Aaron Gwin – "As a Racer, You Just Want to Destroy People Every Weekend" - Video

Jan 5, 2018 at 5:43
by Alex Evans  

YT has launched three new videos featuring their star downhill racer, Aaron Gwin, freerider Andreu Lacondeguy and IXS Rookies winner Valentina Höll.





137 Comments

  • 235 2
 I discovered my Young Talent at 14 but then I went blind, be careful lads.
  • 107 0
 I reckon YT are going to surprise everyone and open a chain of fish and chip shops across North America...
  • 17 1
 I think they might start with 29 shops.
  • 29 10
 It could be Fish and chips if it were Orange, with YT it’s Wurst und Kartofeln!
  • 8 3
 I wonder if the americans have ever had fish and chips (without travelling to the UK) - I mean UK style fat chips and battered fish...oh and battered chips, the just take things to a whole new level.
  • 25 2
 We're more 'burger and fries' kinda people here.
  • 7 3
 @WAKIdesigns: Currywurst FTW!
  • 3 1
 @masonstevens: We are fully into the burger and fries here too, funny how your junk crossed the pond here and our junk has stayed put (im from the UK)
  • 5 0
 @Racer951: Don't forget mushy peas, curry sauce, or the scots alternative: white pudding supper.
  • 2 0
 @Steventux: whats a white pudding supper? Is it as rank as it sounds?
  • 2 0
 @Racer951: we have
  • 1 0
 @masonstevens: Darn right!
  • 2 0
 @Racer951: true but you ruin those fries with all that mayo!
  • 5 5
 @Chadimac22: My gf has spent a bit of time in your part of the world and was really into the cheese / bacon combo on your fries.

If you ask for 'cheesy chips' (a staple for girls after a night out) in the UK you get grated cheddar on chips.

Nah, mayo on fries isnt something we do, is it Greece etc where they do that?
  • 6 0
 @Racer951: the Scots take it to whole new level with battered mars bars
  • 3 2
 @Racer951: that's because our junk is better!
  • 8 5
 @mikeyspaff: hahahahahah I haven't been to Scotland yet but if I go I need to try the Deep Fried Mars Bar. My only worry is that if I ask someone where to buy one they will punch me in the face.
  • 5 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Any good chip shop will do it for you.
My mate once had a deep fried cream egg, said it was amazing. It looked rank lol.
  • 3 5
 wait.. i thought fish and chips were Australian..?

Together with our battered pineapple rings and battered bananas Big Grin
  • 1 0
 @mikeyspaff: for a a while people were battering all sorts, Christmas pudding was one.

I kinda want to try a battered mars bar now....
  • 2 0
 @Racer951: i wish fish and chips is battered fish and french fries
  • 1 4
 @g-42: the Fish and chips in the Uk are terribad. You need to cone to tge Antipodes to get decent fish and chops
  • 3 0
 I'm from Wigan, famous for Wigan pier. I was distraut when driving through squamish to discover a Wigan pier chippy. Sorry.
  • 4 0
 Heard fish populations have declined ever since the invention of carbon frames, though.
  • 2 0
 @g-42: Everytime I visit Germany from Canada I make it a point to get Currywurst. In Hamburg that's where it's at.
  • 2 0
 @Racer951: I remember mayonnaise on fries in Belgium...then wash it down with a beer or Coca-Cola. A staple at all CX races.
  • 12 2
 @WAKIdesigns: if you come to Switzerland I can punch you in the face without the need for you to ask for anything!
  • 1 0
 @kwapik: Beer sold everywhere is a 'euro' thing, we dont do it in the UK but in mainland europe you can get a small beer at pretty much any place that sells food like mcdonalds etc - do you guys do that in the USA?

(a small beer is probably healthier than a coke anyway...)
  • 2 1
 @WAKIdesigns: it's called a Glasgee kiss ????
  • 4 0
 @Racer951: i've never seen anybody using the words "small" and "beer" in one sentence
  • 1 0
 @Racer951: Sadly, Budweiser was popular in the UK when I lived there, that was 20 years ago, however.
  • 1 0
 @Racer951: We don't do it either. No beer or wine at what we call "fast food" restaurants.

