The charming and inspirational Andrei has been dominating the mountain bike scene for the last 10 years. He started competing aged 13 and since then has gone from strength to strength. Now one of the most successful professional mountain bike athletes in the UK, he is ranked number 1 in the UK and number 10 in the world, holds several Guinness World Records, rides for the Top Gear Live World Tour and competes for Team GB. A natural showman, his dare-devil stunts are real edge-of-seat stuff and amazing to watch. When he’s not competing across the globe, hopping between rocks and defying gravity on two wheels, you can find him out climbing alongside close friend and fellow Saltrock Ambassador Jenna, or chilling out with his pet Iguana, Django.
What do you consider your biggest achievement to date?
This is a tough one to answer, probably the fact that I still have such a passion for riding and my general life style. Apart from the world records etc, not getting caught up in a standard lifestyle is something I am very proud of. Also, my competition at Ride London this year was something really cool and new and was a huge success, so I am very proud of that.
What mantra do you live your life by?
Probably "practice, practice, practice".
If you could invite three people to a dinner party (alive or dead) who would it be and why?
Charles Darwin, Stefan Holm and Albert Einstein. So that I can get all of their knowledge! And yes I know, totally random! Oh, and a very close 4th would be a top climber to get tips from them too!
Tell us something most people won’t know about you?
I'm scared of heights! (was, I'm getting over it!)
What’s something you’re really bad at?
I'm really really bad!
How do you relax/unwind in your free time?
Sleep! haha. Or ride my motorbike.
If you weren’t biking, what would you be doing?
Climbing, in the gym, surfing, on my motorbike, playing squash, or sleeping :)
What does SaltrockSoul mean to you?
Saltrock is a way of life to me. A chilled but active way of life. I have a great relationship with the guys at Saltrock and the brand fits my lifestyle and ethos very well.