Young rid­ers are in the Zone

Multisport Mecca - - Q & A -

Who: Ja­cob Cross, 27, Buderim; Jonah Dunne, 18, Nam­bour; Nik Bar­ber, 16, Pere­gian Springs. Oc­cu­pa­tions: Ja­cob – me­chanic for Cy­cle Zone Mooloolaba; Jonah – ap­pren­tice plumber; Nik – Year 12 at school.

Team name: Cy­cle Zone Grav­ity Team.

Favourite food: Ev­ery­one in the team lives on Hun­gry Jack’s. Favourite drink: Ja­cob’s is Red Bull, can’t live with out it. Nik is any­thing in a milk­shake. Jonah is a lemon lime Pow­er­ade.

Sport: Down­hill moun­tain bik­ing. How did you get in­volved in down­hill:

Ja­cob – I got into down­hill af­ter fin­ish­ing my AFL ca­reer hav­ing too many in­juries so I was look­ing for some adren­a­line and hap­pened to walk into, well crash into, down­hill.

Nik – I watched my brother Si­mon do a cou­ple of races and thought it was sick so started rac­ing on hard tail and pro­gressed from there.

Jonah – I started rid­ing bikes when I was about 13 years old and a few mates and I would al­ways ride Ruff End at the Big Pineap­ple and we all thought it was the cra­zi­est track.

Favourite ride lo­ca­tion: Ja­cob – Cu­nun­gra dowhill track be­cause it’s the most tech­ni­cal chal­leng­ing track in Queens­land.

Nik – Thredbo be­cause it has the most crazy down­hill run in Aus­tralia.

Jonah – Mt Joyce be­cause I love the way the track goes from step to off cam­ber.

Best or most mem­o­rable event: Ja­cob – most mem­o­rable was rid­ing with some of my favourite pro rid­ers at the Can­non­ball Fes­ti­val at Thredbo.

Nik – most mem­o­rable was do­ing a back­flip over the whip wars jump at Can­non­ball and land­ing it and the only one to land it in front of more than 700 peo­ple.

Jonah – My first win and stand­ing on the podium with my mates, can’t beat that feel­ing. Bucket-list event:

Ja­cob – Crankworx Whistler, Bri­tish Columbia.

Nik – To race in any world cup as a pro ju­nior.

Jonah – Crankworx Whistler. Favourite race: Ja­cob – Thredbo MTB fes­ti­val be­cause it’s a five day week­end of smash­ing runs out with your mates and pros.

Nik – Awaba just be­cause it was the most in­sane track with huge rocks step.

Jonah – Awaba, I have never been so scared to ride my bike that fast down a in­sane track be­fore.

What’s your favourite part of rac­ing and train­ing:

Ja­cob – my favourite part is get­ting to hang out with mates and just have good times

Nik – hang­ing out with mates and just get­ting loose on the bike.

Jonah – has to be hang­ing out with mates and go­ing as big as I can on the bike.

How do you train and what does a week look like in terms of time on the ped­als:

Ja­cob – Mostly week­ends I train at prac­tice days and open days are the best time to learn new skills and lines for fu­ture races.

Nik – rid­ing my dirt jumper at the skate park and rid­ing my down­hill bike on week­ends at open days just learn­ing new skills that I can trans­fer over to rac­ing.

Jonah – very lit­tle to none in fact, ha ha, but when I do train it’s at open days and races.

What is next on your rac­ing agenda:

Ja­cob – to qual­ify for a pro world cup race, its not an easy road but I reckon I can get there.

Nik – go­ing over to Whistler to race and com­pete at Crankworx.

Jonah – hope­fully take out the over­all this year as its my last sea­son as a ju­nior, off to the big boy cat­e­gory next year.

Best movie:

Ja­cob – Su­per Troop­ers (say shenani­gans again I’ll pis­tol whip you).

Nik – The Grimsby Broth­ers. Jonah – Shooter with Mark Wahlberg.

Cur­rent car:

Ja­cob – Mit­subishi Tri­ton 4x4. Nik – Toy­otda HiLux rust bucket.

Jonah – BMW E30.

Dream car:

Ja­cob – Dat­sun 240Z cus­tom built with a LS3.

Nik – A new HiLux

Jonah – Fer­rari 458.

Down­hill rid­ers Nik Bar­ber and Jonah Dunne, and coach Ja­cob Cross.

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