Aaron Gwin Interviewed By Kirt Voreis - Interbike 2011

Sep 19, 2011
by Mike Levy  
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Aaron Gwin interviewed by Kirt Voreis

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bigquotesYou can't race downhill without thinking about being fit or just being totally fine with getting smoked, so racing there kind of opens your eyes to needing to train. - Aaron Gwin on the Fontana DH course


3 in a row and 4 for the Season for Aaron Gwin. He also won the first US gold at a world cup at home since Missy Giopve and Shaun Palmer in 99 at Big Bear. Gwinning indeed.
By winning the Windham, New York, World Cup round Gwin made it three in a row and four for the season. He also won the first US gold at a World Cup at home since Missy Giove and Shaun Palmer in '99 at Big Bear. Gwinning, indeed. He finished the season with five World Cup wins, the most by a male racer, and an incredible feat considering that he broke onto the World Cup scene a few seasons ago after riding downhill bikes for roughly eight months.

Yup it s that hip. Th eone we all say we will never shoot agian but always do. Here Aaron Gwin gets all scrubbed out for some extra speed.

You can keep up with Aaron by visiting his official website.

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101 Comments

  • + 45
 Perhaps this should have been titled Kirt Voreis interviews himself and answers Gwins questions. still enjoyed it.
  • + 7
 yea, fk... nothing against him but he could learn a bit from Tippie - a guy who speaks and thinks faster than a radio dj on speed, but still has his crazy head equipped with "pause" button and an switch to "listen-mode"
  • - 4
flag timbud (Sep 19, 2011 at 2:42) (Below Threshold)
 I don't know which is worst, an interviewer who talks too much or one who thinks he's really funny and can't stop laughing.
Wink
  • + 2
 C'mon an interview run by Tippie is a experience in a class of its own, not to get some info out of it... though I'd love to see Sir Attenborough doing an interview with Danny Hart!
  • + 12
 just a big hairy American winning machine
  • + 24
 whoa Pinkbike haters out there. I'm a superfan of Aaron Gwin's. I was trying to relate my own experiences to him and we grew up in the same place with no downhills. I'm excited to see an American killing it at downhilling. We had a list of question but decided to freestyle it so it felt like a conversation. sorry bros
  • - 2
 i think it's an attention span thing(or lack thereof), kirt. you're coming from a rider/fan/peer perspective...well...because you are those things. so, why would you interview like a talk show host?

@will54869- ..who pisses excellence!
  • + 7
 To me this feels like people's initial response to having Tippie talk to riders and not understanding what Brett is about as a rider and a fan. Kirt has done so many things in our sport and continues to do so and shows his enthusiasm in ways like relating to Gwin - something that less than 1% of us can do at that level. I say great work Kirt and I hope to see more things like this with you in the future.
  • + 5
 After reading the comments I was ready for a shite interview.. turns out it was really good. I would ask 'why all the hate' but this is PB so I guess it's to be expected. I thoughts Kirt's insights and ability to relate to Aaron as another American mtb legend made for a unique interview.
  • + 13
 I was actually really nervous to do this interview because Im such a super fan of Gwin but I was more stressed out on the comments if I did a shitty job. He achieved something I dedicated my whole life to, and never could. Besides, after the amount of concussions I've had, I'm glad I was able to focus as long as I did. Come hang out with me if you want to hear some real blabbering. I might make you laugh.
  • + 3
 I'm a fan of both Voreis and Gwin so I loved it!
  • + 5
 yeah, I guess when voreis interviews someone like gwin it can be more conversational because he has achieved more than many of us ever will. Sure one of us would just ask questions but never be able to relate and share our own experiences to add to the content as voreis has here. good job kirt, not bad for someone who rides bikes professionally not interviews professionally
  • + 0
 Yeah, but did you get the poster signed like you asked? If so, where's the pics???

