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Ben Gore

Downhill MTB

Team: Dirt Corps

Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Dirt Corps

birthdate:
5/3/1998
height:
5'10
weight:
145 lbs
birthplace:
Walnut Creek, CA
residence:
Mercer Island, WA
    How did you get into Mountain Biking?
    I got into mountain biking at the age of 8. I had always enjoyed riding my bike and setting up a wooden ramp to launch off of and once my dad took me riding cross country I enjoyed it immensely. Once I turned ten I took a trip to Whistler during Crankworx and when I watched the Slopestyle I knew that someday I wanted to ride my bike like they did. Flash forward a year and a half and I began riding at Duthie Hill and started doing some racing. I met some of the guys from Dirt Corps and went from there.

    How old were you when you started riding?
    I learned to ride a bike at 3 and started riding cross country at 8.

    Where did you grow up?
    Bellevue, Washington.

    How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
    When I first started going to races I was always in awe of the TLD kits people wore. As a young grom I was super jealous and was instantly hooked on the products and brand.

    How long have you been riding for TLD?
    Since 2012.

    Which TLD products are you using?
    D3 Black Pinstripe Carbon, Moto Shorts, SE Pro Gloves, Sprint Jersey, Various protection and accessories.

    Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
    Over the years the riders that influence my riding style have changed a lot. However, I recently suffered a major injury which involved surgery and extended hospital stays and I’ve gained a new appreciation for every riding style I see. I get stoked when I see other people ride their bikes and look like they’re having fun and some of my biggest inspirations have been Nik Clarke, Matt Patt, Mason Prendergast, Matt Miles, Brendan Howey, Aaron Gwin, and more. I’ve learned to appreciate every single ride and when I see other people who do the same with their riding it’s always a big influence.

    What do you like to do when you're not riding?
    Hang out with friends, swim, and build trails.

    What bands/music are you into?
    Currently the only artist I listen to on the regular is Macklemore and I tend to listen to whatever song comes up on my phone.

    List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
    1. First overall in cat 2 13-18 for the Oregon Enduro Series
    2. Get my riding back to where it was before I ruptured my pancreas
    3. Compete in the JR. X category for the Nw Cup

    List a few highlights of your career:
    2nd in Cat 2 13-18 at the 2012 Oregon Enduro Sandy race
    3rd overall in Cat 2 0-14 for the 2012 NW Cup series
    2nd in Cat 2 0-14 at the NW Cup 2/Pro GRT 1

    What's your favorite race/event and why?
    I think my favorite race is the Hood River Enduro. It’s a race I’ve been riding since I was 10 and is full of great people, great trails, and great times. It’s also fairly low key and I never feel like I’m under pressure, which always contributes to me having great race runs and great rides.

    What's your idea of an epic day riding?
    Whistler: Wake up, breakfast in the hotel room, on the lifts at 10. Take a break to swim in Los Lake. Resume riding. Finish at 8. Turn in and get ready to repeat it all the next.

    What's the best thing about being a Mountain Bike athlete?
    Laughing when your friends think that what you do is what they see in the Olympics.

    If you weren't a Mountain Bike athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
    If I weren’t a mountain bike athlete I would spend my time training for swimming and free running.

    If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
    Simple, legalize more riding spots.

    Who would you like to thank?
    Matt Patterson, Jim Mccracken, Dan Saimo for introducing me to Team Dirt Corps and helping me along the way. I would never be where I am without them and they have been the best role models one could ask for. Jasper Wesselman of Cascadia Collective for producing incredible edits. My dad for introducing me to this wonderful sport and having been here for me every step of the way, and all the other countless great people that have helped me get to where I am now.

    Any words of wisdom?
    Appreciate everything you have and live for today. You may not have it tomorrow.