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“I’m not perfect,” he admits. “I have my weaknesses. I
like chocolate, but I’m careful about not going overboard.
I stay away from most junk food and stick to chicken, fish
and eggs. It’s best to get your nutrients through your food,
not through supplements.”
Has he been tempted by performance-enhancing
substances? “I don’t know very much about that whole
world. I’ve heard that some motocrossers take them, but
I don’t think it’s widespread in off-road racing. I think it’s
best to stay somewhat pure, because you don’t know
what side effects will hit you down the road. I don’t even
have much caffeine; maybe one iced tea in a week. I feel
that endurance is one of my strong points as it is, so
apparently I’m not really giving anything away by staying
away from drugs.”
When you have your own track, you get a lot of practice. Most of Taylor’s neighbors are also
riders, but he restricts his evening and morning riding for those who aren’t.
The riding around Scottsdale
is vast and varied. Taylor,
Destry Abbott, Max Gerston
and Steve Hatch have created an extreme network.
There are a lot of toys in the
Robert household. All of them
are part of his training program.
ON MENTORS & TRAINING
Most champions have other champions to thank for
their success. In Taylor Robert’s case, part of his success
can be traced to former National Enduro champion Steve
Hatch. “He moved out here to Arizona when I was pretty
young, and he’s always had a big influence on me. In 2005,
when I was pretty young, he started as my official trainer.
By 2006 and 2007, he had me doing weights in the morning
before we would set out on long all-day training episodes.
We’d get on our bikes and ride out to this incredibly steep
mountain, then climb to the top on foot. It was so steep
and rocky that you had to crawl part of the way. Then we
would climb down, get back on our bikes and race home. I
would be so tired that I would just collapse afterward.
“About then, I got to know Destry Abbott. We became
good friends, and we still are. Having successful guys
around is important, and it affects the way you think.”
Even though EnduroCross and WORCS racing seem like polar opposites, there are
common elements to any form of racing. “You have to multitask. You can’t just look
down and concentrate on whatever you’re doing right now; you have to look ahead
and plan on transitioning to the next obstacle.”
WORCS racing has been around for a long time. Even before the beginning of the
series, there were similar forms of racing, and the textbook was written long ago.
EnduroCross, on the other hand, is so new that riders are still learning how to do it.
“There are so many unpredictable things that can knock you off course; I’ve found it’s
best to jump over it all when you can. It sounds high risk, but it’s actually safer than
hitting every rock and log.
“Momentum is the key. You can clear most things on an EnduroCross course if you
simply don’t stop. But, there are now some very specialized obstacles that require
The vertical, airborne wheelie
is brought under control by
the impact with the face of the