Video: Fall Trail Riding with Aaron Gwin & Pandemic Perspective

Apr 14, 2020 at 8:31
by Bell Bike Helmets  

We met up with our own Aaron Gwin this past October to see how he was holding up in the off-season, and wanted to see how we was liking the all new Super Air. Since October, so much has changed and we now wanted to hear how he was handling these current interesting times. What we got back from Aaron was some solid positive perspective we might all need right now. So have a watch and a read and enjoy!

How he's doing:
bigquotesI’m doing pretty good overall considering the situation that we’re in. Things are definitely pretty tough at the moment but a lot of that is out of my hands so I’m just focused on making the most of the things I can do. I’m trying to be as proactive and encouraging as I can be with the sponsors and people around me. We’re all in this together so I’m just doing what I can to help as much as possible. There are a lot of people out there whose lives have been completely turned upside down in the matter of a few weeks. It’s sad to watch and I really feel for them. Looking forward to better days ahead for sure.

How he's handing canceled World Cups:
bigquotesObviously, it’s a huge bummer. I’ve had a great off-season as I’m sure a lot of other racers did and was just excited to get the race season started after a lot of months of hard work. I’m just taking it as it comes and adjusting the best I can. It’s not something that we ever thought would happen so we’re working hard as a team to make the most of a bad situation. We’ll get back to racing hopefully sooner than later but until then, there’s a lot of other work to be done to help out and I’ve turned most of my focus towards that.

How he's staying positive:
bigquotesWell I guess for myself it just starts with my perspective and assessing the reality of my life. I’ve got great friends and people around me that I love. I can still go on bike rides and enjoy a good view. Those are really the sweet spots in life for me and regardless of how difficult things might get, those people and things are still there. I also have my health and my family/friends are healthy so I’m very thankful for that.

How he's dealing with anxiety in difficult times:
bigquotesYa I mean there’s no way around it, this whole situation is pretty hard on everyone, I think. For the riders and teams, it could potentially turn into a lot more than just missing a few races. It’s a lot worse for some other people out there for sure but even for us, there’s huge negative implications when the world economy shuts down almost overnight. I have people that depend on me to make a living too and I really want them to be cared for. I believe that we’ll get through this, it’s just going to be tough for a time. As I said before, I’m focused on being as productive as I can, and I think that’s the best thing we can all do right now. Some people are really struggling right now, and I’ve committed myself fully to helping in the ways that I’m able, both in and outside of racing.

How often he's been able to ride on lockdown:
bigquotesI’m still riding fairly regularly. It’s important to ride safe in these times but I feel like I always ride within my limits, so I don’t believe I’m taking on a ton of extra risk. I’m in the middle of a big film series that I’m shooting with Clay Porter this week, so we’ve been busy with that. We’re doing more behind the scenes filming than riding, but we’ve had some really good days and that’s been a lot of fun. Riding and being outside definitely helps my brain and keeps me refreshed in times like these so I’m glad I can still do it.

How often he's working out and where:
bigquotesI’d say I work out from home about 50% of the time right now. I’m fortunate to have access to a private training facility where I have my own key, so I’ve been going in there solo to get my bigger work outs done too which has been a huge help.

How he's staying busy:
bigquotesHaha Ya when the first race in Portugal was cancelled, I decided to take a rest week and regroup a bit. We were kinda stuck inside anyways because the weather was pretty bad here in So Cal. It rained for a few straight weeks which was weird for us. We did some puzzles and put in some solid Netflix hours; it was a fun change of pace. That’s all pretty much stopped now though and I’m just wide open trying to manage this whole situation daily. Whatever spare time I have not emailing or on the phone is spent entertaining Clay’s video camera. Haha.

How his schedule has changed:
bigquotesPretty much ya, it’s just gotten a lot busier in between the normal stuff.

Things he's trying to learn and projects he's working on while not racing:
bigquotesThose first few weeks I was studying real estate a bit and playing my guitar pretty regularly. My girlfriend and I were working on remolding a condo that I bought up in Big Bear a while back too. Hopefully, we can get back to those things in a few months.

What he most looks forward to:
bigquotesI’d say all of that. Racing for sure, it’s really weird not knowing when we’ll race again. I feel like I’m aiming at a target that keeps moving right as you get it in your sight. I almost forget that we’re still technically in a race season right now because I’m so focused on all these other things. It will be great to hang out with my friends more too and I keep joking that the true sign that life has gone back to normal will be when we can go back to the local movie theater and I can order my favorite french fries. They have the best french fries ever created.

