G’day I am Toby Greenwood, I am a 15‐year‐old Mountain Biker from Atherton, Australia. I currently live with my awesome and mega supportive family which consists of myself, Mum, Dad and my Little Sister. We have been living in Atherton for 7 years now and it has been sweet with the abundance of trails and variety in thing to do when I’m off the bike.
Gravity Enduro Mountain Bike Racing
Canyon Strive / Cannondale CAADX
How did you get into the Sport?
I first got into riding bikes when mum and dad got me a strider bike when I was around 3 years old. Growing up mum and dad always had bikes around whether it be mountain bikes or road bike of dads there was always a heavy influence no matter what. Straight away I absolutely loved it, when mum or dad used to take me on rides around the lake in Ballarat, Victoria or to ride the dirt jumps around town I had the time of my life. From there my riding really progressed and when we came to Atherton dad got me into BMX racing at the local club. After riding & racing there for a few years mum and dad got my first proper mountain bike and from there it was simply a matter of time before I was hooked.
Hardest aspect of the Sport:
The hardest aspect of the sport has got to be training and riding through the wet season up here in Far North Queensland. The wet season in Far North Queensland lasts for what feels forever between January and March and makes it challenging to find opportunity to ride bikes around the area as all the trails get shut and it just makes getting out to ride that little bit harder.
What does your Training week consist of?
- Monday: Strength & Conditioning Training / Cardio (eg. Running)
- Tuesday: Cyclocross Training Ride around the area for Km’s
- Wednesday: Strength & Conditioning Training / Cardio (eg. Running)
- Thursday: Mountain Bike Ride
- Friday: Strength & Conditioning Training / Cardio (eg. Running)
- Saturday: Long Mountain Bike Ride (Enduro Racing format)
- Sunday: Recovery Day
How do you keep Motivated?
For me everything about riding bikes is good, so it’s not hard to keep motivated. I absolutely love the awesome time spent shredding with mates or seeing what different parks and trails have on offer. But the best part of Mountain Biking is when I get to travel with Dad and Mum to different venues to race. The abundance of trails that Australia has to offer is awesome and to be given that opportunity to travel and see what is on offer through my racing and the support from others is great. Lastly the competition, I love it, the thrills and riding on the ragged edge is awesome and once you’re hooked you can’t get away from it.
Where do you draw inspiration?
The thrill of the competition and expectation of myself to do better every time I compete. I also draw inspiration from professional Australian Downhill and Enduro racers such as Connor Fearon, Dean Lucas and most of all Sam Hill who have excelled in doing what they love through racing mountain bikes which I too hope to do one day! In my down time I watch MTB pro riders on YouTube to better appreciate their individual riding styles and speed! Also, the awesome mateship with older more experienced riders, like local rider Adrian Dawson, who hit the EWS scene this year, and the DOJO crew in Townsville keep me pushing the pedals.
- Ride all the time! The more you do it the more you’ll love it!
- Stay fit and strong! That way it is easier to be consistent and perform on the bike!
- Ride with mates! You will dramatically increase each other’s skills with a bit of competitive rivalry as you ride.
- Don’t ride the same trails all the time, venture out and find something different! That way you’ll keep the stoke levels high and keep pushing your skills.
- Most of all have fun! Don’t take it all too seriously otherwise you’ll forget why you loved it in the first place.
Best piece of advice that I’ve been given:
My mum told me, “Your bike is your office, you know what to do” and it has stuck with me ever since.
2018 Overall Review
2018, boy where do I start! In terms of the overall vibes of 2018 it definitely wasn’t a year to disappoint, goals that were set coming into the year were definitely achieved, new mateships were formed both on and off the bike and above all else the riding was phenomenal. The year certainly boasted some all-time highs on the bike for me as well as learning a variety of new skills & techniques.
Looking back on 2018 it was unquestionably the best year of riding and racing for me. One of the most memorable things of 2018 was the opportunity to race further afield from up here in Far North Queensland and being able to experience loads of different mountain bike trails across the country and what they have to offer. In terms of racing, the results I was able to achieve were also awesome! Some of these results included a 5th at the EWS Asia-Pacific Continental Series in Under 21’s at Mt. Buller and 3rd in Under 17’s at the National Gravity Enduro Championships at Fox Creek which have given me further opportunities for 2019 than I would have thought possible this time last year. This includes the opportunity to race the Enduro World Series next year having qualified on the back om my results at Mt Buller. It is impossible to pick one specific high for 2018 as a variety of great things occurred and I was given more opportunity than I can possibly explain which got me to where I am today!
To be totally honest there weren’t too many lows for my riding in 2018 which is probably what made it such a great year! But the lows that did occur off the bike were certainly more detrimental and helped me realise and understand more about life than I ever thought I would at the age of 16. One of the major lows that hit me in 2018 was the death of a school mate in a farming accident in September. I am not usually one for deep emotional writing, so I will leave that one there but as I said, it helped me appreciate my life and the opportunities given to me through racing.
