to get better and be successful so that they could turn this into a business?
  • 16 43
flag pigit77 (Jan 29, 2016 at 8:43) (Below Threshold)
 how much do pro downhillers get paid? hmhmhm. im sure she wont "see this question"
  • 57 12
 It's typically just plain rude to ask a person's salary.
  • 9 21
flag vernonjeff (Jan 29, 2016 at 8:55) (Below Threshold)
 thats not what he asked hllclmbr. he asked if there is a living riding bikes.
  • 17 3
 How has the Transition to the new bike been?
  • 5 4
 @pigit77 It's not a McJob for $X/hr or year. You can't say Gee makes $$$ and Smith makes $$. It's negotiated and depends largely on past results. Compensation includes bikes, equip., team support plus performance bonuses for getting on the podium, etc. It's not as simple as saying '$70K'.
  • 12 3
 Sure it is. How much money goes into your bank account in a given year? Benefits do not buy groceries or pay bills.

However, I am not so sensitive like the rest of the USA that does not discuss salary. We have a whole group of industry professionals that share their salaries and benefits, making a list of the best companies to work for and which to completely avoid.
  • 1 0
 Not enough.
  • 5 0
 what two things do you never leave home without when goin racin for the season?
  • 3 1
 I actually got to snapchat her once when she was taking questions from an insta post and it was @tahnee57 but she probably changed it.
  • 1 1
 idk i already put that and my comment got deleted...
  • 2 1
 I don´t want to ask anithing, just want to say that you are the prettiest girl on the world cup circuit ! go get em this year!
  • 137 5
 What is your best piece of advice for an up-n-coming female rider?
  • 16 6
 please be answered Smile
  • 68 1
 Your body is an amazing piece of kit and is capable than a lot more than your mind settles for! Keep trying :-)
  • 3 13
flag Garpur44 (Jan 30, 2016 at 0:02) (Below Threshold)
 You're all wrong, it's all about the corned beef pasty!
  • 100 6
 snog, marry, avoid - aaron gwin, dany hart, ratboy?
  • 18 4
 The answer is probably 'In that order...'
  • 6 1
 Should have Sam dale instead of gwin
  • 280 4
 I would marry Aaron gwin (who wouldn't?), snog Danny Hart and avoid Ratboy!
  • 91 4
 How do you feel about Redbull cutting down the women shown on the live feed to 5 from 10, or do you feel the positives of showing the racing out weigh any negatives?
  • 25 0
 Don't like that change...
  • 14 3
 that annoyed the crap out of me, they should do top 20-30 riders for both mens and womens races, as even give full coverage to women's XC races.
  • 15 0
 def a negative, how can we expect sponsors to step up and sponsor up and coming racers if red bull doesnt include them in the coverage and the media barely publishes any pics outside of the top 5 girls (yep that includes you pink bike photo epic). If you want us to buy bikes, support the bike industry attend races - well then help us out by showing our progress....no we are not as fast as the top 30 or even 100 men or maybe even the juniors. but we are the largest growing segment of this sport, so step it up media
  • 92 7
 Why are you guys/gals running Shimano Zee instead of their premier line of Saints? When racing at the top, one would expect to have the best available.
  • 13 8
 in their new team vid, we see both saint and zee, it s a bit disturbing
  • 22 13
 Some zee parts are lighter than Saint Could be
  • 28 5
 It's called advertising
  • 9 4
 Why the neg props?
  • 10 5
 I see there is some horny hidden neg proper.People have miscellaneous hobbies Big Grin
  • 6 0
 I'm guessing that Tahnee and Neil Stewart are running Saint since they're the main WC riders, and the three kids on the development team are the ones running zee.
  • 5 0
 I ran Saints for years; however, I decided to try the Zee kit when they first came out and have been running since. I think the brakes are better than the old Saints, which were awesome. I haven't ran the new Saints, I'm sure they're even better, but point is Zee's will make most riders very happy, happy, happy.
  • 9 1
 neg props come from the pinkbike zealots. they cannot fathom that some zee parts are lighter simply due to the name zee being less expensive than saint. even simple facts cannot sway their disbelief. it's blasphemy to even suggest an inferior grouppo might be good enough or, god forbid, lighter than the more expensive counterpart.
  • 12 0
 In a GBMN video Mark Beaumont comments that he uses zee shifters because they do not have the double upshift feature on saint or XTR shifters. He states that he prefers to know that 1 lever movement = 1 gear so he can keep track of the gear he is in easier.

youtu.be/QDzqFfunSnc?t=177
  • 4 0
 Zee's a good group. It may not be as bullet proof as Saint, but it's got good bang for the buck. So why not use it?
  • 57 0
 I was running Zee to promote the product to show it's just as efficient as Saint can be, but more affordable! I am now on Saint, while the juniors remain on Zee!
  • 3 8
flag gonecoastal (Jan 29, 2016 at 22:41) (Below Threshold)
 It's not like people actually pedal a DH bike so why shell out the big bucks for Saint cranks?
  • 5 1
 Saint cranks are much stronger and stiffer than zee, a zee crank is a deore with pedal inserts...
  • 1 0
 Brian Lopes said the same thing about why he ran SLX shifters instead of XTR a few years ago.
  • 78 0
 When your changing sponsors or considering it, how do you go about testing them?
Do you have a track that is your basis and say ride both bikes the same day and compare times or just chill and see whats comfortable?
  • 6 1
 Good question man
  • 10 1
 Or is it all about the money/support/number of bikes on offer?
  • 34 0
 I don't have a specific track or anything, I just test the product when it comes and see how I feel on it. I tested a few other bike brands before the Transition but it's the frame I felt most comfortable on!
  • 1 0
 Cool, thanks @tahneeseagrave. Always been curious.

