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Connor Fearon at the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup - DH Croatia

Dirt Dialogue With Connor Fearon

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Australia’s Connor Fearon has risen up as one of the fastest riders on the World Cup DH circuit.

The young downhill racer is steadily climbing towards the top of the World Cup DH rankings. Connor grew up in Adelaide right around the corner from longtime rival and fellow World Cup star Troy Brosnan

We caught up with Connor to get a little bit more of an insight into the rising star.

DIRT DIALOGUE with connor fearon

How and when did you get into riding?

I started riding mountain bikes when I was 10 years old. My older brother started riding downhill on some crappy bikes in the hills near our house so I followed him into the sport from then on.

What was your first bike?

My first bike was a tiny green BMX when I was 3. We called it the green machine I remember it still being at out house until I was 12 or so then it got thrown away.

When did you get into racing? How did that go?

Me and my friend saw a poster in the local bike shop for a downhill race. So we got our parents to take us to the race. I won the under 13 category which I was stoked with and fell in love with the sport of downhill.

What’s been the worst crash you’ve had?

Hafjell world championships in 2014. I got really concussed and had to get a plate and screws in my cheek bone.

What’s your favourite place to ride in the world?

Probably Whistler in Canada. Theres always good people to ride with and the best jump trails ever.

What has been your favourite or most memorable race?

Definitely Leogang in 2015 when I got my first podium with a 2nd place. It was a big weight off my shoulders.

What do you look for in a race bike?

I choose performance over how light my bike is.

What rider or person has most influenced your career?

Sam Hill, Chris Kovarik and Nathan Rennie where my absolute heros growing up. They all rode flat pedals and rode so aggressively and I thought that was cool.

What's the gnarliest place you've ever ridden?

Champery world champs in 2011. Steepest and most technical track with the worse weather imaginable. I crashed 4 times in my race.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of mountain biking or racing?

Riding and racing motocross.

What are your goals/dreams for the future?

Get some more podiums and keep having fun riding my bike!