Up close and personal with the World Cup champ and his new downhill racer
Late last year we learned that Aaron Gwin was changing teams. The funny thing was, nobody would say where he was going. Gwin kept running photos on his social media pages
of himself riding his KTM motorcycle, but he kept his new moun-
tain bike sponsorship a secret. There was an intriguing map that
appeared on the Internet, one with a picture of a #1 plate from
Southern California flying over to southeastern Germany. That is
where YT is located, and it suggested that Gwin would be joining
YT, but neither Gwin nor YT would comment on the matter when
we contacted them.
After much speculation, and one unofficial leak of the Gwin/YT
deal (on this magazine’s Facebook page), the word was finally out:
Gwin was indeed going to be riding for YT for 2016.
Five days later Gwin showed up in Fontana, California, ready
to kick off the new year and start racing again in the Southridge
Winter Series. We headed there, too, to meet up with him.
Flying: Gwin launches off one of
the rocky outcroppings on the
downhill racecourse at Fontana.
Gwin had been training on the bike
in secret for weeks before making
his first public appearance on it.