Best of luck this year
  • 80 19
 Does your boyfriend ride faster than you?
  • 102 6
 Sneaky way to find out if she has a boyfriend haha
  • 9 1
 ahahah nice one bud
  • 6 1
 Pretty sure he co-owns the the shop thebicycleservice.co.uk in Kingston lol
  • 55 1
 Hey Tahnée! A few questions.

1. You and Manon seem to be very close. How would you describe your friendship?

2. When it comes to racing/skills, what do you think is/are your advantages over Manon? Which areas/aspects do you think does she have you beat?

3. Any thing about the feel of the Wilson that you miss? How does the TR500 rack up against your old bike?

4. Lastly, would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?
  • 16 2
 I just need to clarify something in your excellent questions.

What type of Duck?

and when you say horse, do you mean Falabella, or Clydesdale?
  • 3 16
flag Monstertruckermotherfuker (Jan 29, 2016 at 6:04) (Below Threshold)
 Sounds like a donkey show to me
  • 31 2
 @riffscreamer

1. We are! We enjoy time together on and off the bikes, she's a really good friend. I can count on her and am so excited to see her get good results. Obviously we both want to win, but there's no hard feelings!

2. Manon's an amazing rider. We are both up there because we are head strong, determined and driven. I think at this level we all have skills on a bike, it's just down to fitness and mental strength.

3. TR500 sits a little higher than the Devinci, so it's easier to pop and hop in places. The Devinci had a low bottom bracket so felt fast in corners. Both awesome bikes. Nothing to moan about on either!

4. Ummm, what?
  • 54 3
 When you're warming up / spinning your legs at the top, what sort of music do you go for? Is it something chilled to relax you or something to get you pumped for the start gate?
  • 17 0
 Really depends what mood I'm in. Before a race sometimes I'm quite nervous and quiet so I need a little something to get my heart rate up, other times I'm confident and like a ball of energy so I need something real mellow!
  • 4 0
 Cheers Tahnee!
  • 54 5
 So it is my final year of schooling and for my art I am doing a film on the dedication riders have. I am using TB and Dave McMillan's stories. Would you like to join my project if you had any free time to do a bit of filming while you are in Australia before the World Cup?
  • 5 0
 would be sweet to see you film some top level female rider!
  • 7 1
 Damn right it would be sick, from what I have seen in interviews, her personality would suit what I am after perfectly - thought this would be the best possible time to ask haha
  • 34 2
 As much as I would love to I'm getting there just in time to be able to get over jet lag, rest and race! But I hope your school project goes well!
  • 7 0
 Hey Matt I'm not a female nor a World Cup racer but you can film me. I'll show you how dedicated I am to drinking beer after a sick session of mad cutties ay bruz!
  • 49 1
 Would you ride Rampage if they'd invite you?
  • 244 1
 I'd probably say yes, get there, look at the track, then leave.
  • 11 28
flag DirtyHal (Jan 29, 2016 at 11:17) (Below Threshold)
 I just literally lol'ed
  • 42 7
 What is your favourite greggs pasty?
  • 33 5
 If she doesn't say a sausage, bean and cheese melt then my opinion of her is lowered.
  • 23 1
 C'mon its got to be cheese and onion. I still wake up in the night covered in sweat after dreaming of them.

Actually can anyone post me some? Probably still be warm by the time they get here if they are fresh out the volcano they seem to cook them in.
  • 5 0
 Sausage roll is the only way
  • 13 6
 You bunch of dirty animals, greggs is rank.....
  • 7 7
 you wash your mouth out @holdandhope. how dare you speak like that about greggs pasties? kiss your mother with that mouth? >.
  • 13 2
 Didn't think people that ate greggs had ever heard of washing.....
  • 17 0
 +1000 for UK food debate commentary
  • 6 1
 You guys seriously think that anything tops a Steak Bake?
  • 45 1
 Ok let me get this straight. I hardly EVER go in Greggs unless it is LAST resort. And in that case who doesn't like sausage rolls?!
  • 23 1
 The UK food debate has been silenced, she has spoken
  • 35 4
 What's the best advice you have ever been given as a downhill racer? And who provided it? Thank you - and all the best for the coming season!
  • 27 1
 MIND OVER MATTER
  • 34 5
 After Mannon hit it last year do you feel any pressure to hit it the Scotland arch kicker this year?
  • 68 0
 YES! Maybe not quite like she did though.... ;-)
  • 36 14
 Do you find that within the sport you're treated differently on the basis that you're a woman?

How do you deal with the objectification lain on you by perverted fans?

Are you a feminist?



Thanks, and good luck this Season, Tahnee.
  • 105 1
 My sponsors are great, I have really good relationships with them so I don't get treated differently.

You get the odd few perverted fans and you're just like "Really?! What do you do with your life?" but y'know there's nothing I can do about it! Haters gun' hate ;-)

No, I'm not a feminist. I'm human just like everyone else :-)
  • 10 1
 Great answer. plus 50 if I could.
  • 16 0
 How to you tackle hard obstacles for the first time? You just go for it or maybe you wait, watch other people doing it, ask someone who did it, things like that. Basically, how do you prepare yourself mentally for something huge?
  • 61 0
 Hahaha this is funny because you got it SPOT ON.
Sometimes if I'm feeling good I just go for it, without a worry.
Othertimes I'll sneak up to Manon's pits and be like "sooooooo.... y'know that jump....." hahaha
  • 34 0
 But yeah, it's a mental thing. It's obviously do-able, so you just have to man up!
  • 2 0
 Haha nice. Thanks for the reply. I am picturing the scene in my head now. Like "hi manon, u know that jump..."

