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Tiago "Yiao" Ladeira Portugal

Tiago's secret to winning races (like national championships) is mixing up his training program to keep things fun but focused. He races smart and when he's not showing off his brawn on the racecourse, he uses his brain as a student of tourism.

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Favorite racecourse
Favorite food
roasted potatoes
Favorite music
Rap and pop
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How long have you been racing downhill?

I started downhill riding when I was 8 and was invited to my first race — a regional event, at 13. I ended up winning the general classification and as an added result, I was invited onto a team where I got more serious about my training. This led to two national downhill championships, which I’d like to repeat.


How do you train to win?

These days besides hitting the gym and doing downhill-specific workouts, I complement my training with enduro racing, which I started doing in 2017 by competing in national races. On average I ride more than 150 km per week.


How do you feel when you ride your bike?

I love riding my bike. When I start riding down a course, I can't describe my emotions — it's so nice to roll through steep sections and feel the speed. And the best of all are the beautiful places we get to ride and the amazing experiences we get to live.


How did you get to be a pro mountain biker?

Not yet but I’ll keep training for this.


What's your best race memory?

I think it was at the 2017 World Cup in Lourdes where I ended up in 10th place. I still have the memory in my mind of descending and hearing all those fans cheering. It's the best memory I’ve had on my bike.


Do you have a crash story?

Yes, I broke my finger on a training day.


What's more fun than racing? Competing to be better than you (and your rivals) were the day before. Our racers are in constant pursuit of self-improvement and they've got the race results to prove it, check them out!

European Downhill Champion (Junior) National Downhill Champion (Cadet) Top 5 Junior World Cup, La Bresse, France
National Downhill Champion (Cadet) x2 National Cup Winner (Cadet) Junior National Enduro Championships Top 10 Junior World Cup, Lourdes, France
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