Kirt was a legend before a large percentage of the haters here were even sweaty sheets in their parents bedroom. IFO learned more about Gwin with this interview than I have from all the other sources combined prior to it.
  • + 1
 Voreis did a fine job interviewing him I think! He seemed pretty excited and a little nervous but who wouldn't be. Plus, Gwin isn't overly talkative at all so getting him to say as much as he did is pretty cool. Gwin's the man, seems super down to earth and just like a really chill guy. Congrats on a great season!
  • - 1
 Just too that bad americans are so patriotic... Gwin's DNA would be the same if he would live in Zimbawe. I wish Vories would forget about Gwin country and interview the rider as a HUMAN. I also wish Pinkbike would not put a flag beside our username but just our GPS location.
  • + 1
 Sorry we have pride in our country and are happy when someone from here does well. Also I'm pretty sure the fact that Gwin is from America doesn't matter in the interview, but the fact that he did so well this year does. And there are countries in the world, so you should probably get used to that...
  • - 1
 Fk stop being so serious about stupid nationalities... you can take a pixx out of each other, it relieves tensions, but being serious is just retarded. In all of that sht here, the only victim is the Gwinny. Stop with this pride sht, and look at yourself in the mirror, read a bit of histories of your own countries again, there's not much to fkn proud about. Look at yourself and mind your own ass to be as clean as possible. If you have some deep problem with something you have no idea about, count to three and fk off!
  • + 3
 Worlds is a race all about nations pride, it's like DHes olympics, thats why they swap out their team kit for nations colors. Sorry those of us in the USA which is arguably the biggest DH market, finally has someone that is competing on a world scale and doing well. Maybe instead of everyone on here getting so offended that as Americans we are stoked on some US wins, you can get behind you're favorite riders. And yes most of us are Gwin fans, but I guarantee all of us Americans were stoked on Hart's win or any other rippin riders victories. Let us support our favorite riders as you do yours, chances are our lists contain some of the same names- regardless of country that we or the riders come from. being from a country that is so hated for being ignorant or whatever doesn't mean we all are and if you think thats the case then you are ignorant and maybe we all should get mad at your country
  • + 2
 Get some bloody distance... I'm a Polish guy in Sweden who just bought a stroller from a Dutch girl in Ireland, designed in New Zealand, made in China. 99% of people on the planet speaks English, Spanish or Chinese. In EU soon it is going to be prohibited to behave according to your own country customs in daily life.

Countries stuff is over it's fkn ooooveeeeeeer! OVEEEER! get on with it!
  • + 2
 Patriotism was invented by the government who needed people to be slaughtered in war thinking that they are doing the right thing for their country... I'm stoked for Gwinn, but I can't understand the American pride, they are either brainwashed or just ignorant of the fact that so many countries in the world are suffering because of America and by countries I mean people...
  • + 1
 I think if people would send more time to think about what is a difference between a country, a nation, a culture, a society, a family, understand each of these, we wouldn't have those discussions.

And to be fairly honest bitchin on America is 99% because people like to point a finger at someone. It's nice and easy to say they fk the world and live as good and eco friendly European. People can be so stupid: "the war is not an answer!" - dude you dream of a villa in Mediterranean, 3 cars, 5 bikes, holidays 3 times a year, IPad, your children and their children having access to same sort of sht. If that's the vision of happyness then the war is the ONLY answer. And US does it's best so you can have it, so stop btchn on them

There's greed in people, no matter the flag, it's just in US there were better opportunities to achieve such state of things than in Europe. "Poor Chinese bladi fakin bla producing stuff for US and EU". Oh really? Who is the biggest importer of stuff from Africa and starts doing proper slavery manufacturing there? "Oh fkn Chinese bladi fkn bla, don't they know every women in Kongo has been raped several times, people are killed in such terrible ways, human life has so low or no value there"...

Wait - who buys stuff containing all that suffering in the end? - you and me. There's a demand, then there's a supply. No, you fkn know you don't fkn have to, pretty much all you need is in proximity of 100km from you!
  • + 1
 The united states is the best country ever...
  • + 0
 ...and you have visited every country right ?
  • + 4
 Why do Canadians get all giddy when Steve Smith does well? It's OK...us 'Mericans get pretty pumped about Stevie, too - even if he isn't from Nascar-land.

