YT Mob Log: Entry #3.18
Crazy in Croatia
Words by Arron Gwin | Photos by Isac Paddock
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This month’s YT Mob column comes to you from the current World Cup series leader, Aaron Gwin. Over the years we’ve talked with Aaron about his passion for new tracks and locations, and this year’s stop in Croatia provided the team with just that. Despite a new track, fresh experiences and a new bike, Aaron walked away with a feeling he’s quite familiar with, victory.
The Temecula, CA native showed up to an unfamiliar track riding a new YT Tues, and after a third place qualifying, it was clear race day would be a battle royale. It was a challenging weekend for a lot of racers but Aaron came out on top with an incredibly smooth, fast run to edge out Luca Shaw. Though the season is just getting underway, Gwin has proven yet again that he’s out for blood and looking to add more wins to his ever growing list. Croatia was his 20th World Cup win. After the race we asked Gwin to expound upon any of his experiences during the weekend or the season ahead. Despite our prods, he was his usual understated self, showing nothing but professionalism and a pure focus on racing.
How was the race in Croatia? Were there any major hurtles in terms of language, the country itself or logistics? How was the food and scenery?
AG: The race for me was awesome. It’s always fun racing somewhere new and I really enjoyed our time there. The drive from the airport in Trieste Italy, through Slovenia and into Croatia is one of the most scenic I’ve been on. The town of Losinj had a cool vibe being right on the water. Our hotel was great, the food was awesome, and the people were super nice. The track was short but challenging and with the sunny weather, it really was one of the more enjoyable race venues that I’ve been to. We had a great time and it was so cool to get the first win of the season on our new bike too!