Perfectionist and very smart. Meet Thomas Pechhacker, the young Austrian rider who join this season 2017 the Monty ProRACE Team.
I would call it constant. I’m very happy that I reached 4 finals this season but I still missed the big hit which I am aiming towards. I’m kind of a perfectionist. It always could be better and I want to improve all the time. 2016 was great and I’ve learned a lot. There is space to improve and that’s great. Let’s go for 2017.
A special moment of this season you want to remind?
The finals in Antwerp. It was amazing to ride knowing that my family, fans and friends were able to watch it live via the stream. That was surely a great moment.
One stories in particular, a “top secret file” to tell us?
Once I nearly missed the start of a world cup because I locked myself out of the car. UPS!
2016 has been your 1st season riding the M5 «OS», what are your impression about the bike regarding the rest of the range?
This bike is definitely one without compromises – a beauty stiff as hell.
In 2017, you will be one of the most expected pilots in 20’’ Trial, how do you face this new status?
On the one hand I am getting self confident from that, it’s a big pressure on the other. That´s what I’ve learned to handle with in 2016. I just have to ride my bike and don’t think too much about results.
Are you going to change you preparation for the next season?
Yes, I keep the things that worked out for me and change which didn’t. Simple.
Most athletes are superstitious. What about you? Do you have rituals before starting a competition?
I’m not superstitious but I do have rituals. Especially in the warm up I do my every time routine and if I haven’t worked off my list I don’t feel comfortable in the first few sections. There are things like lucky shorts and socks of course but I try to not let me drive crazy from this subject.
Fast forward to the season ahead, what are your goals? Do some competitions attract your attention more than others?
First of all my main goal is to always have fun while I’m riding. Success comes with it. If I would set a list a podium in the world championships would stand on top. I’m very excited of every competition but the world cup in my homeland austria is a little highlight of course.
Currently, Monty centers its attention on a new tubular frame trial class called “Kaizen”; and a 26’’ prototype completely oriented to competition. What is your point of view regarding Monty comeback in the Trialworld?
I used to ride Monty from the beginning. That´s why I´m delighted seeing Monty´s comeback to the trialsworld. The new range it´s absolutly a return to big years.
Let’s talk a little more about Thomas Pechhacker outside the Trial. Can you introduce the character in a few lines?
The last five years I made an education for furniture design and wood technologies… to put it simply I really like to design and invite stuff. Besides trials I like to ride my enduro bike but still there I’m always searching for technical trials lines. I just can’t help doing it.
An athlete in particular with whom you find inspiration in difficult times?
Benito Ros. He is so experienced on the bike and so calm in competitions.
For the last one, we will make it complicated… If you had to find a slogan to sell Thomas Pechhacker in one sentence, what would you choose?
An adventurer on the bike.