Seriously, it's only been 12+yrs since a rider from the USA has done anything significant in the DH world. Considering this is our sport from the beginning, you're damned-straight we're going to get a little stoked by Gwin's accomplishments. I'd be stoked about his past season despite his nationality, much like I nearly jumped thru the ceiling for Danny Hart @ worlds.

Long story short - ride more...bitch less. Smile
  • + 20
 Yeah it actually makes me sick how people can hate on this guy. He genuinely seems like one of the nicest, most humble guys you could meet. If i was just riding downhill over 3 years and was blowing away the competition like he is i would have the biggest head imaginable. There is not a bit of arrogance to him.
  • + 3
 Who's hating on him?
  • + 3
 Man, nobody hates Gwin, people hate the stupid crowd of stupid Americans who spam with "USA USA USA bla bla bla" and "USA showed the world bla bla bla" comments every time Gwin wins...
  • + 3
 Lehel-NS, as they say in Sweden: "mata inte trollen" - do not feed the troll
  • + 1
 Hehehe, why not? They will just make an another proof for my statement above.
  • + 30
 hey give us a break, after 8 years of George Bush, we need someone to make us proud to be Americans again...go GWIN!
  • + 3
 buahaha tsm11 +100

Finaly someone who can take a bloody joke, we need more people with distance, otherwise when ppl get stuf too close to their chest, they get a stick up their arse and become stiff serious... and give W a break as well, his coming from a family where the smart kid name's Jeb... Clinton deserves as much shyte as W for his foregin policy, but he shagged a secretary right in the middle of the White House, and many thought... demn, that guy's tough, wish I could get a BJ in my office...
  • + 6
 You mean you aren't proud of Barak Obama?????? hahaha. me neither.
  • + 2
 Arron Gwin/Cam Zink is my ticket for 2012....and Waki, Jeb isn't the smart kid, he was just lucky enough not to be born with an extra chromosome.
  • + 1
 Whatever... I'm glad to see such a guy as Gwin up there! ...and finaly someone else in interviews
  • + 3
 PS. I just looked and realized I spelled my own president's name wrong. Maybe I was born with an extra chromosome. Sorry Barack....
  • + 5
 don't worry he's got a chromosome deficiency program he wants to pass.
  • + 1
 HAHA. I'm sure he has a fundraising buddy who runs a failing company that he could pour half a billion tax payer dollars into that could fix my typo problems.
  • + 1
 no way Session603...Oprah's gonna pay it AND you'll get a wonderful gift bag full o' goodies from shimano&sram! gotta like them apples!
  • + 1
 The Obama utopia is complete!
  • + 2
 I keep hearing people saying about these Gwin haters but I have seen very little negative comments made about him , I get the impression it is just a few over-patriotic and emotional Americans reading too deep into shallow comments made by trolling Euros.

Anyway back to the interview : Awesome to have a long interview with Gwin but I think I learned more about Kirt then Aaron xD
  • + 10
 whoa Pinkbike haters out there. I'm a superfan of Aaron Gwin's. I was trying to relate my own experiences to him and we grew up in the same place with no downhills. I'm excited to see an American killing it at downhilling.
  • + 2
 chill bro you're a legend too, just a different sort of legend...work at the interviewing skills, it's all good, nice to see a different/contrasting style of interview anyhow...too many frothing teenage armchair experts on PB
  • + 2
 I thought Voreis gave some really good insight that we wouldn't have heard from Gwin had a typical interviewer been asking the normal questions. all you hating on his interview- you try interviewing the overall downhill champion and see how you fare...
  • + 1
 KV - hey I'll ride with you any day. You did fine, can't satisfy everyone - especially all those proud Amerigwins!
  • + 8
 Awesome job Kirt and Aaron. Thanks for a wicked interview! I liked how Kirt related to both of their desert upbringing on dry slippery trails equated to hi performance mud racing, personal respect for Tomac and Monk, and how Fontana's 1 min finish sprint taught diversity in their DH training. Sure, Kirt could have condensed his questions a bit (and aimed the direction mic a bit better) but his stoke on the sport of DH racing and respect for Gwin is undeniable. I think they are both awesome symbols for the sport and were good and natural on camera. Aaron is a true professional good guy and Kirt will crack you up if you do ever get the chance to blabber with him. Legends!!!
  • + 1
 Tippie, send me an autographed Rocky M tee shirt for my kid ( make it medium so I can wear it!)
  • + 6
 thought Voreis' interview was fine. Gwin seems soft-spoken and humble so getting Kirt's insights on the questions worked. Gwin reminds me of RCarmichael. The sport is in good hands. I want a Monk mojo!
  • + 3
 Great interview of a modern legend by a legend himself. To the haters, do a google search on "Kirt Voreis" and you might be surprised at how talented of a rider he is...as well as how much of an ambassador to the sport that guy is. Sure, he's not a professional interviewer but he has waaaaaaaaaay more insight to not only DH, but FR, DS, 4X and I'm sure several more disciplines of the sport we all love. Yes, he was talking a lot but he was trying to set up the questions to give those new to the sport (maybe you - yes, you!) more insight to just how Gwin got to where he is right now. That being said, he aced it...period. [/rant]

