Off the Cuff - Neko Mulally

Neko Mulally is a successful American downhill racer who not only possesses world-class talent aboard the bike, he possesses a grit and a drive to do everything he can to the best of his ability. The Southeast local has turned the drive into a budding downhill scene. While looking for ways to train for the World Cups, he fell into and accepted opportunities to further develop the Windrock ORV park's MTB program while, at the same time, develop a regional DH race series. Instead of being another complainer or critic at a downhill race, Neko showed up to do work and gets his hands dirty. The fruits of his labor are beginning to blossom with race results and a growing DH community.

In this Off the Cuff, Neko discusses his 2017 World Cup race season with the YT Mob and digs deep about his passion for breathing new life into the American DH scene.

Photos and interview by Zach Faulkner

 

Neko and family after winning the 2017 U.S. Open.

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16 comments
  • Mateusz_Gawecki

    11/2/2017 4:35 PM

    I stopped respecting Neko when he tried to start with cardboard instead of proper back protector and got disqualified

  • krisrayner

    11/5/2017 8:33 PM

    Riders have been doing this for a long time now. They get used to not wearing them, then they race at a venue that requires them. We only find out about the ones who get caught and DQ’d. Mitch Ropelato had that happen to him a few years back at Leogang.

  • boaz

    11/2/2017 8:46 PM

    wow. salty much? bad day at work? Maybe he doesn’t see the same utility in it as you

  • SpokeApparel

    11/3/2017 12:20 PM

    know the facts before you pass judgment

  • bizutch

    11/3/2017 3:11 PM

    Wow...you're all just such extreme hyperbole statement makers. Radically over the top in both directions.

  • SpokeApparel

    11/3/2017 3:27 PM

    You lost us at hyperbole.

  • bizutch

    11/3/2017 4:44 PM

    First..its perfectly fine to pass judgment. it was beyond dumb to not just put a back protector on and leave NOTHING to chance. We all know that and antibody e that thinks it wasn't are just not logical humans since there is ZERO logic (the real kind of logic that eliminates all chance of error) in what he did. So yeah, everybody passing judgement on @Mateusz_Gawecki is exaggerating.
    That being said, him saying he lost "all respect " is overdramatjzed. But I certainly lost respect at the time because it smelled of arrogance. In the end, only Nekos brain walked the options that day. All the y divisiveness comes in because we all either wish we had the opportunity he forfeited or we wanted HIM to not miss out on his opportunity as fans.

  • Mateusz_Gawecki

    11/3/2017 4:53 PM

    Thanks for good wrap-up. I didn't say that I lost all respect. I just thought of him as a hard working, level headed guy who maybe didn't have as much luck as some others had.

  • bizutch

    11/5/2017 10:09 PM

    @Mateusz_Gawecki you said stopped respecting. Pretty much reads the same as "all respect". To clarify, outs not my not in life to pass judgement on Neko, so I'm not doing that. It sucked. He and I have stuff a few paragraphs to one another so I don't know enough about him as a person.

  • Mateusz_Gawecki

    11/3/2017 4:40 PM

    Yeah... Could you kindly share the facts if you know them and not be a smartass? Maybe it would help others understand the case better.

  • brad deskins

    11/2/2017 10:10 AM

    Riders started digging and maintaining trails at Windrock in the year 2000. It's hard to listen to somebody take credit for the place after digging for a year. The benefits of
    having a "professional" status i guess.

  • nug12182

    11/2/2017 1:11 PM

    ok...So they haven't made the place waaaaay better?Just wondering

  • bizutch

    11/3/2017 4:49 PM

    I think the "way better" part is the shuttle guaranteed to run, the trails guaranteed to be clear (because that alone is expensive, hellacious work just with downed trees) and and all the local trail bosses efforts to keep that place viable for more than a decade finally being removed from. them as a money pit and thankless burden being rewarded. Those all make it Way better now. Windrock Park ownership taking a clear and aggressive approach to expansion...way better.
    People with heavy equipment tweaking existing trails and building some new features as they go...better.

  • profro

    11/2/2017 1:47 PM

    I started digging there in 2003. Neko and Sean have been the utmost respectful to the trail crews that started and carried the trails up until they turned it into a bike park with a real vision beyond local building trails for themselves.

    I walked out of the woods at dark last night with these guys. They are really working hard and long hours to make Windrock something way more than it has been.

  • BL69

    11/2/2017 1:50 PM

    As someone that loves to take credit for things I didn't do, I recognize it when I see it. I'm pretty sure Neko said that he didn't take credit for starting and building the existing trails. He is however taking credit for making it more accessible and improving upon the infrastructure already in place.

    Brad, I'm sure I can get a ticket for yourself and "Chad" to the Player Haters Ball, If you'd like. Slide into my DM's if so...

  • nug12182

    11/2/2017 3:32 AM

    Windrock is like a grown ups play ground!You don't even need a bike there to have fun(even though that's blasphemy)Thank you Neko and Sean for letting us have a place to ride all year round.Plus they are both great guys.Win win for us.

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