Kathy Pruitt Interview
Author: Chris Armstrong | Created: 2008-02-29 16:38:41 | Location: Aptos, CA
Kathy Pruitt is no stranger to the world cup
circuit . She was the 2000 Junior World Champion,
has won the USA National Championship three times
and has been a USA World Championship Team Member
Her consistent results are a testiment to the fact
that she is one of the fastest women in the world
and she can mix it up with the boys any day of the
week. We caught up with her via email between trips
around the world.WMB-. You had a strong season last year with great
results, how do you feel about it?
KP- I knew coming into last years races which events I wanted to show well in. Sea Otter Classic, National Championships, Fontana and US Open. Any time I get on the podium I am proud of myself, even if it's not 1st place.
WMB- What was your favourite event last year?
KP- It's a toss up between the Gala women's freeride event and Mount Snow, Vermont.
WMB- Out of all of your
crashes over the years, which one would be the worst?
KP- The time I over cleared a small tabletop while practicing at the Sea Otter Classic in 2003. I broke my collarbone, two ribs, separated my shoulder and knocked my clock pretty bad.
WMB- Did you end up having
block” because of it.. Or did you move past
it easily. (I always have to re-ride a crash to break
KP- I rarely get the opportunity to re-ride a crash and visit where it was. Most the time, when I crash, it wasn't because the section was too difficult but because I was going race fast. It all happens so quickly it's hard to put the pieces together as to why I'm on the ground. I'm not too fussed by it, I move on.
WMB- What type of riding do you
enjoy the most? (ie, tight and technical, fast & flowy
KP- I enjoy fast technical, as in you can carry speed if you line up all the lines. It's fun to zip past the trees and rocks with such a fine line.
WMB- Favourite course in the
KP- I don't have a favorite
WMB- What got you
KP- I switched from Moto X to MTBs after I discovered my parents sold my motorcycles.
you see gravity racing increasing in North America
to the level in Europe?
KP- If UCI can make it easier for resorts to host a world cup I believe the US racing will come back. Interest will be sparked when Americans see what we do. As is now, the europeans have every advantage against the Americans at promoting the sport and racing. They don't have to travel across the Atlantic, teams can spend less money because the world cups are held on one their continent. Sponsorship will be what brings back American mtb racing.
WMB- One spot, one bike, one hour.
What would you ride?
KP- Santa Cruz, Ca on a Jamis Xam 10. What is your favourite bike to ride? KP- An all mountain bike like a Jamis Xam with a dual chainring.
WMB- What do you think
is wrong with mountain biking?
KP-If your having fun and not hurting anyone, whats wrong with that. Mountain Biking does no wrong.
Who is your favourite women rider? Talk back here
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