Good luck for the season! All the best from Brazil!!!
  • 16 0
 There is often big time gaps between the top 5 women and the rest of the field at world cups. Is this because the lack of support for female riders or is the talent pool (at world cups) just not that deep?
  • 17 0
 I wouldn't say it's a lack of support, because a lot of sponsors out there do support women. The top women have THE support because they are at the top. It's a male dominated sport, so it's obviously a smaller field, so there will be bigger gaps in the times and no one to fill them in. It would be great to see more women up there for sure.
  • 18 4
 Why do you think women from the UK dominate world cup DH? Manon, Rachel and you are a very formidable group and nearly did 1-3 for the overall last year
  • 31 12
 That's because the french got injured or retired Wink
  • 24 0
 @russthedog nearly?! We DID a 1-2-3 Overall ;-)
  • 8 0
 Ummm, well. The men are exciting to watch. But it's the same at the women, the top 5 are the most exciting. We have the same track, same jumps, same conditions.
  • 1 2
 Now talking about that: do you miss the french competition? Or actually any other nation. It's a world cup in the end, do you feel that or is it too much like a big BDS at the moment?
  • 18 3
 What's the hardest thing about being a professional female mountain biker?
  • 30 0
 There's nothing hard about it! haha
  • 14 0
 Alot of top racers do a little motorcoss in the off season? What do you do and does it help for the up and coming season?
  • 12 0
 I would love to get a motorbike and actually get good at it, will have to save some pennies! I just try and ride when possible, and make the most out of it.
  • 1 0
 save some pennies
ride like Jeffrey
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKiVK0YJhQI
and you'll never ride your MTB again
  • 11 0
 According to your Instagram account, you obviously love fashion and shopping. Do you get negative feedback regarding that within the MTB DH industry / community, because they think it's too girly for the DH sport? (btw i totally disagree on that).
And of course, I ask for my girlfriend : o
  • 31 0
 Are you reeeeally asking for your girlfriend though? ;-)

Anyway yes I love clothes/food/scenery. My instagram account is for me to just share with you guys what I love. The only person that will have a go at me is my Dad because he thinks its boring ;-) Which, to a certain audiance, it is. To others, it's not.
  • 20 7
 What do you want to say to those kids who love MTB or DH but cannot get support from their parents?
  • 62 15
 Get a job
  • 24 2
 Well, things are a little different here. Kids are usually get overwhelmed by schoolworks and there are very few work opportunities for them. And many parents would think DH is a high risk sport and don't want their kids to participate. But fortunately there are more open-minded parents than those narrow-sighted ones.
  • 110 9
 No work opportunities for kids in China? How the times are changing!
  • 14 7
 Scottish saltire... Don't take @km79 seriously.
  • 7 46
flag cuban-b (Jan 29, 2016 at 8:23) (Below Threshold)
 theres nothing satirical about it. it's straight up offensive.
  • 8 0
 Haha, I know what he meant. Actually, if you want to, you can be a beggar in the subways in many cities in China. Believe me, you'll earn yourself a V10cc in no time.
  • 3 21
flag cuban-b (Jan 29, 2016 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 im not saying you should be upset. just calling it like i see it.
  • 4 0
 No no no, no one is upset, and I didn't mean you, it can be anyone. Sorry my fault.
  • 16 0
 I've been to Scotland many times, Edinburgh, Fort William. Glasgow... great place, nice people. Of course there are always something not good enough, in Scotland, in China, in any other place on this planet. Anyways, you guys are always welcome to this country, like it or not, it's definitely worth visiting, and riding.
  • 10 2
 You have to get a job. The biggest thing holding your back kid is paying for your bike that brakes all the time. pursue your passions. My parents were very against it for the longest time. I payed for my own bikes tools taught myself how to fix my bike and was a soccer referee to pay for it all. The last 2 years of high school I was team captain on my team and my parents showed up to one race my last year and were blown away. They saw the positive influence it had in my life and they were finally ok with bikes. stick to your passions!
  • 4 0
 Way to go buddy! Things are different here as kids in high school will be facing loads of paper works and exams all day every day and barely have time to do things they really like. But I can see the attitude and passion! Keep it up!!!
  • 2 0
 Its not that having a job or having school is a hard part is just balancing having school and a job was riding... I think that's the point he was trying to make.
  • 2 0
 +1 about what KonaChina says. Never been to China yet myself, but from what I've heard higher educated children in China tend to have a totally different way when it comes to going to school. Much more like the Japanese are known for, very much pushing the highest grades as possible and having a lot of pressure to score well. Where as here in the Netherlands there is a thing we call Sixes-culture, which means getting a 6 out of 10 points is enough to pass the exam, so why would you want to "waste" more time studying when a 6 is enough?
  • 2 0
 Really hope to make it to China within the next 5 years. The culture seems so interesting and there are so many things I want to see there. Obviously I would hope to ride my bike over there aswell.
  • 12 1
 I started with a BMX that got given to me, and it excellated from there. I think if somebody spots talent, you can go a long way.
  • 1 0
 @Mattin Thanks dude! You are welcome anytime. Just let us know and we can share some rides here!
  • 1 0
 Thanks @KonaChina ! If I make it there with my bike I will let you know Smile . Same if you're ever in The Netherlands. We don't really have great trails though but always happy to show people around
  • 1 0
 Exactly like @tahneeseagrave said... You can have fun on just about any bike. Many skills to learn and so much fun to be had. Small jumps, wheelies, skids and just plain riding can be done on any bike. And like @dk1996 said...stick to it and if it points you in the right direction, they'll most likely come around. My first bmx was absolute crap, but I still kept it shiny...and to me it was everything.
  • 17 5
 Do you ever feel the women's race at a World Cup is ever compromised for the men's race?
  • 15 2
 Would you ever race enduro?
  • 6 12
flag RedBurn (Jan 29, 2016 at 3:46) (Below Threshold)
 even if she answers no ...
  • 14 0
 Yeah sure, it's just a matter of finding time in the race season. They are hard races so in between world cups it's not the best!
  • 12 2
 Did Transition Bikes reach out to you or after watching the Transition Patrol edit about the new T.I.T.S technology you thought that riding for them was the ONLY CHOICE Smile

