Ready to Race - The YT Mob Interview

Apr 5, 2017
by Paul Aston  



The surprise move of Aaron Gwin to the newly formed YT Mob team for 2016 had fans on tenterhooks. When Gwin stormed to an April season-opening victory in Lourdes, the ramblings and ranting was silenced. Early season form continued for the Californian, not stepping down from the podium at any race through to August and claiming another World Cup overall title. September's rain and dust didn't see the season out with a bang (except a wheel related one), a muddy slip and slide in Andorra and a rare DNF in Val di Sole. Angel Suarez struggled; injuries and crashes plagued the young Spaniard—perhaps the pressure was too much? Although his potential did shine through with three top forty finishes at all the World Cup events where he crossed the final finish line.

On to 2017 and a new face joins the team, Neko Mulally. Fellow American and previous teammate of Gwin, as well as prior team rider of Martin Whiteley. A new dynamic and high hopes for all involved. We talk with the entire Mob about errors of the past and their ambitions for the future. – Paul Aston







Aaron Gwin


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Due to the issues that you had in your final two race runs last season, are you excited to compete for more wins this year?


Yes, it was a rough plane ride home after those last two races (laughs). I prepared really well leading into those and I felt like I had everything I needed to win. I showed up in Andorra and felt great from my first run. I qualified well with a smooth run and was ready to throw it down in the finals. Unfortunately, the weather had different plans and that “biblically epic” rain just completely ruined the last few of us down the hill (laughs). I was sitting there warming up in the tent thinking, “Seriously, this couldn’t hold off for just 20 more minutes?” My initial game plan was to go for the win regardless of how wet it was, full-on throwing caution to the wind and just hammer down. A few turns into my race run though I realized that the track was a lot worse than I had imagined. I almost had two huge crashes in the first minute of my run and I just thought, “Dude, you’re gonna die if you keep this up” (laughs). I knew who was in the hot seat when I dropped in and since I still had to score one point to win the overall title, I had to finish. I decided to make the wise move and back it down to finish safely. I knew that if I crashed and hurt myself or broke the bike, I could have lost the whole deal. It was awesome to wrap up my fourth overall title that day but as a racer and someone who just loves to compete, I still felt robbed, empty, and without hope in the world. (laughs)


bigquotesI was on the plane flying home thinking, “I never even got to race!”Aaron Gwin


Moving on to Val Di Sole, it just seemed like the same result all over again. I believed I had everything ready to win and ended up breaking that wheel about 20 seconds into my race run. It somehow held together, with the tire going flat, for another two minutes or so but eventually exploded where everyone saw on camera. Breaking the rim was obviously my own fault but it still felt like months of preparation, travel, and hard work went down the drain in a second. I was on the plane flying home thinking, “I never even got to race!” I flew over here, did some practice runs for a few weeks, and now I’m flying home….And I’ve got seven months to wait before I’ll have another shot at it!” Both of those races just kind of felt like walking up to the world’s greatest buffet table and someone kicked it over as I grabbed my plate (laughs).

So ya, you could say I’m excited to compete again.


We saw that you had a knee surgery this offseason, how did that come about?


Back at the end of September, I had a small crash and ended up slamming my knee into the handlebars super hard. The crash was seriously minor but I hit my knee cap directly onto the bolt that holds the front brake lever clamp onto the bars. Unfortunately, I wasn’t wearing knee pads, lesson learned. I didn’t think much of it initially, my knee hurt for sure but after a week or so it felt fine. I rode for a few months after, moto, downhill, gym work, everything as normal. Towards the end of December, I had about 14 days in a row where I was filming for different projects and riding almost every day, all day. The last few days my knee started hurting, which was weird. I’ve never had issues with my knees thankfully. Anyways, it kept hurting so I went in and had an MRI done. Turns out I had chipped off a small piece of cartilage in the crash and it was catching on my patella tendon every time I’d make a pedal stroke. The more I rode, the more it would swell and catch, which is what caused me pain. It was only getting worse so I made the quick decision to get it removed. It was a super basic surgery, they just went in there and removed the loose piece that was floating around and that was it.


Now that you’re back on the bike, was the surgery successful and how are you feeling?


It feels great, I’m so stoked to go for rides now and not have my knee killing me after 20 minutes. I kept up on all of my upper body training and everything during the downtime. I was actually in my home gym working out the day after surgery. I had a friend come over and help me out, hand me the weights while I sat on the bench and did shoulder presses and stuff (laughs). I don’t feel like I lost much strength and I think it was actually good for my body to have a little rest. I feel fresh now and I’m having so much fun being back on the bike.


We’ve heard that you are working on a new personal project, what is that all about?


Yes, I’ve got a series of videos that I’ve been working on. The videos will be focused around general wisdom that I’ve gained and/or come to understand throughout my life. I will be discussing a variety of different subjects but my hope with these videos is to simply encourage the listeners, specifically the younger kids out there. I’ll explain the details a little further in the near future but that’s the basic rundown. I’m excited about this project and really believe these videos will motivate a lot of people.


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In the past few years, you’ve taken on some seemingly large challenges which would require a lot of thought and wisdom. Team changes, contracts, creating your own team etc. Do you have someone that helps you think through these pursuits?


I do, I have a friend, Greg Williams, whom I regularly seek wisdom from in the areas of my life where I’m developing at the time. He went to a few races with me last year and was dubbed as “the mystery dude” in some of the track walk photos that popped up online (laughs). It’s an interesting story of how we originally met, which I’ll save for another time, but in short, we met towards the end of the summer in 2011. For about a year before that, I had been speaking to Christ and asking that He would bring me someone to understand His Word clearly. I also wanted to understand how His Word applied in respect to my life and specifically, in respect to my career as a racer. Greg ended up being the exact answer to that request. When we first met, the focus was on building a solid foundation in Christ’s written truth but once that was understood, the focus shifted more toward applying it in the different contexts of life which were applicable at the time.

The reason I am mentioning him in my response to this question is because he has been an integral part in helping me to establish how Christ’s word is the basis to the wisdom that I needed to build this great team that we have, both from the internal workings to the external presentation. Being able to discuss those things with him gave me a really clear vision of how I wanted to set everything up. In addition to building the team, I also ask him to travel with me to certain events when he’s available. I benefit a great deal from his wisdom, feedback etc based on his observations at the time. It’s also just a lot of fun to have such a close friend with me when I’m on the road. I’m very thankful that he sacrifices so much time to travel with me considering his devotion to his wife and six kids at home, as well as the other people who frequently request his time.


