MARK MATTHEWS – a professional MTB rider
Mark Matthews passion for riding started all that way back in 2002 at age 14. Since then, he has turned to ride into a full time career, completed in the world’s largest freeride events like Red Bull Rampage and the Bearclaw Invitational, and had been hired as a coach by some of the world’s best mountain bike camps like Summer Gravity Camps in Whistler. He is excited to finally be sharing all the knowledge and lessons he has learned after 18 years of pursuing mountain biking at the highest level.
Here is Mark Matthews in a conversation with GOGO Magazine.
1) Who has been your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from many professional freeride mountain bikers, the old “New World Disorder” films, and most recently my inspiration comes from travel and meeting new people. Some books that have greatly inspired me to include The 4-hour Work Week by Tim Ferris and Jab Jab Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk.
2) When did your journey start?
I started mountain biking at the age of 13, I am now 33.
3) Tell us more about your experience as a professional MTB rider.
I grew up on Vancouver Island, BC Canada, a place that is a mecca for mountain bike culture in the world. I then moved to Whistler for multiple summers to pursue mountain biking, ride the world’s best bike park every day and improve my skills. I have always been more focused on media content vs. competition and learning how to improve my content creation has been a big journey too over the last decade.
4) Which has been the most difficult trail of your life?
I rode in Red Bull Rampage in 2013 and built the most difficult line I’ve ever attempted, it was a giant drop against a cliffside! I fell about 20 vertical feet down onto my leg and broke my femur. I’ve still never ridden that section clean.
5) Which bike do you prefer for your rides?
My go-to bike this year is my Marin Alpine Trail XR. It has 150mm or rear travel and 170mm upfront with playful, yet stable geometry. It’s the perfect “do it all” bike!
6) Which has been the most memorable ride of your career?
My most memorable ride is riding in Cappadocia, Turkey at Sunrise while being surrounded by hot air balloons that were lighting up at dawn. We captured an image from this moment that ended up being the cover of Bike Magazine for the 2018 Photo Annual edition. That was pretty special to me!
7) How was life in quarantine?
Quarantine has been challenging for me just like it has for all of us, but I adapted to the situation and created a YouTube Series called “Isolation”. In this video series, I documented myself building trails alone and making the most of life during the pandemic. It gave people entertainment and kept me busy. I am very grateful for that time. Y
You can find the series here:
YOUTUBE: Mark Matthews
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