Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin 20

The 2016 UCI World Cup Downhill Champion gets on the mic to talk racing, music, competition and his future in the sport.

Vital MTB's The Inside Line Podcast - Episode 6 - Aaron Gwin

It's hard to write an introduction for someone like Aaron Gwin. He's so accomplished in the world of downhill mountain biking, that there's almost no point to it. I've been fortunate enough to know Aaron since early on in his mountain bike career, meeting him in 2009 in Colorado for the first time. Since then we've had our annual interviews, bike checks and catch-up sessions during the off-season. And while my Inside Line interview with Aaron hit the same yearly mark on the calendar, I learned a lot about him that I didn't know before, like the fact that he's taking singing lessons and has diverse music tastes. There are plenty of nuggets of wisdom and surprise from one of downhilling's fastest humans. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did. -spomer

Photos I shot with Aaron from Keith Darner's ranch in Colorado circa 2009.

Scrub to the 2-minute mark to see Gwin shred the 20-inch some years ago.

See Aaron's 2017 YT TUES DH bike

Built-in blue steel.

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20 comments
  • rachridesbikes

    4/2/2017 5:02 PM

    Absolutely love the podcast series!! Would love to hear an interview with the likes of Jill Kintner or Rachel Strait...

  • MattPatt

    3/24/2017 12:30 PM

    Great interview guys! Have you thought about doing the Crankworx races Aaron? There's one in NZ... jussay'n

  • rastafarian

    3/22/2017 7:22 PM

    this is just great...

  • mojo348

    3/23/2017 10:38 AM

    yeah, its cool to hear hi talk about non bike stuff, gives insight in to the person.

    I chuckled when they both talked about hoping they sound clear on the pod cast. Just wait until the RatBoy episode..

    Also, lol @ Built-in blue steel.

  • app-uncture

    3/22/2017 6:44 PM

    I have a complaint about these podcasts! They just aren't long enough! 3 hours would be better

  • grambo

    3/22/2017 5:18 PM

    Great interview, keep up this awesome series.

    Cool to hear that Gwin is into The Sword.

  • Oz_Taylor

    3/22/2017 4:16 PM

    Sorry Aaron, I'm pretty sure Sam Hill won all his world champs trophies (and numerous world cups) running E13 chain guides :-)

  • jive turkey

    3/22/2017 2:59 PM

    He should pen an autobiography...

  • bmic92

    3/22/2017 1:19 PM

    Another great podcast. Keep up the good work Spomer!

  • bizutch

    3/22/2017 11:50 AM

    I think the one thing that surprised me (but Spomer isn't drama like me..and it would cause drama) was why he didn't follow up the pay question with: "Well, if you think payscales should be public, let's hear it. What are they paying you these days?"
    I know that when Palmer showed up at Nat's with a BUS and Lopes was burning laps in a Porsche, kids got so stoked about bikes.
    The follow up question is if he said "No, I'd rather not say"...then ask "Is it because there are contractual obligations that prevent you from disclosing it?" "Have you been advised by Martin not to for specific reasons"...stuff like that. And my wanting to know isn't me wanting to nose into Gwin's business. It's me wanting to understand the mindset of the people in the industry who keep it secret and who it benefits to do so. Thanks. I'll be over hear being a fanboy ----->>>>>

  • Oz_Taylor

    3/23/2017 1:31 AM

    Hey where did my comment go? Did a mod delete it?

  • Scrub

    3/22/2017 10:03 AM

    Aaron Gwin-Future American Idol superstar, UCI DH Masters participant, athlete agent, and motivational speaker. He's got a lot to look forward to after this career. Spomer you should have asked him what DH track from the past NORBAS would he liked to have raced...Schwietzer, Durango, East coast rox, Great interview and insight from AG. Thanks to VitalMTB and Aaron Gwin for putting this interview together.

  • bizutch

    3/22/2017 9:59 AM

    Spomer: "that's...fascinating" at about 11:30-11:45 into it. Bwahahhahh

  • FredLikesTrikes

    3/22/2017 9:54 AM

    MTB band, going down.

  • jeff.brines

    3/22/2017 7:15 AM

    Great dude, amazing athlete, 100% pro. That being said, I don't know how I feel about him asking for the questions ahead of time. I get where he's coming from, and he is smart in that he really cares about the image he's putting to the public.

    Ironically though, its this overcalculation that makes him, at times, a bit boring compared to other guys who come across equally as pro like Greg or Peaty, but bring forth (for lack of a better word) a bit more color.

    He's AG, he's still the man.

    Here is to hoping he crushes 17!

  • Zoro

    3/23/2017 7:15 AM

    I feel you 100% and I had the exact same thought when he said that at the beginning of the interview. I'm like, he's an absolute crusher, no doubt, but DH racing is an ultra-niche sport with a descent amount of coverage, but that ultimately touches a only handful of people in the general population. Does Steve Ballmer get the questions in advance when he goes on Simmons' podcast? Or anybody for that matter? The real flavor gets out when adversity is mixed with a good dose of humility, honesty and humor. And you simply can't get that with a scripted interview. It's ok for a print interview, of course, but the whole point of this podcast isn't getting somebody to talk freely on diverse subjects linked to mtbing? A recap of AG's diet isn't crunchy enough, or could be printed and make a good read. What about enduro? Minnaar's take on it?

    The whole interview is great, as usual, but I much prefer hearing people speaking candidly on stuff than knowing that they thought about their answer PRIOR to the actual taping of the podcast

  • MattPatt

    3/24/2017 12:34 PM

    I was thinking the same thing, and glad there was transparency about it. Honestly, I didn't get the impression this was "scripted". I more got the sense Gwin wanted to know what questions were coming to potentially ask for some to not be included, rather than dodging them in the interview... Whether that even happened I don't know.

  • bizutch

    3/22/2017 11:44 AM

    When I heard that, I was like: "I can totally get behind that"...because nothing I saw ever comes out right without needing backstory or an in depth explanation of the thought process that led to my response. Ask Turman and Spomer...damn did I start shlt!

  • jeff.brines

    3/22/2017 1:14 PM

    Good point. I actually love his image more than most, and I like how he treats the sport like its something to be respected, worked hard at, and taken seriously.

    So yeah, sometimes I just want to complain I guess

  • Allen_Gleckner

    3/23/2017 6:19 AM

    I think you're point is totally valid. It's obviously AG's perogative but it definitely gave me pause.

    That said, I really appreciate that Spomer and AG stated it clearly upfront. Would definitely be more lame and shady if it wasn't made clear.

    Loving these podcasts!!

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