Steps to the Top: Ty Hathaway - Video

Mar 7, 2016
by SRAM  
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Ty Hathaway, a tall, soft-spoken Californian who co-owns a bike shop in Los Angeles, has made a life of things on two wheels. He’s been photographed for BMX magazines enough that he’s forgotten exactly which ones — and which issues. He’s been featured in clothing and helmet ads on road bikes. His Instagram feed is a visual catalogue of seemingly constant bike trips with like-minded friends. And in 2014, Hathaway re-discovered mountain biking and took on the rugged Trans Provence stage race in France, where he finished as the top-placing American. And his mountain bike jones was re-lit.

Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.
Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.
Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.

Ty is no stranger to mountain bike competition. As a kid, he contested the NORBA National Championship Series as a trials rider. The enduro format is not really all that foreign to him, either. Once upon a time, instead of winding through the woods on a carbon-fiber mountain bike, Ty’s bikes weighed more than 200 pounds and had a throttle. Coming from Southern California, though, he was more of a wide-open desert guy than a woods racer. He was good, too. Hathaway’s throttle twisting career was meteoric, and he finished his first season with a single-digit number plate.

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Quicker than most people advance up a single racing class, he landed a spot on the Honda team for the legendary Baja 1000. Taking over the riding duties at one of the team’s planned pit stops, he took off at the kind of scary fast speed that The Thousand demands. But mechanical issues didn’t allow him to brake when he got to the first corner. He woke up in a hospital, and decided that chasing a paycheck as a motorcycle racer wasn’t worth it. He still rides, and remembers his motorcycle racing days fondly — he does a trip with his dad every year — but bicycles are his passion.

Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.
Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.

Ty headed to New Zealand last year to experience Crankworx — he’d never seen a Dual Speed and Style or a Whip-Off Championship or a Slopestyle event before. And of course, he was there to compete in the opening round of the 2015 Enduro World Series. As natural as he is on a bike of any kind, Hathaway’s 70th place overall finish in his first Enduro World Series event sent him home with a long list of lessons — nuggets he’ll undoubtedly take with him wherever he races next.

Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.
Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.
Images for the Steps to the Top - Ty Hathaway article.

Next time out, it’s a safe bet that Ty will end up closer to the front of the results list than the back. Not that it matters all that much, though, because this is a guy without much to prove. For Ty, it is all about the fun, the experience, and about being a participant in another adventure.

Video by: Mind Spark Cinema
Photos by: Adrian Marcoux
Words by: Joe Parkin

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21 Comments

  • 43 1
 Such a mellow attitude ! He s for sure a very nice guy
  • 27 1
 Ty's a solid dude. Fuck yeah Ty.
  • 25 1
 I completely agree. The definition of a humble badass.
  • 6 0
 Living his passion to the fullest! Nice piece @SramMedia @mindspark on Ty Hathaway, the five and an half minutes story truly tell the experience of an EWS, and the pleasure that comes with racing. #ride100percent
  • 5 0
 Met him at Trans-Provence a couple years back, what a pleasure to be around, humble, funny and a ripper on the trails. Nice to see guys like him get the attention they deserve.
  • 5 0
 this is the kind of content that gets me hyped
  • 4 0
 Love these Joe "everyday" Rider videos for once instead of the usual top 20 folk. He's still 200X better than me.
  • 3 0
 I'd like SRAM to do some follow up at the next events or a series on TY. This is better than watching most of the EWS videos of the top guys. Ty seems really down to Earth.
  • 1 0
 Ty is the the guy you want to be. It seems he's got his shit sorted out it. He is so nice and so humble. When I first met him it was in a very "bro" bike park environment. He just took the back of the pack behind the slowest guys never even letting on that his was a total ripper.
  • 3 1
 Makes me want to go ride some enduro but if i do, i know i'll change my mind when i get to a hill.. smh
  • 2 0
 So rad to see the love of everything two wheels in another person!!!!
  • 3 1
 Now THAT is mountain biking!
  • 2 0
 Yeah Ty! Hands down one of the nicest guys I've meet at the races.
  • 1 0
 Met Ty at Trans-Provence in 2015, super nice guy!
  • 1 0
 Lets go ride thru the halls of verdugo ! I'll get that renob Luke.
  • 1 0
 Nice side to EWS...and nice shots Marcoux.
  • 1 0
 man id love to see his bike specs. that's one badass dude btw
  • 2 1
 #trailporn
  • 1 0
 Such a homie
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