Also featured in ISSUE 12 – May 2012
Full Name: Gautam Taode
Favorite Drinks: Red Bull & Ice Cold Beer
FR MTB MAG: When did you start riding DH?
TAODE: Its been a few years now riding these beast machines and getting to know them better!!! Day by day
FR MTB MAG: Who influenced you and how?
TAODE: Seeing Sam Hill, Steve Peat and Gee Atherton riding and racing their bikes in the videos made my life happier.
FR MTB MAG: What do you do for living?
TAODE: I am 21 this year studying sports management and mass communication and simultaneously riding my bike and this is what I want my job to be! Racing bikes for a living!
FR MTB MAG: Your greatest achievement to date?
TAODE: Being a part of this insane sport.
FR MTB MAG: Your worst cycling experience?
TAODE: None so far. I like to be in the positive side.
FR MTB MAG: What are your current and future goals in life and what are you doing to achieve these goals?
TAODE: Racing in the World Cup is one of them, I am training religiously every day for it to happen one day which will. I want to take the Indian flag to the next level in sports.
FR MTB MAG: What bike do you ride?
TAODE: I ride a Commencal Supreme DH.
FR MTB MAG: You participated in the Nepal National Downhill Championships 2011. Share your experience.
TAODE: Participating in Nepal National Downhill Championships opened my eyes to real DH racing. I finished top five in the series, the race tracks are really good and long, the people are really friendly and Nepal is a really good place to ride.
FR MTB MAG: Before we wrap it up, do you want to give any shout-outs or Words of advice?
TAODE: Do whatever makes you happy.