We talk to young XCO gun, Luke Moir, who added to his already impressive palmares when he won the Junior title at SA XCO Champs late last year.
Firstly, tell us what this SA (jnr) XCO title means for you?
It’s my eighth national mountain biking title, they all feel great but this one was particularly special, because I doing it in support of my friend Manie Lubbe who died a few months ago. I rode in memory of him and to raise awareness for LifeLine Western Cape and the work that they do.
So let’s talk about the race. You lead from start to finish, was that always the plan?
Yes, it was a disruptive year for racing and I knew I still had form coming off World Champs, so I wanted to give it my everything from the start to finish to test myself but also ensure I took the title to make Manie proud.
Is that kind of how you like to race? Full gas from the gun…
It all depends on what race it is and where we are in the season. Locally I like to do that to push my limits and see how hard I can go and how long I can maintain it. Overseas however I like to play it safe a bit more and see what the bunch is doing first as the tracks are a fair bit tougher and I don’t want to take unnecessary risks as the results carry more points for the UCI rankings.
Take the course at Coetzenberg, what did you like about it, and what not so much?
It’s a nice fast course which was surprising, despite all the rain we had received leading up to the event. There is a fair number of technical features that definitely plays into my strengths. There really isn’t anything not to like about the track, even the climbs – which require power – are good as they provide an opportunity to attack.
It must feel pretty good to be back into racing after COVID restrictions. Did it take a long time to translate all the indoor training work being back on the mountain?
Yeah, I got pretty fed up with the indoor training but pushed through and as soon as we were allowed outside from level 4 I was back to hitting trails all the time. Intervals outside are a lot more fun when there’s a nice downhill in the recovery section.
Tell us about the shirt you wore and the meaning behind it?
I lost a friend (Manie Lubbe) during lockdown and I had the idea of making the shirt. When we heard there was going to be an SA Champs we knew it would be the perfect platform to create awareness for LifeLine Western Cape. It was super emotional to race in the shirt but I was extremely proud to wear it.
Luke has joined the Trek family who will be supporting his local and international campaigns. Luke will be racing on the Supercaliber, Top Fuel and Slash models. More on Trek Bikes
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