Neko Mulally: There's More to Life Than...

Feb 26, 2015
by Jay Schultz  
There's more to life than 7 rounds plus World's on the UCI World Cup circuit. More? What exactly do we mean? Well, it's the off-season, so let's tag along with new Gstaad-Scott Factory Racing Team powered by Fox rider Nicholas James Mulally, or as we all know him…. Neko, for a weekend at his new home in Brevard, NC to see how he lives a normal life just like the rest of us.

The Brothers Mulally They really are shadows of one another. Where one goes the other follows.
The Brothers Mulally – They really are shadows of one another. Where one goes, the other follows.

Choice of Wall Art Yes of course there s a Dungey Fathead in the living room but this piece of wall art was much more interesting and not something we expected to see hanging on the wall in the house of Mulally .. a print of Richard s Fryer s 1893 patent for Driving Gear for Bicycles. It s the little things you notice that tell you about a person.
Choice of Wall Art – Yes of course there's a Dungey Fathead in the living room, but this piece of wall art was much more interesting and not something we expected to see hanging on the wall in the house of Mulally….. a print of Richard's Fryer's 1893 patent for Driving Gear for Bicycles. It's the little things you notice that tell you about a person.

Mementos of Teammates Past Parting gifts from former TWR teammates BrookMac and Justin adorn the wall in Neko s bedroom. Time past and new seasons mean there are changes for each but no doubt they are all friends for life.
Mementos of Teammates Past – Parting gifts from former TWR teammates BrookMac and Justin adorn the wall in Neko's bedroom. Time past and new seasons mean there are changes for each, but no doubt they are all friends for life.

All Business All the Time New year new team and new opportunities. Neko signs a contract with a new component sponsor for the 2015 season. Not soon after signing his life away he was on the phone with the same sponsor working out the details he wanted to the specs he needed to make him feel comfortable in the cockpit.
All Business, All the Time – New year, new team, and new opportunities. Neko signs a contract with a new component sponsor for the 2015 season. Not soon after signing his life away, he was on the phone with the same sponsor working out the details he wanted to the specs he needed to make him feel comfortable in the cockpit.

That Moment When you lay your eyes on your own self designed and custom painted Oskar Blues Brewery Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex helmet for the first time. Definitely the smile of approval.
That Moment When…… you lay your eyes on your own self designed and custom painted Oskar Blues Brewery Bell Moto 9 Carbon Flex helmet for the first time. Definitely the smile of approval.

So What s It Look Like The concept drawn by Neko himself and the finished product of course in the good ol red white and blue.
So What's It Look Like? – The concept (drawn by Neko himself) and the finished product…… of course in the good ol' red, white, and blue.

Christmas Ain t Over Can you imagine what the Mulally household is like when it really is Christmas Two brothers ripping part package after package with wrapping paper a flying every which way. Strong Arm It Bro
Christmas Ain't Over – Can you imagine what the Mulally household is like when it really is Christmas? Two brothers ripping part package after package with wrapping paper a flying every which way. Strong Arm It Bro!

The Royal Knight Colors were a rite of passage and a badge of honor for medieval knights as they prepared to do battle against the best the world had to offer this knight will not be taking exception to that right in his first season with Gstaad-Scott powered by Fox.
The Royal Knight – Colors were a rite of passage and a badge of honor for medieval knights as they prepared to do battle against the best the world had to offer, this knight will not be taking exception to that right in his first season with Gstaad-Scott powered by Fox.

Five things you didn t know about Neko Mulally from Neko himself bigquotes 1. My little brother Logan is my best friend. 2. I go to yoga class just for the girls. 3. I consume more Dale s Pale Ale than water. 4. I drive an average of 10-20mph over the speed limit. 5. I ve been to more countries than I have U.S. states
Five things you didn't know about Neko Mulally (from Neko himself):
bigquotes1. My little brother (Logan) is my best friend.
2. I go to yoga class……just for the girls.
3. I consume more Dale's (Pale Ale) than water.
4. I drive an average of 10-20mph over the speed limit.
5. I've been to more countries than I have U.S. states.

Keep it Clean Please Why bother it s just going to get dirty again. Wash the dirt off get it filthy wash the dirt off get it filthy .. the endless cycle. At least we know they are having fun.
Keep it Clean Please Why bother it s just going to get dirty again. Wash the dirt off get it filthy wash the dirt off get it filthy .. the endless cycle. At least we know they are having fun.
Keep it Clean Please Why bother it s just going to get dirty again. Wash the dirt off get it filthy wash the dirt off get it filthy .. the endless cycle. At least we know they are having fun.
Keep it Clean Please – Why bother, it's just going to get dirty again. Wash the dirt off, get it filthy, wash the dirt off, get it filthy... the endless cycle. At least we know they are having fun.