How is it that you’ve created such a positive vibe within your first year of establishing your new team?


There’s one word that I’d use to explain it, happiness! Our goal is to provide an environment within the team that allows us all to have a happy life, which is ultimately what we all hope for. To explain that, we just simply seek to support each other and encourage each other. We have a definitive authority structure so that everyone knows their specific duties and where their job begins and ends. Martin and I also work hard to provide quality working conditions, lodging accommodations, proper compensation, etc so that life on the road and at home is as happy as possible. Winning is always our hope but that is not always guaranteed. Win or lose, happiness can be guaranteed, so that is the focus with everyone. We have a great time at the races and if you’ve ever been around our tent, you’ll see what I’m talking about.


You seem to have a broad range of personalities and experience levels on your team. What was your thinking behind hiring such a diverse group?



Well first, it started with looking for the most experienced and successful person that I could find to manage the team. Thankfully, Martin Whiteley was available and willing to become the team owner-manager, which then set up the managerial foundation for a successful team. Martin truly is excellent in all of the areas needed to have a team run smoothly, such as accommodations, logistics, pit set up, etc, the list goes on and on.

Once Martin was on board, we sought to find the most highly skilled people for each job, people who are excellent at what they do, while fitting within the team budget that we have. Our goal has then been to give them the opportunity to pursue their dreams and grow in a supportive, happy environment, where they can enjoy their work to the fullest. I’m very pleased with the people we have found, they have all done an excellent job and I am so stoked with the outcome.


Seeing that you're only three wins away, is one of your goals to exceed the current all-time World Cup win record?


Well, it’s kind of impossible to make that a goal but it is definitely my hope and what I am shooting for. It would be a great honor to hold that title. As a racer, I hope to win and I plan to win but you never know how things will work out. My focus is on doing the best that I can at each race and I hope to continue the success that I have had by winning more races in the future.


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When you’re at a race, what do you draw from when fighting to win? Is it pure passion and determination?


Well, passion alone will oftentimes lead to bad things, such as huge crashes and injuries. Knowing this, I seek to mix wisdom, with passion (laughs). Finding the right mixture of both of those things can be tricky though, I’ve been on the winning and losing side of this equation at times. I sometimes joke about having a “checkers or wreckers” mentality but in reality, I use wisdom to hopefully achieve the checkers and avoid the wreckers. How was that rhyme of a sentence (laughs)?


Do you love racing?


That’s a good question. In short, yes, but in reality, I just love competition as a whole. I think we all do. As someone who loves to compete, I naturally love to race. I think it’s the funniest form of competition. A few years ago I may have said that I loved riding my bike but that I didn’t “love to race”. That was actually a huge misrepresentation of my actual belief based on my lack of understanding-maturity at the time. It’s true that I haven’t always enjoyed certain logistics (long flights etc), or pressures that naturally come with racing but racing itself, I have loved since I was 4 years old. Over time, I have come to actually enjoy the pressures as well and I don’t see them as negatives anymore. If I have a bad race, I have never thought “I hate this, I just want to quit”. My first thoughts are always, “I can’t wait to get to the next race and redeem myself!” (laughs).

I think that most people can relate to that, we all love to compete right? Even if it’s in small ways, competition is fun. If you work in an office and you see someone throw a piece of trash into the bin from 10 feet away, what do you want to go do? You want to grab a piece of paper, wad it up, and throw it into the bin from 15 feet. You can literally get an entire office of business professionals on their feet celebrating because some dude yells “Kobe” and sinks a 20 footer with a piece of fruit or something (laughs).

It’s not even logical how much I love to compete, but sometimes I just can’t help it. When my tire blew off at the Leogang World Cup, the wise move was definitely not riding the rim down the rest of the track with the tire flailing all over the place, but in my mind, there was no other option. I was there to compete and I was going to get to the bottom of the hill as fast as I could, with whatever I had to work with. I willingly risked life and limb that day based on the hope of gaining just 1 or 2 extra points. At what other point would you ever do something like that in life?

So to answer the question again, yes, I love to race. I love to win and I shoot to win every time. No tire, no chain, no brakes, half a handlebar, whatever man, I just love to compete!






Neko Mulally


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We know you involve yourself heavily in off-season testing trying to eke out every millisecond from your bike, we saw a modified 29er Scott Gambler on your Instagram recently. Are we likely to see you or other riders rolling out of the start gate on wagon-wheels in Lourdes?


Exploring the benefits of larger wheels was something I learned a lot from. I will be on a stock 27.5" Tues in Lourdes but I would expect to see other teams on 29" bikes this season. I know a few are testing them now. I'm excited to see what the future brings us for the next evolution of downhill bikes.


bigquotesI will be on a stock 27.5" Tues in Lourdes but I would expect to see other teams on 29" bikes this season.Neko Mulally


What real-world differences have you found between the Gambler and early testing of the Tues?



The bikes have many similarities and a few distinct differences. The geometry of both bikes is very similar, and they both have a very stiff chassis. Riding the Fox suspension that I’ve become familiar with on both bikes has made the differences easier to understand. The YT is very progressive and I feel a really good balance of traction and support. Right away it was very easy to ride. The Scott got there this past year with the new linkages we had and it had a very similar feeling leverage curve. I felt that the influence from the chain and braking made more of an undesirable change to the Scott chassis than I can feel on the YT. The Scott frames we rode were slightly larger than what most brands would call a stock L, and my YT is a true XL, so that is something that took a few rides to adjust to. I think the size will suit the tracks we race on really well. I love the guys at Scott, and they put a lot of effort into making me comfortable on my bike these past few years, but after riding the YT for only a few weeks I'm feeling even more comfortable than I have in a long time.


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Do you think riding alongside Aaron will improve your race results and fulfill potential? Was riding with Brendan bringing on your whips and flips, but not helping you to push against the clock?



I think that riding with Aaron and being exposed to what it takes to be the best each weekend can only improve my racing career. I really enjoyed being around Brendan these past few years and learned valuable insights from his experience of being at the top and being a valuable person of the industry.


Martin Whiteley played a big part in pushing you onto the World Cup scene. How happy are you to be involved with him again?


There is no person more passionate about World Cup downhill racing than Martin Whiteley. He has been the one who has believed in me most during my career and has given me ongoing support, unconditionally. I truly feel at home working with the whole crew again, and could not be more grateful.


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What aspects of the overall team set up will help you in 2017 and beyond?


Aaron won the World Cup overall this past year, and that was a team effort. I will have access to the same environment, support and equipment as it took to achieve the highest accolade in the sport, and everything that comes along with riding on a program like that will surely help me to improve my racing. I feel genuinely excited about racing this year, and that feeling gives me a huge advantage.





