Birthday: June 14th, 2002
Residence: Kals am Großglockner
Discipline: Downhill, Street-Trial-Bike
Gabriel Wibmer is a very talented young downhill mountain bike athlete, who passionately combines creativity and speed on two wheels. The ambitious Austrian started to ride Motocross when he was five years old, but later switched to moto and bike trials due to the limited training possibilities. But with time, he felt the urge for more speed and adrenaline and when he was 12 he discovered his passion for Downhill. He witnessed racing by chance during the iXS European Downhill Cup in Leogang when he was twelve. Instantly hooked, he started to get more involved with the sport and fed off his early experience in Motocross and bike skills he learnt while riding trials. It didn’t take long before he realized that the need for speed and adrenaline was just what he was looking for.
Gabriel started to take the sport more seriously and with commitment and dedication came success. In 2016 Gabriel was able to crown himself as an unofficial World Champ in the U15 category at theiXS International Rookies Championships in Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis. In 2018 he confirmed his great development when winning the U17 Austrian Nationals in Innsbruck, pinning runs that were faster than the best in the U19s. Outside of Austria Gabriel has been able to raise some eyebrows as well thanks to a third place in Spicak, Czech Republic, during the U17 iXS European Downhill Cup last year.
His success in Downhill is founded on his experience of the high speeds in Motocross and bike control from trials. Both disciplines offer elements, which translate to Downhill and help him develop his skills fast, which is why he does still turn to them, when he is not shredding his local trails. If he is not on the bike, you may also find the 17-year-old on his trampoline with a self-made trampoline bike getting new tricks dialled.
Gabriel expresses his creativity on his social media channels and he reaches tens of thousands of fans. His YouTube channel counts nearly 50,000 subscribers to date and 90,000 follow his bike shenanigans on Instagram. 2019 is going to be a very exciting year for him, since he will not only be racing the U19 iXS European Downhill Cup but also racing the tracks of his idols such as Loic Bruni and Rachel Atherton during the UCI Junior Downhill World Cup.