JUNIOR FACTORY TEAM

Gideon Bender

My name is Gideon Bender. I'm 16 years old and am from Duvall, Washington. Riding my bike and racing has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My Dad raced bikes for a long time and is the reason I started racing. I started out racing BMX at age 5 and also raced cyclocross and cross county for a long time. Once I started racing enduro and downhill, I realized they were the best. I've raced downhill and enduro for 3 years now and am really enjoying it. This year is my second year racing Jr X and I will be traveling around trying to make the most of the year. I'm very excited for the upcoming year; it's going to be a good one!!!

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DISCIPLINES / RIDING OR RACING FOCUS

Downhill and Enduro

KONAS IN YOUR QUIVER

Supreme Operator and Process 153

DATE OF BIRTH

07/03/2001

RIDING WITH KONA SINCE

2012
PERSONAL TOUCHES ON YOUR BIKES

I don't really have any personal touches on the bike. Just dial the bike in and forget about it but love a quiet bike.

PRE-RIDE RITUALS

Listen to music and try to chill.

FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE

Anywhere that goes downhill more than 2 minutes.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Born ' n raised in Duvall Washington.

GOALS FOR THE 2018 SEASON

I want to compete in a World Cup race and podium at Nationals. I also want to win some of the local enduro and DH races here in Northwest.

THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU

1

I love fruit, salad and sushi.

2

I crashed a driver's ed car

3

I hate spiders and snakes.

FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2017

Doing chill laps with the boys at Whistler during Crankworx.

THIS OR THAT?

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE?

Netflix. Funnier videos.

SNEAKERS OR
FLIP-FLOPS / SANDALS?

Sandals. They are just so comfy.

WHAT’S WORSE:
LAUNDRY OR DISHES?

Dishes. All the slimy food in the dish strainer.

WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A NINJA OR A PIRATE?

Ninja. Get to karate chop people in the face, which would be pretty sick.

PHONE CALL OR TEXT?

Text. Easier to ask quick questions about something.