Aaron Gwin (World Champion 2016) - The YT Mob

Aaron Gwin

California, USA

Objectives for 2017

  • Defend World Cup Overall Title
  • World Championships
  • Host more clinics for younger riders

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Name: Aaron Gwin
Nick Name: AG, Gwinny, Gwinner
Date of Birth: December 24, 1987
Height (cm): 178
Weight (kg): 77
Residence: San Diego, USA

Questionnaire

Why do you ride:
Because it's FUN!

What/who started you racing:
My parents, they got me my first BMX bike when I was 3 years old.

Weakness:
Junk food, but I see it more as a strength than a weakness!

Racing since:
1991 but DH since 2008.

Professional since:
2008

Best part of racing:
Winning

Hardest part:
Winning

Worst moment in career:
Crashing and hurting my shoulder at the 2013 World Championships.

Best moment in career:
Winning the 2015 World Cup Title.

General career goals:
Win more, have fun more, stop crashing at the World Championships.

Favourite food:
Pancakes, Pizza, Ice Cream

Favourite drink:
Iced Coffee

Favourite reading:
Bible

Favourite music:
Too much to list

Best idea of having good time:
Riding anything with 2 wheels all day, then having an iced coffee afterwards.

Favourite place to travel to:
Too many places but the last new spot that I really enjoyed was Monaco (Monte-Carlo).

Favourite Downhill Track:
Leogang, Austria

Advice to beginners:
Have fun, learn and be patient.

Other sports:
Moto Cross, Motorcycle (street bike) riding, BMX

Other interests:
Motorcycles, cars, offroad truck racing, hangin' with friends, the beach.

If I was not a professional mountain biker...
Who knows what I'd be doing, but I'd be aiming to have fun!

  • 1st World Cup Overall
  • 1st World Cup Lourdes (FRA)
  • 1st World Cup Leogang (AUT)
  • 2nd World Cup Fort William (SCO)
  • 2nd World Cup Lenzerheide (SUI)
  • 2nd World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • 1st US National Championships

Year 2015 Highlights

  • 1st World Cup Overall
  • 1st World Cup Val Di Sole (ITA)
  • 1st World Cup Windham (USA)
  • 1st World Cup Leogang (AUT) with no chain
  • 1st World Cup Lourdes (FRA)
  • 2nd World Cup Fort William (SCO)
  • 1st US National Championships

2014 Highlights

  • 2nd Overall World Cup
  • 1st World Cup Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
  • 2nd World Cup Windham (USA)
  • 4th World Cup Cairns (AUS)
  • 4th World Cup Fort William (SCO)
  • 1st US National Championships

2013 Highlights

  • 5th World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • 6th World Cup Val Di Sole (ITA)
  • 10th World Cup Vallnord (AND)
  • 1st US National Championships

2012 Highlights

  • 1st World Cup Overall
  • 1st World Cup Val Di Sole (ITA)
  • 1st World Cup Windham (USA)
  • 1st World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • 1st World Cup Fort William (SCO)
  • 2nd World Cup Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
  • 1st US National Championships

2011 Highlights

  • 1st World Cup Overall
  • 1st World Cup Val Di Sole (ITA)
  • 1st World Cup Windham (USA)
  • 1st World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • 1st World Cup Leogang (AUT)
  • 1st World Cup Pietermaritzburg (RSA)
  • 3rd World Cup La Bresse (FRA)

2010 Highlights

  • 3rd World Cup Leogang (AUT)
  • 4th World Cup Fort William (SCO)
  • 4th World Cup Windham (USA)
  • 4th Overall World Cup

2009 Highlights

  • 3rd World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • 4th World Cup Schladming (AUT)
  • 5th World Cup Bromont (CAN)
  • 9th Overall World Cup

2008 Highlights

  • 8th World Cup Schladming (AUT)
  • 10th World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
Neko Mulally - The YT Mob

Neko Mulally

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Objectives for 2017

  • Race to win
  • Ride inside the W/Cup Top 10
  • Manage my time efficiently

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Name: Neko Mulally
Nick Name: Gnarly Mulally
Date of Birth: February 19, 1993
Height (cm): 182
Weight (kg): 82
Residence: Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

Questionnaire

Why do you ride:
I love being in the woods pushing my limits.

What/who started you racing:
My Dad raced the NORBA Nationals in the 90's and started my brother and I racing BMX at a young age.

Weakness:
Putting too much on my plate.

Most important people in your life and career:
My Mom: Carolyn; and Brother: Logan.

Racing since:
1999

Professional since:
2010

Best part of racing:
Achieving something greater than yourself as a team.

Hardest part:
Injuries.

Worst moment in career:
Breaking my arm before the start of the 2010 season. I had a great opportunity in my first year racing professionally and missed nearly the entire season.

Best moment in career:
Waking up on race day believing you can win.

General career goals:
Be proud of my results, push my limits and help drive the sport to be better. Help those around me achieve their goals.

Favourite food:
Sushi.

Favourite music:
The Rolling Stones.

Best idea of having good time:
Downhill or Motocross with friends.

Favourite place to travel to:
Portes du Soleil, France.

Most respected mountain bike riders:
Steve Peat, Stevie Smith, Greg Minnaar, Sam Hill, Brendog.

