Aaron Gwin

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Aaron Gwin
Personal information
Full name Aaron Holmes Gwin
Born (1987-12-24) December 24, 1987 (age 28)
Team information
Discipline Mountain bike racing
Role Rider
Rider type Downhill
Professional team(s)
- Specialized Racing

Aaron Holmes Gwin is an American professional downhill mountain biker from Morongo Valley, California. He is a three-time World Cup overall champion.

Race Career[edit]

Aaron Gwin started his cycling career off early racing BMX from age 4, by age 8 Gwin was racing all the nationals. At age 12 Gwin moved on to motocross and raced up until he was 17 when he quit due to constant injuries. In 2008 at age 20 Gwin was loaned a bike by fellow professional downhill racer and good friend Cody Warren and was encouraged to compete in a race. In his first race in the Fontana Winter Series he got 3rd and began racing from then on, quickly signing with Yeti Cycles.[1] For breaking onto the international World Cup scene after about 8 months of riding downhill, he became wide-known.[2]

Many saw Gwin as the savior for US downhilling on the international scene since his 10th-place finish at the Mont Sainte-Anne World Cup in 2008 was the first American top 10 finish since 2004.[3] He has since won two United States National Championships for Downhill, in 2009 and in 2010. Both were held in SolVista, Colorado.

In 2011 and 2012 Gwin dominated the UCI World Cup downhill series. Gwin won 5 of 7 World Cup races in 2011, and finished 13th at the UCI World Championships in Champery.[4] In 2012, Gwin once again dominated the circuit, taking first place in 4 of 6 World Cup races. He finished in a disappointing 128th at World Championships in Leogang.

The year 2013 was a bad one for Aaron with unexpected poor results culminating in an accident involving a tree at the World Championships[5]

Returning with a vengeance his 2014 and 2015 campaigns continued to provide International respect for Gwin, Although with only one 1st in the World Cup along with the USA National Championships in 2014. His racing showed recovery from his 2013 setbacks but whose runs remain notoriously plagued with, what some think, the worst luck on the circuits, such as this run in Leogang at the UCI MTB World Cup in 2014 where his tyre flatted as he left the start then came off [6] or this now famous ride from 2015 again at Leogang UCI MTB World Cup where his chain broke on the start line and he put in a text-book perfect pedal stoke-less ride holding his speed to win the race.[7]

Riding style[edit]

Much of Gwin's style and skill come from his motocross days, and his whips and jumping technique show it in videos. He also gained a lot of flow from racing BMX for so many years, bringing him success in Dual Slalom and Mountain Cross. Aaron left the Yeti team to join the Trek World Racing Team in November 2010 after relocating to Temecula, CA. During his time at Trek World Racing, he won two World Cup Overall titles, in 2011 and 2012. On January 7, 2013, it was announced that Aaron would be riding for Specialized Racing, replacing Sam Hill on the team. His team mate at Specialized is Troy Brosnan.

Aaron Gwin racing at Lourdes (2015 World Cup 1st round)

Results[edit]