Words of wisdom and encouragement:
bigquotesI think it’s important in times like these to be able to adjust your perspective and expectations. There’s a lot of people out there who are losing their jobs, their homes, and worse. It’s hard to get past the thoughts of everything that you could lose or what “could have been” if things were different. If you can except that this is just our reality now though, you can move forward with hope and motivation. We live in a great world full of constant opportunity and things will get back on track eventually. No matter how bad this situation might get, you can always pick back up and make the most of your life from that point forward. Take this opportunity to love the people around you, help wherever you can, we’re all in this together.

Photos by Paris Gore


  • 34 7
 Gwinn will win an EWS Overall. Mark my words.
  • 23 0
 Hill vs Gwin, like the old days.
  • 20 0
 We all would love to see him race an EWS. And Rachel Atherton. It'd be a treat.
  • 10 0
 @Ajorda: Gwin vs Hill vs Rude vs Maes. imagine that
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 @petrospit: From DH vs Full Enduro. That'd be sick.
  • 3 0
 Was thinking the same with his endurance. He would be a loose cannon on an EWS track.
  • 2 0
 If the success in DH is missing, there is the possibility that he will attack in the others before. But the other way is the real challenge.
  • 18 1
 French fries and ice cream... can appreciate the man's taste.
  • 5 4
 Not sure though about remolding a condo.
  • 8 1
 Except.The grammar.Accept it !
  • 1 1
 @mi-bike: maybe his condo was made by Intense.
  • 5 1
 These are not french fries but independance fries. Remember...
  • 1 1
 @Ron-C: so it had mis aligned cabinet doors
  • 1 0
 @softsteel: Underrated comment of the day right here...
  • 1 0
 This is how I've been training #corona19lbs
  • 5 0
 Are we seeing sneak preview of a new Intense DJ HT (used to be called tazer), or is Gwin riding some unbranded something-or-other? Doens't look like a YT dirtlove either....
  • 12 0
 Old Specialized P3 I think
  • 2 0
 @mumbuff: Sources I know that occasionally ride the same BMX track can confirm the P3 theory
  • 1 0
 @mumbuff: ah of course P3. Bit slack of Intense, I'm sure Jeff could knock up a HT for Gwin easy as...
  • 4 0
 I wonder if Gwin is a Doom fan? That font has on his lid has a ‘Knee deep in the dead’ kind of vibe to me...
  • 2 0
 I see it.
  • 1 0
 It's only Monsters font (on Red bull themeSmile
  • 1 0
 haha hell naw.
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 First thought as well...
  • 7 1
 What a stud.
  • 2 0
 Funny to see him flying in the woods with a half shell then cruising at the track in a full face. I mean I wear a half shell on the trail too, but I’m not riding at that speed.
  • 5 1
 I need to try these French fries.
  • 4 0
 I ride same speed as Gwin, Just turn the 0.25x speed on the Youtube.
  • 2 0
 I'm a super fan of A.G. and I believe that he's one of the best Downhillers in or planet, Mars not sure but are planet yes :-)
  • 3 0
 Why a half-shell at mach noodle on trails, but a full face for cruising on a buffed pump track?
  • 2 0
 Because lapping a BMX track is 100% more gnarly than riding down a bumpy path. Please believe me!
  • 4 0
 Riding a proper BMX track is terrifying and the ground is hard as concrete. If you're not used to it, it's way scarier trying to rhythm a BMX track than riding a tech mtb trail
  • 4 0
 Excited to see the clay porter and gwinner project!
  • 3 0
 He's pretty good on the pump track! Doing manuals, etc.
  • 2 0
 It's a BMX track. Of course he's good at smoothing out bumps at warp speed. What are you jabbering about? Doing manuals? How the fu*k do you think he gets to the bottom of a DH track?
  • 4 0

He's just more stylish than usual, but then I guess he aims for speed rather than style when doing race runs.

ps, you seem grumpy Razz
  • 2 0
 @oevets4130: got up this morning and discovered someone pissed in your cornflakes and all over the counter huh? Hope your day gets better!
  • 1 0
 What's that unbadged bike?
  • 2 0
 Spesh P3
  • 1 0
 There are still lots of open legal trails.
  • 1 0
 He's the man !
  • 4 7
 Aaron who?
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