Aaron Gwin Fort William POV

Jun 18, 2012
by Scott Secco  

155 Comments

  • + 94
 he just doesn't slow down to turn! this is where I've been going wrong. It all makes sense now.
  • + 23
 Gwin has one speed and one speed only
  • + 23
 his speed is too high to be measured in mph, its measured in what mach he is going
  • - 60
flag elliotgraham (Jun 18, 2012 at 15:35) (Below Threshold)
 I don't think it is
  • + 22
 no need to go and get all serious lol t'was jokes Smile
  • + 13
 Trollface.jpg Wink
  • + 7
 I'm pretty sure he hit Mach ten at least twice in that run.... No surprise that the wind noise was similar to being inside an sr71
  • + 1
 I wonder if electrical tape over the mic would help cut down on wind noise?
  • + 9
 "Me pinned is like Aron Gwin cruising" -Mitch Ropelato, at the Sundance showdown in UT a couple weeks ago
  • + 7
 My head was still back at the starting line when he was crossing the finish line. That was so fast my brain hurts.
  • + 8
 wilkey - and mitch ropelato cruising is like your average local downhill racer pinned!
  • + 2
 He just floats over everything
  • + 6
 He`s so smooth.. And the lines he chooses. I`m shocked with every video I see. Go Aaron!
  • + 12
 I was kind of wondering how his brakes were so quiet... but then i realized he just doesn't use them.
  • + 1
 That was intense!
  • + 3
 Don't think he the right man to test prototype Shimano saint brakes, he never uses them haha. one rapid dude, good to see someone setting a new benchmark. so fast
  • + 2
 @dh-andy you want him to float into your rectum
  • + 1
 @HMBA106- true story. he was at our local race a couple weeks ago. he went a head and set a coarse record
  • + 1
 I heard that Gwin just takes his brakes off now. Wink
  • + 38
 imagine how fast his race run looked then , cmon UCI allow helmet cams in race runs.
  • + 14
 Agree! If Stewart can wear one for a 40 minute MX moto they should allow DH rider to wear them.
  • + 13
 They would make you pay £1,000,000 for some silly permit if they were allowed anyway. In classic uci style.
  • + 4
 Well apparently 3 seconds slower...
  • + 32
 u mean cmon UCI MAKE all racers where helmet cams! It would bring viewing to the next level and make it a live feed so we can watch in real time spliced with other camera angles. That's next level stuff that would bring DH racing to everyone!
  • + 2
 yeah cmon!! markeed totally agree with you! it will be crazy to see some live stuff with the riders' point of view in the world champs... and it's awesome how smooth aaron looks...!! nevertheless, really funny to see all the people crossing near aaron like "look, another rider" and not, "LOOK!! AARON GWIN!!"
  • + 8
 live feed helmet cams would be the best thing ever. that coverage was shocking looking back at it, the helmet cam shows the other 90% of the track we missed!!!
  • + 1
 I really dont want downhill to grow to much it would really take the community feel out of it and drive the big business like nike to it just make money off it. I ride to get away and chill with friends, i dont want to be it to become like football.
  • + 0
 Dont worry brah when MTB ruinned by rich kids and gear aholics their always something new and interesting too get in to haha
  • + 29
 That's easy!... here, hold my beer brah
  • + 17
 The worlds fastest dude on the planet coming down one of the gnarliest tracks in the world. Seriously, I have a new found respect for Aaron Gwin. He is simply 'On It'.
  • + 4
 amen!!
  • + 19
 i especially like his line choice through the people at the bottom
  • + 2
 really funny to see all the people crossing near aaron like "look, another rider" and not, "LOOK!! AARON GWIN!!"
  • + 7
 I would be shaking after that run and he's like cruising around looking for a snack.
  • + 1
 Big detail to see the present world champion having the nearest boxes. And yeah, looks like returning back to home after a quite simple work day... XD
  • + 15
 It might be my imagination but he seems to always take the smoothest and crucially shortest line every single time. Gwin seems to stick to the inside of every turn to shorten every corner yet still not have to slow down by taking a tighter turn- awesome! I'd love to see the comments of the other WC racers watching this to know how they think their runs differ....
