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