Angel Suarez



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How was your first season on the Mob? From an outsiders point of view, you seemed to struggle at many races but offset this with some great results including 23rd in Leogang, and winning the Spanish National title for the first time. What steps have you taken in the off-season to crush last year’s demons?


It was a strange year for me, my motivation for the year was at the highest level that it has ever been because of the good news I had about this new team with Aaron. I had one of the best off-seasons ever with my training, but it all went really bad in the first two races with two really hard crashes before qualifying runs; maybe because my motivation was too high. So after this, I went back home and while training I had a stupid crash that ended in a shoulder dislocation that made all of this even harder (laughs). For sure I learned a lot during the season with the team, having Aaron and Martin with me was awesome but the biggest difficulty was to put my confidence back to the right place after many issues. That was how I ended the season and before the year finished I had two surgeries to fix my problems in my both shoulders.


What are your goals for the 2017 season?


First of all, I want to have fun and enjoy as much as possible spending time with everyone on the Mob! Regarding results and my goals, it would be to have the cleanest season I can, I think that the surgeries I had will make my work harder in the beginning of the season, but after I think that I will be able to do what I want, that’s to get in the Top 20 again.


You are 186cm tall… so how did the move to the XL bike help with finding confidence and speed?


I always knew that the Tues XL would work well with me because of the way I like bikes – I always like to have a lot of space from my legs to the handlebar so a bigger reach helps me to ride faster and easier. I rode the XL for the first time at the World Cup in Andorra and after that, I felt that I have the best bike possible. I didn't ride the XL a lot but I can’t wait to get back on it!


bigquotesFor me, it’s difficult to understand how Aaron can ride that fast, but the hardest thing is going at that speed, he just makes it look so easy – it’s really amazing.Angel Suarez


What are the most interesting tips or techniques you have learned from Aaron in the last year?


It’s funny for me because he always says to me that I need to be patient and ride smoother but I always feel like that (laughs)! But the most important thing that he told me is that I need to trust in myself and that the training is really important because all the work you do will pay off in the races. For me, it’s difficult to understand how he can ride that fast, but the hardest thing is going at that speed, he just makes it look so easy, it’s really amazing.





Martin Whiteley



Neko was part of the Trek World Racing team under the 23 Degrees umbrella in 2014. A rider who certainly has bags more potential to bring to the World Cup circus, how excited are you to get him back under your wing for the foreseeable future and what do you think he is really capable of?


Both Neko and I are now of the same understanding; that he left our TWR program earlier than he should have and I know he’s super keen to get his career back on the track it was on before. I mean, the last two years weren’t a road smash; they were affected by injuries and unlucky mechanicals, but I always thought a shift to a new bike and program at the point his career was at after 2014 was a little premature. Riding with Aaron again, and with the level of support he’s used to with us, means he can slot in easily to our program – work with a staff that has been invested in his career since he was 16 – and turn that into results he’s happy with. This is a podium World Cup rider that deserves to be back where he belongs. I know this rider better than most I’ve worked with, and I’m hoping this knowledge will only be a good thing for his continued development.


Was Neko a deliberate addition in order to create the ultimate chainless wonder team?


It does look like that doesn’t it (laughs)! Actually not really… while both of them have that fame, the selection criteria for a third rider onto the YT Mob program was a little bit more involved. Firstly, the dynamic between Angel and Aaron is so good that the last thing Aaron and I wanted to do was disrupt that. Angel is just as good for Aaron’s mental state at the races as Aaron is for Angel’s growth as a rider, so bringing in a third rider could have easily disrupted that for sure. In Lenzerheide last year, Aaron and I had our first conversation on whether or not we should look for another rider for 2017, and if so, who? The short list was very short, with only two riders that we thought could slot in… and Neko was obviously one of those. So team chemistry, the potential to grow, what the rider would bring to the program, and so on, these were all key factors.


Have you had to downsize the European YT Mob race truck, rumors are rife that the UCI has clamped down on pit space and many teams with big-rigs are downsizing to save paying an extra chunk of money for a double pit area, is this true and do you think it will affect the presence and perceived professionalism of the travelling circus?


For 2017 there are no new rules or regulations on this. We have no plans to downsize our rig in the US or EU. We are the only European based team that has a full set up in both continents, all privately owned and operated by us because we really believe the fans deserve a great show in the pits. It disappoints me greatly to see some major teams put up blank white tents in Mont-Sainte-Anne – the fans deserve better than that, as do the organizers. The UCI is, however, struggling with the financial balance of giving away too much real estate in the pits to UCI Elite Teams, who get their first 80 square meters free of charge, and a discounted rate (less than half what Expo exhibitors pay) for anything above 80. The events need to sell real estate, and they also have a limited amount of it in most cases. We don’t want to see quality venues disappear because the financial model just doesn’t work for them, but we also don’t want to see what is happening in XC World Cups, where teams are mainly Ezy Ups or converted campers. Big rigs suit DH and they need to be accommodated.

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2017 sees the Mob continuing with most of their sponsor collaborations. Red and black is out, though, and Liquid Metal is in.





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157 Comments

  • 230 53
 As a Christian myself, I seriously applaud Gwin for not hiding his faith. A terrific example to any believing athlete. Also, I'm seriously stoked to see what the YT Mob can do this season, so much young talent!
  • 138 10
 I'm the kinda guy that would probably start smoldering the instant I walked into a church, and even I respect the hell out of him for his views. People find strength in all kinds of things, for him it's his faith and that's fine.
  • 45 22
 I guess I'm growing up and more accepting of people with this strange belief system. Mainly because YT.
  • 8 3
 @Rucker10: +1! Same views here on all accounts.
  • 50 167
flag torero (Apr 5, 2017 at 13:01) (Below Threshold)
 All churches must be burning to make a better world.
  • 81 14
 @torero: If you don't like religion, fine. I'm not really religious either. But go f*ck yourself with the negative shit comments on this thread.
  • 55 4
 Same here. Gwin has long been my hero/role model. This article proved that even more.