  • + 3
 After every line he took you think to yourself "yes that was the best line to take its obvious now"
  • + 13
 Eh... He clearly doesn't take the shortest line every time. Watch it a few times. In many cases he takes lines that look rougher/longer, but would allow his bike to float over things but put him in a good position to carry momentum and speed better through turns.

Overall he has great line choice. Which is what helps him create the gaps he does. But if you look at splits, he certainly lags in areas compared to other riders. He's not invincible, but he's found the best overall strategy that works for him. I mean, if I had to say it, he probably has a great ability to look at the track and really see a way to carry consistent speed, whereas it seems other riders lag heavily in certain areas but excel in others. And that's very noticeable comparing splits amongst the other riders.

Then again, I'm no professional. I'm just a shmuck making assumptions based on what I see. I'm probably full of shit.
  • + 15
 Haha. Someone, it seems, was so offended by what I had said they decided to message me and inform me that my mother and sisters are all whores. Stay classy guys. Or rather I should say, stay classy brett.
  • + 1
 Thing is your right. In a video on here it was asking 'How is Aron Gwin so fast'. He says that he finds little bit of times in certain areas. This looks like how he does it.
  • + 2
 cyrix says some wise things. Here's how another non-professional (me) sees it. Gwin sees lines differently, more like a chess player. A line that seems shortest, quickest or smoothest through a given section or turn might be a bad setup for something below that section or turn, which would be a bad setup for something below that. Connecting things for a smoother overall line, rather than imagining it's about tricky spots and focusing on tricky spots. The whole track is a tricky spot, in other words. Might not be as thrilling to watch, if you're watching to see people super-loose and just this side of exploding. I find it exciting watching someone make a track look simple when it's not simple at all.
  • + 1
 This is a sign of his moto background. In motocross they always look for fastest line, on every corner. Also Aaron said in an interview that he was best at sections of motocross that weren't filled with riders, and he always felt that he would do well in a timed version of moto (which would be very similar to DH).
Correct me if I'm wrong, because I really don't know much about dh.
  • + 2
 Beardless you must also remember that the camera is mounted on his head so when he leans into the corner, the view of he camera will always be near the most inside line. It does not mean he is riding over the dirt just below his helmet through every turn though.
  • + 17
 That's some next level shit right there.
  • + 18
 Chuck Norris wished he was that fast
  • - 6
flag betsie (Jun 18, 2012 at 15:39) (Below Threshold)
  • + 15
 What's the point of those fancy Saint brakes if they never get used?
  • + 2
 haha, what kind of a product tester is he anyway...
  • + 1
 not brakes evidently
  • + 7
 That made me literally go for a shit. I'm writing this right on my phone taking a shit. Head cams never give it justice but that still look super fast.
  • + 8
 I don't think I ever realized how gnar that track is, props to ALL who ride it at a world cup level.
  • + 2
 Hang on a minute.... this video shows Gwin travelling down the track in 4:46 seconds in practice?!?! his winning time was 4:48............. Have we just seen someone ride faster in practice than in their actual race run and take the lead??
  • + 9
 It was raining on the day. Everyone was slower. Sticky mud... Slippy roots... Low visability... All that good fort bill wet-weather shit.
  • + 3
 No there's a cut in it
  • + 6
 Yep happen a lot when conditions change, marcs qualifying run was faster then gwins winning one.
  • + 2
 Track was dry and fast in practice and foggy and wet on race day.
  • + 7
 Wow. Greg, Gee, Danny better start taking notes or Aaron is going to walk away with another season title!
  • + 9
 Not really, Danny was less than a second behind the ginger tornado and took over a second out of him on the motorway...
  • + 7
 and yet has yet to win again this year...
  • + 10
 Gwin>Danny
  • + 8
 Gwins defiantly a better racer as he is loads more consistant. danny has what i takes he just cant do it all the time like gwin.