BTW, awesome seeing Gwin's eyes light up when Kirt mentioned how kids all over are inspired by him. Good to see he wants to give back to them as well - how can anybody hate that (not that anybody HERE is)?
  • + 8
 Hehehe Popcorn....
  • + 2
 Great interview Kirt... so many trolls on the internet these days its just sad. The interview really tapped into the story of Gwin's success and I KNOW many people (around the world) can completely relate to it. Like airbornmtnbiker had said.. it really brought some good insight that most interviews lack. It was easy to see you were quite excited to have the chance at interviewing him.. good for you man.. it's cool to see someone who had a real interest and understanding of the guy to ask real questions...
you killed it IMO.
  • + 2
 Great interview Kirt. Pay no mind to the haters. It was great getting to meet you on the All Ride Tour a few weeks ago after watching you race on television for years back in the day. You are a legend in my mind and I thought it was great to see you interview the fastest downhiller the world has ever seen.
  • + 1
 b4life - WE'RE cool. You're perfectly entitled to feel annoyed by Kirt. Had I not met him at a couple of our local races, I could see how you might find him annoying. Having met him, he's very approachable and can still ride the sh*t out of a bike - down or up the hill.

He's very in touch with the pulse of the sport, so he was able to really set up a good interview - not to mention both of their careers have some similar crossroads. Let's face it, Gwin isn't a big talker from what we've seen so far. That's not a bad thing, but I'm sure Kirt wanted to do his best at avoiding the dreaded awkward silence that can happen with the q&a format. Besides, that can be the worst kind of interview more often than not - you know the answer before the question is even finished half the time.

Kind of cool that the sport has been around long enough to where the younger generation has a lot to draw from in regards to past legends. I'm sure 15yrs from now, Gwin will be interviewing some young ripper that's dominating everything and will probably annoy those that didn't know who he was, thinking "who does that guy think he is - some legend or something?!". Any bets? Wink
  • + 1
 awesome interview, kirt did talk a bit much but he had to explain into the question. i would much rather hear him then tippie say , ya ya, yayayaya,. yaya. yayaya!! its like man lay off the red Bull. AG is the man. every time i see that video that he did when he slayed that yeti on the nor cal trail. that shit got me going, i even bought the bike.FTW!!
  • + 1
 +1 AG killed that trail on that asr5, i have never seen a bike ridden like that before, but i opted for the 7. lol
  • + 1
 hes right about wanting to train after racing fontana haha insane pedaling section. cant wait for the winter series to start cuz gwins at every race and he showed me lines last year! GWINing! and he lives down the street from me!
  • + 2
 With all the Bullsh#% politics going on in my country.....this man makes me really proud to still call it home !!!
Honor, determination, focus, blood, sweat, blessings !!!
  • + 3
 I know that it must be due to the GoPro filming, but have a look at the size of Gwin's right hand compared to his left.
  • + 3
 I felt bad for Gwin the whole interview, but thats just my opinion. I prefer more laidback interviews.
  • + 4
 Yeah Aaron Gwin FTW!!!
  • + 1
 Gwin, is one of the best in DH arena. He looks like don't like speaking a lot, but man give him a bike(stiff suspension setup) and sit down for a lesson.
Go Aaron!!!
  • + 2
 awesome to see someone from SoCal on the top of Worlds Rankings....puts a smile on my face, great guy too
  • + 3
 Loved every minute of that interview. Awesome
  • + 1
 gonna be mental next year.. everyones gonna have to step up to keep up with the new Master.. respect Gwin yr a nutter
  • + 3
 Let's not forget that Hill will likely be back to 100% by next season. I am really looking forward to seeing how that's going to go down. The others are not that far behind, either. Fark, '12 season can't start soon enough!!!!!!
  • + 1
 is freecaster the only way to watch it.. still ?