To those of you who do not share the same beliefs as us, I applaud your for your respect of Gwin regardless of faith. To find an athlete in any world stage that is a respectable, level headed, super chill, and incredibly talented is something that should be promoted. The younger generation needs people whom they can look up to, regardless of whether they are Christian or not.
  • 5 2
 @MortifiedPenguin: Nicely put Big Sarge! (love the profile picture.)
  • 49 9
 I was born and raised Mormon. Worst shit ever, still recovering and undoing the emotional/mental damage that church did to me unknowingly. Biking has been a refuge of sorts, a place for me to get away and think about where I need to go next. Difficult when your loved ones are still entrenched in the church. I'm good on the entire religion front.
  • 1 0
 @Rucker10: and @MortifiedPenguin ....so much damd raddess in the BMX power slide pic. I live a few miles from Mojo Wheels....great group of guys.
  • 30 2
 @torero: as long as he hisn't stoning gays, bombing innocents, mowing people with a truck or raping children I am ok with his religion.
  • 2 0
 @nojzilla: ^ made me smile
  • 14 2
 @JoseBravo: Dont' forget suicide bombing and random doorbell knocking (J. Witnesses) ...not sure what's worse. haha
  • 48 1
 what is the favorite band of Jehova whitnesses?







the doors
  • 3 1
 @JoseBravo: ^^ haha!
  • 2 1
 @JoseBravo: I legitimately laughed out loud at that joke. Thank you.
  • 11 6
 @JoseBravo: or invading other countries for oi...... I MEAN supporting democracy......
  • 26 4
 @nojzilla: I wonder if Gwin would get so much support if he was a Muslim, actively preaching the good word!
  • 8 2
 @jaame: doubt it....
I Hail Satan every run, an it hasn't worked for me.....
  • 6 18
flag CALEBTNORMAN (Apr 5, 2017 at 22:44) (Below Threshold)
 @anchoricex: That's what happens when you try to mix the writings of a lying, immoral 'prophet' with the actual Bible... And then call it a form of Christianity.
  • 21 3
 @CALEBTNORMAN: Yeah alright that's nice and all but don't pretend like Christianity is some sort of moral superior. At the risk of getting into religious debate on a bike-oriented website, I'll just leave it at this: There is no shortage of well documented net losses for civilizations, societies, and people that is brought on by religions. Christianity is no exception to that rule. Dated a Christian for almost five years, the wringer I saw that family put her through was just as cultish as what I grew up in. Believe what you believe, I'm good standing back and watching people delude themselves to believing their thing is the true thing, as if this behavior of my-god-is-the-one-true-god hasn't existed since the beginning of mankind, throughout all belief systems. That would be disingenuous.
  • 7 1
 No surprise he chose a team mate called Angel, is it?
  • 15 4
 How lucky you are Aaron. I also talked to God once, but he didn't give me what I wanted, he only said two words, loud and clear: You pervert.
We haven't contacted each other since then
  • 2 1
 @Benito-Camelas: I just laughed very hard out loud !!! That was a good one gotta remember that .
  • 2 0
 @anchoricex: Me too....
  • 7 2
 In addition to applauding Gwin for not hiding his faith, I applaud Pink Bike for not suppressing what he says about his faith. A lot of publications might not be willing to print that type of thing. But whether you agree with him or not, it's who he is. It gives you an insight on what makes him tick, what he's about. To not include it would be an incomplete picture of the man, and that does the publication itself a disservice almost on the level of dishonest journalism. So good on you, Pink Bike for including that bit!
  • 5 3
 @jaame: religious freedom is all good, unless your intolerant of other beliefs; want to kill all
Infidels.
  • 8 7
 @CALEBTNORMAN: Roman Emporer Constantine had his hands all over your 'actual bible'. The christians also stomped on all the earlier pagan holidays to usurp power. Jesus was born in the summer, but the pagans had an important solstice holiday in December, so presto - christmas! It's all hocus pocus, bro.
  • 2 1
 @JoseBravo: LOL LOL LOL Love it hahaha
  • 1 0
 this was my exact response. Was almost shocked to see it I had to double take it
  • 3 0
 I'm all for freedom of religion. I can't take anyone seriously who really believes though. It's just so implausible.
  • 4 1
 @jaame: religion is a philosophy...hence the faith aspect. Most civilized societies have embraced jeudeo-Christian principles.
There are other options: anarchy, sharia, ..
  • 5 0
 @jrocksdh: I understand that the bible is a story written down to help people understand how to be a good person.

However, one does not have to believe in a deity in order to be a good person.

I'm all for the ten commandments, or at least their meanings. Since ....

I don't want to get into this.

God is not real, but be a good person. That is what I teach my kids.

*But if you think God is real, that's for you to decide.

** But honestly, he isn't.

Just joking. Or am I?
  • 84 5
 "No tire, no chain, no brakes, half a handlebar, whatever man, I just love to compete!"

That right there is what separates a good rider from a world-class rider; they are more driven to improve. Good luck to the Mob this year!
  • 46 1
 Regardless of one's opinion toward organized religion, you can't argue with wanting happiness for your team.
  • 48 14
 Don't really know why I'm typing this , I think Gwin is such a fascinating dude, a super chilled but ultra competitive character and as Angel says how does he go that fast!? However as a not at all religious person I just can't even get myself to read past the part where Jesus sent him a special guy?! I'm sure his unwavering faith has got a lot to do with how good he is, but I'm also fairly sure he's just got all the right genes in all the right places no!? Yours cynically
Mr slow bums
  • 21 3
 As unique as each of us are, so too is our individual source of motivation. More power to whatever your's is, as long as it's in pursuit of a beneficial end... as clearly his is. Interesting just how much someone speaking about their own beliefs has people distracted. Thats the point of the interview right, to find out what makes him tick.... beyond just seeing the skills on the course.
  • 17 2
 @jimoxbox I didn't read it that way. Im sure Gwin didn't mean Jesus literally and physically sent him this 'guide' as if via some kind of celestial Amazon delivery. I think what Gwin is alluding to is that, through prayer he became open to receiving assistance from someone. His friend may well even be a pastor or similar who he calls on for support. Regardless, as you point out it absolutely gives him the clarity to succeed and his honesty should be applauded here. I am a 100% committed atheist, and not a theologian but I'm pretty sure broadly that's what he meant about being 'sent' that person at the time he needed guidance.
  • 45 15
 As a Christian let me try to shed some light on this. Often we use terms that I like to call "christianese." Similar to a mountain bike rider using language a skateboarder would find hard to understand, often our language is difficult to understand. Sorry about that, we're working on it. With that in mind, when Gwin says something like "God sent me this person" he is not, as @nickkk put it, expecting a celestial amazon delivery. However Christians do believe that God can burden the hearts of someone for another person. Perhaps a pastor who is stoked on mountain biking (like myself) felt the need to mentor this professional athlete, who with the right influence could become an amazing Christian witness for generations to come. I know I myself have asked God to place certain people in my life at certain times and He has. You see, at some point in the past God did send us a celestial delivery of sorts, in the form of His Son Jesus. He was sent to Earth to live a perfect life, die on the cross for our sins, and be raised from the dead on the third day so that all who believe that Jesus did this for them might receive eternal life and be adopted as God's son or daughter. Because we believe this, that we are the adopted sons and daughters of God, we hold that He will take care of his children even providing someone to encourage or teach them.

