Aaron Gwin started his cycling career off early, racing BMX from the age of four and competing in the nationals by the time he was eight. He spent a brief period on the motocross circuit but later quit after being plagued by constant injuries. The young American is now conquering the mountain bike world by competing in the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, specialising in downhill.
Much of Aaron's style and skill come from his motocross days, and his whips and jumping technique are clear in videos. He also gained a lot of flow from racing BMX for so many years – something that shows in his Dual Slalom and Mountain Cross results.
In 2011, Gwin not only took the overall UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, he also set the record for the most wins in a single season (five). In 2012, he wrapped up the season early, taking an overall win at the penultimate round, with a month to go until the final race of the series. After a disappointing UCI season in 2013, Gwin went into the 2014 season seeking redemption and duly found it amidst the dust and heat. Riding an adjusted Specialized Enduro, he promptly went on to win the first race in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
After a heated season, it all came down to the final in Leogang, Austria. Setting off at full speed, the perilous downhill track looked ripe for the taking, but when Gwin's tyre blew out, the fans thought it was all over… They were wrong. 'On fire without a tyre,' the headlines later proclaimed. Gwin's tyre proceeded to roll off the wheel completely but the American smashed down the rest of the track at full speed. Despite losing out on the title, Gwin earned a heap of respect and proved that, whatever the obstacles in his way, there's just no stopping him!Read more