Sound Off: Dave Cullinan

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1992 DH World Champ and multiple open heart surgery survivor Dave Cullinan is a true legend of mountain biking. Rising from SoCal’s BMX scene to the top step of mountain biking’s podium, Dave almost lost it all before pulling himself back to the upper level of elite competition. Dave’s World Championship winning run in Bromont, Canada, highlighted by a well-timed jump which sent him between two chairlift carriages, was a major progression for the sport. Today, Dave is the US Sales Manager for Troy Lee Designs, and still rips it up on the bike.

Have  you ever seen examples of supernatural phenomena, ie Bigfoot, ghosts, miniature creatures, chupacabra, etc? Yes, ghosts.

Dawn patrol or evening ride? Evening Rides.

Have you ever used your bike as a getaway vehicle, and why? Yes, did some super market aisle sprints one mischievous night… Just add lots of alcohol…

If you had to ride with cantilever brakes instead of hydraulic discs or elastomer suspension instead of current technology, which would it be? Cantilever Brakes—that’s if Mavic still makes Ceramic Coated rims!

Best cycling innovation? Dropper Post and 1×11.

Flats or clipless?  Both.

Favorite piece of cycling kit?  Troy Lee A-1 Helmet.

Favorite place to ride? Idyllwild, CA.

Who are your heroes or role models? People that didn’t cheat…

Pizza or burrito, and what would be on/in the perfect one? Steak, bean, and cheese burrito.

Favorite Troy Lee product? A-1 Helmet.

Cross-train or ride more? RIDE MORE!

Gwinn or Palmer? Gwinn for the win.

What was your first bike? Mongoose BMX.

Websites you check everyday? Bicycle Retailer, VitalMTB, Pink Bike and Velo News.

Is it a roost or a carve? Neither.

What are you most grateful for? My Family and friends, and that God gave me the skills to have fun on a bike.