Vasco first dropped in on a local hill near his home in Coimbra. He'd join his friends for fun until he was old enough to pin on a number and race for real. While downhill is still fun, he's gotten more serious about racing and trains hard with the objective to score big results at World Cup races a
How did you start riding downhill?
I started riding with some friends down a hill close to home. I rode every single weekend until I reached racing age. When I turned 15, I started to do more races and from there, things got a little more serious.
How do you train for downhill competition?
I do a lot of stuff to be fit. Downhill is a complete sport — you have to possess overall fitness and strength. I hit the gym and then mix it up with BMX, mountain biking, road cycling, running, and of course, downhill.
What’s your riding style?
Everyone says that I have a racing style (fast!).
What’s been your best result up to now?
36th place in the World Cup at Fort William (Scotland).
Tell us about your favorite race
It was at Fort William, the racecourse is one of the oldest in the series and it has a lot of history and, besides that, the course is brutally fast — just like my style. The surface terrain is also the best in the world.
What do you do off the bike?
I play some football and tennis, and I travel with my girlfriend and my friends.
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