Aaron Gwin Speaks About Fort William: Specialized Racing Video 36

Aaron Gwin doesn't say much, but he speaks about his 20th place at Fort William in this video from Specialized...

The much anticipated start to the 2013 UCI World Cup Downhill season arrived with round one at Fort William, Scotland. An unusually long break combined with atypical dry conditions on a course known for its difficulty added complexity for riders and support crew alike. Aaron Gwin and Troy Brosnan played it somewhat safe by focusing on regaining their race rhythm and dialing-in bike and equipment setup. Both put in respectable top-20 performances with eyes on the podium in coming weeks.

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Video shot and edited on location in Fort William, Scotland, by Victor Lucas and John Lawlor. Produced by Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.

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  • Barti_Attila

    6/12/2013 12:01 PM

    Still can't belive they are in the same team riding for different suspension manufacturers

  • buttbongo

    6/12/2013 6:23 AM

    Maybe if he did those two pro grts on east coast Mt Creek/Plattekill he would have already been dialed for rocky rough section as he reffers to. The season is soo short so better get over the lazy routine and start charging before season is over and he make another excuse video why he lost. Stating in june is stupid and thats all uci fault but he had plenty of races to warm up on that he passed on over training on his home track, comfort zone. Training out of you comfort zone is the best way to dial in a new bike. Gwin missed Plattekill and got 20th at ft william, any coincidence?

  • Cougar797

    6/12/2013 3:54 AM

    What I want to know is, why all the publicity over the dude who finished (whatever position he managed)? Lets hear from Gee or Danny or one of the dudes up front who managed to get themselves in superior shape for the season. I bet Gee is more then stoked to have a win again. Would have made a fun interview on his off season preparation and how it has paid off. Noone gives a rat ass about the dissapointed guys excuses. He was slower period.

  • Stiksandstones

    6/12/2013 5:26 AM

    Its a damn Specialized video, you know, his sponsor?

  • erwinmruiz

    6/12/2013 6:20 AM

    Bike racing is a business, publicity is part of that.

    Gwin is human, not perfect, sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some.

    Gwin dominated for 2 years, give the guy a break.

  • kidwoo

    6/12/2013 7:06 AM

    Seriously, this specialized coverage sucks. They should interview the guy in the christmas tree costume. Plus I want to see an interview with Nico. Also they should have pizza.

  • Pininator

    6/12/2013 12:35 AM

    Interesting that Gwin's mechanic is Jacy Shumilak. Perhaps the REAL story is that he's still batting for Hill and he was "struggling" to get Gwin's bike dialed.

    With all the e-spec, I'm appalled that nobody noticed that yet. It's so obvious.

  • der_geistmx

    6/12/2013 12:35 AM

    is Mitch Ropellato only racing in the USA, I thought he would be racing the complete WC with Aaron and Troy

  • bturman

    6/12/2013 12:46 AM

    Mitch was allowed to pick the races he'd like to attend for 2013. He's at VDS this weekend.

  • Iggz

    6/11/2013 11:38 PM

    Brosnan is the fuckin' man

  • Maverickdh005

    6/11/2013 6:38 PM

    Sorry I call BS, Troy a good result after coming back from a major injury a year out, so fine, but BS on focus was on next week, youve been off for a year, its been 8 months since a WC from last year and with only 5 races this season for WC ya focus is on Rd 2 common! Sounds like allot lf corporate gibber jabber to me from both of them and I like Troy too, pegged him ways back as a future senior champ still do.

    As for Gwin, well what can you say, its a bad result period, most dominant rider last 2 years defending Ft Bill champ, 8 months to prepare and 20th, in a season this short even he cant come back from that to win the series overall unless everyone else has a bad result, in the last 3-4 years I dont think anyone was won the overall series finishing lower in every round out of the top 5 its been so close, correct me if Im wrong! Ive no doubt Gwin and Troy could might even win next week or any other round, but somethings definitely not right, I also dont have much fan for Gwin, repect as a rider and what hes achieved yes, but he's got no history or respect for the sport, he could leave tommorrow and do something else and not miss it he's that kind of dude and how he definitely promotes himself in interviews, he dosent rate the World Champs, never liked that about him, nothing personal just dont like that attitude.

    Peaty now theyres a true champion and if he has a bad week he will tell you no BS.
    Hes someone who cares and has history for the sport, Im hanging my hat on Sam this week though, thats Sam Hill btw, hes going to kill it, Sam is back, DH moons are in alignment, lets get ready to rumble

  • boaz

    6/11/2013 7:48 PM

    One of the reasons I am a Gwin fan is because his attitude is so casual about racing. I think its awesome that a dude that has killed it as hard as he has says that 'Its just racing bikes'. at the end of the day he's right, a good result racing doesn't cure cancer or save orphans or do anything super meaningful for anyone. it may make everyone want to buy a particular bike though...

  • bstens

    6/11/2013 10:34 PM

    I'm in full agreement with the statement about Gwin not caring about the sport. As awesome as a guy he is, this is just something he's currently good at; when something new arises, he will leave.

    Now that not's too say there aren't 1000 other racers we look up to that will probably do the same. It's that he's the first US Citizen to return to power and the ball is fully in his court to change the way this country views the sport, and it's not going to happen.

    That's the problem.

  • Stiksandstones

    6/12/2013 5:30 AM

    I don't know what you subscribe as 'caring' about the sport, but I think one that pays attention to the racing, trends, actually enjoying riding bicycles, testing, etc...and he is all these things. He comes into TLD constantly to discuss ways to make things better for the consumer, he doesn't have to, nothing in the contract says "you must come to TLD 2 times a week to discuss product"...get your head outta your ass.

