Getting extreme mountain bike racer Geoff Gulevich (or “Gully” as he’s know to his fans) off his bike long enough to ask him a few questions isn’t easy. But then it’s the amount of hours he spends in the saddle that has put him right at the top of his game and made him a leading figure in the world of mountain biking.
It’s that same dedication and balls out bravery that has lead to some of the best extreme sports videos we’ve ever seen… Plus a few broken bones.
Geoff spoke exclusively to StagWeb about his passion for the sport, appetite for life and love of Britney Spears’ music (just kidding Gully!).
Do you have to be completely nuts to be a downhill biker or is it just about conquering fears?
I don’t think you have to be completely nuts, just have a certain drive to push what you love and seeing ideas and dreams pushed all the way though. A lot of people have great ideas but fear the consequences.
So what phobias or fears do you have?
I don’t think I fear too much. I have always been adventurous and willing to push the limits of what I enjoy doing. I think my only fear is not having a family when I’m older. I can’t wait to be a husband and a dad.
Is mountain biking your full time job?
Mountain Biking has been my full time job for ten years now. I feel like I retired from working at 18.
Where’s the best place you’ve ridden?
That’s one of the questions I like the least… Every place I have been to in the world has its great qualities. I do, however, enjoy home more than anywhere.
Who do you look up to for inspiration and why?
I look up to the legends of my sport like: Wade Simmons, Richie Schley, Cedric Gracia and others.
Outside of my sport I look up to greats like: Travis Pastrana, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan and so on…
Who do you most enjoy riding with?
Whoever wants to ride that day. It’s just a great feeling getting out there with people who want to be active.
Any bad crashes or injuries?
Of course… we deal with rocks, trees, roots and gravity. I have separated both shoulders, broken my left wrist, right kneecap, right shin and both ankles.
What’s your scariest moment?
Last year at RedBull Rampage I fell 45 feet to flat on my body. I thought that was the end as I fell.
What’s your proudest moment?
I don’t think I have reached it yet.
What do you listen to, to get pumped before a race?
I listen to a lot of hip-hop, rap, reggae… Whatever feels right in the moment.
What’s the one thing you wouldn’t want anyone to see on your iPod?
Hahaha! Probably a couple Britney Spears songs.
How do you kick back and relax away from the track?
I do a lot of hiking with friends or my dog and also yoga. But snowboarding has got to be my biggest release or passion in the off season.
What do you do to celebrate a big win?
Anything with friends… I just want to share the moment.
If you hadn’t made a living out of biking what job do you think you’ve had ended up with?
I always knew I wanted to be an athlete. I probably would have chased baseball or snowboarding.
Do you have a motto for life?
Do what makes you happy and you’ll never work a day in your life.
To learn more about this incredible extreme athlete check out his Facebook page.