Giant’s Josh Carlson
Giant’s Josh Carlson is a rider’s rider. He’s friendly, funny and fast. He’s got a ready smile, an
infectious laugh and one of the most
engaging personalities of anyone in the
Josh is also one of the top enduro
riders in the sport. After years of racing
motocross and Supercross events in
Australia in the pro ranks, Josh took
up mountain biking for fun. He was so
fast that when he started racing, the
officials moved him into the pro ranks
in the cross-country division. Once
Josh took up racing enduro, he quickly
established himself as one of the top
riders in the world. He’s won events in
North America and placed 10th overall
in the Enduro World Series. Josh is not
afraid of going fast or taking chances.
He’s got the strength, speed and skill
to power his bike over anything he
encounters on the trail, and he does it
MBA: Where did you grow up?
Josh: Wollongong, NSW, Australia
MBA: What kind of work do your
Josh: Dad has his own landscaping
business, and my mum works in aged care.
MBA: When did you first start riding a
Josh: I started riding a bicycle when I
was 3 years old with training wheels. I rode
it so much, I bent and snapped the training
wheels off before my dad could take them
off. I wouldn’t start riding bikes as a sport
until 2006 when I was 20.
MBA: When did you first start competing
in events on a mountain bike, and what
kind of bike was it?
Josh: In 2006 I entered a local club XC
race on a Diamondback Outlook Sport. I
purchased a Giant Anthem 1 in late 2006
and started riding more seriously.
MBA: How did you finish?
Josh: I was second overall and first in
MBA: If you raced other kinds of bikes
before competing on mountain bikes, how
long did you do that, and what made you
switch to mountain bikes?
Josh: I raced motocross prior to moun-
tain bikes. I rode and raced motocross
from 1996 until 2006. From 2003 until
late 2005, I followed the state and national
Australian motocross and Supercross
circuits. I switched to mountain bikes in
2006 for a bit of fun, and it seemed way
cheaper than motocross! Mountain bike
racing also seemed to be a lot more about
the rider and his abilities rather than his
machinery and bank balance.
MBA: What were your best competition
results on motocross bikes?
Josh: Top three in state, Pro-level
motocross and Supercross, and top 20
MBA: When did you start competing at
higher levels on mountain bikes?
Josh: In 2007 I started to compete in
Expert-level XC racing and moved into the
under- 23 field.
MBA: How did you do in your first