Running a Downhill Race Team - Jorge Gomes of Transition Factory Racing

When you have heart, you can go places and impact a community. Jorge tells us his story.

Jorge Gomes is a man dedicated to mountain bike racing. He is team manager for Transition Factory Racing, and the man behind Pro Builds mobile bike shop and Pro Builds Racing team, too. He tells us the story of how he became hooked on MTB which includes riding a dirt jump hardtail at Mountain Creek, how he became a bike assembler for Walmarts in his region and how he took his passion straight to the top by helping his rider, Valentia Roa Sanchez, earn the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup overall title in the Junior Women's class.

As the first round of 2024 approaches, enjoy the stories of overcoming adversity and learn what it takes to become a World Cup mountain bike race team manager.

Interview Contents

  • 0:00 - Intro and His first mountain bike
  • 9:23 - Getting into DH Racing and Teams
  • 17:09 - From Machine Operator to Bike Shop Employee
  • 19:18 - The Reality of Assembling Bikes for Walmart
  • 25:52 - Pro Builds Racing Grows
  • 28:42 - Introduction to Valentina Roa Sanchez
  • 33:26 - Meeting Valentina In-Person for the First Time
  • 49:07 - Investing in Junior Women's Racing
  • 55:54 - Transition Factory Racing's First Year
  • 1:08:37 - 2023 Race Season Highs and Lows
  • 1:16:02 - Loudenvielle Junior Race Cancellation
  • 1:30:05 - Valentina Roa Sanchez Winning the World Cup Overall
  • 1:43:00 - The Future of Non-Elite Teams at World Cups

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