Lynette Deacon - Enduro/Downhill MTB - Scotland


Your Age: 29

Your Location (where do you ride mostly): All over Scotland (we have a lot of options)

Weapon(s) of choice: Mountain bike or Snowboard

What’s an average day for you like? Monday to Friday it's an early start in the gym, work in the office for 8 hours, then try and squeeze a night ride or session rock climbing in the evening. The weekends are kept free for riding and racing.

What is the most difficult part of your activity/sports for a beginner? The easiest? The most difficult bit is learning to handle rough terrain and finding the confidence to pick yourself up after the many inevitable falls.

What is the best and worst thing about being female in your sport? The best part is the community. There still aren't many female mountain bikers so we all know each other, and are there for each other. The hardest part is trying to find a bra that works as well as your suspension.

What would you like to see change in your sport to make it better for you and other female athletes? I would like to see more women feel comfortable at races, so that we can have proper range of age categories, same as the men, and not all lumped together where juniors race veterans.

Besides your ability and style factor as an athlete, how would you describe your personal style? I am pretty easy going, chilled, and very talkative. I can talk to anyone for hours. I also don't posses the ability to sit down and do nothing, I am always working on some project or another.

What are your favorite brands/designers for your sports apparel and for stepping out? When it comes to riding gear I'm a big fan of Troy lee designs and Fox riding clothes, Leatt and Alpinestar for protection and I will probably be buried in my FiveTens shoes.

Let’s hear your thoughts on how important looking good is to feeling good. “Being” your personal best? I like my clothes to be as loud and colourful as possible. I love something that makes me stand out in a crowd. Avoiding black and pink wherever possible (not easy in the women's clothing market). I rarely match or give much thought to what I wear as long as it's comfortable and going to do it's job I'm happy.

How dangerous do you really think your sport is compared to what people do in their regular activities? Mountain biking has one of the highest hospital admissions of any sport, to pretend it isn't dangerous would be a lie. With high rates of broken bones, concussions and the rare death precautions have to be taken. However I always use protective gear, and ride within my limit and so far have avoided too many injuries.

I bet in your experience you have seen some crazy crashes. Describe one. Mountain biking has one of the highest hospital admissions of any sport, to pretend it isn't dangerous would be a lie. With high rates of broken bones, concussions and the rare death precautions have to be taken. However I always use protective gear, and ride within my limit and so far have avoided too many injuries.

What usually gets people hooked on your activity/sport? For me it was pure adrenaline. But I think for most people it is being outdoors, having an adventure, and keeping healthy.

Do you own any other toys? I don't own anything other than toys: I have my downhill, enduro, and road bikes. Two snowboards, all my rock climbing kit, some kite surfing and water sports kit, and a lot of gear for training in Muay Thai.

What is your favorite trick? I'm not big on tricks, as long as I can clear the obstacles, speed is Queen!

What gets you pumped up for the day? Getting some good tunes on at the gym at 6:30am.

What are three things you could not live without? My bike, My dog, and My fiancé (ok the last two aren't technically things, but they are all I need).

What are your expectations for this activity/sport? Although there are always fluctuations in popularity between Enduro, Downhill, 4X, and XC, but Mountain biking as a whole will only grow in strength as more and more trails are found.

Who have been your biggest supporters in getting you to where you are now? My fiancé and my friends. If it wasn't for the social support I get being out riding every weekend I would have probably gotten bored years ago.

Who’s your favorite rider/shooter (photo/video)? It's got to be Rachel Atherton for her undisputed 2016 world championship wins. However the sport wouldn't be what it is without Thanee Seagrave, Manon Carpenter, and Katy Curd to keep her on her toes. Whichever way you look at it the UK makes some strong women bikers.

What do you do in your spare time when you’re not riding/shooting/competing? Spare time? What is spare time? I am either at work, earning money to pay for bikes, or on my bike. If there is time left I'm at the gym, or doing some other sport, eating or sleeping.

How about in the off season to stay in shape? Haha, there is no off season. The joy of mountain bikes is you can go out in the snow, rain, mud, it makes no difference, it just adds to the challenge and develops the skills. There are even races happening throughout winter now.

What is your biggest goal to accomplish this/next season? I have had a successful year racing the enduro scene. For next year I am hoping to break in to the downhill scene.

What do you do to prep for a competition? Eat. Little, Often, and healthy.

What competitions and other awards have you won? 12 top 10 finishes in 2016 with 3 podium finishes. 8th in the Red Bull Foxhunt - Appearing in ITV's Ninja Warrior UK and Nominated for a Green Energy 'Professional' award

What’s your favorite “way” to ride? Uplift or peddle I don't mind, it's all about how much fun you have on the descent.

Favorite conditions? Dry and rocky.

Where would be your biggest dream place to ride and why? As much as my home country of Scotland has some of the best riding in the world I would love I go and ride New Zealand. It has such a great mixture of trail types and weather, with a great attitude from the local people.

What song(s) do you listen to while riding that puts you in the zone? Smash Mouth - All Star

What turned you on to your sport? A friend of my partner convinced me to get a hire bike and took me to the top of the red route at Glentress. After the first stage I was hooked. The adrenaline, and the flow, where body and bike works as one is exhilarating.

Any new tricks you’re working on?  I have been working on bar spins recently for fun, whilst still trying to improve on the basics manuals and drops to make sure I can keep my speed over the course.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever done in your sport?  The Red Bull Foxhunt has been the highlight of my calendar for the last three years. Racing downhill against 250 other women and world champ Rachel Atherton. Being on the front line with that many people chasing you down the hill is an adrenaline hit you can't compare to.

What other extreme/action sports are you into?  Snow boarding, Rock Climbing, Obstacle Course Running, and Muay Thai Martial Arts.

If extreme/action sports didn’t exist, what would you be doing with all the free time you’d have?  I think I would find a way to make it exist. Not sure I would be 'me' without extreme sports.

What’s your favorite board/bike/sled to ride and why? Mondraker Dune has been my bike of choice for the past 4 years. The forward geometry means its super stable on steep descents.

What’s the trick to riding features and not killing yourself? Look ahead! Not at you wheels, not at the feature, keep your head up and look at the exit.

How would you describe your riding style? I aim for fluid. If there is a smooth and clean line to move through I will find it. In reality I sometimes look like I'm holding on for dear life.

What would you say is your signature trick? Not really a trick, but I have done some spectacularly funny falls which seem to stick in most peoples minds.

Favorite drink of choice to refresh yourself after a long day of riding/shooting? Give me a fruit and veg smoothie with added protein powder to get that recovery underway.

What do you want to be when you "grow up"? Growing up is over rated. I am more of a child now than when I was a kid.

Any of your own web pages or social media buttons you want links to? Youtube, Vimeo, FB, Instagram,Twitter etc. etc.