There were five years between your wins in Champery and Lenzerheide, what happened in between the two?
Well, after Champery it was a bit of a whirlwind and I wasn't really expected to win anything like that year, with it being only a second year as a senior. After winning that, and in such dramatic fashion, it was a bit of a whirlwind, I was traveling around a lot. I was in Vegas for Interbike, I was here there and everywhere, and I think I just let myself go a little bit I guess, with all the limelight if you like and being young. Because of that my training wasn't the best, and then when I came round to the 2012 season, I wasn't in perfect shape, I was a little bit heavier than I had been, but I was still putting in good results. I was on the podium most races, until I dislocated my shoulder.
That can be quite a difficult injury to recover from.
It didn't allow me to race World Champs, and the last two World Cups that season. I made quite a mess of my shoulder, so I had to go away and have surgery. When I got back on the bike, I felt normal and good to go, like I could just crack on where I left off. That didn't happen. It took me a while to get back to the results that I was getting, so that was quite hard to take. I got on the podium a couple of times but never as much as I was prior to the injury. Then I went to Mondraker, and at my first World Cup with Mondraker, I got on the podium in Lourdes, so I was like, "That's good." Then the rest of that reason just didn't pan out like it started, so that wasn't great. For 2016 I had a year in hand on the bike, getting to know it, I guess. Everything just changed and I started getting back on the podium consistently, and then winning those races at the end of the year.