Tools of the Training Trade Neko doing some minor adjustments and maintenance on his 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 before a day at the track in just 24 short hours. If you are a DHer and don t have moto or two in the garage there s something seriously wrong with your training program.......... plus you aren t having any fun.
Tools of the Training Trade – Neko doing some minor adjustments and maintenance on his 2013 Suzuki RM-Z450 before a day at the track in just 24 short hours. If you are a DHer and don't have moto (or two) in the garage, there's something seriously wrong with your training program... plus you aren't having any fun.

Neko Mulally
Track Time – Located 50 minutes east of Brevard, Mill Spring is the place of choice for most of the locals. On any given day you'll see the Shaw Brothers (Luca and Walker), Brandon Blakely (of Cane Creek), etc, out slinging some dirt. Photo Credit: Paris Gore.

Food for Thought One might think This is the off season I ve got a few months before I need to be in shape. Sure why-a-not where s the nearest Mikey Ds drive thru for a Big Mac Value meal or two or three or four. Not Neko he s always conscious of his choice for fuel.
Food for Thought One might think This is the off season I ve got a few months before I need to be in shape. Sure why-a-not where s the nearest Mikey Ds drive thru for a Big Mac Value meal or two or three or four. Not Neko he s always conscious of his choice for fuel.
Food for Thought – One might think, "This is the off season, I've got a few months before I need to be in shape. Sure why-a-not, where's the nearest Mickey D's drive thru for a Big Mac Value meal or two, or three, or four." Not Neko, he's always conscious of his choice for fuel.

I ve been working a lot on my diet a lot this year. One of my friends Dave Lamond is a dietitian in Hendersonville NC and he has been helping me a lot with fueling up specifically for what I m doing. If I can have more energy and feel better that s going to make me faster. It s been a big learning experience figuring out how I feel on what types of fuel and what foods are the best to give me the energy I m looking for.
bigquotesI've been working a lot on my diet a lot this year. One of my friends, Dave Lamond, is a dietitian in Hendersonville (NC) and he has been helping me a lot with fueling up specifically for what I'm doing. If I can have more energy and feel better, that's going to make me faster. It's been a big learning experience figuring out how I feel on what types of fuel and what foods are the best to give me the energy I'm looking for.

The Lucky Number 13 .. Or is it the unlucky number 13 number plate Regardless of how you feel about it we all can agree it was one heck of a run at Hajfell for Worlds. He would like to publicly thank each of you the Pinkbike readers for the votes and title of Pinkbike s Best Run of 2014. Consider this that THANK YOU Moving into the 2015 season ya think the above right will be the most scrutinized part in the Mulally side of the Gstaad Scott tool box Note I did ask if he has that chain and unfortunately he does not. Someone from TWR did look and couldn t find it. So someone out there went home with a pretty cool souvenir.
The Lucky Number 13….. Or is it the unlucky number 13 number plate? Regardless of how you feel about it, we all can agree it was one heck of a run at Hajfell for Worlds. He would like to publicly thank each of you, the Pinkbike readers, for the votes and title of Pinkbike's Best Run of 2014. Consider this that THANK YOU! Moving into the 2015 season, ya think the above right will be the most scrutinized part in the Mulally side of the Gstaad Scott tool box? *Note, I did ask if he has that chain and unfortunately he does not. Someone from TWR did look and couldn't find it. So someone out there went home with a pretty cool souvenir.

bigquotesHafjell was a big reinforcement of things we all say but don't always do. Riding with the best form and technique, being smooth and carrying speed beats rushing and overriding the track every time. When you can really figure out what each effort is worth on a race track I think you strategize how to ride the whole track fast.

The New Wrench Both the Mulally s are going global in 2015. Little brother Logan is Neko s 2015 Gstaad-Scott WC mechanic. It will be an interesting dynamic as one thing is for sure no one knows the other better. Formula for further success It just might be.
The New Wrench – Both the Mulally's are going global in 2015. Little brother Logan is Neko’s 2015 Gstaad-Scott WC mechanic. It will be an interesting dynamic as one thing is for sure, no one knows the other better. Formula for further success? It just might be.

Five things you didn't know about Neko Mulally (from my perspective):
1.That boy can pound down some energy bars. Every time I turned around he had one in his hand, you'd hear the crisp tear of the noisy foil wrapper and that bar would disappear in under 30 seconds. Quote of the weekend, "I need to be sponsored by an energy bar company." Yo, if any companies out there are listening, he'd no doubt represent your product well, though I'd put money on that he'd exceed his monthly contract quota of product.

