The ContenderWith one season already under his belt, the 21-year-old refrigeration engineer from Ayr is back to represent for Scotland
THE RED BULLETIN: Last year you finished a respectable 59th of over 200 competitors. Did you feel prepared for your first Ice Cross Downhill World Championship season ever?
CALLUM BOYD: No, last year me and my two teammates didn’t realise what we were up against. It’s so much harder than you can imagine. You wonder what the hell you’ve let yourself in for.
So are you training hard for the new season?
I’m on the ice six times a week now and in the gym four times. We’re all training like mad to try and do the best we can. Maintaining stability and core balance skills is key: anything can happen, but if you can stay on your feet you’ve got a chance. I’m definitely feeling more equipped to tackle the competition.
How do you feel having the first home race on the calendar?
I’m buzzing for the race in Belfast, It’s the closest to a home race us Scots will get and it’s great. Friends and family can come along as see us racing live and I’m sure the crowd will support us. It will give us an extra edge.
Are you in with a chance?
I’ll aim high, that’s for sure, but first place may be a bit hopeful for this year. I definitely expect to do a lot better than I did last year and I’d love to win races, but competition has never been more fierce. We’re confident, we’re prepared and we definitely want it, so who knows? Anything can happen in this crazy sport.
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