Thanks for reading my long post, hopefully it can explain a few things.
  • 8 2
 @MortifiedPenguin: Very well put. Thank you.
  • 18 28
flag suspended-flesh (Apr 5, 2017 at 15:39) (Below Threshold)
 @MortifiedPenguin: You're real close to crossing the line. I come here to hear people evangelize mountain biking, not proselytize.
  • 22 4
 @endlessblockades: Freedom of speech; freedom of religion, bro. Between the three of us, we all have those rights. While we know those rights are not absolute, @MortifiedPenguin 's words do not provide a "clear and present danger", therefore "the line", your line, is nothing but your own agenda.
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flag suspended-flesh (Apr 5, 2017 at 16:39) (Below Threshold)
 @Joegrant: You're right. Lines are personal in this case. I do have a personal problem with a pastor swinging on Aaron's nuts to tell us all an unsolicited religious fable. But knock yourselves out.
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 @MortifiedPenguin: I wasn't born a sinner. How bout dat?
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 @jimobox: Your post makes me think of the whole debate between Dawkins and Lennox. It's a great debate and something worth watching.
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 I also got to the God part and I was like, I'm out. I came here to read about bikes, not sky monkeys.
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 @MortifiedPenguin: just to clarify, I was NOT stating Gwin was expecting a 'celestial Amazon delivery' I was stating that it was unlikely he was intending someone appear -physically and on time- in a manner akin to the popular e commerse website.. the full quote is "Im sure Gwin didn't mean Jesus literally and physically sent him this 'guide' as if via some kind of celestial Amazon delivery." emphasis is on 'didn't' Thank you for your post and expanding on the thought some were having on Gwin and his support network.
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 @Joegrant: well said sir. The guy's username is Endlessblockades. He's got a thing about lines. Mall security guard perhaps?
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 @bizutch: lol
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 @nickkk: sorry, didn't mean to misquote you I just liked the wording.
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 @nickkk: Thanks for being interested in me. Let me help out here - I'm a dentist and my handle comes from the 80s Japanese band G.I.S.M. - Endless Blockades For The Pussyfooter
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 @endlessblockades: you are interesting, Mr Dentist GISM. Your posting certainly is. In response earlier you wrote
"I do have a personal problem with a pastor swinging on Aaron's nuts to tell us all an unsolicited religious fable. But knock yourselves out."

but just 2 hours ago in direct response to Aaron Gwins own post tonight you wrote:

"Right on Aaaron! Best of luck this season!!! I've got one of those AG & AS signed YT bandanas that I flap around in support at the Red bull TV"

Sarcasm perhaps? Pretty feeble. Sounds like just the kind of fan this sportsman needs. Perhaps check your N02 bottle isn't leaking the next time you're in work. I think it's getting to you.
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 @nickkk: No, ya old git - I ride a YT and love WC DH. I've been an AG supporter since he joined the Mob and 'won' a signed bandana on a YT Instagram contest with a clever comment. I also like Danny Hart and a bunch of other racers and root for the lot of them. Feel free to continue probing my psyche, but remember that the internet is an imaginary kingdom where I am your master.

Oh - the denstist remark was a joke.
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 @endlessblockades: hmmm. Nope. You're still a prick.
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 @nickkk: jajajajajaja! - Stay Chav.
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 @jaame: intolerant much. Im cool with people saying healing vibes, prayers for u, godbless, death metal, horns up hand gesture, Shaka, peace...whatever floats ur boat.
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 @jrocksdh: You're just not cool with "flying Supermans" on winner's podiums. :-)
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 @kwapik: or bright colored clothes on illegal trails, ebikes on mtb sites and mtb trails, rollerblades at skate parks...gta draw the line somewhere.
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 @jrocksdh: Yeah, I know what you mean.
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 @endlessblockades: "jajajajajaja! - Stay Chav" wtf does that even mean? genuinely curious.
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 @nickkk: Google it - I'm done with you.
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 @endlessblockades: you're such a furious ass hat. Love it. You must work in IT or something. They are universally burdened with the biggest chips on their weak shoulders "jajajajajajajajaja"
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 @nickkk @endlessblockades : get a room, you two
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 @ddd: I'll pass - I already feel dirty enough having engaged the salad-dodger a bit too much. I got called some names, though!
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 @endlessblockades: lol sorry. Even I got bored with my late, admittedly terrible, trolling. Been a long Friday. I'm sure you're a decent guy. IT or not. Separate rooms though.
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 @nickkk: .........and peace is restored in the valley of death.
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 I would love to see a video showing like 2-3 full work outs Aaron does in the gym. Just to get an idea how much he lifts, how much and what kind of HIIT circuits he does, what sort of stretching etc. then how much of on bike cardio training he does (if any). I know it is all personal at the level, but I would love to see the volume, load and intensity, just to get an idea.
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 easy there tiger
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 I bet you'd love to see his intense load. ZING!
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 reads the comments, sits still, closes the page. Opens the page, wants to write something, sits still, closes the page. Opens it again... writes this. Only this.
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 thats haram
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 There is video of him and some moto guys working with Rhyno from a year or so ago. Shows a lot of different stuff they work on. Hard, hard stuff. Similar in format to the Nino Shurter stuff with sensory overloads that add balance elements. Basically...circus stuff.
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 @bizutch: It's a small portion of what they do and I am sure of it. You cannot become an animal like Ryan Hughes doing weird sht only. He must be doing some solid classic stuff even if it means turkish get ups. The thing he does with Eli Tomac in a similar video is rather normal, I tried it and holy sht, that is a fkng effort, especially if you don't rest between sets and just pound reps jumping from one exercise to another. It's doable but it's fkng hard. The funniest bit was that with Eli they do shoulder press with 8kg kettlebells holding them pointing upwards, and I was, pffffff. By the end of the second set I dropped the kettlebells to rest on wrists, by the end of third set I could barely do 10th rep, on the last set I did just 6. My pulse was 188 - Fkng grind. And some fkrs have the nerve to tell you that you must ride road bike to get a good cardio workout. Do 2 HIIT circuits after deadlifting or deep squatting twice a week and come back to me if you have anything left for a 3h road ride. and then riding in the woods. if you are Aaron Gwin or Richie Rude, then maybe, but if you have a career and family, then chill out about spinning circles in lycra with garmin. I am currently on Jame Wilsons program but I am considering buying the program from Rhyno too
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 @WAKIdesigns: Working out at the mental gym can be brutal. Amazing restraint.
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 To much jebus discussion. To each their own.... Gwin is fast AF. I don't care where he finds his motivation personally. His riding and attitude speaks volumes. He's a class act no matter what he believes.
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flag jaame (Apr 5, 2017 at 22:35) (Below Threshold)
 True, but it's pretty obvious that God and Jesus do not exist!
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 @jaame: we live in the year 2017 AD......The fact that a man named Jesus lived on earth is reflected in the way time itself is presented!
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 @jaame: I don't know if it is obvious... I'm not religious but I'd rather read some shit from New Testament every now and then, than some Social Media shit about flat earth or chemtrails. or how fkng outrageously stupid is the latest Pepsi commercial. Holy fck... Christian truths are rather low on the list of stupid sht I was unfortunate to hear lately. Perhaps because I do not hear anybody in my proximity to tell me about Jesus, so every time Aron Gwin says something about him in public (which is once per f*ckING 3 years) - I don't really care, I don't even notice it, because it does not influence me in any way. but some people just can't help themselves: "God doesn't exist" - oh yea?! Congratulations! You want a medal? How about you come to TEDx and tell us more? Are you a wizard?
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 @WAKIdesigns: f*cking right on dude. Why are people so offended that the dudes faith drives him? As an atheist, other atheists manage to piss me off more with their militant agendas than the god-squad do. Healthy respect for others beliefs, it's not harming anybody is it?

