Video: How Did Aaron Gwin Crash in Fort William?

Jun 4, 2019 at 2:41
by James Smurthwaite  

Cathro gets his investigative hat on and heads back up to the top of Aonach Mor to find out how exactly Gwin's cartwheel crash happened.

bigquotesAfter Aaron Gwin's wild crash I had a theory about how it happened but I needed to prove it. Engage detective mode.Ben Cathro



117 Comments

  • + 173
 And another great video by Ben. Glad you're making those, makes racing weekend and days after even more exciting. Excellent job.
  • + 17
 Blame it on the wheel size.
  • + 46
 @dobermon: Let the record officially show that @dobermon is not a fan of Cathro. Hopefully from this point on we can accept that we all dig different things and that's okay- and maybe not comment on all the Cathro videos you choose to watch with how you dislike his analysis, volume of talking, and person in general. I for one love them, find them helpful, and appreciate that they are being made. Thanks again Ben for the thoughtfulness and curiosity.
  • + 24
 @snl1200: With a profile quote of "better rider than you", do you expect him to be a reasonable and respectful human (like, the kind you'd want to ride/chat with)?
  • + 4
 @mammal: Yeah the less than pleasant cyber-demeanor is a real bummer given the wealth of skills and expertise they could no doubt grace us with- I mean seeing as how they are better than us and all. But for real @dobermon - no ill will- just wanted to counter the negative points as we, and I think a lot of people, have different views on them- hope you have a great day and get some riding in.
  • + 15
 @dobermon: please, do tell us all more....
  • - 1
 @endurocat: Blame it on the rain...
  • + 0
 @gasman1: Lol... looks like dobermon got the ban hammer. Poor socially maladjusted soul.
  • + 1
 @mammal: I was enjoying hearing about his mountain exploits. I guess the thought of having your own private mountain is too much for most people to handle. Something tells me he is out there hucking right now.
  • + 0
 @jorgeposada: Something tells me he's completely full crap... but maybe that's just me.
  • + 1
 @mammal: I actually have known him for about 15 years, he originally from Brooklyn. Moved out to the mountains about a year ago and scored this sick spot. Have seen some pictures but will be going out to see him in august. Honestly he put in tons of work already and barely scratched the surface. Spot is insanely massive, I have to get in a car and drive hours for what he has out the back door lol. Pretty sure he out there getting dirty right now.
  • + 0
 @jorgeposada: Huh, fair enough man! Based on his profile (joined this year, 10 years old, from some random country, claims to be a better rider than everyone), I assumed he was full of it. Have fun riding his zone.
  • + 1
 @jorgeposada welcome to Pinkbike man! Noticing you joined right about the moment @dobermon disappeared. Fascinating. If you do bump into him wish him well in his amazing zone. Enjoy.
  • - 1
 @snl1200: Wow hahahhaha! Honestly why hate on real mountain builders. Personally I'm jealous he has steep rippage out the back door while I sit in traffic. Will give you a report if we get this trip together in august. Spoke with him tonight and no pinkbike anything was mentioned at all.
  • + 0
 @jorgeposada: Ha, "real mountain bikers"... As opposed to all the fake ones running around here. Anybody in this sport who thinks their better than everyone can go hang out by themselves and ride solo.
  • + 0
 @mammal: Jealous much hahahaha. I couldn't care if you ride with Santa Claus. Don't be a fake rider, pick up a shovel.
  • + 1
 @jorgeposada: Yep, super jealous about supposed riders on PB... Been mountain biking for 20 years, I dig trails, ride other people's trails, and also have the pleasure of periodically riding Whistler and other Sea-to-Sky gems. But hey, this is no d*ck waving contest, I got nothing to prove. Hence my comment about "gasman" claiming his riding superiority. Social media douches can get bent, along with those who invent temporary alias' amidst their delusions of grandeur.
  • + 1
 @jorgeposada: *dobermon* not "gasman". Too late to edit.
  • + 0
 @mammal: Sounds like your describing yourself, you know whoever smelt it dealt it status.
  • + 1
 @jorgeposada: Well, I've only got one profile on PB (since 2002), and never made an alternate. I don't ever claim to be better than everyone, so not sure where you're getting that "describing yourself" comment. Like snl was saying, you and dobermon are the same dude, judging by the ban time vs. your new account, and I'm just calling BS when I see it. Welcome to Pinkbike "jorge".
  • + 0
 @mammal: Enough about you lets talk about you
  • + 100
 Excellent coverage Cathro! Now let's find out how Pierron didn't crash at the finish ?!?!?
  • + 37
 My guess would be several thousand hours spent in the gym. Same for Remi Thirion’s save.
  • + 8
 i watched it frame by frame, there is apoint where his bike is basically vertical -just insane
  • + 34
 It was the most importent pushup Amaury ever had to do.
  • + 13
 Slack af head angle
  • + 16
 Great analysis Ben but i thought we would see you talking to AG after your analysis and get his take on the theory.
  • + 1
 This video needs making.
  • + 2
 @Rubberelli: "It was the most importent pushup Amaury ever had to do."

