Balance in Squamish
Quinn Moberg may be young but the Squamish-raised ripper knows balance—both on and off the bike—is the key to life well lived.
“I find passion a very strong motivator, no matter what the passion is for.” Says the 20-year-old Moberg. “I take a lot of inspiration from other sports including mixed martial arts and rock climbing. I like the toughness of MMA and the art of rock climbing.”
Artful strength might be an accurate way to describe Moberg’s riding. He cut his teeth on Squamish’s diverse mix of rock, roots and hero dirt. The result means Moberg can ride tough, technical XC courses with the best of them, a fact showcased by some solid recent results, including a 6th place at the Test of Metal and first place results from the BC Bike Race.
Diversity is the name of the game for Moberg, both in the saddle and in life. “I believe that qualities that breed successful young athletes include dedication, willingness to sacrifice, and the ability to go hard. Also, not being afraid to do your own thing and not do what someone tells you to do.”
“Squamish is one of the best locations for riding because of how versatile it is.” He says. “We have everything you can imagine. From the flowy jumps and berms, to the gnarliest of rock faces, to high alpine epic days.” Of course, trails and community don’t build themselves, and Moberg believes
“I thank the bike community for where I am in my cycling.” He says. “In particular, Team Squamish, Squamish’s youth bike team, played a vital role in my development. Additionally, SORCA (Squamish Off Road Cycling Association) and school races played an important role.”
Moberg spent part of 2014 chasing academic pursuits in Victoria, and was happy to return to his native rainforest of Squamish.
“[The First Nations’ language] definition of the name “Squamish” translates to ‘mother of the wind’ and the town is located in a rain forest. 7mesh is a great fit because I live and train in the same town the gear was designed for.”
What is next for Moberg? Short term includes a robust 2015 filled with racing. As for the long term, he sees Olympic rings on his horizon.
“For me the Olympics are the pinnacle of sport and Olympic medals represent the best cyclists of a generation. I find the atmosphere of competition both humbling and inspiring.”