Name: James Downing

Main Cycling Discipline: Mountain Biking

Favorite style of racing: Marathon MTB - 100km

Strengths on the bike: Technical skills, ability to suffer, unwillingness to quit

Annual training volume: 650 hours

Cycling disciplines competing in: Cross Country Olympic, Cross Country Short track, Cross Country Marathon, Super D, Road Criterium, 24hour (team), Enduro (multi-lap), hillclimb - anything going really!

Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix EVO road bike, Flash Carbon MTB (26 and 29)

Year started racing: 1989

Favorite training ride: Saturday morning bakery bunch (Canberra) followed by Cotter-Uriarra then through the suburbs for a nice round 5 hours

Ideal day on a MTB: Bruce Ridge, Black Mountain, Arboretum, Stromlo and back

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Race: Back Yamma Bigfoot 100km

Coffee Preference: Double shot espresso

Personal Sponsors: Cannondale Australia, Sugoi, Adidas Eyewear, First Endurance, SRAM, Avid, Exposure lights, The Cyclery Canberra, Seven-10 MX Graphics, Stages, Enduro Bearings

Racing highlights: Australian Champion x 4 --- 2008 Scott 24 hour (6 man team), 2010 and 2011 Veteran Men XCO, 2011 Veteran Men XCM. 6th place 2011 Elite Men Real Insurance XCM series, 3 times winner of Back Yamma Bigfoot 100km, 1st place Husky 2013, 7th place 2012 Elite Men Real Insurance XCM series. Saturday morning bunch honch

Racing goals: Extremely consistent results, represent my sponsors positively, enjoy the journey, never stop learning.