Aaron Gwin feels the full factory connection on Trek World Racing as he kicks off this look into one of downhill's most successful teams.
Neko Mulally, Aaron Gwin and Justin Leov - the downhill racers on TWR 2012.
Gwin's custom Trek Session 9.9 for the 2012 World Championships.
Martin Whiteley, the TWR team manager, has never missed a World Championship.
There's no I in team, but some solo time never hurts.
Just because you're factory doesn't mean you can't have fun. Vital MTB's Bar Drag Bounty shoot last year.
All the right people are in the right places doing the right things so TWR can win.
Superman Ray wrenching at the 2012 U.S. National Champs.
Justin Frey and Monk - the hands that make the bikes go fast!
The Bontrager G5 - the downhill tire that Aaron Gwin and the TWR team helped develop.
The decisions are all about winning on Trek World Racing.
Justin Leov at Fort William. This was the race where the team first got their hands on the G5 tires and Gwin got the win.
Confidence in equipment makes all the difference.
Developing tires and running them to multiple victories has to be quite satisfying.
Val di Sol was a very rough, high-speed track and a larger tire was needed.
Justin Leov, one of Aaron Gwin's mentors over the years, has been a key part of the TWR team.
Racing with broken fingers at Windham, Justin retired from DH this year. We'll all miss him out there!
Neko Mulally - a solid future for American DH racing...
Neko has a drive for training and success that even Gwin can't believe sometimes.
Neko out in front of brother Logan on the Duryea, PA track.
The young can learn from their elders...
But some learning doesn't happen overnight.
Superstitions have given way to R/C cars and legit training.
Neko and Logan Mulally gapping roads near home.
World Champ and U.S. DH legend, Myles Rockwell has been a part of TWR's leadership this season.
But even with all the training and preparation, this is downhill racing afterall.
Sometimes riders go down.
The ups are worth all the downs as TWR sets their sites on the 2013 World Cup DH season...
... and keep a tight lip about the future of the team. THANKS TWR, Delorme, Sven, Gary, Duncan, Vanja, Hoshi and Bowman.