Riders Series: Meet Marcin Rot
Marcin Rot is a 28-year-old MTB rider hailing from Swidnica, Poland, having won the Austrian Qualifier in 2019 and the German Qualifier in 2018 - he shares everything from training, digging for Red Bull Rampage, pump track as a sport, challenges, victories, wakeboarding and heading into this year’s World Final.
What is your name, how old are you and where are you from?
My name is Marcin Rot, I'm 28 and from Świdnica, Poland.
Tell us about where you live. What is your favourite thing about living there?
Now, I live in a smaller city called Świdnica, where I am close to all my favourite homespots: Strzegom dirt, Godziek backyard and bowl/pump track in Legnica, and also not far from my home city - Wrocław. I have also some mountains nearby, so everything about this, with the pros of the city, but without overpopulation or traffic, it's pretty much perfect.
What is your favourite thing to do where you live? Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time?
I'm trying to spend most of my time riding, training, building or doing stuff around this. So the spare time I have I spend with my girlfriend, also trying to do fun stuff together. But whenever there is an opportunity to try any other action sport, I'm doing that. Wakeboarding in hot summer days is the best.
Tell us about where you’ve travelled to and what is your favourite place to visit?
My biggest trip was last year during RBPTWC when I road tripped southwest of the USA with my girlfriend and I took a part in Redbull Rampage after the World Final as a digger. And the desert terrain of Arizona/Utah impressed me pretty much, so I would like to visit one more time for sure. And try Utah on my bike!
What should we know about you?
I'm a dirtjumper /parkrider at the core and now finding myself in technical pump track racing and stepping into the big bike world which both is something new for me and which makes me feel like in the younger days.
Tell us about your riding and your bike
MTB with oldschool "steel is real" bike!
Do you remember the first time you got on a bike?
I was always around bikes from early on in my youth, and since I could ride a bike properly I was always looking for some stairs or banks to hit. It evolved naturally to riding jumps and doing tricks. My first dirt contest was around 15 years ago.
What has been the biggest challenge on your journey?
I think the biggest challenge is to keep myself close to riding in my adult life and still keeping the fire to progress, sometimes I need to sacrifice a lot. I needed to quit my daily job and now I'm working abroad during winter. I often don’t have much time for my girlfriend, family or friends and if I really focus on my riding a lot of other stuff is neglected and it’s getting even harder with age to balance it all. But I think everything is going in a good direction and I'm trying to enjoy my journey as much as I can.
Tell us about your worst crash and your best victory moment.
My worst crash was not too bad, but just at the wrong moment. A few years ago I decided to take a break from my studies to ride 100% and went to Barcelona, Spain during spring to prepare for the season. I broke my hand at the end of the trip which led me to 4 months of no bike, no studies and no job.
I’ve had some big victories in competitions in both my country and abroad. For me now, the best victory moments are always when I'm happy and I have 100% fun from riding with friends with no struggles about life or any other stuff.
Have you ever felt like giving up? What kept you going?
Of course, there are a lot of times when I’ve felt like this, especially when the winter is so long and I'm abroad to make money for the season, but I try to think that’s part of the game, and I need to just pass bad moments doing what I need to do and have hope that the better days will come. For me, training routine is a big help to keep my mind fresh and focused on the main goal, which is riding my bike as much as I can and to be as good as I can.
What routines do you have when it comes to training? Do you have any tips?
I spend a lot of time to find a good training routine for myself and to learn what works for me and I feel like I'm progressing in this way too. Now I found myself in core/functional training which gives me health and strength and prepares my body and mind for riding. Training like that is less boring than just "shifting loads". So my tip is to study your body, the internet or with a coach) to find the best exercises for you and find the joy in the training to avoid treating training as an obligation.
Do you have a motto? Something that you remember daily that keeps you motivated.
No, I don't have a motto as such, but I kept the armband from Crankworx Innsbruck and from last year’s Red Bull Pump Track World Championship Final on my wrist which always reminds me about my goals for this season ;)
Do you have any role models that inspire you?
Not anyone specific, of course, I look to a lot of riders to inspire me to ride and I like to read interviews and stories about people who live for their passions.
What made you decide to compete in the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship?
Last year I treated it like a new experience, but when it turned out I'm not bad at this I wanted to take it more seriously this year. There are not many dirt contests for me to compete in so pump tracks are a new thing where I can test myself against others, see new places and meet new people during the races and trips.
This is the second time you’re going through to the World Final tell us about your experience last year and your thoughts on heading to 2019.
Last year was more like an adventure for me and I enjoyed all processes but during the final race, I wasn't in good enough shape to compete on the level which I used to be at and which I want to be. So I decided to focus on pump tracks this year and I found my weak spots, worked on it during winter and will work hard heading to this year final. And I want to just do best I can for myself and feel good with my riding, and if it's pretty good compared to the other’s results, it will be such a big bonus and huge thing for me.
What would you do to celebrate if you win?
Oh, I even don't want to think about this, but IF, there will be a good party for sure!!