The Inside Line
It’s not just about the results. It’s about the experience.
Richie Rude of Yeti-Fox Factory Team, Cody Kelley of Alchemy Factory Racing Team, and Aaron Gwin of YT Mob get that more than most. A few months ago we caught up with them in Aaron Gwin’s backyard around Vail Lake and the Temecula trails in California. Read on to discover more about their personalities, when the cameras aren’t on.
Photos: Ale Di Lullo & Dain Zaffke
We learned a lot about Rude on this photo/video shoot and got to know Aaron Gwin and Cody Kelley better, too. We’ve spent a fair bit of time with the three athletes, but almost exclusively at bike races or in the context of product feedback and design. Mainly, when we were working. So this time around, it was really great to spend some quality, rush-free time, even if only for a couple days.
The trio takes each of their respective careers seriously, but off the race course, they just have a blast slashing turns, sessioning sections of trail, and downing milkshakes.
What’s interesting, is unlike some riders, Gwin doesn’t just find enjoyment in downhill -- he encompasses it all and likes to pedal around the local trails, soak up nature, and explore when he’s not training for the next race. There’s a different, zen-like side to him that anyone who’s lucky enough to meet him will immediately notice.
Although we only spent a few days with them, if there’s anything we’ve learned about Cody, Aaron, and Richie, it’s that even though they spend much of their time competing and training, they don’t let anything get in their way of “having fun with the buddies and riding.”