Aaron Gwin gets 3rd in last World Cup race


I just wanted to give a congrats to Aaron Gwin for doing something no American DH rider has been able to accomplish in 6 years. At the last World Cup race in Mont Sainte Anne he scored a 3rd place finish and stood on the podium rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sam Hill, Steve Peat, Gee Atherton and Fabien Barrel.

I was introduced to Aaron by Rich Houseman 2 years ago and have been working with him since he started his pro DH career. While Aaron has some great talent I have to say that I feel some personal vindication in his meteoric rise. He has not logged a single “base mile” on a road bike and has been following the same principles of increasing strength and mobility that I use in every program I write.

As many of you know I have been a bit of a black sheep in the mountain bike training world because of my radical views on training for our unique sport but now it is pretty hard to argue with the results they have helped produce. Aaron has established himself as the top American in the world and is starting to make some noise on the big stage as well. He is the model client and does what I ask of him and trains hard.

He is only 2 years into his career and I hope that we can take this all the way to the top of the podium. Rock on Aaron, you’re on fire! Look out world, America is coming!

-James Wilson-

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  1. Aaron says:

    Great article, good to hear how some have trouble sticking to the routine but if you do it pays off.

    Congrats to Gwin.

    Reply • July 29 at 12:17 pm
  2. Harvey Mushman says:

    Yes congrats to Gwin! on a side note that photo is of Sam Blenkinsop not Aaron Gwin.

    Reply • July 29 at 3:14 pm
    • bikejames says:

      Crap…good call on that. I’ll jsut make a quick change and no one will ever know!

      Reply • July 30 at 11:03 am
  3. Hamish Ferguson says:

    I train a lot of the Kiwi riders inc Blenky and they follow a similar programme. Enjoyed reading your articles. Keep up the great work.

    Reply • August 9 at 4:50 am
  4. Jakub says:

    James ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad to hear that “your” rider had taken such a great place, but…

    Is Aaron riding his bike a lot during the winter? My point is that he might not need a “base miles riding” if he didn’t loose fitness from last year (and it will pose a base to build a form on during next season). I unfortunatelly don’t have such possibility and have to cope with diminishing form during the off-season.

    Don’t you really have any “external” stimuluses (despite strength training, of course) apart from DH riding? (hopefully it does not go beyond “doctor-patient privilege” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).
    I mean, training DH by just riding and paying more attention to how we do it seems to be too beautifull to be true for me…

    hopefully I don’t frustrate you too much with my continuous questions ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Kind Regards

    Reply • January 3 at 1:45 pm

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