Jack Moir's Steps to the Top - Video

Dec 4, 2017 at 12:41
by SRAM  

“Well I'm always working on constantly everything. I never take the approach that I'm doing as well as I possibly can...” - Kelly Slater

Make no mistake about it, Jack Moir is serious about laying down fast times on downhill tracks wherever in the world they might be. In 2017, Moir took the 2nd podium spot at the World Cup in Fort William, and kept it close to, or inside, the top 10 in the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup — except for in Andorra. When he’s close enough to a round of the Enduro World Series, and his schedule allows, he’ll throw himself in the mix there, too, and he’ll finish in the top 10.

Watch him on the bike, though, and the tall Aussie’s style make it look like he isn’t really forcing the issue, almost like he’s out for a warm-up lap. It’s a look, maybe even a stigma, that many tall riders share, and Moir is quick to point that out. Look a bit closer at Jack’s style, though, and you might be able to see an influence from surfing — which makes sense when you consider that the Intense Factory Racing rider has been riding waves on one form of board or another since he was old enough to walk out into the water by himself.

During the CWX Les Gets France round.

Ask him about his moniker “Shark Attack Jack” and he’ll nonchalantly tell you a story about being bitten in the leg a decade ago. It was an injury that required roughly 500 stitches, but did little to keep him from getting back in the water and on the board.

When injury derailed his 2015 season, Jack persevered, fighting back in 2016 to take one World Cup top 10 and the Crankworx DH overall title

Moir won the opening round of the Crankworx DH Series in Rotorua, New Zealand, and seemed poised for the repeat. That win, plus an 8th at Crankworx Les Gets and a 3rd at Crankworx Innsbruck meant he held the series lead going into the final round at Crankworx Whistler.

Sometimes, though, the best you can do comes up short of the win. And short of the championship. And that’s racing.

 during the 2017 Crankworx World Tour. Garbanzo DH

Jack is decidedly pragmatic about the whole thing. In his eyes, when you’re healthy, you need to take advantage of it and race. And ride. And remember why you started doing all of this in the first place.

In Whistler, for example, even before the dust had settled completely, Jack was off for a few more laps with his mates. Sometimes the shark gets you, but you never quit.

Video by: Mind Spark Cinema
Photos by: Adrian Marcoux & Sven Martin
Words by: Joe Parkin


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 Yeah?? YEahh
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 'Sometimes, though, the best you can do comes up short of the win. And short of the championship. And that’s racing.'

...and the last photo nails it

Such a good pic Adrian or Sven
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 The last photo is more about rocking up to the trail and realising your mate has the same jersey on
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 this was a good video but it could use a few more yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhs
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 Pinkbike is really doing a great job to promote this sport.
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 Love this. It captures the the suspense, the expectation, and the disappointment experienced by anyone who's ever chased results for a full DH season. And it doesn't hurt that "Shark Attack Jack" is an amazing nickname.
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 Does he wear shoulder pads or has he just got no neck? I can never quite tell.
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 I've always wondered that.
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 Not sure if you're trying to troll or not, but at 22 seconds into the video you can literally see him putting them on.
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 @Vudu74: lol sorry I didn't watch the vid I just looked at the pictures.
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 Jack Moir's Step to the top: Install 29 inch wheels
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 Anyone else wonder if all the footage of Dean Lucas riding from 1:40- 1:50 is a mistake?
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 I believe that is Jack with Deans pants on...
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 @laxguy: you would be correct. They would do practice days with the others gear. Threw everyone off on course
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 Love to see what he could do on a bike that fits. Taller guys are so cramped with the recent exception of Minnar...
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 @SnowshoeRider4Life: Yep. I mean size with regard to the longer reach of the frame. He has a custom 'XL' size but compare his height to Aaron Gwin who looks like he has perfect posture on the bike is about 5'9" and also rides an XL.
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 I love watching jack scrub, his scrub is so sick and his instagram is sick too
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 hope he has super 2018 ! such a great rider .
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 Gotta love the guy. Great rider and good all around bloke..
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 Dh just gets my blood boiling love this shit yeah!
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 Slowest chairlift I've ever seen.
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 Met him in les Gets, the dude is so chill
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flag dro-cfr (Dec 6, 2017 at 2:37) (Below Threshold)
 I'm sorry to hear that. I'm sure there is some sort of counseling group you could go to that may help you.
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 Jack you are a weapon...love watching you ride..gunna kill it this year...Yeeew
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 Yeah Jacky boi
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 Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaah keep Wyning
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 Beautiful edit!
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 4:45 - so inspirational and serious, and then they add "Shark Attack Jack"
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 Yeeeaaahhhh Wink
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 He sends it.
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 Did he get a 25% cut in pay on Monday?
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