PRESS RELEASE: Unior/Devinci Factory Racing
We’re proud to welcome Kirk McDowall to Unior/Devinci Factory Racing Team, for the 2019 UCI World Cup DH season. Kirk joins American Dakotah Norton and Slovenian Jure Zabjek to complete this international trio. The squad will be riding the new Wilson 29 DH bike at all of the stops on this year’s World Cup circuit, which kicks off April 27th in Maribor, in case you were planning on holding your breath.
Hailing from Vancouver, Kirk has been a staple on the Canadian downhill scene for almost a decade, riding on Devinci through Dunbar Cycles. He’s a sound bet for the win on any track, having claimed the title of National Champion in 2016 and 2017.
Growing up racing BC Cups on some of this continent’s most consistently gnarly, steep, and often wet tracks has given Kirk the type of bike handling skills that work on any terrain. He’s proven it with strong finishes at European Crankworx events in 2018, with a 3rd place in Les Gets and a 4th place finish in Innsbruck. Then followed up with two more top 10 finishes at Crankworx Whistler in the Canadian Open and Garbanzo DH. It looks like hauling ass was trending by the time 2018 came to a close.
So, be sure to check out Kirk on the ol’ gram @kirkmcdowall and follow along with the rest of the @uniordevinci team this season as the boys take on the world in search of more fast times.
Welcome to the team, bud. Stick on the ice.
Looks fast standing still.
No stranger to roost or roots, Kirk is ready for whatever the schedule throws his way.
The hallowed steeps of Mt Prevost have shaped the careers of Canada’s best downhill racers. McDowall is no stranger, here.
Speed is no optical illusion with Kirk, the guy rides with the control and subtle movements that come from years spent between the tape.
It may look like he’s emerging from the depths of BC’s rainforests, but the 2016 and 2017 Canadian National Champ is no stranger to racing at the highest level.
What came first, the photographer or the cinematographer? Kirk doesn’t seem to care.
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Filmmaker: Scott Secco
Photographer: Margus Riga
Behind the scene : Connor Macleod