Javi Alonso returns to his home for 9 years. Although it will not compete with the ProRACE team, it will act as ambassador of the brand in both schools and events. We have prepared an interview in which you know your future perspectives, anecdotes, memories and much more. Enjoy it.
Javi, after a few years of absence you return to the team that has seen you grow. How do you face this new stage in which you will be Monty’s ambassador?
It was 9 great years inside the Monty team and receiving “Your call” again was a real pride to me. This stage will be very different, before I was 20 years old and was very central in training, competing and traveling to the fullest. Now my priority is schools and organize events related to the trial and having Monty’s support is the greatest prestige.
What happened to the Monty B-219 with which you started?
To my great regret … (though totally logical) I had to sell it to buy my first aluminum B-221. But I’m tracking classic bikes and I hope I can get it back soon. It is a beautiful bike and what I sighed for that bike few people can imagine.
You became the double champion of the European BikeTrial, what memories do you keep from those years?
Especially the adventures around traveling. For example, in the last test of the European Cup 2010 in Germany, I had to drive suddenly 2300km because of the famous Iceland Volcano and the cancellation of flights, I arrived just to compete, I competed terribly wrong and I won by a very narrow margin Against Kolar thanks to the advantage of points I had.
The 2011 European Championship in Sweden was in a beautiful forest and the day before I climbed a few beautiful blocks, Sunday competition had my forearms loaded and I suffered a lot to finish, I tied with Kolar and I beat him by zeros…
The so unusual competitions and training in Japan and China…
Logically your career has evolved and now you focus on exhibitions, training in BikeTrial clubs and organization of events to promote this sport. Will you stick around for a while?
Of course, yes, the Sensey Trials Skool is not yet 3 years old and we are already over 60 people. I had never seriously considered this, but I see that there are a thousand projects to be carried out in our sport and although sometimes it is very hard, the happiness face of kids gives you energys day by day and opens the mind. And, whenever I can, I enjoy a good training, I do not imagine disconnecting from the trial.
Which exhibition do you remember most fondly?
There have been a lot and all of them are special, but maybe in the First MX Freestyle of Gijón (my city) in 2004, I was 21 years old, I had just been World Runner-up and signed with Monty, at the finish line almost 5000 people clapping and standing … I couldn’t believe it.
But I also have to highlight my first Festibike in which Ot Pi gave me a lot of advice and inaugurating the Sporteks (extreme sports center of Siberia, Russia).
You, who are in contact with the little ones, with what attitude are the new generations coming?
Well the truth is that there is a bit of everything. But there are plenty who work hard and compete, and especially enjoy the bike, the trips and getaways we do, and I think it’s the best attitude there can be, since meeting people and places is the biggest prize that gives you this sport. The majority of my school are very small and I do not want them to be overwhelmed with sports scores, but they have to understand that the effort always has a reward.
Have you been able to try the new M5 OS?, What is your opinion?
Of course, and I am looking forward to training hard with it to see how far I can go. The first impression was brutal, it shoots out and it is super stable. Without almost making any force it lets you make tremendous steps, the design is beautiful and my sponsor trialfactory.com has completed a spectacular bike, I love this machine. I will also drive the Kaizen, I have not yet ridden it, but it’s looking good.
What do you think about the dichotomy between BIU and UCI? Do you think they will come to unify criteria someday?
Uff, I see it impossible. The UCI in recent years has done a brutal job and the World Cups are tremendous. In my opinion they follow very different paths, the UCI opts for a very “spectacular” and “artificial” trial, organizing tests in very central sites with really professional results. BIU is more “romantic” organizing almost always in natural and beautiful places, although this is less attractive and more difficult to understand for the public.
Although the worst part is explaining to parents that are starting, that there are two federations … that in some places you have to run with one license and in others with another, it does not make sense.
Being a first-class rider has allowed you to know many countries and known people, To what place would you return with your eyes closed and who is the character that has marked you the most?
It definitely marked me to meet my wife on the exhibition tour I did for Siberia in 2009, now we have a daughter.
About celebrities, I am fortunate to have met my idols and forge a friendship with them, Ot Pi and Liam Howlett (leader of The Prodigy). Accomplished dreams.
I would go back a thousand times to Japan, Thailand and Finland.
The Asturian landscapes are ideal for the BikeTrial practice, any special recommendations?
Without doubt “El Pedreru” of Playa España, Monte Abeduriu and the river Dobra. Spectacular to train and to sit on top of a stone and stay for a while enjoying the tranquility and the environment.
Finally, and so we can know a little better, what would be a good title for your autobiography?
Hahaha, maybe: “The adventures and misadventures of the Sensey” (Sensey is how, years ago, my trial friends started calling me here, since I was the one who organized the trips and worried about everything, it did not always turn out all right … but we enjoyed Every second hehehe).
Welcome home Javi!