Video: Riding From the Heart Straight onto the US World Championship Team

Aug 6, 2018
by Reilly Kintzele  
Views: 5,795    Faves: 35    Comments: 4


I love riding my bike.  I think a lot of people reading this do and maybe they can identify with the fact
that riding mountain bikes has let me escape from certain struggles in my life and find success.  Success
by way of results can never be controlled and this 2018 season has proven that.  I haven’t had the best
results or results that I’ve wanted. But having a great coach, Spencer Paxson, who has navigated racing
at a higher level has been super helpful. Just being able to talk to him about my internal struggles and
how to overcome setbacks has been incredibly valuable.

Gideon Bender who was recently named to the US DH National Champs team while filming at Steven s Pass Bike Park in Washington.

This season was supposed to be a team effort with my riding friend, Declan Ervin, who podiumed at last
year’s USAC nationals.  His dream was to qualify for the World’s team this year and so was mine.  We
were planning training and race schedules to reach that dream.  Our whole community was devastated
when Declan tragically died in a snowshoeing accident February 25.  I had a really hard time with the will
to continue after Declan was gone.  He wanted to race World Cup races so badly and I know he is with
me every time I race.  So I count success as just being able to throw a leg over the bike and take off
through the woods.

Gideon Bender who was recently named to the US DH National Champs team while filming at Steven s Pass Bike Park in Washington.

I had a plan, I stuck to the plan and then I crashed.  I’ve crashed quite a bit this year, more than I have in
the past and I think that’s part of becoming a better downhill racer.  Knowing how to ride the line, and
then push the line to get faster is the secret, isn’t it?  When I found out that I was selected for the USAC
JR DH World’s team, I thought it was a mistake.  But then I go back to the fact that I have trained for this
and I have a whole team of people behind me who know I can ride fast.  So even though I’ve crashed, I
get back up.  I won’t quit.  I ride for Declan and I ride for myself.

Gideon Bender who was recently named to the US DH National Champs team while filming at Steven s Pass Bike Park in Washington.

I love riding my bike and the joy that it brings me is success.

To help support Gideon and other WA juniors, visit their website here.

Gideon would like to thank his sponsors for all of the support:
B-Line Racing / DHaRCO Clothing / Kona Bikes / Ryders Eyewear / Schwalbe Tires / Cush Core / WPL Oils / Crank Brothers / Fluidride Cycling / Race Face / Shimano Bike / 6D Helmets / Fox MTB

Video by Reilly Kintzele


10 Comments

  • + 7
 Great video, love the music and the raw & real post. Can’t imagine how difficult it is to lose your best friend so young. Keep pushing and believing bud, you’re learning what you’re made of.
  • + 6
 Reilly, Thanks for your good work and support of the talented local riders.
  • + 4
 It's always my pleasure to help people chase their dreams! Cheers!
  • + 8
 Awesome!! Rip it up!!
  • + 3
 Awesome, keep pushing and you will achieve anything you set your mind and heart to!
  • + 1
 Incredible work Gideon--Spencer is one of my oldest friends and I still get chills thinking about when I found out he made the national team for the first time. Declan would be so, so stoked for you, bud. Go get some!
  • + 1
 Mad respect for you chasing your dreams, pushing yourself, and working hard enough to catch those dreams! Sorry for your loss.
  • + 1
 Super steez Gideon! Congrats on the selection and pursing those dreams. Declan would be super proud.
  • + 2
 Great video!
  • + 1
 Nice!!!

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