Name: Jared Graves
Nickname: Gravy, Grubby. Yes, I can
be a bit messy [laughs]. I’d like to think
I’m far less messy than when I first got
this nickname, though.
Birthdate: December 16, 1982
Birthplace: Toowoomba , Australia
Height: 178cm (5-foot- 10)
Weight: 79 kilograms (174 pounds)
Shoe size: 43
Marital status: Married
Current home: Toowoomba, Australia
House: Got a nice 5-bedroom treehouse
on an acre of land overlooking all the
trails I train on everyday.
Cars: 2007 Volkswagen Caddy
short-wheelbase van as the bike trans-porter, and a 2010 Nissan 370Z that
I’ve put way too much money into as a
fun weekend car.
Started racing: BMX 1988–1995 and
then 2005–2011; MTB/XC 1996, DH
Racing specialty: Currently enduro
Favorite course (North America):
The old Durango DH—so good!
Favorite course (Europe): Madeira
was pretty cool! Maybe Finale Ligure,
though, for the overall experience of
riding and the beach.
Favorite food: Toss up between sushi,
Korean and Thai
Goals: Win more EWS races
Favorite recording artist: Of the
past 12 months, Architects; all time,
Favorite movie: Deadpool, the only
movie I’ve watched 10 times.
Favorite hobbies: Small jobs around
the house and garden, general home
improvement stuff and a bit of time
playing with cars
Jobs held (other than racer): Worked
in a couple of bike shops at home when
I was first out of high school.
Always takes on a trip: Music
What you would be if you were not
a racer: Hard to say, but I always think
I would like to have a landscaping business. I love doing some garden work at
home, creating stuff, and it keeps you fit
as well. I’m not afraid of a shovel.
won a few. When I came back to it
when I was older, I made the 2008
Olympics, where I finished sixth. I won
a couple of ABA Nationals in the U.S., a
lot of Australian Nationals, and an Elite
National title and a few World Cup podiums as well.
MBA: When did you get your first
MBA: When did you start competing
on mountain bikes?
MBA: How did you finish in your first
JG: I don’t remember exactly, but I
remember it was muddy! And, it was in
B grade at a club race. I finished around
mid-field, but that was against adults.
They just had A,B,C and D grade, so it
was tough as a 14-year-old [laughs].
Later that year, when I was still 14, I did
my first state round in U/17 and I came
sixth out of about 30, if I remember
MBA: Did you win any titles as an
JG: I won a couple of state titles in XC
as a junior, but finished second in every
U/17 and U/19 National title race I ever
did—never cracked a win. I was very late
on the puberty front; looked 13 when I was
17, so super late on the puberty [laughs].
That’s what got me into DH. When I was
17, my body did three years of puberty in
one year, it seemed, and I just had no
energy for any training; it was like I had
chronic fatigue. So, I wasn’t racing anymore and started DH because it was
physically easier and it kept me on my bike.
I hate being stuck indoors!
MBA: What have been your best results
as a pro?
JG: 4-Cross world champion, three
World Cup titles in 4-Cross, enduro world
champion in 2014 and EWS runner-up in
2013. Thirty times on World Cup 4-Cross
and downhill podiums, six Enduro World
Series wins, NORBA National DH and
slalom titles, Elite National titles in four
different disciplines (downhill, 4-Cross,
BMX and XCE). Going to the Olympics
for BMX was pretty cool too.
MBA: Did you attend college?
JG: No, the Australian belief in college
is very different to the American view. It’s
not such a big deal to us. And, I’m a big
believer in only doing the things you are
driven to do; having that drive is the only
way you will really succeed and be happy in
life. If you do something just to have a job,
then that would just stink if you ask me. I'd
rather make less money and be happy than
more and hate my job.
MBA: What awards did you win in
school, if any?
JG: I won class clown a lot [laughs]. I
wasn’t a very good student. All I wanted to
do was ride.
MBA: What other sports have you done?
JG: So many growing up. Waterskiing
was a pretty serious family sport all my life.
Mum and dad were out waterskiing when
Mum went into labor with me. We were into
tournament skiing and ski racing also, until
MTB totally took over when I was 14. BMX,
obviously. I was good at track running and
played a lot of basketball and cricket.
MBA: Can you tell us anything interest-
ing or unusual about yourself or your family.
JG: Well, my mum recently researched
the family tree and found out my great-great grandmother was a mistress at a
brothel [laughs]. We thought that was pretty funny—definitely unusual.
MBA: Is there some other interesting
fact or trivia that people might like to know
JG: I only have one kidney. ❏
Steep-going: At the final stop of
the Enduro World Series of 2017
in Finale Ligure, Italy, Graves
takes his newest Stumpjumper
down a particularly gnarly section