Video: Aaron Gwin & Angel Suarez Take on the Lenzerheide World Champs

Sep 11, 2018 at 5:23
by The YT Mob  


Video: Knowmad Development // Photos: Isac Paddock

Riding a prototype YT TUES 29er bike for only the second time in competition, Aaron Gwin took 5th place here in Switzerland in front of a raucous crowd of 20,000+ people. His teammate Angel Suarez was on a scorcher of a run that would have placed him 6th, but a front wheel wash out in the final sector put an end to a dream run.



Conditions for the 29th World Championships in Lenzerheide were ideal, but the lead up to race day was tricky with varied conditions for each training session, from rainy, to slick, to partly dry, meaning that all riders were struggling in the sunny conditions this afternoon to find the limit of grip. Even the changes in the course conditions from the morning’s final training session to the finals mid-afternoon were very noticeable. Aaron found the bike getting a little loose in sections but still scored his 3rd best result ever in the single day World Championships.

bigquotesIt’s been another crazy season! Definitely not what I’d hoped for but we fought hard through the low times and I’m proud of that. I’m also proud of my whole team for their efforts and accomplishments this season. I’m bummed that the next race is so far away now but I’m excited for what we’ve learned this year and I can’t wait to get back to work. I believe we’ve got some great days ahead of us! Thanks to all our supporters for the love, it’s been a pleasure!Aaron Gwin







Teammate Angel Suarez came into the event on the back of some very strong World Cup performances and really loved the track here. His 2nd and 3rd splits are the 3rd fastest of the entire field and he was 4th fastest in the speed trap, so despite the crash, he can go into the offseason knowing he’s one of the fastest men in the sport currently.

bigquotesI’m super happy man, the most I’ve ever been in racing. I’ve been building my confidence race by race this season and finally I feel that I can be with the top guys. I was on a good run today and looking really close to the top 5 but I had a small crash in the third to last turn, but I can’t be happier with my riding. I can’t wait for next year and hoping to get on the podium. I’ve been working for that now for three years and I feel it’s the closest I ever been. It’s been an amazing year with the team, I love them. Thank you YT Industries and The YT MOB”.Angel Suarez








At the end of this month Angel will compete in the Spanish National Championships in Rute (Andalucia), on September 29 and 30. On behalf of the whole team, we want to thank our sponsors and fans for the incredible support this year!