  • - 13
flag BrainBlast-12 (Jun 18, 2012 at 15:09) (Below Threshold)
 Thats cuz he's an merican
  • + 14
 here we are again. I think it's cuz he's Gwin.
  • + 0
 Ginger Tornado Smile
  • + 3
 ginger tornado........??????? just......... no.............
  • + 1
 If Hart didn't do such huge whips on his run he probably would have had the fastest time.
  • + 2
 Hart didn't whip in his race run. He straight aired the motor way jumps....
  • - 13
flag BrainBlast-12 (Jun 18, 2012 at 22:44) (Below Threshold)
 hart didnt deep throat the cock, he ate the whole fuckin thing
  • + 4
 ahhhhhhh..... wrong website buddy.
  • + 4
 there's something wrong with this guy
  • - 3
 Tee hee
  • + 6
 And helmet cams don't do it justice. If it looks big or fast on a helmet cam its huge and sick quick in reality.
  • + 3
 HI I just did a run, My name is Aron what is yours, I think I wil just ride through ,,mmmm,, not one noticed me.. cool. they will later....This guy is a machine, ubber fast and has style for miles ....Still waiting for Hill to take one. Gee needs one to. CG get better.
  • + 5
 There's not many sports where the top guy of the sport strolls thru the public area with everyone else!
  • + 4
 He's got to have a secret engine! Gwins bike handling skills are awesome, he just keeps speed all the way down...amazing riding!
  • - 16
flag jumpingman (Jun 18, 2012 at 14:37) (Below Threshold)
 He never falls i haven't seen a race where he fell
  • + 7
 world champs in champery he crashed, probs would have won if he stayed on. maybe. and he crashed in fort bill quali but won in finals. he has mad skilzz.
  • + 2
 @jumpingman:
He crashed in val di sole in 2010 just after the road gap when he used to ride for Yeti, and at Fort Bill in 2011, but wasn't on camera. He is still human, just a human that is also scary fast at riding a bike. Gwin makes mistakes like everyone else, he's just better at finding lines that keep him going the quickest.
  • + 2
 Danny was up on his time before he crashed at world champs. I dont really think the crash made that much of a difference really.
  • + 1
 Lord almighty! Gwin is the Master52 of Downhill (only a select few of you will get that reference). My favorite part of the race was at the end everyone clapping slowly on the podium in silence as if saying "Well eff this..."
  • + 4
 I love this sport. For just a training run the fans are cheering like crazy!
  • + 4
 That's effin insane!!! I've never seen anyone float or ride like that before... Go Gwin!
  • + 3
 no kidding. like he's tiptoeing over the tops of the rocks only at incredible speeds
  • + 5
 Such great lines, so much in the zone.
  • + 6
 Thats what i was thinkin. His line choice is nothing short of perfect.. The speed he takes some of those corners at blows my mind.
  • + 4
 "in the zone" that is a good call. For the briefest moment I almost knew what it felt like to go that fast. Then I realized I was sitting in front of a computer. Some of those segments really draw you in.
  • + 2
 No disrespect for Gwin, this run was epic fast, but Marcs winning qualifying run was still 6 secs faster, must have been a pretty good run!!
  • - 1
 Remember that race day was super wet and foggy... very different conditions.
  • + 5
 He is clearly talking about qualifying, not race day.
  • + 3
 Yeah, I was talking about Marc Beaumonts qualifying run, that was around 6 sec faster on the same dry conditions.
  • + 2
 But would you push more on a head cam run in practice, or you actual qualy run? I would say your qualifying run, especially if your an adopted atherton.
  • + 2
 I'm not saying that this helmet cam was Gwin pushing it to the max, I'm just saying that everyone is impressed with the helmet cam run and that same run was still 6 sec slower than Marcs quali run..
Now imagine if we had a helmet cam of Marcs run Wink .
  • + 1
 6 seconds on a 5ish minute track wouldnt look any faster than this to the eye. It would have to be 20-30 seconds to be visibly different.