Exactly. Doing push-ups is like wearing a helmet for mountain bikers.
  • + 91
 Gwin is a class act. To be that good at something and have the humility that he does to do and interview after what was probably a super disappointing weekend for him is just another example of it.
  • - 14
flag cuban-b (Jun 4, 2019 at 7:24) (Below Threshold)
 Yeah I never see any other pros do that.
  • + 20
 @cuban-b: just because other pros are gracious and humble doesn’t make Gwinn less so
  • - 7
flag cuban-b (Jun 4, 2019 at 8:12) (Below Threshold)
 @lognar: never said he was. I’m a Gwin fan so we’re good.
  • - 2
 The Bay Area cuck @cuban-b is gracing us with his presence once again. He’s the real class act.
  • + 1
 @nvranka: therefore the classy thing to do at this point is to attempt to insult an entire geographical region in response.
  • + 7
 That was hilarious!
  • + 3
 That was hilarious!
  • + 4
 I just fell apart..... Oh s$%* man that was funny.
  • + 1
 @pedaldragger: well then put yourself back together
  • + 4
 I like this version better:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnPUe80oBZw
  • + 43
 Intense
  • + 9
 YThere are so many rocks?
  • - 11
flag vinay (Jun 4, 2019 at 4:52) (Below Threshold)
 @mihauek: A Yeti Specialized in Trekking must have kicked them up.
  • + 29
 Can't we just blame it on ENVE for shits and giggs?
  • + 14
 Kudos to the original video owner sharing his video so openly
  • + 5
 And it's in landscape!
  • + 11
 I vote for CSI Cathro (Crash Scene Investigator) to be a thing!



(Yes, I stole this comment from a youtube comment)
  • + 9
 Ha ha, that was my comment.

@bencathro if you want to use it fill your boots.
  • + 8
 Great content yet again from Cathro. Gwin is a real class act, glad he walked away from that one. Walking away from that crash is a testament to the physical training Gwin puts in, makes me want to go do more strength and flexibility.
  • + 9
 M3 thinks he doth cartwheel splendidly
  • + 3
 If it happened like ben diagnosed, it was a driver error. Plain and simple. maybe aaron took this line on the edge of the board walk on every run before. But this time he was pushed by the wind outwards while mentally already focussed on the corner.
  • + 7
 "Nek minnit"
  • + 1
 Too true!
  • + 3
 In the pre season video, they were in the gym and Gwinner was teaching Jack about if you get too close to the bar then your arms fold and you go over. In this case, he was just proving his point.
  • + 6
 Gwin is a good sport. Good for him but can’t wait for the Wynn TV
  • + 5
 yeah i was surprised how much he was smiling in this video. wonder if its just him being a good sport or if Cathro is just that nice of a dude that he disarms people who are in a sour mood?
  • + 5
 I need this level of analysis for all of the Friday Fail videos.
  • + 3
 Won’t be listening to “Down by the Boardwalk” for a while that’s for sure.....
  • + 3
 at all places to Fall like that at Fort-Bill , thank Powers that be it was over there not somewhere else.
  • + 3
 In the words of Tyrese "Ejecto seato cuz!!!!!"
  • + 1
 David Bowie - Space Oddity - 'This is Major Tom to ground control, I've stepped through the door, I'm floating in the most piacular way'
  • + 2
 I'll take cathro's investigative hat over his millennial swag, straight brim dollar sign hat
  • + 1
 So either Gwin couldn't keep his bike on the trail or the tire was flat before hitting the turn. Why wouldn't Cathro share his theory with Gwin?
  • + 3
 So did Gwin agree with the diagnosis of what went wrong?
  • + 4
 Nice one Cathro!
  • + 4
 OMG...RKO outta nowhere!
  • + 2
 Jezus, I had to take some advil in sympathy... rag dolled!!
  • + 2
 God's punishements cranked up lately
  • + 23
 someone modify the video with a lightning strike please!
  • + 3
 Gwin seems to be getting the Hiob treatment.
  • + 11
 Wow! So creative! Hardly anyone on this website makes fun of his religion.
  • - 2
 It was Sunday after all. That’s his day for a break
  • + 4
 Smote
  • + 1
 @dwmetalfab: It's 2019. Let's make religion funny again.
  • + 1
 @colincolin: Blasphemy, Blaspha-U, Jesus Christ, the blackest Jew.
  • + 1
 The Lord's work for sure!
  • + 1
 NOUP votes for NOFX?
  • + 2
 Has anyone made a "this is Sparta edit yet?”
  • + 1
 YT MOB person at 3:15 checking on Gwin without actually saying nothing.
  • + 2
 Gnarly endo.
  • + 1
 Gwin definitely needs 36 inches wheels...
  • + 1
 Fine margins, an inch here, an inch there, can make all the difference
  • + 1
 Excellent video!
  • + 1
 FMB World Tour
  • + 1
 The Gwin Catcher!
  • + 1
 Makes me go OOOWW
  • - 1
 Wears ear plugs due to the wind ! Is the wind that noisy ?
  • + 5
 Not for you or I but for an elite level rider... every bit of distraction that can be removed makes a difference.
  • - 1
 @Mattysville: I think some pros say to not wear ear plugs/headphones because it takes one of your senses away. Some believe flow and balance is better achieved with full sensory ability.
  • + 5
 He explained it in more detail on Wynn TV - because it's extra windy at Fort William, and because of his injury - he wanted to focus his attention and try remove any outside noises
  • + 4
 Yeah, this is the same reason some of the elites ride blindfolded and with a nose plug.
  • + 1
 i used to wear them at whiteface mtn and some other mountains. it was more for protection since i work in audio (im a sound editor on Bob's Burgers, and mix records).

its actually pretty calming to ride with ear plugs.
  • + 1
 @ampb100: always gotta wear protection. Ps- when are you making an east coast trip? Let's ride Creek.
  • + 1
 @skills25: well loooook whooo it issssss
  • + 1
 @ampb100: I feel like “well look who it is” should have sufficed. issssss sounds like hissing.
  • + 2
 @cuban-b: well, look. It issssss who.
  • - 1
 amateur ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
  • - 3
 Just blame the mechanic ...
  • - 5
flag KondziuNS (Jun 4, 2019 at 4:39) (Below Threshold)
 What's that reference to, I seem to have missed something
  • + 8
 Just stop it...
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