Video: Marcelo Gutierrez to Take a Year off Racing

Dec 28, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  

Marcelo Gutierrez has just shared this video interview in which he confirms he is taking a year off racing in 2020. The Colombian has 4 World Cup podiums to his name and was unbeaten in the Garbanzo dh race for 5 years from 2013 to 2017. In 2019 however, his results took a serious dip and he only broke into the World Cup top 30 once.

He says in the interview, "this year, the results really spoke for themselves, it was not Marcelo, the one before. I had a change of mentality and approach to the races this year, I enjoyed it more than ever I had an amazing time. Because it has been so focussed on perform, perform, perform, winning, winning, winning, you really lose your path and like for cycling... Although I had everything I wanted, a contract, a team, everything else, I was not happy. Believe me, it was very hard to accept that I no longer felt the same."

Marcelo also discusses how downhill racing has affected his relationships with his family and friends, how he felt disconnected from the Colombian cycling community. and his struggles with ulcerative colitis. He is going to spend a sabbatical year working on media projects and helping develop the sport in Colombia.
Garbanzo DH - Crankworx Whistler 2018

bigquotesIt is okay to take a pause on the road when you start to see that the road we are taking no longer fills one in the same way as before. That is why I have decided to take a year to rest from racing and undertake new projects accompanied equally by the bike.

I want to thank all the people who are still there supporting all this change in my life. Giant Factory Off Road Team, Red Bull, Universidad de Maizales who continue to believe in me and support the 2020 projects.

Thanks cucho @miburraonline for the interview and make things easier to tell people this new direction ... It is not definitive nor a withdrawal, it is a new air, and then we will see what happens ...
Marcelo Gutierrez (translated)



47 Comments

  • 105 0
 It's good to know yourself. Taking a break, to do that, has to be hard. Wishing You The Best Marcelo.
  • 12 0
 Agreed. Marcelo, I hope you find joy in it again and resume racing. I love watching you race.
  • 5 0
 He should listen to us and just ride for fun and comment on Pinkbike,
  • 2 0
 Takes a lot of guys to make a decision like this. Good on you Marcelo.
  • 30 0
 I became your fan because you were a great Hispanic rider. But now I’m your fan because you are great person and every time I look over at you I get surprised by how humble you are. Tus fans te apoyan en todas tus decisiones mi hermano!!
  • 14 0
 Tenacity, strength, consistency and perseverance from this gentleman, Giant is well represented. Respect
  • 10 0
 I believe with some greater infrastructure Colombia could be the 3rd greatest country of downhill riders in the Americas. It's a really brave and admirable decision to leave the stability of your career to bring the stoke home, develop the scene, and reconnect with what's most important. Family/friends/happiness.

Go Marcelo!!!

I'll be cheering for you and I hope to get down there soon for some laps on the DH trails!
  • 10 0
 Now who is Claudio and Rob going to say is the fittest rider every race
  • 8 0
 Fair play to the chap
  • 6 0
 Hats off. A brave thing to do, wishing you all the best in 2020 man.
  • 5 0
 What a class act this dude is, I hope the positivity he brings to his next project makes it a massive success.
  • 5 0
 What a brave decision - good luck Marcelo!
  • 2 0
 I’m so happy for you Marcelo and no doubt the Colombian MTB scene will grow leaps and bounds from where it already is today which is absolutely amazing. Dios bendiga el paraíso de Manizales !
  • 1 0
 As someone with Crohns myself, i really hope you get on top of it Marcelo.

You've always been one of my favorite riders, i really hope you find a solution for your symptoms and a path back to loving racing.

Don't stay away too long Smile
  • 3 0
 I think society in general needs a break from work. It's great to be a hard worker. But life is to short and it should be enjoyed more with family and friends.
  • 2 0
 Ah yeah, I know how this feels when my hobby became my job. It's a blessing and a curse. Enjoy the time off, you'll know if and when it's time to get back into the racing.
  • 1 0
 This is really important stuff; to take a step back & think about what you do everyday. It's tough for most people. to do one thing super well and not lose perspective on the rest of the world. Kudos. Much respect.
  • 2 0
 Met him at the Leogang Worldcup in 2018, talking to him was great. He even remembered and greeted me afterwards, when he saw me. Good luck Marcelo!
  • 1 0
 He is thoughtful bloke. I remember he had a very cool sticker on his top tube once, almost philosophical Anyone remember that?
  • 3 0
 Such a sick guy - respect to Marcelo!
  • 1 0
 Always enjoyed watching Marcelo racing will be exciting to see what he does with this new project
  • 1 0
 Marcelo you've always been one of my favorite racers to watch. I hope you find new ways to shred on the bike!
  • 2 0
 Buena suerte y respeto duradero Marcelo!
  • 1 1
 Kudos Marcelo and huge respect for being yourself! Something westerners only know how to spell correctly. Wish you health for u and closed ones...
  • 2 0
 I wonder if Sam Hill felt the same when he walked away from DH.
  • 1 0
 Always glad when Marcello does well in racing, strikes me as a bloody good bloke, time to really enjoy bikes again.
  • 1 0
 Marcelo, you are the man. We're looking forward to seeing the great things coming out of the Colombian DH scene!
  • 2 0
 Smart man, respect
  • 1 0
 Adrenal glands can literally become exhausted. Need time to heal.
  • 1 0
 Suerte Marcelo, Saludos grandes desde los estaods unidos.
  • 1 0
 "Hay lechón para rato..." Smile
  • 2 0
 Giant needs a new Glory
  • 2 1
 and new riders
  • 2 0
 #TOTAL_RESPECT
  • 1 0
 Vente para Mexico, se esta armando bien por acá!
  • 1 0
 Was a pleasure working with you Marci all the best man!!!!! Good Luck
  • 1 0
 Full support.
  • 1 0
 Respect to that man!
  • 1 0
 Best of luck.
  • 1 0
 Grande Marcelo!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Legend !
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