Good luck for 2016.
  • 12 1
 No choice what so ever Wink
  • 15 3
 Why is Jamie Edmonson as spineless little rat?
  • 7 1
 Who is Jamie edmonson? Dish the dirt
  • 7 0
 little jamie is a nit cheeky!!!! don't worry he'll pipe down when he starts having to do the washing up at every race
  • 10 0
 wait he doesn't know that yet....
  • 2 1
 Silverhillmedia I will forever respect you hahahah! Someone finally said it Wink are ye no scared of Barry tit dropping you though :'D
  • 12 0
 Where's your favourite place to ride in the UK?
  • 10 0
 Love Llangollen!
  • 12 1
 If all the top female DH racers were put in a ring, and you all had to fight, who would be the most lethal?
  • 25 0
 I'd be scared of myself!
  • 12 2
 How much money did your parents spend before you got sponsorship and or a wage. Thanks
  • 57 1
 Put it this way, we started off with a chalet in France, and are now renting in Wales! haha ;-)
  • 7 0
 I love that in a video you were in once you described yourself as a scaredy-cat. Obviously you're not but it made me feel better about getting scared myself on big drops, jumps etc, - something us men sometimes find difficult admitting! So thanks. And now the question: how do you overcome your fears, both on and off the bike?
  • 9 1
 Are there any rides or races where you would prefer a 26" wheeled bike over a 27.5 Considering you would be supported by your sponsors ?
  • 11 3
 Nope, I like the wheel size change!
  • 2 0
 TR500 runs either, so have both options
  • 9 0
 Hi Tahnée,

If you were put in charge of the UCI what changes would you make?
  • 31 3
 I would cut the mens finals in half and only have top 40 qualify. Maybe the other 40 have a different catogary. I would also cut the juniors field as there are sometimes 100+, and they all qualify so the track gets beaten up and you end up with too many people on track.
  • 8 0
 Do people recognize you if your just walking around?
Do you have a special diet/training program that you follow for the off season?
  • 10 1
 It rarely happens in normal public places that don't involve bikes, which I like. I get the odd whispers at Services! haha
  • 8 0
 Oh and, yes, avoid crap! haha
  • 6 0
 Hey tahnee,
I ride dirt and slopesyle (I know it's not your discipline), and I already have a first sponsor, but my question is: is it better to wait till sponsors come to you? (Do They?) or is it better to apply for a sponsorship?
PS: Good luck in the upcoming saison!!
  • 4 0
 Definitely want to apply for sponsorships and to come to them! Then make good connections with them, hope that helps!
  • 12 3
 What track to you find most difficult/technical in the World Cup circuit?
  • 11 0
 The most diffuclt one is Val di sole, it's so brutal and tiring!
  • 9 1
 Obviously you love downhill but other than that what is your favourite part of mountain biking
  • 26 0
 I enjoy pump track and BMX tracks. No uphill please!!!!
  • 7 0
 We are digging a new track at Moelfre on the 7th of Feb, are you free to come and give us a hand and some advice with your knowledge of some of the worlds best tracks?
  • 25 0
 Send me a DM on my athlete page on Facebook! Would love to!
  • 10 1
 Should DH be in the Olympics?
  • 21 0
 Would be cool but only because I want a gold medal!
  • 7 0
 Can you notice a difference going from a carbon frame in the Devinci Wilson to an aluminum frame in the Tr500. Or do you feel carbon is kind of overrated?
  • 20 0
 I didn't have a carbon frame last year, so makes no difference to me. As long as it has two wheels ;-)
  • 6 2
 Do you think you need access to big mountains to be a successful female wc racer. I think on technical bigger tracks like val di sole riders without experience on that sort of terrain are behind the eight ball from the start and are playing catch up for years.
  • 15 0
 Nope, both Gee and Rach have won Val di sole and we only have mini mountains in wales Smile
  • 7 12
flag Turboute (Jan 29, 2016 at 13:10) (Below Threshold)
 Yes but you guys have easy access to Europe. Try living in Australia. Can be big $$$ to get to world class tracks.
  • 12 1
 Hmmm, Australia is pretty well represented in DH so I'm not convinced this is such a huge obstacle.
  • 10 2
 which part of your bike would you like to get rid of?
  • 32 0
 Well since Leogang this year... my chain!!!!!!
  • 6 0
 Tahnee, you obviously work closely with Kaos and your dad on the team. Does this effect family life or is that kept separate to the proffesionalism while training/racing?
  • 16 0
 Love this question.

I really wish it wouldn't interfere with family but it puts a big strain on us considering HQ is home and my Dad is my manager. Prettu sure I don't get is as bad as Kaos though ;-)
  • 3 0
 haha very understandable. Thanks for answering Tahnee and good luck for the upcoming season!
  • 7 0
 Even though Downhill racing is just you against the clock, how important is teamwork in achieving your goals?
  • 6 0
 It is so important. So much goes behind the scenes. I wouldn't be where I am today without my family and friends/sponsors.
  • 4 0
 What is your all time favorite race and why? And what is your motivation to keep going even after a result that was far from ideal? I'm a self supporting racer as are many others here and I know for me sometimes after bad races I have trouble finding the motivation to keep going.
  • 10 0
 That is EXACTLY what keeps me going! A result far ideal needs to be redeemed! Proving to myself I can do a lot better. Mind over matter!
  • 5 0
 Hi Tahnee, you seem to have great banter... how important is banter in keeping spirits up before a race?

