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215Jim McCracken

Downhill MTB

Team: Dirt Corps

Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Dirt Corps, Trek, Greggs Cycles, Fox Racing Shox, Deity, Smith Optics, FiveTen, SixSixOne

205 lbs
Hilo, HI
Snoqualmie, WA
How did you get into Mountain Biking?
After a ruptured Achilles that took me out of court sports, I rehabbed through mountain biking. It turned into a passion that still lives strong today with build / ride / race! From change comes growth.

How old were you when you started riding?
41 years old.

Where did you grow up?
San Jose, CA for the early years, and then Bellevue, WA from middle school on.

How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
They make great products that our team was using in our race kits. Through Gregg’s, we had an opportunity for sponsorship, and a great relationship was born!

How long have you been riding for TLD?
3 years old.

Which TLD products are you using?
D3 Helmet, shorts, jerseys, gloves, socks… protective gear.

Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
The NW is full of amazing riders including those on our Dirt Corps Team. Matt Patterson as our race team lead, and then other local rippers along with the World Cup level of Aaron Gwin and Neko Mulally. Style? I’m 47 years old… just trying to get down the hill…

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
I’m a full time husband, father of two, Crossfit athlete, Harley rider and toy collector. Oh, and I work full time…

What bands/music are you into?
Child of the 80’s, but enjoy alternative rock as well.

List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. Upgrade to CAT1 (DH)
2. Podium
3. Ride Whistler as many times as possible

List a few highlights of your career:
Number one has to be the win at NW Cup 5 2012 at Mt Hood. After two years of racing, to win on a tough track against 20 other riders was awesome! But nothing brings more pride then watching my son Zach McCracken rip down the hill. He has grown so much in ability and independence. It just makes me proud. This sport has really opened opportunities for the junior riders!

What's your favorite race/event and why?
Beacon from the All Gravity Series. Those folks put on a great race with a fun venue and multiple tracks. It’s a great way to kick off the race season.

What's your idea of an epic day riding?
Whistler… repeat… adult beverage, and hanging with by friends after a great day of riding!

What's the best thing about being a Mountain Bike athlete?
Its just good clean fun! We get to play year round, build trails, ride a ton of variety and be outside enjoying the fresh air.

If you weren't a Mountain Bike athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
Well, let’s hope I don’t have to deal with that for a long time…

If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
Lower costs… it’s not cheap to be in this sport. Finding affordable higher quality entry-level gear and equipment so more folks can enjoy the fun.

Who would you like to thank?
My team Dirt Corps, and my wife Debra who lets me go play. That, along with a list of great sponsors with TLD, Trek and Gregg’s that help us ride the best stuff out there!

Any words of wisdom?
Go ride your bike! It changed my world, maybe it will change yours.