Phil Atwill is a loose canon AND the Dirt Team’s front man.
He’s heading in to 2018 after the season of his life racing downhill world Cups.
We grabbed Phil for 5 minutes to chat World Cups, the off-season and washing bikes!
Hey Phil, how are you mate? How’s the off-season treating you?
Yeah not too bad thanks. I spent a month in Greece riding checking out a few things over there which was cool!
I got a load of filming done for Gamble film which I’m excited about!
I also had some fun rides out with the boys over Christmas back home but then crashed awkwardly and ended up hurting my knee a bit which wasn’t ideal.
On the positive side I’ve been back training for about a month now so starting to get some good strength back and should come into the season fully fit!
What have you been up to since the end of the race season?
All of the above, plus I’ve spent a bit of time on the other side of a camera helping Tommy C film a few bits for The Biggest Slice of British Pie which has been real good fun! Squid life ain’t too bad!
So how did your 2017 race season go?
It started off a bit slow with a mechanical meaning I didn’t quali at RD1 but things got better from then onwards.
I managed to find a good rhythm by Leogang and then got my first Podium at Lenzerheide! So yeah best season to date for me!
What are you most stoked with having made happen in 2017?
Getting on the World Cup podium… what a feeling!
And what’s the plan for gearing up to the start of the season?
The plan is to come into the season 100 percent fit, keep my head down with all my training, get back to some yoga, get on a mountain bike and go into the races ready to battle it out with the top dudes.
What’s your first big race and what’s the plan for that?
The first race on the calendar is Maribor IXS I think and yeah that’s gonna be a good tester to see what I’m feeling like on my bike and will be a good chance to fine tune everything going into the first World Cup.
What are you most hoping you can make happen in 2018?
I wanna be a consistent top 10 guy… but I know if I can ride every race to the best of my ability I should be pretty happy come the end of the season!”
You’re obviously sponsored by Juice Lubes – what’s your favourite and least favourite bike maintenance jobs on your bike that you do and why?
Too right, you guys look after us! Umm…. Well no one likes washing their bike at this time of the year but you’ve gotta look after your bikes so they look after you!
I most enjoy locking my bike up after I’ve cleaned and lubed it so I know it’s all good to go for my next ride!