Back to the Roots

Iago Garay sliding through the corners above Málaga, Spain. With a season of racing cancelled and global travel off the table for the summer, Iago took to the places closer to home that tend to be overlooked.

Back to the Roots A Change of Pace with Iago Garay

Sipping a cold beer with Spanish enduro racer Iago Garay on the terrace of our local brewery in Madrid, Spain, is a rare occurrence.

Iago’s just returned from shooting the second episode of his video series, Not Far from Home, which follows he and his friends as they explore the abundance of great riding in their home country of Spain.

Normally, Iago would be spending his summer traveling around the world to race in the Enduro World Series (EWS), with breaks to film with his Santa Cruz teammates or chill with his lady in Seattle, Washington. But this year’s COVID-19 travel restrictions forced him to change plans and get creative.

Iago grew up in a small town on the outskirts of Madrid, the capital city of 6.6 million people that is bordered to the north by three different mountain ranges. Accordingly, the city has a fervent mountain bike culture that thrives on the region’s often ancient singletrack. Iago was introduced to the sport at a young age, riding cross-country laps with his family on weekends.

“I hated it,” Iago laughs into his beer. “I just wanted to watch cartoons!”

It wasn’t until he was 11 years old, when his father took him to a downhill race, that he became truly hooked. Riding downhill without having to climb was much more appealing to him, so he spent his teenage years touring Spain’s downhill racing circuit until he left the country to attend college in Cincinnati, Ohio. While living in the United States, Iago made a point of traveling to the seasonal kickoff races in Monterey, California, as well as many other national DH races.

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