And you're probably right about beer vs Coke/Pepsi/etc..
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Deep fried Pizza, you will most definitely be punched though.
  • 1 3
 @beggers87: what would happen to me if I approached a mid agesd man in Glasgow and told him with a foreign accent: Hey Jimmy can ya tell me where can I get me a wee Scottish deep fried Mars Bar?
  • 1 2
 @santoman - there is actually a chance I’ll come to Basil for an architectural study trip this year.
  • 1 0
 @Racer951: oh yes.
  • 1 0
 @Racer951: I have. Most restaurants that offer 'fish and chips' here are lazy and give you French fries instead of chips.
  • 1 0
 fush n chups bro or from Australia its feeeesh n cheeeeeps maaate yeeeeaaa yeeeeaaaa
  • 1 0
 @Steventux: Black Pudding or Haggis suppers are far superior. Also Chips Cheese and Gravy.
  • 1 0
 @WAKIdesigns: I live in Zürich, so you might be safe from getting a (free) knuckle sandwich from me! BTW, Basel is just a stone throw away from the Vosgues. There is awesome riding there.
  • 1 3
 @therealtylerdurden: the US really wrote the book on producing 'junk'
  • 67 1
 I think the whole “you build yourself” thing at the end is foreshadowing of new bike configuration tools on their site. Custom YT FTW.
  • 109 1
 This comment appears to use logic and deductive reasoning and therefore should be flagged by Pinkbike moderators. No room for that kind if discussion here.
  • 9 0
 @OriginalDonk: Sorry, I hadn't had my coffee yet.
  • 4 1
 @OriginalDonk: God, I hope they don't make a e-bike. What will all of the hombres do? I guess you gotta pay Gwin somehow...
  • 2 1
 @hangdogr: coffee? You mean 8 Monsters right?
  • 3 0
 @therealtylerdurden: I only drink Monster to wash down 5 Hour Energy shots.
  • 69 6
 The correct quote would be “if you’re a racer, you want to destroy people every weekend “.

