Visions Becoming Reality – The Max Rendall Interview
Interview by Stuart Leel. Photos by Louis Arnold, Innes Graham and Glen Thomson. Videos by Stuart Leel and Glen Thomson.
Max Rendall is one hell of a rider. Whilst I’ve been aware of Max on the Scottish race scene for a couple of years now, it was only just last summer that I had the pleasure of meeting him in person for a filming project with fellow shredder Ryan Middleton.
After spending two days of filming with the guys, Max and I began plans for another video, this time on the trails that Max grew up riding. Plans were set in place and I made the trip to Innerleithen for a fun-filled two days of filming. Having these trails as a local riding spot has definitely helped Max get up to speed as well as provide a variety of terrain for him to get comfortable on.
Max spent a year on the BASE mountain biking course at the Borders college which found him at the Innerleithen trails regularly. It’s obvious that having a group of riders to challenge each other with line choices and gaps has also had a positive effect on Max’s progression. It’s also clear the these trails helped shape his unique riding style; rough and rugged, big airs and the occasional playful jib thrown in for good measure.
Who is Max Rendall?
The worst mechanic ever. My mum makes the best curry’s on the planet. I study Sport and Exercise at university and work in a cocktail bar. I live for good latte’s, real genuine friends and unique ideas. I try my best to see the good in everyone and take inspiration from that, forever learning.
How did you get into mountain biking?
There were times in high school where I felt everybody was just doing the same social things just to be normal and fit in, I didn’t really vibe with that so I was always searching for something. I suppose the simple answer is footage! Without the internet I might never have known, I hope that some of our videos have that same effect. I was 16 when I watched ‘If only every mountain bike video was filmed like this’, Bought a £150 Carrera Banshee and the rest is history! I think what sold mountain bikes to me was the community, I met so many inspirational people at the Scottish races.
Where do you enjoy riding the most?
What has been your favourite race/event from over the years?
What are your thoughts on the shift in media over the past few years moving from physical formats likee magazines and DVD’s to internet only based content?
Instant information is changing us in a lot of ways, we have access to all human knowledge in our pockets. This means physical forms of media are becoming more specialist and I think in the future people will realise there is immense worth in holding a magazine or a book and reading it, especially if it’s delivered in a new and exciting way!
Who/what inspires you?
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not riding?
What are your thoughts on the current state of mountain biking?
What’s your favourite motto or saying?
What does the future hold for Max Rendall?
Visions becoming reality.
Thanks Max! Give Max a follow on Instagram for regular updates – @MAXXRENDALL