Rider Profile: Andy Brooks
Hometown: Cave Junction, Oregon
Number of Years Racing: 22
Number of Years Racing Pro: Turned Pro in 2005 but took a 7 year hiatus while in school and moving east.
Race Bike Setup: GIANT XTC Advanced 27.5 1
Riding Strength: I feel pretty consistent all around, but I can usually ride a fast start.
Favorite Race Course: Oakridge Fat Tire Festival, Oregon
Favorite Place to Ride: Susquehanna State Park, MD
What is your “Ride Life”?
The timeless part of the day when I saddle-up and turn those pedals. Life becomes so simple and pleasant.
What do you want to be if you grow up?
I don’t see that happening.
Any advice for young riders?
Seize opportunity as it comes because it’s much harder to make a comeback.
Best part about racing mountain bikes?
The war stories after every race.
Drink of Choice: Any good oatmeal stout.
Boxers or Briefs: Neither–chamois 24/7!
Big spoon or little spoon: I find little spoon to be far more comfortable.
What was your best Halloween costume?
I was a toothbrush one year, maybe that was my worst…
Your best cycling tip?
Hyperventilate right before the start, works every time!