But being on the similar course would not make any distinction to the 25-year-old.
“You have to show off and deal with it like a brand new monitor and begin afresh,” he says.
“For me, it is a new yr. It’s a brand new begin. We have a brand new bike. There’s a number of new issues occurring. So a very new mindset, and also you simply begin once more from the place you might be this yr.”
Motocross at six
Wilson has been hooked on adrenaline for so long as he can bear in mind.
He began motocross (off-road motorbike racing) at the age of six and has at all times liked “going that quick and being so near the floor and so near hazard.”
But when he began seeing all his pals leaving college early and going to compete at the European stage, he began doubting that motocross was the proper sport for him.
Seven years in the past, a good friend launched him to downhill mountain biking, and simply two years later, he grew to become the British downhill champion.
“After that, I form of thought, wow!” says Wilson. “This is possibly what I used to be meant to do. So I once more simply jumped each toes into that … I simply put my head down and completely attacked driving mountain bikes.”
Within three years, Wilson says he went from by no means having ridden a downhill bike to being one in every of the high 25 riders in the world.
“Going from that type of place to profitable standing was like a little bit of a shock for me,” he admits. “And I feel all people in the business was a little bit of a like, ‘Well, the place did Reece come from?'”
Mindset is essential to success
In mountain biking, emotional coaching is maybe extra vital than bodily coaching, in response to Wilson.
“You could be as large and as robust as you need if you do not have it collectively mentally to stay round, it isn’t going to give you the results you want,” he says.
“I feel I calculated a number of years in the past that our time spent truly competing and racing in a whole yr was solely 32 minutes,” Wilson continues.
“So, when your complete profession is counting on 32 minutes of efficiency and you’ll’t keep in mind punctures or crashes — and very often for us, the danger is so unbelievably excessive — you should get your self in a mindset to concentrate on what you are doing and never make a single mistake for less than 32 minutes of the yr.”
The hours, days and weeks spent coaching for the World Cup are perilous at instances, not least the omnipresent hazard of hitting a tree at speeds of as much as 50 kph (31 mph).
In his profession, Wilson has had each knee and shoulder reconstructions and has additionally dislocated his hip.
“I’d prefer to suppose I’ve realized from these errors,” he explains. “After that, I at all times give myself a number of time to remain in the gymnasium, keep actually robust. And if I do choose up an harm, take the time to rehab and ensure you’re robust while you come again.”
The way forward for downhill
“I feel it [being at the Olympics] would make our sport prestigious similar to the relaxation,” he says.
“It appears to be a bit in the background, however the psychological capability and the way a lot coaching we do and what’s required to carry out at this stage, in my view, is simply as excessive, if not larger, than another type of biking. So it undoubtedly deserves to be up there.”
Wilson additionally needs to be a job mannequin in inspiring youngsters and their households to maintain supporting their youngsters’s desires “as this life’s all about ardour.”
“My dad and mom have helped me a lot and my two sisters as properly,” he continues.
“Whatever we might love to do in the world, if they’ll sacrifice to get us to have the ability to try this, they are going to do it. Whatever my dad and mom have completed, I might love different dad and mom to do round the world, and I feel that will be improbable.
“I might advise all people to observe their desires. If you dream at evening that you possibly can do it, go forward as a result of likelihood is you may.”