Aussie Jared Graves excels in enduro, downhill and 4X mountain bike events as well as on the BMX track. He was crowned 2009 4X World Cup champion after winning four of the six rounds and placing on the podium in the other two, and he defended his title in 2010 and 2011. He now has a total of 15 World Cup race wins. He also won the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike 4X World Championships, and won a silver medal at the same event the following year after leading the final race all the way until making a mistake and being passed on the final corner. In 2008 he finished second in the BMX World Cup series and went on to finish sixth at the Summer Olympics in the same year. Born on 16 December 1982 in the Queensland town of Toowoomba, Jared says he was a ‘XC bandit’ in his early years. It was only when he finished third in the junior section of the 2000 Australian championships in his first ever downhill race that he realised his future may lie in downhill and 4X rather than cross country. Famous for his powerful, pedal-pumping style and tough training regime, Jared decided to concentrate on Enduro for the 2013 season. He started the season strongly with a win in the Dual Slalom event at the Sea Otter Classic in California, and later in the year secured a third placed finish in the first round of the Enduro World Series in Punta Ala, Italy.
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