Katy Winton hails from the mountain bike mecca of Peebles in the Scottish Borders so, it’s no wonder that Katy’s path leads her down some steep, technical and gnarly mountain sides where she’s found her home in enduro racing.
Riding for Trek Factory Racing, Katy has been on fire this season with top ten finishes at each of the four Enduro World Series rounds thus far. Her most recent performance in Wicklow, Ireland at round 4 saw Katy really come into her own as she sailed into 2nd place.
To better understand how this highland warrior came to be an enduro star, we caught up with Katy for an all access areas interview.
What was your first bike?
It was a wee blue bmx sort of thing with red tyres! I thought it was SO cool!
Do you have siblings, and did they influence your riding growing up?
Yep, I have a younger brother. My dad got us into bike riding and my brother was always more of a daredevil than me which meant I was always pushing my limits to try and do what he was doing… and getting very frustrated when fear took over and I couldn’t ride a section! I’ve always been really competitive.
Was there a specific event that made you think “yeah, I wanna do this for a living?”
There was never a pivotal point where I wanted to do if for a living as such because I didn’t think that was possible! In XC, it was when I first got onto the Scottish “Talent Team” for Cross Country MTB and my coach said I could go to the Commonwealth Games or the Olympics if I wanted. When he said that, I realised that it was exactly what I wanted to do “when I grew up” haha, I was 13 at the time! At that point I hadn’t considered the fact that you could even make a living out of bike riding, I always thought I’d have a ‘normal’ job.