Tales of the YT Mob: Round One, Lourdes - Video Recap

Apr 11, 2016
by The YT Mob  
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Reigning World Cup Champion Aaron Gwin scored a historic win for his new team’s title sponsor, YT Industries, by taking their TUES CF Downhill bike to a maiden victory on the slopes of the Pyrenees on the outskirts of Lourdes, France. The opening round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the 24th season of the series, presented plenty of challenges throughout the week due to changing weather conditions.

Tales of the YT Mob Round One Lourdes images.

Despite the sunny weather on race day, threats of a looming storm late in the afternoon certainly gave everyone something to think about as Aaron went up the hill to start his race. His win last year on this course was in extremely dry and dusty conditions, far from today’s track conditions, so to walk away with a podium result would have been a great start for the new team. After the first split it was clear that Aaron was on a great run, building on his lead throughout each of the 4 section before finally crossing the line with a 3m 09.131secs, some 2.7secs faster than previous fastest Danny Hart (GBR).

Tales of the YT Mob Round One Lourdes images.

Nine riders were left to come down but all eyes were waiting on crowd favorite and World Champion, Loic Bruni of France. Bruni was showing incredible pace and was up on the first 3 splits but a small mistake was a sign of things to come as he pushed a little too hard towards the bottom and came off his bike. The win was Aaron’s. In fact, this was Aaron’s 50th World Cup start, his 30th podium, of which 15 have been wins.

bigquotesI'm so stoked to win the first round of the year with the new team. This week was especially challenging for everyone on the mountain due to the changing weather conditions, nearly every run was different, so to have it all come together on race day is really cool. I want to say a big thank you to the team staff, everyone at YT, and all of our team sponsors. We put in a ton of work in the offseason to get us ready for the races and it's awesome to see it all come together so well. Really looking forward to the rest of the season; this was a great start and I believe we'll continue to get stronger from here! - Aaron Gwin

Aaron’s teammate Angel Suarez had a tough week and after a heavy crash on a Saturday practice run and was suffering from a sore back. Unable to complete his second practice run he went straight into qualifying but was unable to ride at his limit and just missed out on the top 80.

The team now prepares for Round 2 in Cairns, Australia, on April 22 and 23.

MENTIONS: @YTIndustries / @The-YT-Mob

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  • 99 0
 Looks like such a chill team, respect to Gwin, Angel and the YT guys for makin it happen
  • 9 0
 "Uhhhh, i won the speed trap, in your face, suckers!"
"noooo, not justin biber today, man.... Ohhhhhh"
Best quotes of the day.
  • 78 6
 Gwin seems so much more relaxed now that he doesn't have that huge corporate sponsor up his ass, this is how a dh team should be like, at the end of the day its still just bike riding, make it fun, and you shall win!!!
  • 66 0
 YT as far as I am concerned you all can do a video recap of every time you all wake up in the moring.. I would watch it. Keep em coming
  • 7 4
 Morning wood FTW

  • 50 0
 How many new orders did yt get today?
  • 30 0
 About 3 billion
  • 15 1
 the jeffsy sold out for like 4 months in the first two hours. I dont even think those people had time to read the review on it. they are taking over
  • 15 0
 @George1220: Hopefully they don't make Canyon's mistake and grow too big, too soon. They need to be able to still provide some amount of support for their customers or risk a huge fiasco.
  • 2 0
 Yeap the moment Aaron Gwin announced his official main sponsor sales of TUES or Capras went t through the roof top...Anyway, I am very happy to see him take the first win.
  • 3 0
 MOTOR detected?
  • 26 0
 1:28 - I wish my wheel would spin for that long
  • 6 0
 That was funny! I though it was the only one looking at his wheel
  • 4 0
 Ha! noticed that too! Must be some nice new hubs! They spoke very highly of wheels and hubs in the other YT article.
  • 3 0
 Often these mechanics spin the hubs on an electric screw driver for a couple minutes to wear down the bearings to a point just before they would need to be replaced. This decreases the friction significantly but also means that they replaces the bearings after each day, if not after each run. There is a great video of greg minnaar's mechanic doing this and I have personally seen other WCDH mechanics doing this as well. Does anyone know if EWS mechanics do something similar albeit to a lesser extent?
  • 2 0
 @nathancedwards: Have you looked at the NOBl (ONYX) hubs, I just got a set on my bike and out of the box these roll so well its a bit weird. You can spin the free hub by hand so easily its trippy. I guess you could remove the inner seals for the hubs and use a light oil if you wanted on standard hubs
  • 16 0
 Keep up the good work @YTIndustries

Great bikes...now great edits...just bring that apparel to the US!
  • 4 0
 They do have some sick gear.
  • 11 0
 what a great way to start increasing sales on your DH bikes... that growth will definitely be exponential, YT's management team must be huge risk takers, I haven't been able to find YT's annual revenue on the interweb so I am still surprised they were able to afford Gwin, somebody had to take a quite big shark loan or Gwin took the bullet for YT in exchange for something, like part ownership for example. Any way I am stocked for Gwin and YT.
  • 4 0
 I think we're all quite curious about the deal. At any rate, it seems to be paying off for everybody
  • 6 0
 Yeah, especially since they still have Zink and Andreu to pay as well
  • 2 0
 @mtshakira: and Mcgarry was definitely budgeted for a few years.
  • 1 0
 I think that's where KTM and some of the co-sponsors came to the plate. It seems like they're all-for-one, unlike a big-brand company that tows the line for the smaller sponsors. I could easily be wrong, though. Just going off what I've seen so far.
  • 1 1
 Angel's bike looks rude with the coil shock.
  • 7 0
 2 main takeaways are:
1. Gwin curses... well... kinda... he said "suckers", does that count?
2. Canadian Chainsaw Massacre kinda had a Seth Rogen look on the podium.

Seriously though, congrats!
  • 4 0
 Win a world cup race should be an amazing sensation
  • 4 0
 So peacefull that team !! They re like family already Big Grin
  • 4 0
 YT TUES is now out of stock till 2017 sorry for the inconvenience
  • 3 0
 Its like they had this vid already made........fast release
  • 2 0
 how about that flat turn at 0:48 - just glued to the ground and carrying so much speed on the inside.
  • 4 1
 Gwin talkin' with his fake accent is just... money!!
  • 2 0
 how he is able to unclip his foot and then jam it back in...that by itself is just awesome.
  • 2 0
 Great video series! Great team!
  • 2 0
 Is he running full upper body pressure suit or just the torso?
  • 2 0
 Looks like torso only, but either way, the French rules require elbow protection
  • 2 0
 Hanging for Cairns now... Bring it!
  • 3 0
 ...at least it'll be on at a reasonable hour!
  • 1 0
 @Worm-Burner: 10:30 wasn't to bad
  • 1 0
 Wining on Sunday, Sells Bikes on Monday, Awesome Job to Gwin and YT!!
  • 1 0
 Appears to be a very chill vibe with the team. Good to see!
  • 1 0
 Awesome!!!!!! Keep Killing It!!!!!
  • 2 1
 At: 1:28 he left the motor running after his crash
  • 1 0
 Steve Smith face @3:37 mins, classic!!
  • 1 0

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