surely its big enough now for full HD coverage.. the sport is huuuuge
  • + 2
 Pininator, I'll tell you how it's gonna go down; Gwin will beat Hill at probably every round, by at least 5 seconds. Gwin is likely going to be even a little faster next year, more experienced, so will Hart, Brosnan, Macdonald, and the other young guys. Hill will struggle to keep up with those guys, let alone Gwin. Hill might win another world cup race or two before he retires, but no way does he dominate the technical tracks like he used to. Gwin is going faster than anyone ever, the game has been stepped up from where it was just few years ago. I'm curious to see how fast Minnar and Gee will be, if they will be able to beat Gwin on the pedal courses.

Look at Gwin's arms, those aren't mtb arms, those are moto arms. Dude is strong, and obviously a hard worker. Having the perfect background for DH racing helps too; clipped in and racing the bmx circuit as a little kid, then racing the moto circuit as a teenager. Having Tomac give you advice and help you train has also gotta help too.
  • + 1
 I wouldn't bet against you, Protour - your scenario is the other side of the coin without a doubt.

Still, Hill's 7th @ Worlds is far from insignificant considering he wasn't in form (or fully recovered for that matter). Add names like Hart, Brosnan, Mac Donald and the regular wild-cards to the G's (Gee and Greg) and I can't help but think it will be a season like no other.
  • + 0
 I love Gwinny and admire Voreis, but man, this was an uncomfortable interview. Couldn't even make it through the whole video.
  • + 1
 great interview, Kirt set up Gwin for some insightful comments, not just the standard Q & A.
  • + 2
 Did he say gangs took over the BMX tracks? WTF?
  • + 2
 Very WTF, indeed! I actually had to listen to that part of the interview twice just to be sure that's what I heard. That's messed up!
  • + 2
 Pettys Plunge! Peaties Plunge, Peatys Plunge, PEATY'S PLUNGE!
  • + 1
 Gwinny seems like a cool guy but oh my god Kurt loves the sound of his own voice.
  • + 2
 feel like his right arm looks massive compared to his left arm
  • + 2
 Maybe he's been busy in the washroom!
  • + 0
 he must train pretty hard, he looks haggard for a 23 year old. No doubting his ability though
  • + 2
 I meant to pos prop you. I agree. He does look haggard for 23. I thought he was at least 30 !
  • + 1
 wave from behind at 2:35 hahaa
  • + 0
 cool interview, b ut damn Voreis is almost talking more than Gwin, nothing that bad though because Voreis is also the man!
  • + 0
 shit meant to give you +props
  • + 2
 Classy!
  • + 2
 Gwin is an elite ginger
  • + 1
 two words: shut the "F&*X" up clowns!
  • + 1
 Kirt: Gwinny should make DH mainstream! Come on!
  • + 1
 I think it was a great interview, Kirk.
  • + 1
 GWINNING
  • + 1
 what a guy
  • + 4
 What a guy indeed. Great to see a yank back in the World Cup and winning. Us Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and Frenchies needed some competition from the USA! Given the success he's achieved this year, he could've been full of piss and wind, but Gwin seems to be a humble straight up and down all American nice guy. Nice!
  • + 1
 made it to 8 minutes.
  • + 1
 I came...
  • - 1
 Man is Kurt old!! BWahahahaha
  • - 3
 This interviewer is the worst,next time ask one question and let the guy answer....
  • - 2
 Kirt is annoying. Talks about him self too much and nobody cares.
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