Chris Kilmurray

Sponsors: Nukeproof, High5 Sports Nutrition, FOX Head, Scottoiler 

How long you have been with WTB: Since the start of 2015

Age: 28

Discipline: "Coach" but I ride and race anything with two wheels, DH & Enduro are the preferred two!

Hometown: Athlone, Ireland but now live in Morzine, France

Favorite place to ride: Les Carroz or La Thuile

Fun fact: Take 1 cup of coffee (good coffee, preferably a pour-over brew), 1 banana and 1 knife. Slit your banana lengthwise, fill the inside with peanut butter, put the banana in your mouth and take a big swig of coffee - taste explosion guaranteed!

How WTB contributes to your success? Excellent grip, no punctures, predictable rubber is the most important part of a well set-up bike! The Vigilante does all of that and more!

How you got started out competing? Whoever got top 2 at our first Club race way back in 1999 got to attend the Irish National DH champs in Ravensdale, Ireland. So myself and a friend finished 1st and 2nd and at 14 yrs old trucked off to the National Champs with hardtails, RST elastomer forks and v-brakes! - Made it down about 3 minutes behind the Elite winner!

First experience with a bike: A BMX "16" - First turns without stabilizers, will never forget those.

Who do you look up to? Anyone who loves what they do daily! In terms of sport and bicycles I don't do hero worship but have so much respect for so many athletes, as a coach I usually try and find inspiration in many sports and can't help but love Elite performance under pressure  - Ted Ligety, Fabian Cancellara, Sebastian Loeb & Didier Cuche all come to mind. For MTB specifically Anne-Caro Chausson, Nino Schurter & Cam Cole all come to mind but there are so many!

Other activities(off the bike): Skiing, more, more, more please!

Beverage of Choice: Barry's Tea & coffee, real good coffee, anyone who knows me knows what I mean!

Place you have always wanted to ride: I want to return to Iran, I coached there in 2012 and only got to ride 2 days, can't wait to go back and discover some trails on the edge of the Caspian Sea

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