Finn Iles

The B.c.-based down­hiller and stu­dent pro­pelled his ca­reer for­ward with some ma­jor 2016 vic­to­ries

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - Q&A - Tara Nolan

Finn Iles is liv­ing a life most young adults can only dream of. He has ex­celled at a sport he is pas­sion­ate about and turned it into what looks to be a promis­ing ca­reer. It doesn’t hurt that he can hop on his bike and be at the Whistler Moun­tain Bike Park in a mat­ter of min­utes. Iles moved to B.C. from Banff with his fam­ily when he was nine years old. At that time, he says he was into ski rac­ing, bik­ing and hockey. “As I got older, I started to en­joy moun­tain bik­ing more, so in 2014, I de­cided to quit to put all of my en­ergy into bik­ing,” he says. That en­ergy led to a cou­ple of ma­jor first-place wins in 2016, which are sure to have gained him even more in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure. But he still has to do home­work.

How did you get into DH? My mom and dad were bik­ers and they got my brother started on it. I fol­lowed suit.

Tell us about your 2016 race sea­son. It was awe­some. I was able to com­plete all of my goals and stay healthy through­out the sea­son. All of my spon­sors and team­mates were so help­ful and sup­port­ive and that made the sea­son such a good one.

How do you bal­ance school and rac­ing? My teach­ers are re­ally sup­port­ive and I get some of my work done on­line.

Do you fol­low a spe­cial train­ing reg­i­men? Yes, I have a train­ing pro­gram that keeps me fit through­out the win­ter and the race sea­son.

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