Sound of Speed: Go wide open with Luca Shaw

Feel the g-forces with one of downhill’s most promising stars as part of our Sound of Speed series.
By Ric McLaughlin

American DH racing was dormant for a long time, and given that mountain biking is widely credited as having been born in 1970's California, that was somewhat of a travesty. Then along came Aaron Gwin to drag his nation proudly back to the top of the time sheets of World Cup downhill races.

Luca Shaw and Uncle Sam ready to win World Champs together.
Luca Shaw with Uncle Sam © Nathan Hughes

To think that US downhill is a one man bandwagon would be a mistake however. Luca Shaw hails from San Francisco, California and has just signed with one of the sport's most highly regarded race teams: Santa Cruz Syndicate.

The 20-year-old recorded some impressive results in 2016, including a fifth place at the legendary Mont-Sainte-Anne UCI World Cup. Blessed with an extremely level headed approach to racing, will 2017 be the big breakthrough year Shaw seems to be building towards? 

We don't have a crystal ball so we don't know yet, all we asked him to do was to go as fast as possible for our latest Sound of Speed episode. Enjoy.

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