I rarely post but I wanted to watch the video because the article title seemed somewhat outside of his character.
  • 62 3
 slightly taken out of context, smells like clickbait Big Grin
  • 24 1
 sensationalism in 'journalism'? nah.
  • 19 0
 Agree, taken out of context. Great motivational video from Gwin. Looking forward to see him race again!
  • 7 0
 Thanks for the correction – my ears weren't quite on top form!
  • 11 19
flag WAKIdesigns (Jan 5, 2018 at 6:55) (Below Threshold)
 When you click bait you just want bro title every weekend
  • 1 0
 Thanks Alex, for the correction.
  • 3 0
 Did you not see the color hair..never make that mistake
  • 18 7
 @literally: News Flash! Pinkbike is not journalism. Pinkbike is advertising.
  • 1 0
 @PinkyScar: hence the ticks around 'journalism'. we all know what this place is really about.
  • 2 0
 No one sees the humor in a click bait title being used for an article about advertising?
  • 1 0
 @PinkyScar: Nailed it!
  • 1 0
 @PinkyScar: I thought Pinkbike was porn
  • 1 1
 @alexcgevans: 1:51. Your ears are fine, unless mine aren't. Omission of middle part of quotation could have been indicated by [...] and stuttering by dashes, but that's mostly academic.
  • 41 1
 Here we are arguing about a few mm difference in fork offset, and this 16 year old girl is faster than all of us.
  • 19 0
 Can’t wait for her to be old enough for the elite WC. Dis gon be good
  • 19 0
 She even just turned 16! ...and was faster than a WC Elite women while racing the IXS-DH-Cup last year Realy excited to see her in WC-Racing this year. GO VALLIIIIII!!!
  • 7 0
 yes! more fast women in racing. look forward to some new young blood in the womens pool. hopefully she can shake things up and push everyone even more!
  • 3 0
 Bloody amazing the way she moves that bike around....she’s gotten used to beating the boys and is training with Gwin..who knows what’s possible
  • 2 0
 Stoked to see young girls like her racing. Looking forward to see what she can do. Hopefully Red Bull will have some video of her racing or if they don't YT will probably have a post race video 5 minutes after the finals.
  • 2 0
 @Ride406orDie: She's got some style!
  • 17 0
 Love the quotes about when to stop riding. "I'll be that 98 year old dude cruising around the streets with a grocery bag trying to launch it off a curb." -Gwin...Or Andreu's take, "You stop when you're done. When you can't even move anymore or you just die." Truth!
  • 1 0
 Amen, brother!
  • 5 0
 Thats me now. The wife and I rented beach cruisers a few years ago for the week we were in Key West. All I wanted to do was lauch that thing off any little curb I could find.
  • 17 0
 I liked all the videos but I was most impressed by Valentina as I already knew what to expect from the guys. The girls is fast and good to watch her riding I guess her name will be well known in the coming years... Eight year contract is a great move from YT.
  • 23 2
 Aaron Gwin is Josh Homme
  • 15 2
 Except that Aaron isn't a douche to his fans.
  • 5 0
 Is he kicking girls in the face now
  • 14 0
 Valentina Höll is one to watch,great pace on her
  • 11 1
 What do the videos mean? YT is building their brand like everyone else, except they are focusing their brand on real stories told by real people. Less gloss, more authenticity. LOVE.
  • 12 0
 Essential oils for the #extreme
  • 1 0
 Sage smudging sticks to feed your Capra?
  • 14 2
 Andreu “you stop when you die”
  • 2 4
 Hopefully you don't die due to a riding accident, then I m ok
  • 9 0
 I think they're gonna keep making bikes and sponsoring rippers. Maybe they will look into a grassroots program, that be cool.
  • 5 0
 by the name of the channel they indeed are starting a grassroots program
  • 2 0
 Yep, sounds like a grassroots development program is in the works, which would be awesome. If you want to improve the sport, that's the way to do it.
  • 10 0
 Watch out DWC women, a new rider it's on the track and she is good... very good.
  • 6 0
 I think that the campaign is pretty clever! With the background of the company being to provide competition worthy bikes at an affordable price for the "Young Talent" to actually afford, the "Young' part doesn't exactly fit a lot of people in the current customer base. I have been riding for about 3 years now and only kind of seriously for the last year which have been upon my Jeffsy 29. Approaching the age of 40 now, this sport has woken me up and changed me for the better, losing 32 pounds in 2 months helping me to feel young shredding around with friends like I used to at the age of 7. Any bike brand will do the same for anyone but I found YT's pricing to be my avenue into a solid build without hitting the 5-6K range.
  • 13 0
 'Young' is a mindset not a number...I think thats kinda the point of this whole video series.
  • 8 0
 Lacondeguy only gets to compete "once" a year and still gets sponsored by RB, Fox and YT? Show how much of a ledge he is!
  • 5 0
 At the same time he does more for the scene than any WC DH racer would. He's more like a public character or a legend. He just puts his skills in different things than podium-rankings.
  • 1 0
 kind of like Matt Hunter (who doesn't compete at all) and the Claw? Or does Claw compete in more than Rampage?
  • 2 0
 @jojotherider1977: They've more turned to "ambassadors" of the sport...
  • 2 0
 @Mattin: Peaty, Rachel Atherton and a few others have done a shitload for the sport as well.
  • 1 0
 Fest series has been amazing thus far.
  • 9 1
 I think they're about to start the YT Grom Mob
  • 1 0
 This. With proper kids bikes. Propain is ahead of everyone else with kids bikes/team. Please make it happen YT.
  • 5 0
 Did anyone watch their other videos of the Ironman lady and animal guy? Yeah, it's a line of kids bikes. Man, the YT guys have their crap together. First time I've been stoked watching an Ironman video...
  • 6 0
 I think they're just keepn the party goin..minor updates. Very sick brand and stoked yt is local to me now.
  • 6 0
 I'm chrisjk and I'm 24, I have yet to discover my young talent.
  • 6 1
 Just such a sick way of building the brand! Big Grin
  • 5 0
 yt loves doing this cryptic stuff. and i suppose you can say it works.
  • 10 0
 maybe we gonna see the yt coin ? i found my talent for investing into cryptocurrencies in 2018 and you can too.
  • 4 1
 I don't think this "Means" anything. They are just showcasing there riders in the down part of the season. Releasing content so we can watch something.
  • 5 0
 The company that makes the bike I ride is a bit weird.
  • 2 0
 Andreu's motivation to ride is truly inspirational. No attitude, not pushing it so that people look up to him and he can feel superior. Just riding because he loves doing it. And he just happens to be extremely skilled.
  • 4 0
 "riding bikes, you never get tired of it". well said Andreu and probably the best pun 2018 ;-)
  • 3 0
 Andreu: “when your 16, you can land on your neck and nothing happens, when you are older your body can take less”.... cut to fest series and rampage runs. Love this guy.
  • 6 1
 Cody Kelley
  • 3 0
 That's a pretty sick little Orange half-stack in the background of Gwin's video.
  • 2 0
 good eye
  • 3 0
 This article title, very much like YT's advertisement campaign, is designed entirely to generate views.
  • 2 0
 They're starting an inspirational YouTube series with lots of inspiring quotes and chill out music. Or maybe just a grassroots program.
  • 4 0
 Russia. Just saying.
  • 3 0
 Jeezs, jus show the new bike already.
  • 3 0
 Super stoked to see what’s coming.
  • 3 0
 I *think* they will unveil a 29" DH Race bike at the WC.