Does it ever go too far, especially when there is such a ratio of Men to Women in Downhill?
  • 3 0
 Ummm there's always good banter in our pits! People know when not to talk to me though Wink
  • 5 1
 Do you ever get pi55ed off with being ask a bunch of questions about being a woman? And how anti the sport is?

And wish everyone would just get on with it? ;-)

BTW - Top Team and wish you, Neil and your Bro an awesome season. Must be great to know Matt's got your rig A1 too...
  • 10 0
 Nope, I love being a woman in a male dominated sport. Like, that's pretty cool right?!

Haha thanks:-)
  • 5 1
 Hi Tahnee, is there any way how to get some stuff with your signature on it? Because my girlfriend is your biggest fan! She likes every single photo that you upload, her favourite number is 57 after she started folowing you, she watches your videos for 10x a day and she really likes you a lot.. So I have an idea to surprise her with anything from you, is there any way how we can contact? (mail or something) Please, she would be verry happy.
  • 15 1
 You'll have to come to a World cup!!!! Would love to meet your girlfriend!
  • 8 3
 I dont have any questions. I just think Transition makes nice bikes☺so the best of luck for the season for you, your new team and New bike.
  • 4 0
 Haha, sweet! Thanks
  • 10 3
 Do you have any pre race routine ? or Superstition ?
  • 4 1
 Howcome FMD Racing isn't riding Devinci's anymore? And was there a cooperation/contract with Devinci cycles supporting FMD Racing before you teamed up with Transition?
Thanks for taking time to answer and all the best for your next season! Smile
  • 11 0
 Devinci already have a global team, so it was always going to be hard to develop and take steps with them with FMD. Transition are a great brand, plus their interest to support us was by far the most warming.
  • 6 0
 How was doing the course preview with Cluadio this year, would you recommend it?
  • 6 0
 Well, the track at Mont Sainte Anne was new and I hadn't walked the track so hitting everything blind was quite hard. It would have been nice to do a track we know!
  • 11 4
 x³ - 3x² + 18x - 92 = 0 --> x = ?
  • 3 1
 4.09335
  • 7 2
 there are 3 answers mate, complex answers must'nt be put aside Smile x={... ; ... ; ...}
  • 3 8
flag JoshHarper1997 (Jan 29, 2016 at 12:10) (Below Threshold)
 There is only 1 answer. It only cuts through the x - axis once (If you assume y=0)
  • 2 0
 3.704377....
  • 4 0
 As a female rider, you often get asked gender based questions that most male riders never get asked by reporters and fans. Of these questions, which would you most want the male riders in the sport be forced to answer?
  • 6 1
 Will you be doing #Copparide again this season? It was a great to see you do something like that
  • 3 0
 It's definitely on the cards!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for the ping back and good luck for the season
  • 6 1
 Being so involved in racing...How Are your other relationships, love related or otherwise affected?
  • 12 1
 Strong relationships whether thats love or friendship always stay. They understand my job and my commitment and have always supported me. I just don't get invited to anything naymore because I can never make it Wink
  • 4 0
 How as your approach in training in the off season this year changed (if at all) and what is your goal this year...we are all hoping for that top step
  • 10 0
 My mental approach has changed, and that changes the lot. I'm fully prepared for this season and can't wait. My goal is to get that top step! It's the only one left to get!
  • 4 0
 Were you academic at school or were you distracted by thinking of how your time could be better spent? ( also best of luck for the 2016 season with the new team)
  • 8 0
 I was until about 15, 16 when my interests changed and I was so close to racing world cups. Now that i'm not a know-it-all teenager I've started studying again!
  • 3 0
 hello, I am your Chinese fans. This years Chinese have a great update in downhill. I want to know if you have chance to come to China will you come here? Do you like to ride in China? I am expecting you to come!!!!!!
  • 3 1
 I've never been to China! I would love to visit.
  • 1 3
 I'll go to London this year for study. I really want meet you during the holidays. So can I get chance to meet you?????????
  • 3 0
 what noises do you make insiode your head when ragging it? i used to do an inward whistle whenever I got any air and my buds nicknamed me R2 for a while. those buds play golf now but im still well sick
  • 29 0
 You can whistle whilst riding?! Jeez I'm usually breathing out my arse
  • 8 0
 ^ Well that was meant to be a laughing face haha
  • 3 0
 I wanted to wish you luck before a race but you looked extremely nervous and uncomfortable so I shied away from saying any thing. Should I wish you luck or leave you alone? All the best for this season, Im a big fan!
  • 6 3
 How do you put up with my brother? I struggled... Haha but on a serious note... How do you put up with these creepers on pinkbike asking for your number and your snapchat?... ????
  • 2 0
 Do you find it hard to find a good balance on your bike setup with your light weight. What tire pressure do you normally run? Are you more of a finesse pic a line, hop over the trash type of rider or point and shoot the shortest path crusher?
  • 2 0
 Hi, it's a cold British evening and you have to choose a filling for a nice soft but warm baguette!! What's your choice, I'm going g for some good quality sliced beef with a good strong melted cheese and a little fresh onion Smile u can't have ham and cheese lol -- good luck 4 the future.... AndyD
  • 4 0
 What advice would you give to young women who are trying to make it as professional athletes?
  • 5 0
 Never met anyone tell you what you are and arent capable. Including yourself. Your body is capable of amawing things, your mind just needs to believe it!
  • 1 9
flag conorjm10 (Jan 29, 2016 at 15:18) (Below Threshold)
 ????????????
  • 5 0
 How bad do you want to beat Rachael Atherton this year?
  • 2 0
 Basically, is there any special mind training in off season time? I mean, do you come over an uphill to see some sunset and free your mind? Or maybe a special trainer in the team? Thank youSmile
  • 3 0
 Were you into other forms of riding before you got into DH? Did you ride road bikes, xc, DJ, BMX, or motos? Or have you always been a bad ass
  • 2 0
 Hey Tahnee! I am a big fan and you are an amazing inspiration to many women. Any words of advice to a beginner that wants to participate this summer in a "race"? Any work out tips Razz , words of wisdom?
  • 1 0
 1. What would you do to encourage more girls/women to take part in mountain biking, or sports in general?