Some dudes just need to lay off their daily dose of how awesome they think they are and take a f*cking humble pie for lunch. Douche canoes.
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 @Triber66: exactly! He died 2017 years ago, so why are people still looking up in the air and talking to him, like he can hear them?

It's just nutty!

Yes by all means believe what you want but surely you have heard of such things as facts, science, and evidence?

Don't get me started on all those poor people who are being killed, abused, tortured, starved, etc.

Sorry, sorry, you're right. It is God's way of telling us we have been naughty. And all those lucky ones, special ones. The ones on whom God smiles down upon. Yes, you are truly blessed.

As for all those other polytheistic religions. Pah! What a bunch of fools! Don't they know there is only one god?

Please spare me, Gwin!
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 @WAKIdesigns: shitty comment. Look at the beauty and perfectness of the world that surrounds you: plants, animals, fruits, nature, literally EVERYTHING the human didnt build or "create. .... its ALL PERFECT. And you're like: this is hasard. No way, someone created this.....and by the way speaking about the flat earth like u do, it seems like you didnt check facts or not enough yet maybe.... As far as I'm concerned, the earth curvature cant be seen or measured, just look for yourself... dont come with pictures of the Earth from space, there are none: all CGI's, all. Even worse, dont come with GoPro footage which offers the biggest fish eye lens effect out there Big Grin peace out
  • 18 0
 Hey Everyone! Thanks for the read and comments. I'm always stoked to represent my belief in areas that I believe are fitting and represent the honor that has been given to me. Over the years, I have come to fully expect this type of mixed feedback when I mention anything in respect to my belief but I will say that the comments can be tough to read at times. That is not because they are positive or negative towards me, I've grown to be comfortable with that either way. The thing that always bums me out the most is how I am instantly put into a box when just mentioning the word God and what I believe is defined by other people's assumptions, rather than actual reality. I am automatically categorized as a Christian, assumed that I go to some type of church, and overall agree with the world's form of organized religion etc. In reality, I don't take part in any of those things, my belief is very separate from what people would think. I simply read God's word, understand it, believe it, and lived based on who I am in respect to Him. I look forward to explaining this more someday so that I can be related to based on the actual truth that I believe and not on the common religious system that most people assume that I follow. Thankful for you guys and all of your interest-passion. Stoked for the new season, it should be a good one!????
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 Right on Aaaron! Best of luck this season!!! I've got one of those AG & AS signed YT bandanas that I flap around in support at the Red bull TV.
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 Don't worry about the haters, we have enough wars. Today's world is going mad and it's as if we are devolving as a species. Keep the faith alive and let those who project love lead the way. Pedal to the metal Aaron!
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 Thank you for your open words. Sad that they seemed to be necessary, but take that as an indicator of people's broad interest in an outstanding bike rider.
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 @AaronGwin1: Thanks for taking the time to respond. Hope you, Neko, and Angel kicks DH ass this year. Oh yeah, say hi to John.
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 I have nothing but respect for you man. I think its awesome that you are so open about your faith especially in a career in which public image is so important. I'm rooting for you come the DH season.
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 @Boardlife69: today world is not really going mad, if you went back in time, you would not change with anyone, even 50 years ago. It is the best time to be alive in the observable universe. And so can feel the vast majority of humanity.
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 @WAKIdesigns: I don't quite agree. The vast majority of humanity have to live in an overcrowded, competitive world through our own ignorant doing while the rest of the planet, i.e the delicately balanced ecosystem, gets stripped of resources or ground into dog food. It is a wonderful time to be alive, but only for the lucky and privileged, of which the majority can not include themselves in.
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 @dubod22: it's always been the case for the rich to have a better time over poor. But todays poor have it much better than poor in the past. Stuff like access to healthcare, nutrition, clean water, dramatic decrease in child mortality has improved pretty much everywhere. Even in poorest countries, people start to get access to clean water which they never ever had. Religion, ideological systems are on decline thanks to easy access to information. These are facts, I know I sound cold and it may not give justice to a -2 year old boy putting his hands into chemicals to color a "I love bikes" T-shirt, but you have to remember that his parents worked just as hard, and if they spoke up, they were beaten by an English officer and no one had any clue about it.

Inequality is a function of evolution, of dynamics of the universe there has been an attempt to bring equality of outcome called Stalinism. I am only 35 and I still remember standing in lines for meat and toilet paper, I remember when my aunt brought a banana, a fkng banana from Germany. It was better than christmas. And it was Poland, the mildest place in Soviet block in 1980s. If you want equality of outcome then how would you make someone get up in the morning, if he knew that if he works hard, he'll get same pay as a guy who does nothing.