Other most respected athletes:
Bruce Lee, Ayrton Senna, Jimmie Johnson.

Favourite riding spots and courses:
Val di Sole, Chatel Bike Park.

Advice to beginners:
Wake up stoked to ride everyday.

Other sports:
Motocross, Cyclo Cross.

Other interests:
Trail Building.

If I was not a professional mountain biker...
I would be trying my hardest to be one.

  • Duryea Downhill - Reading (USA) - 1st
  • World Cup DH #2 - Cairns (AUS) - 23rd
  • World Cup DH #1 - Lourdes (FRA) - 45th
  • World Championships DH - 48th

2015 Highlights

  • World Championships Downhill - 25th
  • World Cup DH #7 - Val Di Sole (ITA) - 48th
  • World Cup DH #6 - Windham - 44th
  • Pro Gravity DH #4 - 1st
  • World Cup DH #4 - Lenzerheide (SUI) - 18th
  • World Cup DH #3 - Leogang (AUT) - 21st
  • Duryea Downhill - Reading (USA) - 1st
  • Pan-American DH Championships - 1st

2014 Highlights

  • World Cup Downhill Overall - 12th
  • World Championships Downhill - 4th
  • World Cup DH #6 - Windham - 25th
  • World Cup DH #5 - Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) - 17th
  • Pro Gravity DH #4 - 1st
  • US National DH Championships - 2nd
  • World Cup DH #4 - Leogang (AUT) - 18th
  • World Cup DH #3 - Fort William (SCO) - 23rd
  • Pro Gravity DH #2 - 2nd
  • World Cup DH #2 - Cairns (AUS) - 3rd
  • World Cup DH #1 - Pietermaritzburg - 8th

2013 Highlights

  • World Cup DH #6 - Leogang (AUT) - 15th
  • World Championships Downhill - 14th
  • World Cup DH #5 - Hafjell (NOR) - 11th
  • World Cup DH #3 - Vallnord (AND) - 16th
  • World Cup DH #2 - Val Di Sole - 15th
  • World Cup DH #1 - Fort William (SCO) - 25th

2012 Highlights

  • World Cup DH #7 - Hafjell - 19th
  • World Championships Downhill - 27th
  • US National DH Championships - 2nd
  • World Cup DH #5 - Windham (USA) - 36th
  • World Cup DH #1 - Pietermaritzburg - 14th

2011 Highlights

  • US National DH Championships - 1st
  • Junior World Downhill Champs - 47th
  • World Cup DH #5 - Windham (USA) - 27th
  • World Cup DH #4 - Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN) - 22nd

2010 Highlights

  • Junior World Downhill Champs - 2nd
Angel Suarez - The YT Mob

Angel Suarez

Vigo, Spain

Objectives for 2017

  • Try to be a consistent top 20 rider at the World Cups
  • Defend Spanish National Title
  • Continue learning

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Name: Angel Suarez
Nick Name: Pata Negra
Date of Birth: December 8, 1995
Height (cm): 186
Weight (kg): 77
Residence: Vigo, Spain

Questionnaire

Why do you ride:
It takes you to amazing places, and I love the sensation of going fast and getting my lines perfect.

What/who started you racing:
A friend gave me a bike to try when I was 16, and I just loved it from the beginning.

Weakness:
Getting injuries.

Maritial status:
Girlfriend.

Most important people in your life and career:
My family and my manager.

Racing since:
2013

Professional since:
2016

Best part of racing:
Getting recognised for achieving my goals

Hardest part:
Injuries always

Worst moment in career:
Season 2016 when I had some dislocations in both of my both shoulders and two surgeries at the end of the season, followed by the toughest recovery I've ever experienced.

Best moment in career:
Finish 16th at Lenzerheide World Cup 2015.

General career goals:
I would like to win a World Cup race one day and be a consistent Top 10 rider.

Favourite food:
Potatoes with eggs

Favourite reading:
Where Is the Limit? By Josef Ajram

Favourite music:
Techno, but a bit of everything.

Best idea of having good time:
Riding with my friends and travelling with the YT Mob.

Favourite place to travel to:
Bike Park Ponte De Lima in Portugal.

Most respected mountain bike riders:
Greg Minnaar, Aaron Gwin.

Other most respected athletes:
Rafa Nadal, Javier Gomez Noya.

Favourite Downhill Track:
Mont-Sainte-Anne, it's high speed and technical

Advice to beginners:
Training hard but enjoy more

Other sports:
Moto Cross

Other interests:
Going out with my friends

If I was not a professional mountain biker...
Working with my father in the Moto shop (www.sportpasion.com)

  • 23rd World Cup Leogang (AUT)
  • Spanish National Champion
  • 36th World Cup Mont-Sainte-Anne (CAN)
  • 37th World Cup Fort William (SCO)

2015 Highlights

  • 16th World Cup Lenzerheide (SUI)
  • 28th World Cup Val Di Sole (ITA)
  • 48th World Cup Leogang (AUT)

2014 Highlights

  • 18th European Cup Pila (ITA)
  • 48th Qualifying Meribel World Cup
  • 10th Enduro del Vigo, Bike Contest