Where does your love for bike trial come from?
The truth is that trial is a sport that has always been present in my home, I’ve absorbed it since I was little. My dad practised trial and motorbiking and I always tried to follow in his footsteps. At the beginning I just use to go out and be a bit silly with a bike that my dad lent me, but later, at around 5 years old, I got my first trial bicycle. I began to compete in regional and provincial championships and since then I haven’t stopped.
How was the 2014 season? Any anecdotes to share?
It was a very positive season, winning the Spanish championship was very important for me. As well as the title, winning against two big name champions like Abel and Benito has been very rewarding. Third place overall in the world cup was also a very good result, as once again I have proved to myself that I can fight for the top positions.
How do you feel about the new M5?
It’s a bike that really caught my attention from the first time I saw it. I haven’t had the opportunity to try one out properly yet, but according the comments that some of the best world riders and trainers have made, it’s a very good bike. I want to get behind the handlebars of an M5.
What challenges have you set for the new season?
Well, I’ve already fulfilled one of the challenges with the new signing; it motivates me very much and I’m very eager to work towards the future. Once more, the main aim will be to maintain the top 4 world ranking and be on the World Cup podiums, but it will be a challenge that I will have to work very hard for, as there are many experienced riders and many young riders who want to be on top.
You are no longer a child prodigy so more is asked of you; do you feel that pressure?
Every year I demand the same of myself, this year I won’t say that I demand more. I started working much early than other seasons and with more ambition, but I don’t think that puts me under more pressure.
Who do you consider to be your most dangerous rival currently?
If there were only one it wouldn’t be a problem… There are many riders who are prepared to fight for top positions, I couldn’t tell you just one, but the best opponents are in Spain.
What’s a day in pre-season like for you?
Apart from cycling, I study and work at the family farm. Every day I take 3 hours off in the afternoon to dedicate to cycling and training.
How many hours to you spend training every day?
As I mentioned before, between two and two and a half hours to ride my bicycle or for physical training.
Do you watch what you eat?
Like a good Basque I like to eat well and I don’t tend to deprive myself of anything although I try to not to overdo it and to eat healthy food. Nearly 70% of my food is cultivated at home (vegetables, fruit, meat…).
Have you had any bad injuries? How do you handle the situation?
I had two bad injuries for which I had to quit the season sooner than planned twice. In 2010 I broke my scaphoid bone and in 2011 my ankle. I always take it easy; injuries need time to heal. In my opinion rushing doesn’t tend to be the most appropriate course of action.
I understand that you have studied at university; what did you study and how have you combined it with competition?
I’m currently finish my studies (INEF – Physical Education) The important competitions like the world cups always coincide with the end of the academic year, so once I have finished the course it is easier to combine it with training.
Would you recommend this sport to children? Why?
Yes, of course. Trial is a great sport, it’s full of life. Everyone who practices a minimum of this sport has good agility to practice other bicycles or even motorbikes.
Finally, it helps you get to know yourself better on a personal level. Recommend a film, book, and music group to us.
I’m not someone who likes to read or watch films, but I’ll read the magazine Moto Verde and a summary of a stage of the Dakar race or of the rally world championships. Music: Kepa Junkera.