  • bstens

    6/12/2013 8:48 AM

    When I say "caring about the sport", I mean mentoring younger riders; taking part in the "scene"; putting on local races, camps, etc.

    Sure, the product that the athletes help develop is crucial to the increase in sales for the industry, but is that the best way to encourage young riders to come out of the wood work?

  • pink wolf

    6/12/2013 3:49 PM

    are you on crack or just stupid. " I dont think anyone was won the overall series finishing lower in every round out of the top 5 its been so close, correct me if Im wrong!"

  • adavis

    6/11/2013 4:29 PM

    Troy grew a beard faster than those guys in the capital one commercials

  • Pininator

    6/12/2013 12:26 AM

    He's growing up so fast!

  • vtsingletrack

    6/11/2013 3:59 PM

    Gotta love Gwin's calm demeanor. If anything will allow him to focus on improving after a result that surprised everyone, that's it.

  • Mr. P

    6/11/2013 3:51 PM

    Val di Sol will let us know if this is a trend.

    I hope not.

    But everyone's off season target had Gwin in the bullseye, so I guess not totally surprising. Gwin elevated the racing environment and now it's a new playing field.

    Looking forward to next week!


  • bdamschen

    6/11/2013 3:27 PM

    He did seem pretty un-stoked the whole time. Kinda strange for a guy that's usually really positives in interviews

  • sino428

    6/11/2013 3:09 PM

    Seems like kind of a douche move to come out like this after a shitty race and act like they didn't really care about the results and basically say they didn't really want to be there. Even if that's the case keep that you yourself.

  • OCsponger587

    6/11/2013 3:19 PM

    wtf is wrong with you people. a internet douche calling the best riders a douche is so strange. what was youre result at the world cup sino

  • sspomer

    6/11/2013 3:24 PM

    keep it classy guys.

  • sino428

    6/11/2013 4:20 PM

    So I'm a douche why? Because I made a comment on a website that makes me an internet douche? So what are you for responding too me?

    Why are you getting so defensive of these guys? I didn't call anyone a douche. I said it's a douche move to come out after a poor race then act like they didn't even want to be there. Just accept the defeat and move on. Don't make excuses about the track or it being early in the year or whatever was going on there.

  • Nicholast

    6/11/2013 4:21 PM

    I came to a much different conclusion from that video than you did. Here's what I got from it: qualifying was a wake up (the competition has stepped it up), the race didn't go as he hoped, he's not going to let his results get to him in a negative way, he's motivated to do better, and he's going to focus on the next race and look forward to that.

  • sino428

    6/11/2013 4:27 PM

    Don't get me wrong, I like Gwinn he awesome and I took much of the same from the video until the end where Troy says something to the effect of...." I think Gwinn and I have been more focused on next week than we actually were with racing here". Then he says something about Val di sol being a proper track with good dirt etc.

    Like I said that may be the case but don't say it. Everyone raced the same track at Fort William. Don't whine about it after you have a crappy race. That's all I'm saying.

  • Nicholast

    6/11/2013 4:43 PM

    Personally, I got zero whining out of that video.

  • sino428

    6/11/2013 4:57 PM

    Well to me when Troy says that they were looking forward to next week, with a proper track, with good dirt, that's that backhanded way of complaining about the track at Fort William. I mean he's prob right, most accounts I saw seemed to suggest the track was a mess, but my point is everyone raced on the same track, don't use it as an excuse.

  • Pininator

    6/12/2013 12:29 AM

    I don't see that as dissing Ft. Bill as much as I see it as them being super-stoked to race VdS and that it's basically their favorite track because it's steep all the way down (as in minimal pedaling).

  • b-kul

    6/12/2013 7:58 AM

    +1. i didn't feel like it was an excuse, he was just saying he was eager for the next one.

  • kochjg

    6/12/2013 10:09 AM

    Agree. Objectively, the only reasonable way to interpret that video is that the weekend was a wake up call, Gwin was not up to speed, he's got some work to do and he's looking forward to next week, where he'll have the opportunity to improve on a disappointing time at FB. Believe it - the rest of the field stepped it up. That's why they weren't on the time. Anything else is someone's superimposed idea of what is going on. Spec's silly statement in text is really just trash talk trying to nurse egos...i.e., meaningless. All that said, I hope he's not frustrated with the bike.

  • sideshow

    6/11/2013 3:09 PM

    Always enjoyed the way Spesh does their videos. Solid insight.

  • Nicholast

    6/11/2013 4:22 PM

    Agreed. I like that they don't use any background music; just rider voices and racing sounds. I think that keeps them from sounding like marketing promotions and more like real race recaps.

  • anotherbikerguy

    6/11/2013 2:57 PM

    i wonder if gwin's going to bounce back at val di sole or if the field has just caught up to him. i'd be stoked to see him take another victory, but since last season i've been questioning how long he could stay that far ahead of everybody else.

  • Pininator

    6/12/2013 12:21 AM

    Hard to say. Look at Minnaar...nobody, and I mean nobody, expected to see him off the podium with a decent race run.

    I think that some of the field was up to speed by mid/late-season last year, and that more of them are at that level this season. Even more so, I think the later start in the season may have thrown some riders training off a bit and they're trying to get where others already are. Whatever the case, lets hope the rest of the season is as unpredictable as this last weekend!

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