Video: Behind the Scenes of Aaron Gwin's "Challenging" Week in Fort William

Jun 5, 2019
by Brock VanHeel  


The week of Fort William had some challenges to overcome, a stolen bike and Aaron having an ankle injury.

bigquotesI came in with an ankle injury but things were feeling pretty good a few runs into the first day of practice and was excited to race. Unfortunately, I re-injured myself later that day and it just really set me behind. I got through qualifying and was trying to save everything I had for Sunday’s race.Aaron Gwin

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019
Practice day started with John hall digging rain troths to keep water from flowing into the pits.

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019
IFR mechanic Daniel Paine keeping Jack dry on track walk day.

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019
Neko Mulally feeling at home in the wet conditions.

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019
Jack Moir hanging off the back of his M29 and fighting off white kit jokes.

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019
Aaron Gwin riding smoothly managing his ankle injury the best he can.

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019

Bad luck was the topic of the week besides the forecast. The rain came and made the conditions cold and wet. Jack placed 29th and Neko, 22nd, for both of them it is an improvement from Maribor's results and we're looking forward to keeping that momentum into the next race.

Intense Factory Racing Fort William 2019

bigquotesMy race run started well but ended quickly with a big crash and that was the end of it.Aaron Gwin

Final Positions.
Neko Mulally: 22nd
Jack Moir: 29th
Aaron Gwin: DNF (crash)

World Cup standings.
Aaron Gwin: 14th
Neko Mulally: 29th
Jack Moir: 48th

bigquotesOverall it was just one of those weeks where we kept fighting through the challenges and nothing really worked out. That’s life sometimes but I’m happy with the effort and thankful I’m ok to race again this weekend. Big thanks to my team for all the love and effort. Really looking forward to getting back on the track and hoping to get things going in a positive direction here in Leogang, one of my favorite tracks of the year.Aaron Gwin



50 Comments

  • + 46
 "Intense factory racing??" Why was there only one clip of Jack on it? Should be Aaron Gwin factory racing.
  • + 18
 YEEAAHH!
  • + 1
 Well it was posted by Aaron Gwin's personal youtube account so...but yes Jack needs more!
  • + 1
 must be hard for Jack, before he just had a laugh with his mates and now he's completely overshadowed. Team atmosphere can influence your performance a lot...
  • + 2
 @jzPV: totally agree. And when you see his result in the first 2 world cup he is totally out of the pace. Don't know if he was injured or whanever.. but he was 15seconds of the win in fort william, without crashing.. he was close to not quali'(just by 1 second).. 2 years ago he was on the podium ..

honestly I don't know why he stay on this team. It was the gwin team, he is the owner, the manager .. Gwin and neko was close friendn there always together. It seem that Jack just should not be there. I think on a team like the trek factory, with the young guns, it would be better
  • + 12
 Not posted yet on Pinkbike but it's already out on redbull page, Warner travels to Australia to meet with Jack Moir: www.redbull.com/int-en/tv/video/rrn:content:episode-videos:ecd49a29-1af9-5f3b-af1f-d08a676edd15/rob-meets-jack-moir
  • + 13
 Aaron Gwin never wins a race on 29 inch wheels. You heard it here first.
  • + 13
 @dh-corn: I'm talking world cup. He can win a locals race on a balance bike.
  • + 5
 I'd say you're probably going to be right. He's not tall (5'9"), he probably shouldn't be on a 29er. I bet they make a switch to a mullet bike fairly quickly.
  • + 4
 @jwrendenver: bro racer Jeff Steber might not want that. If they are claiming the M29 is the premiere WC race rig they say it is, any changes to this design invalidates that. Marketing-wise it would be - for lack of a better term - unwise.
  • + 2
 you are so right
  • + 13
 Hes had 1 healthy run on a 29er, and got 6th. Hardly enough data to make a judgement.
  • - 10
flag Pmrmusic26 (Jun 5, 2019 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 Also.... intense carbon bikes are garbage...
  • + 9
 Can't imagine if Aaron got a constipation. We will analyse the shit out of him.
  • + 5
 All in all that's a week to forget, although for most of us a stolen bike and a crash like that would be a whole lot more serious. I hope things go better for them in Leogang.
  • + 4
 Leogang land of the busted chains. All Aaron has to do is lose his chain and he's a guaranteed #1. Best of luck to him in his recovery and racing season! Neko was a local racer near me when he was first coming up so I'll always cheer for him. Good luck to the team!
  • + 6
 "Practice day started with John hall digging rain troths to keep water from flowing into the pits."
ah come on now, what in the jaysus is a "troth" ?
  • + 1
 This has bothered me a lot. The internet offers no insights into this peculiar statement.
  • + 6
 I assumed they meant troughs
  • + 0
 Tbh his pronunciation of 'Edinburgh' had me apoplectic
  • + 1
 Like how a lot of Americans pronounce it Brendan Faircloth!
  • + 0
 @DirtyDee: what you're hearing is the lisp. which is more of a product of laziness and poor upbringing rather than ignorance.
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: Do the majority of Americans have a lisp, cos I have heard a lot of people pronounce Brendog's surname wrong.
  • + 2
 @DirtyDee: it's like how do you pronounce cough? coff. how do you pronounce fairclough? faircloth. (WHAT?!?!?!)
  • + 1
 @DirtyDee: honestly i think some people think it's cool to have a lisp so they just never made the effort to try not to sound like that. surely some are true speech impediments to which i am sympathetic.
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: A lisp is (most commonly) not saying the S and pronouncing it as TH, no form of lisp really covers this mispronunciation. To be honest I don't really think it's a form of speech impediment, just ignorance.

Though in fairness the -ough at the end of a word can be said many different ways so maybe the English language is partly to blame! e.g. Tough (tuff), though (tho), through (threw), trough (trof), lough (lock - kind of) and so on. All different sounds made by the same four letters! Words are fun, eh?
  • + 2
 @DirtyDee: lol it's like the Gallagher bit, but i agree in that i dont think it's a true speech impediment.
  • + 3
 Nice to see them keep things in perspective. Cool guys through and through. Hope things will come together better on the next race. Though I enjoy watching young talents (no pun intended) batter the goats, i really want to see Gwin back on he podium!
  • + 1
 strange that bike companys make marketing problems for them self!!! why say 29 is the best dh bike, why just not say race bikes 27 or 29 take witch you want, than team also can use witch they like better. strange that they just need to ride 29 if thats to big for the guy..
  • + 3
 Spotted: a sharpie'd out Maxxis on Gwin's rear tyre on the 5th picture. So maybe Kenda can honestly say the crash was nothing to do with their products.
  • + 4
 that's the mindset of a winner right there; for trying times, you learn and move on. #gwinning
  • + 4
 Win or lose he's on the... Ice cream.
Salute
  • + 4
 Ben Cathro did it way better!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_72HiAxpGk
  • + 3
 Wenn Aaron Gwin has a bad race, everybody has to know why....
  • + 3
 Two words: Rider error.

Simple as that.
  • + 3
 3:38 close up shot to check if the cranks are still on
  • + 2
 I done took my horse to the water troth. There does that help?
  • + 3
 What is a "rain troth"?
  • + 1
 Rain Troth [ reyn ]
Noun
the aqueous state of a troll who dresses in all black and wears white face makeup who enjoys loud obnoxious music:
A rain troth materialized in the middle of my favorite trail, thankfully it scurried away before I slammed it.
  • + 2
 Next chapter: AG Unchained Wink
  • + 0
 His mechanic again gets all the blame for spending too much time working on drainage.
  • - 2
 The Lord's will!
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