Local rider Tristan Uhl started racing at age five, and returns this year to nab his fourth Austin Rattler MTB win.
After winning the Austin Rattler MTB for the last three years, has your mindset changed going into the 2015 race or is it still the same as 2012?
There is always a bit of added pressure when you’re the defending champion, but for the most part I try to treat it like any other race.
What brings you back to race the Austin Rattler MTB year after year? What is your favorite part about the course and the experience?
The Austin Rattler is a unique event – it’s almost like a road race on mountain bikes. I like the fact that tactics and drafting come into play, things you usually don’t have to consider in a normal mountain bike race.
What have you been focusing on in your training so far this year?
My training has been more or less the same as in past years. This time of year I’m starting to ramp up the intensity.
What’s the mountain biking dynamic between you and your sister, Kara [who races for the Union College Cycling Team in Kentucky] — do you give her advice? Do you guys ever get to ride or train together?
We live pretty far apart but stay in contact. We don’t get to ride together often, so we’re looking forward to the Rattler.
We heard that she might be joining you this year at the Austin Rattler MTB.
She’s going to be my domestique for the weekend. I’m stoked about it.
What’s your favorite post-ride refueling spot in our around Austin?
I’m a big fan of recovery pizza. Milano Pizza and Rockin’ Tomato are my two go-to pizza stops.
What’s your advice for tackling a looped course like the Rattler?
Ride a comfortable pace for the first half of the race – you don’t want to cook yourself too early. Bring everything you might possibly need and leave it in the feed zone. You probably won’t need any of it but you’ll be happy you brought it when you do.
Tell us about your bike and your setup for the Rattler.
I’ll be on my Yeti ARC Carbon hardtail with Sram xx1 and Enve wheels.