And we all gotta admit that one of the best things about social media is that we can get inspiration from other riders all over the world. Asking Brooke who inspires her the most, her answer was Veronique Sandler (all hail), mainly because the two ride the same types of things…”tricks on her trail or DH bike, and whips and stuff. Oh! And her Vision Line!!! That looks so cool!!” (doesn´t it?!).
Brooke is also a huge inspiration herself, although her awareness of it may be a little low. She sometimes has parents of little kids telling her that they like her instagram posts but she seems completely oblivious to the fact that grown-ups will also look to her for inspiration. I know that here at Hopetech HQ there is a certain amount of awe going down.
With the foundations in place and growing capability, the world of mountain biking seems to be solidly coming together for Brooke. So what´s next? She tells us what is on the agenda for 2020…
BA “Definitely Crankworx. I´m going for Air DH again and aiming for podium. Because if I got 5th this time then hopefully some of the older girls will now be in the next category and I can try to get up there, haha...I also want to get a tuck no-hander to an actual dirt jump, I´ve done them on fly-outs but never on an actual jump. I think I´ll try duel-slalom again, but I dunno, that was kinda hard and I didn´t really get it, so maybe I´ll try that one again. And then, what else? Oh yeah! Pumptrack! That´s really fun! I didn´t actually do it for like 2 years because I tried it once and didn´t like it, but then I did it again and it was really fun, so I´ll definitely try that again.”
She then went on to explain the category system at the North West Cup and how she will be racing Cat 1 next season, the category before Pro. Rae´s women´s weekend is on the list and then we both just got pumped talking about the new Women´s Slopestyle Tour. Who, what, where is it? We think it started at Little Big and then had another round at the Big White alongside the men´s slopestyle comp. There was definitely some sort of event with them in Barcelona, Spain too and a stop in Whistler. The Little Big is a definite venue for Brooke to check out, but in a dreamworld, all the stops would be on the agenda. And a visit to Europe to ride.
Talking of dreams, what are Brookes biggest ones for the future? Well, the moment she turns 16 she wants to do the Whip-offs, as she will be allowed to by then. And definitely continue with Slopestyle and Speed and Style. But also just to travel around a bunch of places…
“I want to be Queen of Cranworx, which involves going to all the different countries as well and it sounds really fun because it´s all the events I like.”
And after having seen hints of Redbull Formation on the internet (A bunch of top female riders hitting up the old Rampage line and building stuff to ride with the aim of clearing a path - literally and metaphorically - for future generations of females to become included in the main event) it stands to reason that Brooke could be one of those females who could reap the benefits from the foundations that are starting to be laid.
BA “It sounds really fun, but I dunno, I dunno about the hucking off of cliffs thing...maybe when I´m older but definitely not right now. I think I´m a little bit too small and the impact definitely would not feel good.”
However, if the facilities are being put in place now and the community and culture continues to grow, why could it not be Brooke as one of the first females competing at such a level? And it sounds like competition does hold a place in Brooke´s future, although she doesn´t want to aim to be, say, the fastest downhiller in the world she equally doesn´t envision being a pure content-creator, something a little in-between the two sounds just right.
BA “I don´t mind travelling around and making videos and stuff like that, that would be really cool. But I definitely still want to compete in things like dirt jumps.”
And that´s all from Brooke. Well, in terms of this interview at least. Because there is sooo much more to come from her in the next few decades of her biking life. Ride on, Brooke!!
PICS: Roo Fowler
WORDS: Anna Glowinski