Matt Bixley Pre Buffalo Stampede Ultra

Regulars to BCR will be well familiar with the weeman Matt Matt Bixley. This weekend Matt will line up in all 3 races at the Buffalo Stampede- here is his Pre Buffalo Stampede interview.

Matt enjoying the Snakless Tararua Ranges.

Before we get to the Buffalo, how has your summer of running/racing gone?
Originally it was all geared towards the Slam at Buffalo, then along came the Barkley Marathons. Naturally I failed

Where does the Buffalo fit into your summer and with the other races you have (or have not) done?
Now that I have failed in Tennessee, I’d like to thing I can turn up at Buffalo and get some redemption on my missery climbing Warners Wall last year. However her royal highness is now too busy actually helping to run the show for me to give him a beating.

How has your approach and build up in training been compared to other races?
My approach to the summer was to have fun, and most importantly for me, remain injury free. I’ve achieved those goals.

Will this be your first Skyrunning race?
No, I run Buffalo Stampede last year and also the forerunner to this years Mt Difficulty Ascent.

What has you more nervous- the 4500+M of vert over 75km at Buffalo, or the Snakes?
Snakes, always the snakes. Apparently there was a black snake on the road between Buckland and Warners when I went past last year and I never saw it.

What are you looking forward to most at the Buffalo Stampede?
Seeing my wife after 3 weeks away, followed by the beer at the Brewery and then that little kid (Blake I think) who makes good coffee at Velo.

Your post (or pre for that matter) beer choice at the bright Brewery?
Whatever it is that people are bribing me for Barkley Info provide.

Do you have any idea how big a “schooner” is?
A schooner is a ship. End of story. But perhaps that is where the term boat racing came from.

Post Buffalo Stampede what other races do you have on the calendar for the year? Do you plan on running any of the other Oceania Skyrunning Series races?
I’ll line up for Mt Difficuly and the Oxford Races, I think I would be in trouble if I tried to get over to Aussie for anything else.

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