Now that Jesse Richman has had a chance to breathe (and finally get that GTI!), we asked him to take a look back at his experience on
You just finished the tour on top. What do you attribute your success?
This year truly was a pleasure and I never could have done as well as I did without all the awesome support from my friends on the tour, my sponsors and my Rocking Gear!!!
What riders from the tour do you think deserves some props?
There are so many riders pushing the limits and devoting it all to style. I think that every one deserves some props. We are going to see more and more incredible riding from some awesome guys and gals!!!
Competition-wise, what stop do you remember the most?
The stop that was the most fun had to be the first event in France. I knew pretty much no one and I had no idea which riders I had to really worry about. It turned out to be about 40 knots and I absolutely love that kind of riding. It was so cool for me to show up on a tour I have never competed on before and get 1st overall, and then, to hold onto it the whole year was amazing.
What place would you go back to first if you had the chance?
I really enjoyed Paros, Greece. It was a super cool spot and really nice people there. I can't wait for the next chance I get to go back there.
What advice would you offer for those interested in doing the tour next year?
Really, it's all about just going for it. If you come in knowing that you can ride good and have fun then the key is to just not get stressed because when it all comes down to it, you will either win or lose. It's not the end of the world if you don't make it through the first round. Everybody's been there and if you stick to it you will just do better and better!!!
Do you have your eyes on the PKRA?
To tell you the truth I have no idea what my plans are for the next year. I want to train a lot in the winter and who knows what will happen next?