Video: How Keegan Wright's Defied a Congenital Development Disorder to Becoming a Pro Racer

Mar 9, 2021
by Cycles Devinci  


If you just look at the racing, Keegan Wright’s path to the EWS doesn’t seem surprising. Like many mountain bike greats, his trademark power and bike skills come from years of snapping gates and flowing rhythm sections on a BMX track as a kid. Naturally, he stepped up to downhill racing as a teenager and then enduro and pumptrack, which became his two specialties.

Today his resume has highlights from almost every discipline and, at 24, the young man’s future in racing looks bright. But it hasn’t always been this way. Rooted In New Zealand tells the unlikely story of Keegan Wright’s path to a life as a pro racer.







47 Comments

  • 47 3
 Kiwi's are just such nice people. I like his father's line... "I'll never accept that one of my children could not or would not be allowed to do something". Sounds like primary and high school for my kids where they were shut down instead of being able to question and challenge things that were told to them. Keegan, you are an inspiration and go full steam ahead. You have your family and the PB community behind you.
  • 15 0
 am I the only one choking on this title? Is there a grammar error or something with the possessive " 's " or am I an idiot?! Read it about 16 times now....
  • 5 1
 I believe it's a contraction of the word "has" rather than a possessive S - as in "How Keegan Wright HAS Defied a Congenital Development Disorder".
  • 11 0
 You'r Wright.
  • 8 0
 You don’t even need it ... How KW defied... would be fine
  • 13 0
 I was fortunate enough to ride The North Shore with Keegan and another legend, and let me tell you, Keegans riding was mind blowing. Like, the kind of riding you don't know exists until you see it. The other legend said he had not seen riding like that in years. Keegan was also a super nice guy to hang out with. Keep on keepin on my man!
  • 15 0
 Fuck it, he's just making sure he's got space for the big ring! Shred on!
  • 15 0
 You had me at 'genital.
  • 3 0
 had me at rooted
  • 13 0
 cool video , will be rooting for him in the upcoming races
  • 4 0
 Our youngest was born with clubfoot, too, and he is a hell of rider. This last year has seen him gravitate to XBox too often, but hopefully this video will motivate him to get shredding again. Awesome to see Keegan just press right through it!
  • 1 0
 Just get out and ride and bring him along. The XBOX thing is easy to fall into if you don't have other things going on.
  • 1 1
 @HB208: Oh, believe me. I get him out every time I can. Many times I force him against his wheel and he ends up having "the best day ever". I won't give up any time soon!
  • 2 0
 @jbravo: Lol, that sounds like every teenager.
  • 3 0
 Very inspirational video, my 3yr old son has a a growth issue and he's mad keen for his ballance bike. Keegan's parents gave him a fantastic out look in life and from this I will draw inspiration. Also, saw him ride when living in NZ. Style and Speen galore
  • 6 0
 I'm pretty sure I know what being Rooted in New Zealand means to a kiwi, but I'm not sure I want to watch the video...
  • 6 7
 You armchair tough guys kill me with your judgements. Get over yourselves... you're not perfect..just ask you mom or mum whatever you call her
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