GRAVITY / ENDURO
Tegan MolloyI'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.
- I'm a lip balm fanatic; I can't stand having dry lips and I have a balm on me at all times.
- I wear contact lenses.
- 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.
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.