Troy Brosnan has been one of the top downhill riders in the world for the past seven years. He has come close to taking the Elite men’s World Cup title for the last four. We met up with Troy in Whistler this year after he won the Canadian Open Downhill title at Crankworx.
Troy, now 24, was born and raised in Adelaide, Australia. “Dad is a fireman. Mum is an event manager for a school,” Troy told us. Both parents raced road bikes, and Troy learned to ride a bike when he was 2 years old. He took up racing BMX at the age of 4 and kept it up until he was 12. He took a shot at racing mountain bikes the year he turned 13. That was all he needed. He said goodbye to BMX after that and became one of the top junior downhill racers in Australia. After that, he was ready to take on the world.
“I won my first Junior World Championships and Junior World Cup title in 2010,” Troy remembers, “then won them both again in 2011.” In 2014 Troy scored his first World Cup victory in the Elite men’s ranks at Fort William, Scotland. After finishing third in his next race that year, Troy found himself ranked number one in the world. “I was at the top for two races,” recalls Troy. He finished out the year ranked third overall in the World Cup series. That matched his finish in that year’s World Championships.
In 2015 and 2016 Troy ended up third overall in the World Cup rankings two more times. He made some podiums and consistently finished well, but he didn’t win any World Cup races for those two years. This past season Troy won the Vallnord, Andorra, World Cup and ended up second overall in the series. As mentioned earlier, he also won the Canadian Open Downhill at Whistler’s Crankworx festival. Impressively, he won that event by a margin of 4.11 seconds over his closest competitor, which is a huge margin in a men’s downhill event.
Aaron Gwin has won the overall World Cup title for five of the last seven years, including all of the last three, while Troy has been steadily working his way up the ranks. Can Troy finally bump Aaron from the top spot in 2018? We’ll have to wait and see. Troy is still young, and it looks like he’s still getting faster.
Name: Troy Brosnan
Birthdate: July 13, 1993
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Weight: 64 kilograms (141 pounds)
Shoe size: U.S. 8
Helmet size: Medium
Marital status: In a relationship
Current home: Adelaide, Australia
Cars: Subaru WRX, Ford Custom Transit
Started racing: 2005
Turned pro: 2010
Racing specialty: Downhill
Favorite course (North America): Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada
Favorite course (Europe): Vallnord, Andorra
Favorite food: Lasagna
Goals: To be World Cup champion and world champion
Heroes: Sam Hill
Favorite recording artist: Flume
Favorite movie: Anchorman
Favorite hobbies: Motocross
Jobs held (other than racer): Paper boy, Mettwurst shop
Most embarrassing moment: Crossing the line with my pants down around my ankles in BMX racing
Always takes on a trip: Headphones
What you would be if you were not a racer: Firefighter
INSIDE THE PROS’ BIKES
Troy Brosnan’s Canyon Sender
Estimated value: $10,000 (the standard version is $6000)
1. Frame: Canyon Sender, carbon fiber construction, size medium. “It is a new bike for me, but I really love how it handles with a slack head angle and a long rear end; it is more stable.”
Daniel Oster of Canyon had this to say about Troy’s frame: “Troy rides a Vivid air coil-spring shock in combination with a special MX link that ramps up towards the end. In general, the MX link is designed for lightweight and easily adjustable air springs. We developed it together with Fabien [Barel]. The target was to have it sensitive in the beginning, therefore the leverage ratio drops down quite fast until the sag point is at around 30 percent. Then it becomes more flat to give support in the mid-stroke, and then you have a good end progression in combination with the progression of the air shock.
“But, this season the team riders feel more comfortable with the coil spring, as it gives them even more traction/grip around the sag point. Therefore, we produced those special MX links for them that give the right end progression. “The flexibility was also one reason why we went for this additional MX link. We can create so many different curves for different riders but also the new metric sizing. “Geometry-wise, they are riding the long chainstay position and the head angle at 63 degrees most of the time.”
2. Fork: RockShox Boxxer World Cup, 200mm of travel. “I have been with SRAM for my whole career and am super stoked with the fork. It has so much to offer and has never let me down all these years!”
3. Tires: Maxxis Minion, 27.5×2.5″. “I started out racing on Maxxis, and to be back on them is awesome. They are still the great tire that grips to anything.”
4. Tire sealant: Stan’s. “Only the best.”
5. Rims: Mavic Deemax.
6. Spokes: Mavic.
7. Front hub: Mavic.
8. Rear hub: Mavic
9. Brakes: SRAM Code
10. Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar, 740mm wide, 38mm rise
11. Bottom bracket: SRAM.
12. Grips: Ergon GA2.
13. Cranks: SRAM X0.
14. Chainrings: SRAM 36t.
15. Pedals: HT X2.
16. Chain: SRAM PC-1110.
17. Rear derailleur: SRAM X01DH.
18. Chainguide: E*Thirteen LG1+.
19. Shifters: SRAM X01DH.
20. Brake levers: Carbon.
21. Rear cassette: SRAM 7-speed.
22. Saddle: Ergon SMD2 .
23. Seatpost: Truvativ Carbon.
24. Headset: Acros DH.
25. Shock spring: Race-only springs.
26. Stem: Renthal, 0mm rise, 45mm reach.
27. Shock: RockShox Vivid Air R2C.Photo: Ryan Finlay
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