Photo by: Sven Martin
Josh in Whistler
Name: Josh Carlson
Nickname: Frother, JC, Carlso
Birthdate: March 26, 1986
Birthplace: Wollongong, Australia
Height: 185cm (6-foot-1)
Weight: 82 kilograms/180 pounds
Shoe size: 45/U.S. 11
Helmet size: Medium
Marital status: Married
Current home: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Cars: Nissan Frontier
Started racing: 2007
Turned pro: 2013
Racing specialty: Enduro
Favorite course (North America):
Favorite course (Europe): La Thuille,
Favorite food: Ice cream
Goals: Enduro World Series champion
Favorite recording artist: Slash
Favorite movie: Caddyshack
Favorite hobbies: Motocross, guitar
Jobs held (other than racer): Qualified
Always takes on a trip: Too much stuff
What you would be if you were not a
racer: A dad and weekend warrior
Josh: My first expert-level national
cross-country race I placed seventh, I
think. I then stepped up to the under- 23
class in my next race and lapped second
place and was forced to step up to the
MBA: What have been your best national
and international results?
Josh: My best international result has
been third place at the Whistler Enduro
World Series event and 10th overall in the
2016 Enduro World Series. In cross-country, I placed third at the 2010
Australian XC championships.
MBA: What titles have you won?
Josh: I came close to winning the 2015
Whistler round of the Enduro World Series.
I flatted on the final stage and slid back
to 25th. I won the 2012 Oregon Enduro
Series and numerous North American
Enduro Tour rounds.
MBA: Have you gone to college?
MBA: Do you have any other kind of
Josh: I am a qualified landscape
tradesman with an additional qualification in arboriculture. I also used to be a
motocross coach when I stopped racing
MBA: Did you earn any awards, in
sports or academics, while in school?
Josh: I was nominated for the
Apprentice of the Year in 2009, but
I couldn’t go to the award ceremony
because I was at a bike race, so they gave
it to someone else. I placed second in the
race, though! Ha ha!
MBA: What other sports do you like to
Josh: I still ride motocross for
cross-training now. No competition
MBA: Can you tell us something
interesting or unusual about yourself or
your family that is not widely known.
Josh: When I was racing cross-country, my coach (Mark Fenner of
FTPTraining.com) and I thought it would
be a good idea to go on a small ‘
starvation diet’ for five days. We were hoping
I would [cannibalize] some muscle mass
off my upper body to help me lose a bit
of unnecessary weight. I stuck to 500
calories per day and did body-weight
exercises like squats, lunges, crunches
and pistol squats to maintain the muscles
in my lower body. Five hundred calories
was super hard to maintain and stick to.
My smallest-calorie day was 460 calories,
and my largest intake was just over 600
calories for the entire day. I had just had
some pins taken out of my wrist. I couldn’t
do anything while the wound healed, so I
just played on the couch for five days and
ate egg whites and strawberries. By the
end of the week, I ended up losing 200
grams of muscle mass off each arm.
I started the week at about 77
kilograms, and at the end of it I weighed
72 kilograms before I started eating again.
I was starving! Was it worth it? Not too
sure, but what it did teach me was a lot
of information about the food we eat and
the difference between real calories and
empty calories. My true weight ended up
around 76 kilograms once I was back to
a normal diet. ❏