MBA: How do you like the new YT bike?
Gwin: “It’s great, man. For me the
geometry on this bike is pretty much perfect. From the first day I got on it, I loved it.
MBA: How long of a contract did you get
Gwin: It’s a three-year deal with YT.
Most of our sponsors are three-year deals
as well. Yeah, man, I’m just stoked. I’m
happy to have a bunch of really cool, motivated people on board, and just excited to
build towards the future with them. I think
we’ll have a great relationship and a lot of
MBA: You have Martin Whitely working
with you, too, don’t you?
Gwin: Yeah, Martin’s running the whole
team again, so he’s owning and managing
the race team, so that’s awesome. I’ve
ridden with him in the past, and I’ve had
my most successful years with him in the
past [ 2011 and 2012, when Gwin won
nine World Cup races and two series titles
for Trek]. I’m bringing John [T. Hall] with
me [Gwin’s mechanic]. He’s worked with
me the last two years. We’re just a pretty
small, tight group of guys, and everybody’s
motivated and just wants to go out and win
races, so I think we’ll have a pretty fun year.
MBA: When are you heading over to
Gwin: End of March, I think.
MBA: You’re going to hit every World
Cup, aren’t you?
Gwin: Oh, yeah.
MBA: Are you going to win the World
Championship this year? [Gwin has 14
World Cup victories, and three World Cup
series titles, but he has yet to win the World
Championships. Loic Bruni, on the other
hand, has yet to win an Elite Men’s Downhill
World Cup race, but he won last year’s
Gwin: I hope so (laughs)! It’s at my
track. It’s at Val di Sole this year. I’ve won
there quite a few times [in the World Cup
series]. It’s my favorite track, so hopefully
I’ll have a little better luck and things will go
my way and I can wrap that thing up.
MBA: You’ve been kind of like Steve
Peat, where he had all these World Cup
wins, but he had never won the Worlds until
late in his career.
MBA: Then he finally won the Worlds.
Sooner or later you’ll probably start winning
them every time, too.
Gwin: (Laughs) Yeah, I hope so!
Gwin talks about his new
bike and YT sponsorship
As it turned out, Gwin had a tougher race
than usual. Well, that’s not exactly true.
His chain didn’t break, which wouldn’t stop
him from winning anyway, as we learned
last year. His back tire didn’t come off the
rim, which doesn’t slow him down much,
either, as we learned a couple of years ago
in another World Cup race. In fact, nothing
really seemed to go wrong at all. The bike
looked like it was working great, and Gwin
was riding well. The only problem was that
Gwin’s toughest American competition,
KHS pro Logan Binggeli, had been racing
at Fontana for the last few months getting
ready for this match-up, giving Logan a lot
more familiarity with the Fontana course.
Kicking back: Aaron was all
smiles after winning his debut
race appearance of 2016.