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Josh Maurer

Downhill MTB

Sponsors: Troy Lee Designs, Tomac Bikes, iMountainbike, Point One Racing, Eights and Aces Tattoo, VitalMTB

Santa Cruz, CA
Santa Cruz, CA

How did you get into Mountain Biking?
I used to race motocross when I was a teenager and stopped because of a neck injury. Years later I picked up DH mountain biking and I was hooked.

How old were you when you started riding?
I started riding/racing bmx when I was a kid. I rode for most of my childhood until I started riding motocross as a teen.

Where did you grow up?
Grew up in Santa Cruz CA. Been here all my life.

How did you first get introduced to TLD and/or Troy?
I had always seen people riding with the gear through all of my experience on 2 wheeled sports and always liked the style. I got introduced to the company back in 2008.

How long have you been riding for TLD?
I have been riding TLD gear since I started mountain biking back in 2005.

Which TLD products are you using?
D3 Helmet, 5205 Wrist Support, KG 5400 Knee Pads, BP 5850 Under Jersey Pads, Moto Shorts, GP Pants, Sprint Jersey, Ruckus Jersey, GP and GP Air Jerseys and GP Gloves.

Do any athletes/riders influence or inspire your style?
Sam Hill, Nathan Rennie and Aaron Gwin.

What do you like to do when you're not riding?
Spend time with my wife.

What bands/music are you into?
Hip-Hop (Atmosphere, Chiddy Bang, Wu-Tang, Buck 65), Metal (Black Dahlia Murder, Protest the Hero), Punk (NoFx, Propagandhi).

List 3 goals you have for the upcoming season:
1. More top 10 finishes.
2. Less injuries.
3. More consistent.

List a few highlights of your career:
-TLD product reviews featured on VitalMTB.
-7th overall CCCX DH series (pro class).
-2nd place at Sea Otter Classic DH (CAT-2).

What's your favorite race/event and why?
Sea Otter Classic. Usually the biggest race I do each year. It’s a really fun course and always a good time with friends.

What's your idea of an epic day riding?
Long day of riding with friends ending with a good meal and a cold frosty adult beverage.

What's the best thing about being an athlete?
Meeting new people in the industry.

If you weren't an athlete, how would you want to spend your time?
I would still be on a bike.

If you were running things, what would you change about the industry?
I would try to make the sport more affordable for people just getting into it.

Who would you like to thank?
My wife, my family, all of my sponsors, and Ryan at TLD.

Any words of wisdom?
Always remember to have fun when you ride!