I see where you are coming from, I can see your good intentions but life on Earth just does not favor weakness, never has, never will. We are here because our ancestors decided that they will not give in and they will fk up a few wolves and bears and get food for their kids, then their grand grand children decided that they will grow sht and farm animals, and they saw rather quickly that if they don't get a fkng sword and won't organize they will get butchered by other people. Everytime a bunch of folks decided to hold hands and sing kumba ya they were fkd up and chopped to pieces. Was that a smart thing to do? Where does nobility come into it?

If we are lucky, we are getting into post scarcity economy, the coming future is uncertain as always, like nuclear war was for our parents, climate change, fusion, AI, all those things are coming and will influence everyone on this planet. Our bodies barely adapt to the pace of technological change, so Trust me, stop looking back and brace yourself for a fight. It doesn't matter what you fight for, just fight. Don't care if others do sht if you can't change it, care for your close ones and kick some ass.

This rant was brought to you by Waki who listens a lot to Joe Rogan podcasts, and here synthesised some sht from Slavoj Zizek, Jordan Peterson and Steven Pinker.

Have a nice day. Smile like Aaron Wink
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 If this is really you, kudose for replying! Good luck on the up coming season. I'm really looking forward to watch you guys kick some ass!
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 Neko is so much fun to watch. I hope he gets the results he's after. Would love to see that Dale's helmet on the podium.
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 +1 for Oskar's
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 I really can't wait for Aaron series of (wisdom) videos!!!
Such a great profisonal wanting to share his years of experience .... that says so much about Aaron... generous and genuine person!!!
So much respect for him and such an example for anyone!
  • 17 2
 Is Gwinny going to start a cult?

If so, I'm in! Religious or not, i like the dude.
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flag whitebullit (Apr 5, 2017 at 18:10) (Below Threshold)
 dudes fast, but all that weird jesus talk creeps me the f@ck out, remind me to never drink any kool-aid from the YT pits.
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 @whitebullit: meh he's religious in a positive way...let him be
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flag whitebullit (Apr 5, 2017 at 19:51) (Below Threshold)
 know your popes, google it.
  • 9 0
 perhaps he'll call his followers 'Minions' just for the lolz
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 @whitebullit - I'm not defending Christianity or any religion. But I am 100% sure you read and saw more nonsense on Facebook and Twitter in recent year that you heard from Catholic church through all your life... leave the dude alone. Met him in person, he is super awesome. I'd rather spend a month with him than a day with Eddie Masters. He's a genuinely nice guy who can talk about a few more things than bike riding, while half of the field is part time fkng hill billies.
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 @WAKIdesigns: considering i dont have facebook and dont know what a twitter is i am 100% sure you are wrong about that sir. organized religion is a sham, and christianity is responsible for more deaths in the name of religion than all the other religions combined. i dont need facebook to learn facts, you get those from history books.
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 @whitebullit: oooooohhhhhh... you don't have facebook and don't know what twitter is. Yes I think that really gives you moral and intelligence superiority, supremacy to say the least - you just won all the arguments on the internet.
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 @WAKIdesigns: satire aside... you defending the guy because hes one of the best or because you believe in his views and opinions? whats the difference between his rights to voice his opinion and mine? since were going there anyway, i have no problem with gwin, i root for the guy everytime hes on track BUT if you make your religious views a part of your image as a world class athlete, expect some feedback from those who are baffled by it.
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 @whitebullit: it's hard not the blur the lines between the two, as if Gwin were not who he is I'm sure his faith would "creep" me out more than it does.

I get where you're coming from, but when I read the jesus speak, I just roll my eyes and keep on respecting the man because after all he really just seems to be a positive guy who found a road map that works for him. Hard note to respect that, especially when the guy we're talking about is an elite champion of the sport that we love
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 @whitebullit: I do not defend his views, I just feel sorry for the guy for getting flak for it (while certain racers don't get any flak for being fkng retards - cuz getting loaded and sayign stupid belching sht is somehow better than talking about Jesus).I deeply believe that reasonable people who claim they are not into mumbo jumbo, should be able to be above that knee jerk reaction everytime that hear "God"... what you are doing is building an altar to what you hate and I do not judge you for what you hate. Like Joe Rogan who I love, does with flat earth people. I do not condone Christianity or any religion at all, it is 2017 for fks sake. But I fully understand where he is coming from with this. That's how he was brought up and how he has channeled his existentiality into it. And finally I wish more non-religious people understood a bit more about the role of religion in human evolution. For good and bad. One could argue that religion is a mechanism of natural selection. These days it is an outdated mechanism, but it is written into our psyche just like having pets. it has been instrumental in development of human race. I can only assume it sped up our development, if only for allowing us to train organizing ourselves. Now it is probably holding us, like using fossil fuels at such scale. For instance, Would you wish your sexual drive to be get turned off once you get kids? You don't need it afterwards, isn't it? Religion is a part of you, just like being made of pieces of exploding stars that arranged themselves in that particular, unique way - you may like it or not, universe, a rock outside your house does not give a flying sht. Having said that, I have no option but to appreciate this conversation. For good and bad. Because it is a f*cking fantastic time to be alive.
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 @nvranka: ok i can see how the kool-aid comment can be taken disrespectfully... i apologize. i have alot of respect for anyone who can ride a bike that fast, and you gotta respect anyone who puts themself out there as their true self. however that will never change my views on mainstream religion.
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 @whitebullit: nor mine!
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 @nvranka: well said. I roll my eyes everyone someone says he thanks God, or rather when someone says, that God did this, only God knows or Please God help me etc. But I also roll my eyes everytime I see Peaty with beer... do you really need to sell this image of being a chilled out champion? A guy who is better than others because he is a top athlete and drinks booze? Some fkng archetype building exercise for a rather special audience. Like Warner... that guy is a fkng mess. Half of the people here would fkng regret if they invited him for a party at their home and gave him 3 beers. And we can go deep and disect several guys here and find sht, so how about we look for good in people instad? Huh? It's a bike site so focus on his biking, because if you want to go outside of it, then let me be clear, if a dude earns his living on riding bikes, I think it is fkd up. Because 90% of guys racing DH World Cups will have a hard time putting together a steady life after the racing is over. It is hard enough for roadies who earn 10 if not 50 times as much.