  • + 2
 gains brake company: we have decided to drop you as a sponsor because you don't actually ever use our product.

i was scared just watching this on my computer. insane.
  • + 3
 Hey slow down you maniac. I tired of these young wippersnappers riding soo fast and listening to rap music.
  • + 3
 I think we all can agree on that this video was the Best thing Ever!
  • + 3
 its fast but marc beaumonts qualifying time was at least 5 seconds faster.
  • + 1
 You can actually hear the Doppler shift in the cow bells pitch as he blasts past. Someone should work out how fast he is going using the change in pitch...
  • + 2
 My computer's CPU and video card overheated from that run...
  • + 1
 Holy crap man.....it's like he's riding one of those speeder bikes off Star Wars! That........is why he's PRO.
  • + 0
 dude i finally figured out why Aaron Gwin is so fast!... his machanic! hes fuckin awesome hahaha if u want to win races u need a mechanic like this guy!
  • + 2
 Wow. Not mph anymore. it is now Gwin per hour
  • + 1
 i literally think i just shat myself watching that, what an absolute boss gwin is.
  • + 1
 el +++increible jinete dh men¡¡¡¡TREK champion 2012...de mente,,los cojones...
  • + 1
 Freight train Gwinn! All them bells and horns sound like a speeding train going by dinging crossing guards!
  • + 1
 WOW..thats just crazy...I don´t think even with a motorbike you would be faster :O
  • + 1
 Your not, search David knight vs gee atherton on YouTube!
  • + 1
 That was fast, parts of it looked like it was fast forwarded. I know it wasn't though.
  • + 2
 Gwin makes a GoPro 2 seem like terrible quality
  • + 1
 Well..if it takes Gwin 5 minutes i guess that means it would take me approximatly 2 hours.
  • + 2
 no wonder he came first!!!
  • + 2
 Monkey Vasquez at the end! He's such a cool guy
  • + 2
 someone hatin' on Gwin around 3:25? Damn!
  • + 1
 Holy moly that run was insane
  • + 1
 "Beautiful" has been redefined! Thanks Aaron!
  • + 1
 I had to stop 3 times watching that for a rest. Holy smokes!
  • + 1
 I wish i had the balls the ride even half this fast! Big Grin
  • + 1
 thats just nuts!!! hes on a whole nother level.........
  • + 1
 hes just floating down this course, i envy him
  • + 1
 Gwinny is simply Chuck Norris on wheels. He must be.
  • + 1
 Which run was this? qualifying?
  • + 1
 This was taken during Saturday morning practice
  • + 1
 definetly he needs a check-up from the neck up!!!!
  • + 1
 any body know the remix of the LMFAO song at the end of his run?
  • + 1
 that was lmfao mashed with blur - song 2, probably a dj spinning it
  • + 1
 where's the video cut I didn't notice
  • + 2
 2:05/2:06
  • + 2
 He stopped during the practice run and spent a few minutes checking out the line approaching the drop at this corner.
  • + 1
 Fast!! Theres a distinct doppler effect on those cow bells!
  • + 2
 Alien blood?
  • + 2
 Is like a Game...amazing
  • + 1
 so fast. its just doesnt show actually how tech the track is!
  • + 1
 why does he even have brakes?? he doesnt need em so its just extra weight
  • + 1
 Do he use brakes ??? :-D
  • + 0
 That is fasssstttttt!!!!!!
  • + 0
 Aaron Gwin is officially not human. he cant be.
  • + 0
 I think that he is brah
  • + 1
 That`s fasttttt mang!
  • + 1
 Unbelievable.
  • + 1
 Wow !!!! That's fast.
  • + 1
 blasting!
  • + 1
 Damn, 1000 likes!
  • + 1
 AWESOME!!!!!
  • + 0
 GOD DAM !!!!!!!!!! i bloody wish i could get down fort bill that fast
  • + 1
 damn so so fast haha
  • + 1
 ridiculous
  • + 1
 TREK FOR ME THEN
  • + 1
 Holy Crap! Hella fast!
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