: Where are you from?
GREG: The Black Isle, Inverness, Scotland
: Do you have a nickname?
GREG: Unfortunately… G-willy, Igor, Geezy and Willyskin haha
: How long have you been racing DH for?
GREG: 9 years
: Can you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
GREG: Uh I dunno I kind of have an addiction with peanut butter, its pretty serious.
GREG: Well typically my off-season starts with some time to rest and reflect on the season, which turned out to be a pretty big learning year in 2015.
Always a good time to chill with family and friends enjoy the end of summer and nights out!
Then get back into training, this year some Cyclocross racing, Gym, Road Cycling and I like to go to Southern Spain when winter hits and it’s pretty wet and cold in the UK.
: So, a new year and a new team – how did this all come about and where you nervous about racing on a new and as yet, unproven bike?
GREG: I’m excited… It came about when Matthias (Team owner) contacted me saying they had plans to start a team, I was on the market and interested so shortly after talks I flew out to Cube HQ’s they gave me a tour and met the guy’s which included Michael Prell (creator of the TWO15 dh bike) who had a good part in my decision to join Cube as he expressed some pretty knowledgeable craft during our first test being very helpful with a great attitude.
Flying home from there I didn’t have much to be nervous about.
GREG: For sure, so during my visit to Cube HQ in Germany we went to a local test track with Cube’s ‘TWO15’ DH bike first impressions were how great it turned corners and how easy it was to place wherever you wanted, After a decent day’s test we found some small improvement’s we could make.
Which lead to a prototype then followed a week’s test in Italy putting it through its paces and yet again we had the same good feeling but a faster race bike!
: This is Cube’s first foray into World Cup downhill racing – what’s the ‘game plan’ for the new team?
GREG: I’ve said this already to a few guys but it’s cool for me because It’s a blank canvas… The start of a new team so I’m going to make the most of it and hopefully begin some great history for Cube in UCI DH racing.
: Going from a large team to one with just two riders, how do you think the ‘team dynamic’ will differ – will it be better and if so, why?
GREG: I like it, with a smaller team it’s a bit easier to work for as a rider, more focus and a tight group of guy’s. As a team we have some great resources so I look forward to exercising them.
GREG: Yeah I did, I’m pumped! He’s a talented rider and good laugh so I have no doubt we’ll have some fun and hopefully we can push each other up to that next level this year.
: Aside from the World Cup series, what other events will you be attending?
GREG: Some UK races, British National Championships, Dirtmasters, Crankworkx and some EWS.
: Which single race or event in particular, are you most looking forward to in 2016 and why?
GREG: Lourdes, France… definitely got some redemption for that course haha.
: Who or what would you say has influenced your riding over the years and why?
GREG: Well obviously the guy’s at the top of our sport winning always have something about them that get you think thinking… How could I have improved to be in the opposite position? In the earlier days I guess having Alex Rankin and Clay Porter DVD’s influenced my riding massively as I remember watching it on repeat again and again, before and after riding just wanting to be them!
: What are your personal goals for 2016?
GREG: As always I’m just going to enjoy myself I just love riding my bike and racing is my way of expressing it.
I will go through my pre season training as planned then turn up to the World Cup’s and hopefully get those goals.
: You’ve been traveling the world and racing bikes for some time now – what’s been your most memorable moment and why?
GREG: Got to be my My 20th birthday at Fort William – World Cup I got my first top 10 in front of my family some of which had never seen me race, It was really great moment for me.
: How’s your German?
GREG: SCHEISE EN HOUSEN!