2. He pays attention to details. Granted I haven't spent a lot of time with very many WC riders, but I noticed as the day went on he was paying attention to every little detail of what I was doing for each of the shots we discussed. It is said knowledge is power, and he definitely took to the time to "understand" the thought process behind each capture. There was a great rapport built as each minute passed by and it made my job that much easier.

3. I can personally vouch for No. 4 of his list of things you didn't know, 40-45mph on a single lane NC dirt back road leaving DuPont State Forest in a 170" WB Sprinter was quite an experience.
4. Regardless of how good the light or the composition shot is, he refuses to look like a "goon" in the image and will argue with you until you fold on using the image for a report. Just ask DeLorme, he'll tell you the same thing.

5. He's always on. We set a schedule of what we wanted to shoot, mind you it was a jam packed day, yet he's constantly juggling two to three different things at a time. We should add, successfully juggling each of those things. Sooner than later he's gonna need a personal assistant or agent. Any volunteers out there?

It s Not About Bulking Up However it is all about the core. Neko and his buddy Ben Clause from back in PA developed a specific program honing in on his balance and core. Although under severe pressure we weren t able to convince him to let us document yoga class to see these girls he talks about. Opportunity Lost
It’s Not About Bulking Up – However, it is all about the core. Neko and his buddy Ben Clause (from back in PA) developed a specific program honing in on his balance and core. Although under severe pressure, we weren’t able to convince him to let us document yoga class to see these girls he talks about. Opportunity Lost!

I usually go to the gym 3 times a week. My main focus is core and I have a long list of exercises that I rotate in to keep in exciting but I m usually there for about an hour. I also focus one day on lower body and leg lifts.
bigquotesI usually go to the gym 3 times a week. My main focus is core, and I have a long list of exercises that I rotate in to keep in exciting, but I'm usually there for about an hour. I also focus one day on lower body and leg lifts.

Do A Little Dig Buds from Brevard College Cycling putting some final touches on a short series of dirt jumps. From the left going clockwise Neko Mulally Logan Mulally Callum McEwen and Asher Blackmore.
Do A Little Dig – Buds from Brevard College Cycling putting some final touches on a short series of dirt jumps. From the left going clockwise, Neko Mulally, Logan Mulally, Callum McEwen, and Asher Blackmore.

First Stop on the Short Bus After a day of running around like a chicken with his head cut off time now for a bit of two wheel action to close out the day. The bus stopped first at the dirt jumps.
First Stop on the Short Bus After a day of running around like a chicken with his head cut off time now for a bit of two wheel action to close out the day. The bus stopped first at the dirt jumps.
First Stop on the Short Bus – After a day of running around like a chicken with his head cut off, time now for a bit of two wheel action to close out the day. The bus stopped first at the dirt jumps.

Second Stop The beauty of now living in Brevard NC you have some much to choose from year-round. Five minutes north you ve got Pisgah National Forest 15 min east you ve got DuPont State Forest and sprinkled in between you ve got lots of little public and private gems for the choosing. Pick your poison. Second stop on the bus Oskar Blue REEB Ranch as the golden hour starts to light things up.
Second Stop – The beauty of now living in Brevard NC, you have some much to choose from year-round. Five minutes north, you've got Pisgah National Forest, 15 min east you’ve got DuPont State Forest, and sprinkled in between you’ve got lots of little public and private gems for the choosing. Pick your poison. Second stop on the bus, Oskar Blue REEB Ranch, as the golden hour starts to light things up.

Third and Final Stop Final stop on the bus just a few miles down the road to Corn Mill Shoals in DSF and up to the iconic Big Rock Cedar Rock to watch the sun sink below the horizon.
Third and Final Stop Final stop on the bus just a few miles down the road to Corn Mill Shoals in DSF and up to the iconic Big Rock Cedar Rock to watch the sun sink below the horizon.
Third and Final Stop – Final stop on the bus, just a few miles down the road to Corn Mill Shoals in DuPont State Forest and up to the iconic Big Rock/Cedar Rock to watch the sun sink below the horizon.

Grub Time Time to meet some buds kick back take a load off enjoy a beverage and a meal at Oskar Blues Brewery in downtown Brevard.
Grub Time – Time to meet some buds, kick back, take a load off, enjoy a beverage and a meal at Oskar Blues Brewery in downtown Brevard.

