Haling from the Vale of Glamorgan but now residing the other side of the pond, we introduce to you tafia.co.uk ambassador Dylan Lazyzell.
Who are you?
Dylan Layzell a 24 year old day dream believer
Where are you from and where do you live?
From South Wales but living in Canada right now
Do you have any other sponsors?
Not yet. Anyone keen, hit me up haha
How did you get in to mountain biking?
Through my Dad. He rode bikes so naturally I followed suit. I used to race motocross too.
Where’s your favourite place to ride?
Whistler Bike Park
You went to Canada to snowboard. Do you still get involved?
Yeah still getting involved in Snowboarding but no more contests just cruising and having a good time.
So you was invited to go to Fianle Ligure EWS event. How did that come about?
I won the Amateur category at the EWS in Whistler. I was on the waitlist for Finale as I thought it would be a good opportunity and it all worked out.
How was your first experience of a world series event?
Such a mint experience. It was a big surprise how fast and fit the best in the world are that's for sure. I didn't race how I would of liked too but I've learnt a lot and and take away some good lessons which is always positive
Are you hoping to enter the event again?
Yeah absolutely the goal is to do full seasons competing on the World Series
Where do you plan on taking your riding in the next 12 months?
I will be staying and training in Canada mainly but heading to races in different places also. Would like to come back and do some riding in South Wales too.
Where is your happy place and what takes you there?
Some good flowy single track on my bike. Pedal up to earn your turns.
What’s the worst crash you’ve ever had?
This summer riding a trail called Ride Don't Slide. There is a rock feature with a double drop in it and I came into it blind not knowing what was coming up. Hit it way too fast and gapped the first drop onto the second straight over the bars onto my head 15 or 20 feet from where I started.
What’s the narrowest escape you’ve had?
There's a lot that come to mind haha but had a really close call racing in Italy last week on a really fast section then into a sketchy rock garden. Ended up riding the front wheel through a rock garden and managed to hang on. The rocks out there are like cheese graters so if I went over the bars it would of been pretty
What bikes are you riding?
Santacruz Hightower LT 29er. It's a weapon!
Who’s your favourite rider and why?
Cam Zink. He's a sender and goes so big all the time. Tons of style too.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
I get inspired by lots of things and people I surround myself with. All my friends that I ride with are definitely a huge part of what inspires me to ride.
When you’re not riding what do you get up to?
Hanging out with my girlfriend and friends. Drink lots of coffee. Generally stuff outside.
If you was still living Wales what do you think you’d be doing?
I'd be trying to do the same thing. Riding my bike for sure but I'd be surfing more too. Definitely miss living close to the beach.
Do you plan on coming back?
I will always be back for trips to see friends and family. Come back full time? Not sure but never say never. I love Wales it's such a sick part of the world.
What music you listening to these day?
Mainly rock / metal music. Loving the new Metallica album. But my iTunes is a mixed bag. Big of everything.
What do you watch on the TV?
Mainly Netflix nowadays. Movies more than tv
Last good bit of good advice someone gave you….
Relax. No one else knows what they're doing either
Something people don’t know about you…..
I used to race motocross as a kid/young teenager. I was actually born in South Africa…..