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Tristan Lemire

I am a young, passionate, and tireless 14 years old rider who is always willing to be out riding, whatever the conditions. Born and raised in Montreal, I have a younger sister, Clara, and very supportive mom and dad, both of whom are into sports but never before cyclists themselves. I spent my youth on wheels- any kind of wheels. Rode off on my bike by myself at a very young age, and haven't stopped since. I started downhill at the age of 7 years old. By 9, my father used to drop me off at the mountain every day, where I would ride alone or with strangers from early morning to late night, something I still do today. I started racing at 11 years old, getting good results early on. That gave me the motivation to continue. This year was a big one for me, one where I became Quebec, Canadian, US Open, and Crankworx champion.

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DATE OF BIRTH

06/15/2004

RIDING WITH KONA SINCE

My first Kona was a Stinky 2.4 2011, which I received as a birthday gift when I turned 8 years old.

KONAS IN YOUR QUIVER

Currently riding an Operator 2019 27.5 for downhill and a Process 153 CR 27.5 for enduro.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I was born in Montreal, in the French eastern part of Canada, and I spend most of time between Montreal and Bromont, where I ride most of the time except when I am on the road competing.

DO YOUR BIKES REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL SETUP TRICKS TO MAKE THEM “JUST RIGHT”?

Not necessarily, but I am very picky about my settings, especially on my breaks, fork and shock- something that drives the mechanics and my father crazy! Other than that, I am pretty smooth and not much into superstition. I do put grip tape on my levers and shifter, and remove all pins on my clip pedals!

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?

I am always looking forward for the next season. If up to me, it would be a year-long season! I would say simply building on my progress and achievements to date, and see where I can take it next year. Goal is to maintain same consistency and results, with even faster times.

WHO IS THE CYCLIST YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?

Many, but I would name Amaury, Brendog and Kade (Edwards), not only for their good results, but also for their overall riding style and variety of skills.

WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2018?

In my opinion, nothing beats Whistler's atmosphere, energy and overall variety of terrain. We always extend our stay at Crankworx Whistler for that particular reason, and that is the only place where we do so.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Hard to say. I could definitely come up with many names, but in hindsight, I would say anyone of the persons that matters the most to me, which would be my family and closest friends.

WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN A MOVIE?

The guy behind the scene, I don't like the spot light! But if I need to name one, I would say Connor Fearon in Gamble ! (joke)

HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?

passionate. focused. humble.

FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2018

I've had a great season, thus many great moments as well. One of my best is when I finally got back on my bike end of October after having broken my left hand. That was the second time, on back to back years. I was quite happy to see that I had fully recovered after 4 days of riding.From a competition stand point, I am very pleased with my overall consistency, winning 13 races out of 14. But if I had choose one moment, it would be my performance at the Canadian Nationals, where I won the U15, finished 3rd in Juniors and 15th overall in the country and coming in within 6 seconds from the winning Pro time.

Would you like more time or more money?

Definitely more time, which then means more time to ride!

Why?

I am still very young, but for me, time is precious, while money comes and goes.

Would you rather have no internet or no cellphone?

No internet.

Why?

As long as the cellphone has a good data plan, you're fine...

Would you rather be invisible or the have the ability to fly?

Flying

Why?

Flying allows you to have no restrictions! Anytime, anywhere. That would be awesome.

Pancakes or French Toast?

Hard choice, I would say French Toast, but not because I am French...

Why?

Tastier, especially with real maple syrup!

Would you rather have a winter of rain or a winter of snow?

Winter of rain.

Why?

Love skiing, but I prefer biking, even in the rain.

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