So let's stay with bikes and look for good sht about bikers.
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 @WAKIdesigns: ^This, respect for the serious responses waki, totally agree with the alcohol image in mountain biking. guys like richie rude, troy brosnan, gwin, minaar, those are the top guys that i look up to their riding. and when it comes down to it, it is just riding.
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 Ok to sum up, what I am trying to say: I think Aaron's religious ejaculations are mild enough to not mention fkng crusades. It is rather unreasonable thing to do. The moment he says that exclaiming 5 Ave Marias before work out will make you deadlift more or kicking a gay dude in the face will make God give your tyres more grip, then you can talk of the Spanish inquisiton ok? The moment he cuts someone's throat with oval chainring and Angel films it with GoPro, then posts it on instagram with hashtag #deathtoinfidels, then you will be fully entitled to speak of religious genocide. Otherwise you may be simply criticized for bringin this up, like I am when seeing a face cover and proceeding to talk about holocaust Wink

Is that making any sense? That's all I meant. Cheers!
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 I'm big Gwin fan and I'm sure being "a good Christian" is part of why he is so nice but if I'm honest the whole religious thing does turn me off a bit.
As a kid who was raised by atheists ( read not brainwashed at a young age) I just can't wrap my head around it.
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flag BiNARYBiKE (Apr 5, 2017 at 15:57) (Below Threshold)
 Understandable that it seems strange with your background. But maybe your disbelief is the result of brainwashing instead? Wink Most people throughout history have believed in some sort of higher power. Why? Something to think about! Now we better get back to mountain biking... stoked to see what this team does this year!
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 It's without a doubt "that creep can roll, man" if I may borrow a popular quote. However, I find AG's demeanor in his interviews haughty and condescending. His Christianity schtick is off putting too (Teabow on a mountain bike?), but if that is what turns him on, Mazel Tov! However IMHO, the real class act on that squad is Neko. Bring on the down votes!!!
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 @BiNARYBiKE: Nope. My folks actually sent me to a religious school to see the other side of things and my grandmother was super "Christian". Read the bible cover to cover and went to Sunday school and all that when I stayed with her. I was just allowed to make up my own mind Smile
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 @Dustfarter: as it should be!
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 @hellbelly: Lebowski quote - automatic upvote.
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 Is there not an unwritten law in riding where politics, religion and bicycles shouldn't mix? We are united in riding. There is already too much hate in the world without pouring fuel on the fire. It's only going to create division.

Brilliant team though and stunning bikes to match.
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 @dubod22 Exactly. It goes both ways. I will roll with anyone and in fact ride with characters who are into many things, religions, political leanings, sexual proclivities etc. that I am not. We tease each other about it at most, but such things stay out of our rides. There is already plenty of unnecessary division with assorted riding factions including nonsense like Christian riding groups...puh-leeeze, just shut up and roll. Religions (save maybe Buddhism) for the most part are divisive and like my folks always said as with my privates only to be shared with someone you are close with and trust. In the end wherever AG finds inspiration is fine by me and if he wishes to proselytize for this so be it. IMHO, this diminishes his appeal and in fact narrows his reach to others in that may have looked up to him.
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 @hellbelly: It's an interview. Lot's of interviews on here and other sites go into more then just the medium that the site focuses on. No surprises there and it's way more interesting to hear more about a person then the typical canned responses. Additionally, who respects someone who decides to say things that will increase their appeal (sounds like a politician ha ha) vs saying what they believe.
  • 13 2
 Good Luck to the YT MOB this season! Hopefully there will be lots of Gwinning!
  • 9 3
 I bet YT made the new colors so the orange Fox lowers fit better Smile

Jokes aside, Gwin is such an inspirational person. I can´t wait for his videos! Best of luck to the whole team!
  • 6 1
 Now if it was a rider preaching Islam the reactions would be different. Some Christian's are just as bad as some Muslims. There's good and bad on both sides. Look Aaron is free to follow his religion if it gives him happiness as long he doesn't start having extremist views. But iam sure had he been a Muslim preaching Islam the comments would be different.
  • 5 0
 How could you doubt that one can learn racing from Brendan Fairclough?? Reducing him to having fun on whips and flips means denying his results in Elite DH races year after year, that's so superficial. Props to Neko for giving a respectful answer.
  • 5 1
 that's a super duper sexy bike. and one of the first on which those orange lowers don't look super awkward. well done. stoked for the future of US DH
  • 5 1
 Ángel I hope you have better luck this year!!! I really would like to see you in the podium this year so you can get your confident back!!!
  • 2 0
 So pumped for Neko. I cant believe that the lil 13 year old kid that was whoppig on full grown men on that rocky mountain bike back in the day is now a world cup elite racer. Very proud of you my friend. Just shows hard work , passion , and huge set of balls will get you in life. Cheers to you my dude!!!!!
  • 2 0
 I applaud Gwin for being open and honest about his beliefs even with a career that is very dependent on public image and what people think of you. Classy, humble dude. Such a great role model for young rippers. Keep doing your thing Gwinny!
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 I agree, if you believe in whatever mythology from whichever religion then than that's up to you.
It's only a problem when it affects people other than yourself negatively that it is a problem Smile

Hail to the wood pixies that stop me bouncing off trees! 3
  • 3 1
 Glad to see the back of those orange fork lowers. Biting down on my cynicism about 'wisdom videos' crack on mate whatever works for you (and it seems to be working)
  • 4 4
 happy teams usually have a great leader somewhere in the mix.. props to Gwin!

I always thought Gwin looked as if he expected that wheel to go at Val Di Sole -- "breaking that wheel about 20 seconds into.." now we know! great interview.. nice job Paul.
  • 6 1
 GO NEKO!
  • 4 0
 Who was the second possible team mate?
  • 3 0
 that liquid metal - black paintjob with orange accents is SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET
  • 3 0
 lol I need to double check on Christ I thought he was talking about a real person
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 That's what he is.
  • 5 2
 Gwin looks super lean and fit!
  • 4 1
 Yea boys... Smash the scene, this 2017!
  • 6 4
 So much respect for Aaron and the team. Keep it up!
  • 4 3
 And on the 8th Day God created MTBs and saw that it was good. So get off your knees and go for a ride. YEWWWWWW!
  • 4 2
 Great stuff
  • 2 3
 I like having conversations with Christ too, he's got some good stories. Talks a little too much about himself though, but I'd still call him a friend.
  • 2 3
 gwin doesnt ride fast because hes an amazing rider who is dedicated to training and has insane natural talent, he rides fast because jebus makes him ride fast praise jebus
  • 1 0
 So yt isnt a trade team right? Alpinestars, royal...
  • 2 1
 Stopped reading at 'Christ'
  • 2 2
 Is that Christ some known coach in MTB world?
  • 1 1
 Whoever he is he deserves His Word to be capitalised for some reason, so he must be famous or something, ya feel me? Word.
  • 1 2
 Uhh... I'll take a YT Tues, Thx man. You too, have a great day!
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 (laughs)
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 "Wisodm videos"? Sounds like cult initiation tapes to me.
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