KONA TEAMS

GRAVITY / ENDURO

Tegan Molloy

Tegan Molloy

I'm Tegan Molloy, 21 years of age riding out of Jindabyne, NSW Australia. I started mountain biking for school sport, and five years later exchanged the local trails for the world stage. My first downhill bike was a Kona Stinky, and ever since then I have ridden Kona bikes. The first of many races began in Thredbo in 2009; a mountain bike park that still remains one of my favorites.


I have always enjoyed being outdoors: playing soccer, touch football, golf as well as skateboarding. Coming from a snow town, I instinctively started skiing from a young age and ski raced competitively before getting on my downhill bike in the summer. From here an epic journey began and I could only dream about riding the World Cup Circuit one day.

RIDER INFO

Date of Birth
January 18, 1996
Disciplines / Riding or Racing Focus
Downhill with a little bit of enduro.
Konas in Your Quiver
Supreme Operator 27.5, Process 153 DL, Shonky AL
Personal touches on your bikes?
My bike is fairly stock, I do run personalized ODI Grips with Molloy on the lock on clamps. One thing I'm pretty fussy about is my brakes – I run the levers right in so I don't have to reach for them. This makes it fiddly for the mechanics to make sure they have the right "feel". I am also particular about my tire pressure.
Pre-ride Rituals
I don't really have any pre-ride rituals, I'll just check my tire pressures and hit the trails. Before a race though I'll always do the same dynamic warm up taught to me as a junior by Jared Rando. I also apply lip balm right before entering the start gate.
Where are you from / where do you live?
I live in a small town by the name of Jindabyne, Australia, the base of the New South Wales ski resorts which for many years provided me with a winter wonderland. I soon began to swap my skis for pedals as summer turned my slopes into the longest downhill track in Australia.
Riding with Kona since
Technically I've been riding with Kona since I received my first Kona bike for Christmas in 2008. Now, I'm lucky enough to be a part of the Kona family, with this season being my third year riding on the Factory Team.
Goals for the 2017 season?
My goals for 2017 are to be consistent all year, qualify for every race, stand on the podium, make the Australian World Championships team, and make it through the season injury-free.
Favorite place to ride
My favorite international destination to ride would definitely have to be Whistler, Canada. I was lucky enough to travel there in 2012 with my dad for Crankworx, loved it, and have yet to find another place that takes the cake. Within Australia though, Thredbo Mountain Bike Park is my favorite place to ride. Home to the longest track in the country and a killer alpine environment on home soil, it's a given.
Three things we don’t know about you?
  1. I'm a lip balm fanatic; I can't stand having dry lips and I have a balm on me at all times.
  2. I wear contact lenses.
  3. I do not like to eat fish, and will not eat any chicken that is not chicken breast – ya feelin’ me Connor? Turns out Connor Fearon and I have the same eating standards.
Cats or dogs?
I'm not much of an animal person really, but we do have a family cat Soxie-Margaret who lives out in the garage. She use to be psycho but she's tame now and is pretty chilled out in her older age. Quite frankly, I don't like dogs jumping on me or licking me and that's that. Team Manager Mathieu Dupelle has a dog though and he has been the only exception.
Would you rather be eaten by a lion or be eaten by ants?
I feel like the lion would eat you quicker than the ants, and that the ants wouldn't eat you, they'd only bite you... but bacteria from the bites would eventually get you. Plus I couldn't stand the thought of ants crawling all over me.
Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
The alien invasion may not necessarily be a bad thing. They may be friendly and ride bikes.
Would you rather become a superhero or a supervillain?
I would be a cool supervillain a bit like Robin Hood. I'd like to have the power of lightning speed to travel anywhere around the world via hyperspace
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise no doubt. Early bird gets the worm

Favorite moment of 2016

2016 was a bit of a rough year for myself and the team. Unfortunately I was out injured with a broken collarbone and missed the first two World Cup races. I was back in the game for four more World Cup rounds, before breaking my collarbone again at Crankworx, Whistler only 6 months later. Absolutely gutted, I flew home for surgery missing the final World Cup and World Champs.

Before the second break however, Fort William was an exciting time. It was the first time that the whole team would be together, as well as my first race for the season. I was privileged enough to participate in the Stevie Smith Memorial ride, where a select group of riders set out in a train down the track, in a follow-the-leader style sequence all wearing red t-shirts in honour of Stevie, and even stopping off at Peaty's bar for a beer and a toast #longlivechainsaw.

This by far would have to be my most favorite moment of 2016 as well as one of the most memorable rides of my life. Knowing Stevie and celebrating his life alongside all of his riding mates was unforgettable. It was something so special to everyone involved that I was both lucky enough and grateful to be a part of it.

I am looking forward to taking both the positives and the negatives out of this season so that I can come into 2017 firing. More importantly, I'm super keen for more fun times with the team while riding our bicycles.

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