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Gary Young

Speed, power, and vigor accurately describe Gary Young on a bicycle.

Gary rides a bicycle like a vehicle with the gas pedal stuck wide open. Although mild-mannered, unimaginably considerate and kind, when Gary gets on his bike, it is similar to any high-speed chase that you’ll see on TV. Gary won the 2013 X-Games gold at BMX Park in Barcelona.

Interview

WHAT SHOE DO YOU RIDE? 

Half Cab Pros

WHAT SHOE DO YOU CHILL IN? 

Checkerboard Slip-Ons – what Spicoli wore.

WHAT’S YOUR BIKE SET-UP? 

Sunday Soundwave with Odyssey parts. It’s setup to go fast and since I hate working on my bike, everything is built to last.

WHAT’S THE BEST TRIP YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?

A road trip up the West Coast with a bunch of my friends. We just camped wherever we ended up that night.

WHAT IS THE BEST STORY YOU’VE EVER HEARD OR BEEN TOLD?

Cory Nastazio is at a gentlemen’s club and it’s dark in there. He looks to his right and sees this ripped guy next to him, and tells him that he has a nice arm. The guy gets offended and punches Cory. Cory jumps up and gives the guy a quick one-two punch and suddenly, Cory gets dragged out of the club by security. Security asks him why he got into a fight with a one-armed man -- Cory is in complete disbelief at this point. It turns out the guy that he got into the fight with only had one arm, so that guy thought Cory was just making fun of him.

FAVORITE VANS RIDER? 

Dakota

WHAT TRICK CAN’T YOU DO THAT YOU WISH YOU COULD?

Ice 180s.

WHAT’S THE WORST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?

My father passed away when I was 10.

WHAT ARE SOME INTERESTS/HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF BMX?

Surfing, cars, electronics and economics.

LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ OR MAGAZINE YOU LOOKED AT?

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell and RIDE bmx Magazine.

FIVE SONGS THAT HAVE TO BE ON A PLAYLIST?

Dirty Sweet – “Delilah”
Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song”
Black Sabbath – “Iron Man”
a-ha – “Take on Me”
Jay Z – “99 Problems”

FIVE ESSENTIALS FOR ANY ROAD TRIP?

Bike, phone, sleeping bag, headphones and travel pillow.