2. Come and race in our backyard race series! last round we all got pissed, crashed into each other and I broke my wrist. Its great!
  • 3 0
 Do you wish the whole Cyclepassion calendar thing would just go away, or would you like to see male version to "level the playing field"?
  • 1 0
 When you get injured or have a bad day and feel like you can't go on, what makes you get back up again? Is there a phrase that someone said to you one day that repeats in your head when you're down? Do you think it's something people are born with, or can perseverance be learned?
  • 6 2
 What's your favourite and and least favourite tracks on the circuit?
  • 1 0
 Given how 2014 was a nice open season, did it piss you off that Rachel came back in 2015 and went off on a whole new level?

And how have you trained to close that gap this year?
  • 4 1
 What has been your biggest obstacle breaking into the dowhill scene and how did you overcome it?
  • 4 0
 What was your first bike?
  • 12 0
 Like my very first bike? A pink barbie one with tassles.
  • 2 0
 How do you feel on your new TR500? Well enough to become the 2016 World Cup Champion? *

* I hope so, and I will keep fingers crossed during the whole upcoming season Smile
  • 2 0
 I love it! So fun to ride.
  • 2 0
 What advantage does height play in DH racing? I know I could've asked this of any DH racer regardless of sex, but might this be more of an issue among women?
  • 1 0
 Well, we have all shapes and sizes! It not really a restricted sport like the majority. That's what's so good about it!
  • 2 0
 How do you handle over coming injuries and getting confidence to ride new obstacles that you may find scary or tricky? Cheers Smile
  • 3 0
 It takes a while, you have to be patient and build slowly!
  • 1 0
 Thanks for answering! Good luck in 2016 and hope you get your top step!
  • 3 0
 How do you think males mountainbikers best could support and be more inclusive towards women in the MTB culture? Smile
  • 3 0
 How much can you bench?
What percentage of your off bike training consists of curls for the girls?
A) 66%
B) 88%
C) 104%
  • 3 0
 Did you do some sort of job to finance your expensive hobby when you were younger?
  • 2 0
 What is something that is harder than you thought as far as being a pro, and what is something that is easier than you thought it would be? Thank you.
  • 3 0
 Hi Tahnee,
I know you can speak french also, how have you manage to learn it ? what is your favorite french expression ?
  • 3 0
 Are you related to Henry Seagrave, the guy who got a bunch of land and water speed records in the 1920s?
  • 1 0
 Cheers from Cuba, Sancti-Spíritus. We see lots of your races, your videos, unfortunally we can't see then live but when we can get then downlaod we do. Wishing you all the best with your new bike and team.
  • 1 0
 I'm a young downhiller just about to start my 2nd season, what is your best advice for improving my speed while also improving my air control? (two things I am trying to work on)
  • 9 7
 Would you agree that Rachael Atherton is becoming the female Steve Peat when it comes to helping the scene grow?
  • 6 3
 What's the best bike you've ridden?
  • 2 1
 If you could ride anywhere in the world and with anyone (alive or dead) where would it be and with whom? And, what bike would it be on?
  • 3 1
 How does it feel to be professional DH rider riding Al frame in 2016? Smile Wish you and your team all the best!
  • 2 1
 Lol. Wagon?
  • 4 2
 You will all be waiting a while this is happening on the 29th of December....
  • 9 8
 If you and only you could decide to push on the red button that could make like 650B was all a bad dream and that 26 rules the world: WOULD YOU ??
  • 17 1
 Nah, change is good!
  • 4 1
 How many hours sleep do you get in before a race?
  • 1 0
 I've seen in Instagram that you've been working hard, do you think this is your year with new bike and all the work you have put?
  • 2 0
 The women's field is strong. I think last year although I had some pretty good results there was only one race where I felt like I was a threat. I want to be battling close for that number one spot.
  • 1 0
 Do you will come back this pre season to Portugal for train ? andddd What do you think about our tracks do you think we have conditions to have a WC race ?
  • 4 1
 Hey whats your favorite riding tunes?
  • 2 0
 And finally, do you feel you need to babysit your younger brother now that he's in the team?
  • 4 0
 Haha, not at all. He can make his own mistakes, he'll learn Wink
  • 1 0
 Will you be doing another charity give away this year at Fort William?
How does the new bike feel compared to the old 1?
Good luck this coming season.
  • 1 0
 I hope so, I really want to, it was a great event. The bikes amazing, just like the last one was!
  • 1 0
 Not questioning anything, just wishing you luck for this season and to be the best! Also wreck and show them who's da boss with you'r new bike! Wink
  • 1 0
 What about coming to see me this summer in San Martino Bike Arena in Trentino?? We have amazing tracks! Way better than Morzine Wink
  • 1 0
 Will you ever came to Slovakia for some trip? Smile (I hope yes ^^, will be very happy if I can only shake hands with you or to see you live Smile )
  • 3 0
 What is/was your favourite subject at school?
  • 4 0
 Maths and Art!
  • 6 4
 Has anyone in your extended family ever owned a 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1?
  • 4 1
 That was actually a serious question, negproppers.
  • 1 0
 What does it take for an experienced shop mechanic to make their way on to a WC team as a team mechanic? How do you choose your race mechanic?
  • 6 3
 What bike is Gwin on for 2016?
  • 2 0
 How many bikes does each member of FMD get from Transition? and which bikes are they?
  • 2 0
 The Guys Over at transition are known for putting out funny videos, are we going to see more of that from you this year?!
  • 2 0
 I recently broke my ankle at Llangollen, what's your worst injury (if any?) and how did you get over it?
  • 1 0
 What other riders do you tend to hang about with of the track or around the paddoct?
also good luck in the new season and hope to see you on the podium. Smile
  • 2 0
 Are you using the same mechanic you used last season, how important is your relationship with your mechanic
  • 2 0
 Where is your favourite place to ride? What has been your favourite race?