What I Learnt
Hmmm, what did I learn in 2018? To be honest LOTS! I learnt how to ride faster within my race runs and how to counter potential mistakes that can ultimately lead to either injury or poor performance. On the bike I had a huge learning curve with my skills which helped me improve my racing dramatically! One of the most important things that I learnt this year was to trust in the process, stay calm and do the best that I can do without worrying about others!
Goals for 2019
2019 is hopefully going to be a stellar year for me with more goals in sight than ever before. Some of the major goals of 2019 will be competing and three of the Enduro World Series (EWS) rounds at Rotorua New Zealand, Derby Tasmania and lastly Whistler Canada (fingers crossed)! Some of the smaller goals in 2019 will be to improve my racing and get faster progressively as the year goes through as well as getting better results at local races in the Elite Male categories. Also to improve my nutrition to help with racing, riding and living a clean lifestyle. Lastly one goal that can never be left out is too continue to meet new friends through riding!
- 5th 2018 EWS Asia-Pacific Continental Series, U21s, Mt Buller, VIC
- 1st 2018 Queensland State Enduro Championships, Elite Male, QLD
- 3rd 2018 National Gravity Enduro Cup #3, U17s, Canberra, NSW
- 1st 2018 National Gravity Enduro Cup #1, U17s, Toowoomba, QLD
- 14th 2018 Reef to Reef Stage Race, Open Male, QLD
- 10th 2018 Townsville Rockwheelers Gravity Enduro Series #3, Elite Male, QLD
- 6th 2018 Townsville Rockwheelers Gravity Enduro Series #2, Elite Male, QLD
- 7th 2018 Cairns MTB Club Downhill Series #2, Elite Male, QLD
- 4th 2018 Cairns MTB Club Gravity Enduro Series #2, Elite Male, QLD
- 9th 2018 Townsville Rockwheelers Gravity Enduro Series #1, Elite Male, QLD
- 6th 2018 Cairns Gravity Enduro Series Rd1, Elite Male, QLD
- 1st 2018 Townsville Rockwheelers Downhill Series #1, U17s, QLD
- 1st 2018 Prime Constructions Far North XC Series #1 Atherton, U17s, QLD
- 11th 2017 MTBA National Gravity Enduro Championships, U17s, SA
- 10th 2017 MTBA National Gravity Enduro Series Rd4 Rockhampton, U17s, QLD
- 3rd 2017 Queensland State Enduro Championships,U17s, QLD
- 6th 2017 Queensland State Gravity Enduro Series Rd3 Toowoomba, U17s, QLD
- 6th 2017 Cairns MTB Club Enduro Series #2, Elite Male, QLD
- 7th 2017 Cairns MTB Club Enduro Series #3, Elite Male, QLD
- 2nd 2017 Cairns MTB Club Downhill Series #2, U17s, Qld
- 2nd 2017 Townsville Rockwheelers Enduro Series #1, U19s, QLD
- 2nd 2017 Townsville Rockwheelers Enduro Series #2, U19s, QLD
- 4th 2017 Townsville Rockwheelers Enduro Series #3, U19s, QLD
- 1st 2017 ELEV8XCM (8 hour XC marathon), Solo Expert Male, QLD
- 6th 2017 Port Douglas, RRR MTB Challenge, U19s, QLD
- 1st 2016 MTBA National Gravity Enduro Championships, U15s, SA
- 3rd 2017 Queensland State Enduro Championships,U15s, QLD
- 1st 2016 Cairns MTB Club Enduro Series #1, U19s, Qld
- 2nd 2016 Cairns MTB Club Enduro Series #2, U19s, Qld
- 1st 2016 Cairns MTB Club Enduro Series #3, U19s, Qld
- 3rd 2016 Cairns MTB Club Enduro Series #4, U19s, Qld
- 2nd 2016 Gravitate Cairns MTB Club Enduro, U19s, Qld
- 2nd 2016 Cairns MTB Club Downhill Series #2, U15s, Qld
- 4th 2016 Cairns MTB Club Downhill Series #3, U15s, Qld
- 3rd 2016 Cairns MTB Club Downhill Series #4, U15s, Qld
- 1st 2016 Cairns MTB Club XC Series #1, U15s, Qld
- 2nd 2016 Townsville Rockwheelers Enduro Series #1, U19s, Qld
- 1st 2016 Townsville Rockwheelers Enduro Series #2, U19s, Qld
- 1st 2016 Townsville Rockwheelers Enduro Series #3, U19s, Qld
- 1st 2016 Atherton Enduro, U17s, Qld
- 6th 2016 Port Douglas, RRR MTB Challenge, U19s, Qld
- 1st 2016 ELEV8XCM (8 hour xc marathon), Junior Pairs, Qld
- 1st 2016 Mareeba Schools Competition, Junior Team, Qld
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