Another comment from the weekend that stood out, "I want to hang my hat on race results. Standing on top of the podium means we did something." If World Championships was any indication of what lies ahead for Neko, there is no doubt that goal of standing tall on the center of the box will become a reality. He's got the drive, he's got the tools, he's got the discipline, and he's got the program. Best of luck in 8 weeks to all the of the Gstaad-Scott organization when the 2015 season kicks off in France.

Neko would like to thank each of the follow companies and a special someone:
Gstaad Bike World
Scott Sports @SCOTT-Sports
Fox Shox @foxracingshox
Velosolutions
Schwalbe @schwalbe
DT Swiss
Shimano @shimano
Syncros
e-thirteen
ODI @Odigrips
Oskar Blues Brewery @OskarBluesWNC
Royal Racing @Royal-Racing
Bell @BellBikeHelmets
Deity Components @deityusa
FiveTen @FiveTenMarsh Guard
Stages Power
And finally, he'd like to say "a huge thank you to my Mom for allowing me to believe that all of this was possible and being there to make it happen every step of the way."

A personal thanks to Paris Gore @parisgore for contributing a moto riding shot. Thanks Bud! Appreciate it!


MENTIONS: @SCOTT-Sports, @foxracingshox, @schwalbe, @Odigrips, @Royal-Racing, @OskarBluesWNC, @BellBikeHelmets, @FiveTen, @deityusa




68 Comments

  • 54 2
 Nice to see some behind the scenes on the raddest DH guy in the country! And I'm with Neko, i drink more IPA's than water! Way to step out of that comfort zone and do your own thing!
  • 30 4
 Really hope his helmet sponsorship works out well. Be great to see something out there besides shitty energy drinks.
  • 13 3
 Ty! It's too bad redbull is the only sponsor that steps up. Why isn't anyone sponsored by milk or Florida OJ? Healthiest people on the planet and they are almost forced to push redbull(soda) on us. Be nice to see some healthy alternatives step up.
  • 13 5
 norcal77, sorry to break it to you dude - but milk, Florida OJ, and Cali OJ, aren't always healthy options either.
  • 11 0
 definitely want some HANDLEBAR in local gym ... THAT'S RAD
  • 8 22
flag stacykohut (Feb 26, 2015 at 17:40) (Below Threshold)
 greasy brew pub food, beer, and a bit of a double chin. i don't know man, hes got a loooooong way to go before he know his stuff about real racing nutrition.
  • 1 0
 Look up Drink Water, they are doing great in snowboarding, it would be sweet if that could transfer to mountain biking.
  • 2 0
 Good point. ...someday I'll change that for all you racers who want healthy, local sponsors. Milk is full of steroids and hormones. OJ usually is full of insecticides. You can buy organic versions of both, However for the lactose intolerant other options are available.
  • 58 5
 No mention of Jesus so I'm guessing there's going to be less fighting on PB today.
  • 6 0
 See how Balanced this weeks PB interviews have gone!
  • 17 3
 Everyone just needs to take a bit of a chill pill. Religion is obviously part of who Gwin is and that's cool. It's maybe not as much as part of Neko's life and that's cool too. They shouldn't try to hide who they are. People should just be repsectful of what a person believes or doesn't believe.
  • 12 13
 Religion is one thing, thank God for finding your spot to build a house is another. Its called stupidity...
  • 8 3
 Really @gapos999? If that's what Gwin wants to do, it's not hurting anyone else and he's not forcing u to do/believe the same. Just respect that it's important to him.
  • 3 2
 godamit
  • 25 0
 So all i have to do is say i'm a DHer and i can justify buying a moto for "training". Sorry Enduro. It's you, not me.
  • 3 0
 enduro moto?
  • 16 1
 I think the title of the article should read "Neko Mulally: There's More to a Race Than... a chain on a bike"
  • 19 0
 Unchained Mulally
  • 1 1
 the Richard's Fryer's bike (2nd pic, 1893 patent for Driving Gear) definitely has a CHAIN
  • 16 0
 I want to be Neko when I grow up. I'm 34...
  • 7 0
 I can`t believe I finally got in a picture on Pinkbike!And it was eating and not riding.........LOL!Probably better at eating anyways.Thanks Jay and all the Ricks.
  • 3 1
 I've always wanted a moto bike, I nearly traded mountain biking for moto. For me, the issues are the expense and time that moto requires but mtb doesn't. In the future I will surely get a moto bike at some point though, it's just not possible now. I'm sure the skills would carry over both ways
  • 2 0
 Considering bikes have virtually doubled in price the past 6-7 years (and here i thought a bigger market was supposed to bring costs down), crazily they're pretty much on par as far as initial expense. Hell, entry level motos are even cheaper than mtbs. My brain hurts.
  • 8 0
 Very true. I built an mtb for $1700, but I could have gotten a used moto for a bit more.