2008
10th place, Sea Otter Classic Downhill
7th place, MSC #2 Chalk Creek Stampede Mountain Cross
1st place, MSC #2 Chalk Creek Stampede Dual Slalom
4th place, Deer Valley National Dual Slalom
4th place, Deer Valley National Downhill
1st place, MSC #5 Blast the Mass Downhill
10th place, 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec Canada
34th place, 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Bromont, Quebec, Canada
1st place, MSC #7 Snowmass G3 Downhill
1st place, MSC #9 MSC Gravity Finals Downhill[8]
8th place, 2008 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #8 Schladming, Austria[9]
2009
17th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
14th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 La Bresse France
16th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Vallnord Andorra
9th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Fort William, Scotland
14th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Maribor Slovenia
1st place, USAC National Downhill Championships, Sol Vista Colorado USA
3rd place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
5th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #7 Bromont, Quebec, Canada
1st place, MSC #3 Blast the Mass Downhill, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA
21st place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Stromlo, Canberra, Australia
4th place, 2009 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #8 Schladming, Austria
2010
2nd place, Sea Otter Classic Downhill
7th place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Maribor, Slovenia
1st place, IXS German Cup, Winterberg, Germany
4th place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 Fort William, Scotland
3rd place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Leogang, Austria
24th place, MSC #3 Blast the Mass Downhill, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA
1st place, MSC #4 Blast the Mass Downhill, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA
1st place, USAC National Downhill Championships, Sol Vista Colorado USA
8th place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Champerey, [France]
14th place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Val di Sole, [Italy]
4th place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 Windham, New York State, USA
4th place, 2010 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec, Canada
2011
1st place overall for the 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, the first American to ever win a World Cup Overall Title[10] and the first man to win 5 World Cup DH races in one season:[11]
1st place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa[12]
5th place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 Fort William, Scotland[13]
1st place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Leogang, Austria[14]
1st place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Mont Sainte-Anne, Quebec[15]
1st place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Windham, New York, USA[16]
3rd place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 La Bresse, FRA[17]
1st place, 2011 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #7 Val di Sole, ITA[18]
1st place, US Open[19]
2012
1st place overall for the 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup[20]
2nd place, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa[21]
3rd place, Sea Otter Classic Downhill[22]
2nd place, Port Angeles Grand Prix Downhill[23]
1st place, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 Val Di Sole, Italy[24]
1st place, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Fort William, Scotland
1st place, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Mont Saint Anne, Canada
1st place, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Windham, USA
5th place, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 Val D'Isere, France (After this race he clinched his 2nd UCI Mountain Bike World Cup championship)
83rd place, Leogang, UCI MTB World Championships 2012 Austria
DNF, 2012 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #7 Hafjell Bike Park, Norway
2013
1st place, Sea Otter Classic Downhill Monterey, California, USA
20th place, 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Fort William,
6th place, 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 Val di Sole, [Italy]
10th place, 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Vallnord Andorra
1st place, USAC National Downhill Pro Championships, Angel Fire New Mexico USA
5th place, 2013 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Mont Saint Anne, Canada
67th place, UCI MTB World Championships 2013 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
2014
1st place, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
4th place, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 Cairns, Australia
4th place, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Fort William,
78thplace, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Leogang, Austria
1st place, USAC National Downhill Pro Championships, Angel Fire New Mexico USA
6th place, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Mont Saint-Anne, Canada
2nd place, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 Windham, New York State, USA
6th place, 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #7 Meribel, France
14th place, UCI MTB World Championships 2014 Hafjell Bike Park, Norway [25]
2015
1st place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #1 Lourdes, France
1st place, Sea Otter Classic Downhill Monterey, California, USA
2nd place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #2 Fort William,
1st place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #3 Leogang, Austria
8th place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #4 Lenzerheide switzerland
1st place, USAC National Downhill Pro Championships, Mammouth California USA
7th place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #5 Mont Saint-Anne, Canada
1st place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #6 Windham, New York State, USA
1st place, 2015 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup #7 Val di Sole, [Italy]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,6610,s1-6-12-18376-1,00.html
  2. ^ http://bikemag.com/features/onlineexclusive/8-27-08-online-exclusive-aaron-gwinn-is-turning-heads
  3. ^ http://www.pinnedmtb.com/aarongwin_interview08.htm
  4. ^ http://www.uci.ch/mountain-bike/ranking/
  5. ^ http://www.sicklines.com/2013/09/20/aaron-gwin-injury-update-interbike-2013/
  6. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/video-aaron-gwins-flat-tire-flyer-world-cup-2014.html
  7. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/video-aaron-gwin-chainless-leogang-2015.html
  8. ^ http://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?compid=274107&all=1
  9. ^ http://62.50.72.82/ucinet/uci.asp?page=rankings&discipline=mtb&ryear=2008&ridercategory=me&l=eng
  10. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Aaron-Gwin-2011-World-Cup-Overall-Winner.html
  11. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Val-di-Sole-World-Cup-Aaron-Gwin-wins-5th-WC-DH-of-the-season.html
  12. ^ http://www.rockyroads.net/mountain-bike/dhi/4519-unbelievable-first-place-run-by-aaron-gwin-in-pietermaritzburg.html
  13. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Fort-William-World-Cup-Greg-Minnaar-has-won-the-DH.html
  14. ^ http://www.uci.ch/Modules/ENews/ENewsDetails.asp?id=NzM4MQ
  15. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Mont-Saint-Anne-World-Cup-2011-Aaron-Gwin-wins-DH.html
  16. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Aaron-Gwin-has-won-the-Windham-DH.html
  17. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/La-Bresse-World-Cup-2011-Minnaar-and-Moseley-win.html
  18. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Val-di-Sole-World-Cup-Aaron-Gwin-wins-5th-WC-DH-of-the-season.html
  19. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/US-Open-Aaron-Gwin-and-Jill-Kintner-win-DH.html
  20. ^ http://www.uci.ch/templates/BUILTIN-NOFRAMES/Template1/layout.asp?MenuId=MTYzODg&LangId=1
  21. ^ http://www.pinkbike.com/news/Pietermaritzburg-World-Cup-2012-Greg-Minnaar-wins.html
  22. ^ http://www.trekworldracing.com/news/1335173022/top-10-for-all-trek-world-racing-downhillers-at-sea-otter/
  23. ^ http://www.trekworldracing.com/news/1335800777/trek-world-racing-takes-2-podium-spots-in-port-angeles/
  24. ^ http://dirt.mpora.com/news/aaron-gwin-wins-val-di-sole-wc-2012-full-results.html
  25. ^ http://www.uci.ch/mountain-bike/ucievents/2014-mountain-bike-uci-mountain-bike-trials-world-championships/351392714/widgets/entries-start-lists-results/