Never Give Up
By YT Industries (Photo Credits: Isac Paddock)
After nearly saying goodbye to his dream of becoming a professional rider, David Trummer thought better of it and bounced back onto the big stage. After securing a Top 10 spot in the World Cup overall in 2019, he was rewarded by joining the YT Mob and the silver medal at this year’s World Championships is a testament to the Austrian’s hard work and dedication. We visit ‘Daveboy’ in his hometown Gnas in Austria to get to know him a little better after an unusual season.
We got the chance to get to know your background a little better while visiting in Gnas. How did you get into mountain biking as a kid? Was there a group of mates you rode with back then?
Yeah, I suppose that is true. I had a couple of older friends from Gnas back then. They were racing 4X and took me along to one of the races. That is when I found out that I was quite talented on an MTB and it all went on from there.
He was always into motorbikes and anything with two wheels. So, as a kid, he always sat me on the tank of his motorcycles when going for a ride. I always loved it. I suppose I had an early connection to bikes thanks to him.
How did you transition to downhill racing? Was that something you always wanted to pursue?
Well, when I started racing 4X I also discovered the DH sport. I was really fascinated by it, I was desperate to give it a go. So, I bought my first shitty DH bike. A friend took me with to my first under-17’s downhill race and I won it by over 30 seconds. That is when I realized, I should maybe stick to it and see where it may take me.
You mention that you nearly gave up on the dream of becoming a pro rider. What brought you to change your mind?
I think just some small things. For one, I felt really comfortable on the TUES when I first got it and had so much fun riding it. That gave me a boost of confidence and motivation which I had never experienced before. That was in the off-season before the 2019 season and not long after I got my best career result during my first World Cup in
Maribor. I realized how stupid I was to think I should give up.
This was your first year with a factory team set-up to back you. Which aspect of the YT Mob has made the biggest change to your riding and capabilities?
It was an unusual and brief season, which started off with a gold medal at Crankworx and a silver medal for you at the World Champs! After winning Crankworx did you think you had the pace and form for a medal at the World Championships as well? What were your thoughts going into the race week?
Yes, it was a crazy year! Before Crankworx I wasn’t really sure where I stood, but after I won, I knew I‘m still on the right path and on pace. That gave me a lot of confidence for the World Championships but I struggled quite a lot over the weekend. I wasn’t really expecting to get a medal. So, I really surprised myself.
In which way did the continuous cancellation of races affect your training and preparation leading up to these big races?
I think the most difficult part was just to stay race-ready for so long because I trained so much over the off-season coming into 2020 and felt really good for the first race in March. Then I had to stay ready the whole year until October for the first races.
The World Cup commenced with two double-header rounds in Maribor and Lousa. From an athlete’s perspective, what did you think of the double-header format? Could this be a recipe for the future should COVID-19 keep us on our toes in 2021 as well?
After such a rollercoaster ride of a season this year, what was the most important thing you learned in dealing with a pandemic and trying to prepare for World Cup racing?
Despite a challenging year and battling a stomach bug in Lousa you were able to back your Top 10 performance from 2019 with a 12th place in the World Cup overall in 2020. Where do you see yourself this time next year?
I think World Champs in Val di Sole could get interesting. It’s the most challenging and roughest track next year, but I feel like I could do pretty well on this kind of track.
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