Titus Nicholson, a name many fear on the East Coast racing scene. A name derived from Greek meaning defender which clearly rings true for those racing against the 14 year old young gun. Titus is a kid defending his name snatching series titles, and podium top spots wherever he is, and whatever he is racing. Here, Titus, is seen at the Mountain Creek Bike Park Super Champs race in his qualifying race.
I have known Titus for a long time, but only three years ago he began riding downhill after growing up in a family of Cross Country racers. He began on a clapped out, way too big Kona Stinky which at the time, he was hucking everything at Mountain Creek without a second thought. After riding the bike park a few times with him, I noticed he had a natural knack for riding a bike. I convinced him to enter the Last Call race at MCBP in 2012 which he placed second in the 14U class only being defeated by the known shredder David Kahn. This is Titus in the 2013 season hitting the MCBP, infamous Covenant drop off Dominion. A drop reserved for only the most advanced riders.
From the moment he placed second, he seemed to hooked on racing, and wherever he was, he was improving his riding in any scenario. Whether it be BMX, pump track, cross country, downhill, enduro or even out riding the road, the kid was always on his game, making those riding with him amazed. At the West Milford Pump Track he works on no foot, extended Can Cans over mediocre sized table tops.
The winter rolled in, and he was destined to get a better, faster and lighter bike. He built up a Norco A-Line which would lead him to his success in the 2013 future. As this was his first season competitively racing, he stuck with local races, and competed in the Gravity East Series where he took the overall title in 14U. Through the 2013 season he never lost a race, always placing on the top spot. Some may say he scared the competition away as he genuinely had only 1 or 2 opponents per race. Titus was always determined to be on a bike and improving. This video show cases his love for the road.
In 2014 he was still on the high of taking the Gravity East Series by storm, he bought another bike determined to continue his reign of dominance. The first race of the season at Mt. Penn was the only race he didn’t place first in this season. Fourteen year old Titus met his match with Zach Gareis who would continue to battle it out with Titus every race that both attended. After his second at Mt. Penn he was determined not to let that happen again, which he didn’t. Titus went on to win every single race he attended after that. The first place titles he won include, Eastern States Cup Super Champion, Eastern States Cup 14U Atlantic Cup Overall, Gravity East Series 14U overall, Burke Mountain Triple Crown Enduro, and winning whatever MCBP Thursday Night Races he attended. Titus coming through the final stages at the Duryea race, the only race he placed second in this season!
Aside from dominating the DH scene, Titus shows significant improvement no matter where he is riding. Recently, I have watched him significantly improve his riding style at the local pump track where he is learning 1 foot tables, No foot Can Cans, No handers, Tire grabs and an assortment of other tricks he is learning to master. Titus is also frequently seen aboard his Giant Trance pedaling through local XC trails, and finding off trail features to push his limits on. No matter where he is, or what he is riding he seems to push the envelope of what is capable at such a young age. At Burke, VT he placed First in his First enduro race dominating his class. He also took some time to enjoy the awesome riding scene.
For 2015 Titus plans to return to racing upgrading to Category 2 18U which shouldn’t be a problem seeing that his times rank in Junior Expert class. He will be racing for Team Jersey Home Grown under the supervision of John Nicholson. In the upcoming seasons, Titus will surely be a force to reckon with in Pro class as he continues rise through the ranks, stomping out the competition one race at a time.
Enjoy the small compilation of photos, and videos I have collected of his riding which showcases his passion for the sport and devotion to improvement. Titus on his way to winning the MCBP Pro GRT and sending the 45 foot finish line double. Barreling to the finish line at the Windham ESC race, Titus pedals out of a berm. Launching a woods booter towards the end of the MCBP Super Champs course. Master of the Tire Grab When Titus isn't working on his tricks, he enjoys sending the Pump Track tables as far as possible. Berm slaying at Burke has Titus pumped to stomp the enduro the next day!A Quick look back to 2012 when Titus first hit Covenant and Canon his fourth time ever riding a DH bike. Another drop at MCBP, Road to Nowhere, is by far the sketchiest drop there, and Titus showed no fear in his leap of faith. Upon landing the clapped out Kona gave in. The rear QR broke, the derailleur also broke taking out the chain, spokes and nearly launching the wheel off the bike. Titus managed to hold on, and not crash, however his day of riding was over.This video was shot at the beginning of the 2014 season. This is the second video Titus and I have shot at the pump track, each one there is significant improvement. Next season, another will come out show casing the improvement over the off season.