EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Goirand goes extra mile for Enduro success

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Riding is “like therapy” for the talented Mexican as he reveals journey to top.

Didier Goirand believes he is on track for lasting Enduro success after he has dug deep since his childhood to achieve his dream of taking on the world’s best offroad motorbike riders.

The Mexican has been E1 enduro national champion two years in a row and now wants to win in the bigger E2 category class after getting a taste of Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble and Red Bull Romaniacs.

The 23-year-old talked with The Red Bulletin about his Enduro motorbike journey and claims you need to, “put yourself in situations where there is no way out and that’s how you’ll find it.”

He revealed that his coach father instilled an inner belief from an early age, which was summed up when aged five he crashed against a tree and his father made him an offer: ‘If you can do a long wheelie on the pushbike, I’ll buy you a new bike.’ It took him three years to do it. Later, when he got stuck in a cold river during a race, his Dad yelled: “Do you want to go home or finish?”

His skills developed even more when he started riding abroad. He explained: “When I got out of high school, I went for a month to New Zealand with a friend of mine to train. That journey opened my mind.”

He trains hard with a simple but effective combination of diet, gym and many hours on his motorbike including jumping wet and slippery logs at Valle de Bravo where he also trains in seven-minute motocross races.

In terms of the bigger races on the Enduro calendar like Erzbergrodeo, Goirand knows all too well that he needs an extra edge to battle through the 10 rows of 50 riders each starting in three-minute gaps.

As for Romaniacs, stamina is key. He added: “You find sections so steep that you have to get off the bike or some climbs that seem impossible to conquer – or maybe you must push the bike for one hour.”

The relationship with his father is crucial to his journey. He revealed: “When I was about to move from Advance to the Expert category, I had to put a lot of effort to get sponsorship. I knew my Dad was doing a big effort so I could race. He never put pressure on me. He just wanted me to take on new challenges.”

What does riding mean to him? “It’s like therapy. You must always have fun, competing and in life.”

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