Good luck this season! Smile
  • 1 0
 Hi tahnee First off good look for the up and coming season Would just like to get some ideas of the best exercises to build upper and lower body strength.
  • 4 0
 Evening ladies
  • 1 0
 Ad if you need to build the best bike balanced on cost vs performances vs durability what would you choose ?
BTW best luck !
  • 2 0
 Best of luck to you Tahnee! Your an inspiration for generations to come! Keep kicking ass girl!
  • 2 0
 What bar length do you use for the world cup? Thanks! & keep shredding hard!!
  • 1 0
 Do you like to keep your bike set up with the same configuration all season, or do you like to play around with compenents, tires, and suspension settings?
  • 10 9
 Tahnée I always wondered... Can you whip? On both sides? What about scrub?
  • 6 4
 How did you know you wanted to be a mtber?
  • 3 0
 I didn't! I started off doing gymanstics and figure skating...!
  • 7 6
 After Manon hit it last year do you feel any pressure to hit the Scotland arch kicker this year?
  • 4 3
 I know it's probably down to your mechanics, but how is your suspension set up?
  • 3 1
 Whats tony up to right now?
  • 7 0
 Probably shouting at someone for something
  • 4 2
 Besides the TR500, what Transition bikes will you be riding?
  • 4 2
 What music dae ya listen too?
  • 3 2
 What's the biggest sacrifice you've had to make:

a) To be a successful racer?

b) On behalf of the team?
  • 6 0
 a) I make sacrafices every day, but I don't see them as sacrifices. I love what I do!

b) I've turned down a few big offers because i beleive in the potential that FMD has. Again, NOT a sacrafice.
  • 4 2
 How does Harry Belk get such flawless skin?
  • 8 0
 He moisturizes like 10 times a day. Not kidding.
  • 4 2
 How many bikes from the transition lineup will you be riding this season?
  • 2 0
 What's your favorite bike that you've owned?
  • 1 0
 Would you say the the new Transition bike you're using is more fun biased Vs your previous race bikes?
  • 2 0
 What tyres do you recommend for uk weather conditions when ridding dh?
  • 12 0
 Magic Mary's! All round sweet tyre (when you can't be bothered to change to muds...... we all know the struggle don't lie)
  • 3 0
 Thanks will give them a bash. Yeah I don't tend to change my tyres if it's muddy I just embrace the challenge of having very little grip haha
  • 2 0
 what are you main goals for this year, in terms of racing and not racing
  • 2 0
 How much do you train per week and how much of it is on the bike?
  • 1 0
 If you had to to pick another team apart from FMD to ride for which team would it be and why ?
  • 2 0
 I'd give Madison a shot! Will longdon does a good job with the team.
  • 2 0
 what would your signature wrestling move be?
  • 2 1
 What in your opinion makes Fort Bill one of the best races on the DH circuit?
  • 2 1
 Are you planning to do any competition outside of the UCI downhill season in 2016?
  • 2 0
 I am having a lot of trouble with Manuals. Do you have any advice?
  • 10 0
 I am NOT the person to ask hahahaa
  • 14 0
 Pull up, lean back?! something like that
  • 3 1
 What Disney princess do you most identify with????
  • 19 0
 Snow white! Love a good nap!
  • 3 1
 Would you send me some free stickers?
  • 1 0
 Where do you do most of your training? Or are you always on the move training in different places?
Thanks for your time.
  • 1 0
 Most of my training is at home! I haven't actually been away yet!
  • 2 14
flag wolf-adventures (Jan 29, 2016 at 13:11) (Below Threshold)
 Cheers babes
  • 2 0
 Do you believe Moto sessions helps sharpening one's dh skills?
  • 2 0
 Whats your favorite top to bottom run in Morzine/les gets?
  • 1 0
 Where do you see the sport of cycling five years from now, conversely, where do you see women's cycling five years from now?
  • 1 0
 Where do you think the technology of mountain biking will go in the near future?
  • 2 0
 Are you planning on coming to Crankworx Whistler this year?
  • 2 1
 Also is there a big difference between the Fox suspension you have now against Marzocchi you used to run
  • 2 1
 How do you get over pre-race nerves? How to stay calm and cool before a race?
  • 1 0
 I don't think I get over them, it's natural, i've got used to them and deal with them in a positive way. If I wasn't nervous I'd have to start worrying!!!!
  • 2 1
 What age where you when you started riding and what got you into the sport??
Thanks tahnee! Smile
  • 1 0
 What do you feel your chances are this season of becoming the top female Brit downhiller?
  • 11 1
 It won't be by chance, it'll be from had work ;-)
  • 3 0
 Great answer! ????
  • 1 0
 Tahnee, where is your favourite place too ride in Shropshire/Wales on the Tr500?
  • 2 0
 Llangollen and Revolution!
  • 1 0
 What is you're opinion on the recent rise of enduro, and what do you think it means for the rest of the sport?
  • 3 0
 I think it's good! Bit of variety never hurt anyone!
  • 3 1
 What's your best smoothie recipe?
  • 2 1
 How often do you practice biking? How long have you been biking? How do you get rid of the mental block for big jumps?
  • 2 0
 Do you spend more time on your trail bike than your dh bike?
  • 1 0
 What tips can you give to a young rider who rides and trains to get to a world cup level ?
  • 1 0
 Do you ever listen to music when you ride? If so do you have a favorite playlist?
  • 1 0
 Are you going to assist Transition in designing a new DH frame in the future?
  • 1 0
 Out of the usual cliche, what is the main difference between being France and the UK when it comes to mtbiking?
  • 2 0
 Have you got a favourite photo from last season?
  • 2 0
 What's a typical day like in the life of a professional downhiller?
  • 1 0
 Have you ever ridden dirt jumps/trails
if yes then how you felt this kind of riding?
if no, then why?
  • 1 0
 Looking to the future how can the sport change to bring more girls in and help them progress

