Peter Ostroski is the wearer of many hats or maybe more appropriately in his case, helmets. Splitting time between ski coaching in Alaska with racing nationally on the pro enduro circuit Peter is a busy guy who appreciates the natural energy UnTapped offers to keep him going.
• Age: 27
• Hometown: Girdwood, Alaska
• Years riding: 18
• Race specialties: Enduro MTB
• Facebook Athlete Page: Peter Ostroski
• Twitter: @p_ostroski
• Instagram: @postroski
You started off as a pro XC mountain biker and have since moved to the Enduro circuit, what drew you to this newer discipline?
Any form of mountain biking is fun. The discipline of Enduro fit perfectly with the style of riding I (and many mountain bikers) love to do. Be able to climb at a reasonable pace, and focus on the descent. It provides a format which tests technical ability, speed, and fitness in a different way than XC or Downhill does. One aspect I enjoy about Enduro is the length of time we are out on the trails, riding all day and still being able to prepare for each race stage, to a point, before dropping. At the end of the day I am able to get more enjoyment from Enduro.
What are your biggest goals in your racing this year?
Podiums at regional and national events, continue to seek out new race venues and events around North America. Trying to compete and improve on my Enduro World Series ranking.
You’re headed out the door for a ride, what UnTapped product(s) are you taking?
It’s always nice to have a convenient packet of Untapped maple handy at the top of the climb to give yourself a spark for the ride down.
You balance a life as a pro racer and a ski coach in Alaska, what do you do to keep it together and fun.
As folks know it is a difficult balance to work and try to compete at a professional level.
I try to relate my bike career to the athletes I currently coach, and express a level of commitment to the sport your trying to pursue but also to be a well rounded athlete. My approach has evolved to relieve pressure on myself during the winter months and try to keep active and enjoy different activities that relate and help in Mountain Biking. It’s much more fun to play a game of pond hockey than to ride a trainer for two hours.
Its clear that cycling takes up most of your time but do you have any off the bike hobbies?
During the winter I try to get out ski touring in Alaska as much as I can, the mountains and backcountry skiing are exceptional. There are endless possibilities and missions to be had. It becomes difficult in the spring season to make decisions with activities. Luckily there is so much daylight it’s achievable to get multi sport days in. When not riding in the summer, I try to get out and help on trail projects or find new zones to explore by bike.
What do you like to eat pre- or post-race? Recipes welcome!
I have been making an Oat based pancake lately, which is a great base for some Syrup in the morning.
In the mix- Oats, Chia seed, Hemp seed, peanut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, banana. Add some, chocolate chips and blueberries and your set for the day.
Where would you go with one day to ride anywhere in the world?
Dang, hard question… Somewhere with Heli access, Retallack, Whistler, New Zealand. That’s a tough one!
Favorite way to use maple syrup?
Syrup on pancakes or French toast for breakfast is always a favorite.
What lead you to UnTapped and bringing #MapleToTheMasses?
Sort of a funny story, I was staying at a friend’s house while at a race in Burke, Vermont this spring. On my way out the door in the morning of the race I noticed a box of Untapped Packets and asked if I could grab a few for my race. I had the packets stashed away, for the later stages of the day. It was a classic soggy New England spring day and the race was a total mud fest. Luckily, I had saved a packet for the last stage of the event, and standing at the start soaked and caked in mud, I got enjoy the syrup packet, giving myself a mental and physical boost for the last effort of the day. Trying Untapped for the first time during this race, I was hooked.