Being of the 70’s generation, my baptism with the fat tires was on a Saltafoss. It was 1976 or so. I have lived all the evolution of mountain biking, from the firsts hard & chunky steel bike to the last e-bikes, which I recently got. I have practiced all disciplines, from XC to DH, which I still do today. If I had to categorize myself as a biker, I would call myself a freerider.
All my life has turned around mountain biking.
By choice I have never raced, but in my biker curriculum there are significant experiences. For example, I participated in the first two editions of the 24 Hours of Finale Ligure, when it was still an epic and pioneering race (starting from lighting systems!😁).
Working for a company that sponsored international athletes, in 1999-2000 I attended the team of Paola Pezzo, 2 times Olympic mountain bike champion. You can also find me in some of her videos, both as a rider and as a helmet-camera man. I also attended Corrado Herin team, DH World Cup winner in 1997. In the same period I developed a patent to synchronize the impulses of a neuro-muscular stimulator to the pedaling movement onboard of the mountain bike.
Of course I did not miss the most beautiful bike parks in Europe: Les Gets, Morzine, Chatel, Les Deux Alpes, Crans Montana, Leogang, Saalbach and Finale Ligure, where I started my activity as a mountain bike guide. Nor a pilgrimage to Moab, a mountain bike mecca.
In short, no palmares, but anyway a life lived in the name of mountain biking. A biker by nature, therefore.