The investment I was speaking of was the investment of buying a trailer, driving to off road parks, gas and moto maintenance, etc. Whereas I can drive 10 min to my local trails and ride mtb all day for free. That's what it came down to for me.
  • 3 1
 Coming from moto, mtb is much less expensive. Gas, oil, parts, truck, etc. add up quickly. On average, I spent almost $100 a day of riding moto.
  • 1 0
 Yep...Moto is much more. Yeah the initial cost of the machine / bike can be as much or little as you care to spend, pretty much evens out. After that the cost of gas, oil, maintenance, cost at the track on practice days / race days. It does add up quickly! But for me living in North Texas it was the ever decreasing areas to legally ride when not paying at the track, that was huge! Getting turned on to mtbing opened up a whole new world and areas to ride. I do miss my moto from time to time, especially a good long day of cross country riding with buddies at a large cycle ranch, but overall I probably wont get another unless I win the lotto! Perfectly happy on the bicycle.
  • 5 0
 I feel like I've read this one before?
  • 3 1
 Can't help wondering if the gearbox on the RMZ is still holding out. Mine died 10 hours after a new box which was replaced after the first chewed itself.
  • 1 0
 Is that a Fox air shock on the Gambler? And if he's ripping DH track on that thing without a guide, I should be convinced, but then again, we don't know if he even uses the chain..
  • 3 0
 I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the irony of that driving gear patent print..
  • 2 0
 Cool seeing more east coast coverage. Glad to see the greenway dirt jumps are running smooth again. To cool.
  • 1 0
 Great pics Jay and nice article (as always). It's awesome he let you document some of his life for us goons to check out. Cheers to an awesome season this year Neko!
  • 1 0
 Nice article Jay, FYI it's Dr. LaMond from Hendo, and i've been in your lens before brother! the practice www.blueskymd.com for those who are interested. Cheers!
  • 3 0
 Stoked to be working with this kid. Definitively wise beyond his years!
  • 1 0
 You can't help but like him. He's determined, dedicated and extremely motivated...yet he's as real as they get. Oh, and fast as well!!
  • 2 0
 His name is Nicholas James??!!
  • 2 3
 His first and second names are Nicholas James-as are mine oddly enough. Our full initials are both NJM too.
  • 23 1
 I'M NICK JAMES, BITCH!
  • 2 1
 that's me told, you win.
  • 3 0
 North Cak represent
  • 3 0
 Neko is the man!
  • 2 0
 Trek is going to miss that guy.
  • 2 2
 cool, my own first names are also Nicholas James! Brb, just going to take my chain off. See you all in Lourdes, suckers.
  • 1 0
 Nice write up and photos too!!!
  • 2 0
 Core by IPA.
  • 1 0
 He looks heavy compared to the top racers
  • 8 0
 heavily skilled
  • 2 0
 12 oz. curls, FTW.
  • 1 1
 make or break year coming up........................ we will know the score with this kid at the end of this up coming season.
  • 4 0
 I don't think that stopped Brook Macdonald. Then again, i don't think anything could stop Brook Macdonald...
  • 1 0
 Keep an eye on Callum, this kid can rip.
  • 2 4
 Look around at the nature, not at religions and their followers. Look at karma and gifts such as intuition. I don't believe in organized religion, but I do believe that there is a God. It's right in front of your eyes.
  • 3 0
 Are you trying to tell me that my smartphone is God..?
  • 1 6
flag dualsuspensiondave (Feb 27, 2015 at 3:09) (Below Threshold)
 Don't read much do you?
  • 8 0
 Don't sarcasm much do you?
  • 2 0
 Chainless Massacre
  • 1 0
 Just an all round top guy really
  • 1 0
 @PTizzler in the circle of trust Wink
  • 1 0
 Excellent article! You're my boy Oskar Blue!
  • 1 0
 Wait...Patrick?
  • 1 0
 Good eye
  • 1 0
 Chainless - Bitch!!!
  • 1 0
 All the best for '15
  • 7 10
 where's God?
  • 15 3
 He's not here. Just hard work and dedication.
  • 4 3
 what i laughed when i saw your comment hard work and dedication it's always the reason behind successful guys, not religion, even if you wan't to think so
  • 11 1
 Just once, I'd like to see a losing team thank god for the challenges, hard lessons and injuries.
  • 1 2
 Misunderstood vhdh666.

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