MENTIONS: @The-YT-Mob



48 Comments

  • + 59
 I really hope they renew Angel. He’s been crushing it this year, you can really see his progression!
  • + 1
 His progression has been so much fun to watch. I was gutted to watch him wash out.... next season is going to be a very good one for him at this rate.
  • + 23
 I wondered if Angel was a buy-in team rider at first (common in road racing), but he's definitely earned a lot of respect this year. Less of a team brat, haha no offence, and now an equally pro top racer
  • + 5
 2019 season will be his shot to smash it!
  • + 2
 no martin saw the potential in him and brought him into the team..
  • + 5
 he was UP on greg minnaar.. RESPECT!
  • + 2
 Im a big fan of Angel. He has that Cedric Gracia vibe about him. Always positive and keeping things light.
  • + 8
 On Vital there is a fresh after the race interview where gwin clearly says the bike was slow on turns (i dont know how well it can grip)... I bet he is regretting having to launch the 29er at worlds.
  • + 13
 I would be willing to bet he could have ran the 27.5" if he wanted to. Even in the interviews he says the 29" suites him better and his particular limits will be higher once it's dialed. Most commoners like us are reading WAY too much conspiracy into the 29'" vs 27.5" things. Most Pro racers just want to test out the newest stuff and ride what they feel comfortable/confident with
  • + 2
 @bman33: it is not a conspiracy. He signed in for a program. The progam ultimate goal is to sell bikes. He is on board with it. You are not going to test out new stuff you barely rode on the most important race that can save your season. I don’t think he was forced, but there was just no other option.
  • + 13
 @RedRedRe: He signed up yes, and they are paying him a great deal of money. It's a prototype, not a production model they need to sell yet. That said, I would bet a full paycheck he had the option to run what ever bike he wished to ride at that race. His decision.
  • - 3
 @RedRedRe: Why has every shitty and flat out wrong post I've read this week happened to be from you?
  • + 2
 @bman33: Also he is just back from injury so probably not at full race speed. Come next season he will have a lot more time on the big wheels and will be comfortable with them. I think 29ers do really suit Gwins direct and strong riding style.
  • - 2
 @bman33: If that were the case, explain why every single pro ALWAYS rides whatever the newest thing is? The pro's are almost certainly, contractually obligated to ride what the company wants them to. However, I'm sure there are lines in the contract detailing the involvement the pro has in the making of, and production of, said product; in addition to support from the company in modifying the product to best aid in the success of the pro. And it's not just today, talk to a few old timers and they'll tell you it's been happening years. There's a reason companies will change frame geometries by just millimeters for a pro's racing bike; it's so they'll keep using that model, so the company can market it more. Also, just because it isn't in production yet, doesn't mean they're not trying to market it already. This again happens all the time, just look at the auto industry.
  • + 1
 @shaun-ridefast-michael: you have valid points. However, the 27.5 is a current year model and is proven . In this specific case, why would a company demand/force a rider to ride a prototype in a one off race with that exposer? Yes, they want to build hype. Trek has 29", nobody rode them. GT can run either size, etc.
I'll stand by opinion (yes, everyone has them) regardless of Gwin having a choice.
  • + 1
 @bman33: didnt kade ride a 29er to the win in juniors?
  • + 1
 @mickswappa: He may have. I know Gee went back and forth on the 29/27.5. Rachel stayed on 27.5. Vali Holl and Angel were on 27.5 (not a 'big' of name as Gwin but....). Yes, racers are under contract to develop and run XYX product. But with that, Gwin and Martin crafted that team precisely how they wanted to with the specific sponsors they tested and approved of. As I said earlier, I stand by my position that Gwin had a choice of bikes.
  • - 2
 @bman33: I mean you have to be clueless to think a new 29dh bike is available and Gwin is not going to ride it. At the end, who sings the paycheck has the last word. And gwin is not going to argue becuase he is not a kid.
  • + 0
 @RedRedRe: I stand by my position. If they wanted to push them, all 3 racers would have been on them. I was in and out of the industry for a bit a while back and have been around a good bit. That said, I bet I am not alone in pointing out the irony of you calling out a comment as 'clueless' considering the last handful of your posts.
I happily stand by in my 'clueless state' Cheers!
  • + 2
 @bman33: also it was a no lose situtation for Gwin to test out the 29. He was coming back from injury and probably wasn't going to win worlds based on current form.
  • + 1
 @RedRedRe: This is just not true- a racer will run what they feel comfortable with, even on gear that they are not sponsored by. Blacked out tires (even Gwin did this), blacked out stems & handlebars (SC Syndicate did this this year), blacked out cranks (Specialized Gravity) etc. etc. YT definitely allows him to run any product YT makes, so he would have free reign to run the 27.5 or 29er. He's clearly stated that he normally rides 29ers for every other type of mtn riding he does and he feels like the 29er is the way to go. It's far less about brands forcing the top riders to be on a certain bike or product and more what they feel like being on that day.
  • + 1
 @fartymarty: your statement makes a great point
  • + 1
 I think the idea was 'Gwin wins at world's on 29er, launch 29er, watch the mindless folks all rush to buy them 'cuz 29ers are the fastest bro, Gwin proved that at world's''. Didn't work though
  • + 5
 I always like to see when somebody can pull himself up from injuries and shitty seasons and prove that he has a place in the team. Angel did it this year, respect... The dude is talented and hard working I guess there is more to come from him if he continues like this.
  • + 6
 LOL I saw Neko on that truck/trailer excursion in Virginia!
  • + 5
 Angel would have been 4th or 5th if he did not crash... best run ever from him i'd say
  • + 4
 Such a cool group of guys, what a team! Don't worry Gwin you'll take worlds next year!
  • + 16
 .......or maybe the year after
  • + 7
 Definitely the one after that then.
  • + 11
 ......... Current training regimen has him peaking for World Champs 2021!!!
  • + 5
 Congrats to Angel on a full season! Good luck next season.
  • + 4
 At least we know who will star in the sequel for "Won't Back Down".
  • + 2
 Wonder if it would make a difference if Aaron had use his old tues?
  • + 2
 likely yes. whether positive or negative, who knows. but likely yes it would have made a difference
  • + 1
 Did Neko not make the US team?
  • + 4
 Yes but he was injured.
  • + 1
 He is the US champion, who also happens to have a broken arm or something.
  • + 2
 @hamncheez: thanks. Not sure how I missed he was injured.
  • + 0
 @6:56 gettin that post-run secondhand smoke on
  • + 0
 I love CHAMIPIONSHIPS!
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