P"
  • 2 0
 The videos have all their bikes but the Capra... Tues, Jeffsy, Dirt... no Capra, nada, nothing, zero
  • 3 0
 Remember a while back - Markus Flossmann posted "Sometimes something has to come to an end before something wonderful new can rise".

Maybe a new model or an updated Capra? How about both a 27.5 & 29 Capra? Perhaps a new Noton? :-)
  • 1 0
 @kwapik: can't imagine them not having an enduro bike as this would be pretty much unique these days. Might be a different named bike but as all YT bikes are quite similar (linkage, front triangle, fun oriented etc) it wouldn't be much different than the Capra I'd say. Probably just a fresh version with 'modern' reach figures, boost and a lower bb...
  • 1 0
 @bonkywonky: Yeah, they'll have an enduro bike for sure. I really won't be surprised to see both a 27.5 and 29 Capra at some point.

Also, thinking more about his message. He might be referring to their dj bikes. Or the announcement is going to be an e-bike.
  • 1 0
 I want to demo a yt before buying,just wish that was easier.however the comments above just make me hungry for deep fried food,pinkbike is a strange place like that
  • 2 1
 There are more videos in the series- animal rescuer? Nun triathelete? WTF YT???
  • 2 0
 Yes, saw the animal rescue guy one this morning, that was strange, no bikes or riding mentioned.
  • 2 0
 @djm35: Yeah pretty odd...
  • 2 2
 A new (bring it back) version of the FS SS Play?
I think FS SS bikes are the future when I look at how many dummed down flow trails are being built. #26risefromthedead
  • 2 2
 I almost reckon that they are going to launch a grom/youth bike.
Because of all of the "I discovered my young Talent when I was....." quotes.
  • 2 0
 Andreu shuttle rig is cooler than yours
  • 1 0
 YT’s blinking glitch graphics animations makes me think Alex Jones is an investor.
  • 1 0
 I discovered the biomechanics techniques hacks pro riders use to be the best in the world like aaron gwin.
  • 1 0
 Looking in the YT site, all their Race and Pro Model bikes are sold out.
  • 3 0
 Been sold out for months in the US.
  • 1 0
 Where is Jordie Lunn!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 I wanna have mtb girlfriend. Move to a mountain town with her.
  • 1 0
 holy fuck that girl has steeze
  • 1 0
 Slopestyle 26" - 100/100, 3spd, bulletproof build, the way Kelly liked it
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