Good luck for 2016 ????
  • 1 0
 Good luck for next season! Amazing team on an amazing bike! Can't wait for the season to start..
  • 1 0
 If you could have any World Cup trail in your hometown what would it be and why ? Smile
  • 1 0
 also, whats your best advice for someday winning a world champs race? how do i get up to that level?
  • 1 0
 what is your best advice on how to get sponsored? and I'm 15 if that makes any difference
  • 1 0
 Just my luck......QA with Tahnee and I have a work function and end up getting written off.........go team green haha
  • 1 0
 Haha some of the legit questions that got down voted by leg humpers is rediculous.
  • 5 4
 Favorite place to ride and why?
  • 6 5
 As a little girl, who was your main inspiration?
  • 4 0
 I looked up to Vanessa Quin when I was younger, I adore her!
  • 8 6
 tubeless or tubes?
  • 1 0
 both
  • 4 2
 procore
  • 3 2
 Whats your favourite track?
  • 2 1
 What would you say is your best character trait?
  • 2 0
 Driven?
  • 2 2
 what Advises would you give to some one, wanting to be the best Mountain biker ?
  • 1 1
 I think no one can be the BEST mountainbiker...
  • 3 2
 Do you ever dig or help towards building any tracks in any way ?
  • 4 0
 I think I'd do more damage than good...
  • 2 1
 Any plans to join specific Enduro events?
  • 1 0
 No plans, but I'd like to!
  • 2 1
 Do you train on a road bike as well?
  • 2 0
 Should've asked what it is too Frown
  • 2 1
 What are your fondest memories of your career in DH so far?
  • 2 3
 are you aware that baseball caps can be worn the other way and provide much better eye protection against the sun? >. snoogins
  • 2 1
 Favorite off season meal?
  • 1 0
 Which do you prefer? SRAM, or Shimano?
  • 1 0
 What was your first bike?
  • 1 0
 Do you think you'll win a World Cup this year? (Rooting for you)
  • 9 0
 @mikemoores Bloody hope so guys!!!!
  • 1 0
 Who was the craziest fan you have ever met? What made them so memorable?
  • 1 0
 how excited are you about the upcoming season and your new sponsors
  • 1 0
 Is 2016 gonna be the year you get your first win?
  • 1 0
 What type of off the bike training do you do
  • 1 1
 Tahnee, where is ur favourite place to ride downhill in Shropshire/Wales and why?
  • 2 1
 Do you have any pre race rituals
  • 1 0
 velcro or laces?
tea or coffee?
batman or spider man?
  • 2 0
 Velcro coffee batman
  • 1 0
 What do you prefer Marzocchi or Fox ? Wink
  • 2 1
 Do you ride your bike with euro or moto brakes?
  • 1 0
 what did this girl do to deserve this...hours of her life wasted.......
  • 1 0
 If you could be any bike part what would it be and why? ;p
  • 1 0
 Have you ever considered to be a model?
  • 1 0
 ACC could not sell any bikes, why do you think that was?
  • 3 3
 When is Kaos Seagrave Vs Neil Hope happening?
  • 3 3
 What's the worst question you've been asked in an AMA?
  • 1 1
 What brand and model of pedal do you use? Thanks Tahnee!
  • 1 1
 Which UK racing venue is your favourite and why?
  • 1 4
 I see a lot more questions than answers....this is hopeless. But hey...I'll ask a question just like I entered each 25 days of Christmas...

When going through tough times, what is your biggest source of inspiration?
  • 1 0
 batman or spider man?
  • 1 1
 What is the best piece of advice about riding that you have ever received?
  • 2 2
 what came first? the chicken or the egg?
  • 1 1
 How have you become so successful in the sport?
ArchieSmile
  • 11 13
 Starting at 11:00 AM PST/19:00 BST on Friday, 29th December??? Last time i looked it was January......
  • 16 2
 You update the story and I get negative props haha
  • 1 1
 Also this- 06:00 Saturday 30th February AEST (Sydney)- 30th February? Really? Big Grin
  • 5 5
 Best pre ride song?
  • 3 4
 Est-tu tahnée de répondre a tous ces questions?
  • 1 3
 i'm trying to gain enough points for the bds but its taking me along time, do you think it worth the money and hassle
  • 1 1
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  • 1 2
 Would you do a free gear competition or just give amything away?
  • 1 1
 Kayne or Slayer?
  • 6 9
 What's your favourite non-secret track in Portes du Soleil?
  • 3 4
 A Line for sure!
  • 3 6
 What do you think about the German mountain bike industry?
  • 3 5
 Would you marry me?
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