Granary Cycles are proud sponsors of Archie Axten since January 2018. Archie is an 19 year old mountain bike rider, racer, coach, guide and content creator from Ireland. Archie started riding 5 years ago and has progressed quickly during his short career. After starting downhill racing in 2013, he then made the transition to race Enduro and Downhill in 2015. Archie is
now focusing on his main passion, Downhill racing.
Here are some of his competition highlights!
- Northern Irish Junior Enduro Champ
- 5th place Iris DH Champs (Enduro Bike)
- Top 30 Irish Enduro World Series
- 6th place British Enduro Series
- 19th Junior British Downshill Series Rd. 5 (Fastest rider on Enduro bike overall).
With the help of Granary Cycles, Archie plans to race the full British Downhill Series in the Senior category. He also plans to compete in as many Irish National Downhill and Enduro races as possible. Finally, he also intends to compete in both the CrankWorks Europe events in Innsbruck, Austria and Les Gets, France.
Want to know more about Archie?
We caught up with Archie for a quick Q&A!
Where are you from?
I am originally from the West Coast of Scotland but 9 years ago I moved to Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Where was your first ever ride on a MTB?
My first ever ride on a bike was in my back garden. My first ever ride on a MTB trail was in a place called Barnett Demesne in Northern Ireland.
What was your first ever MTB?
My first ever MTB was a Ghost Hardtail, it was a basic bike that I rode around the trails. My first suspension bike was a Vitus Dominer 2. It weighed about 33kg but I used it for everything – Downhill, Enduro, Trail Centres, XC rides.
What made you get into MTB and why?
I started MTB when I was 14. Before that, I used to play rugby but after a few concussions I was told that it wouldn’t be the best idea to continue so I took up mountain biking. I had watched in YouTube and really wanted to try so I got a bike and gave it a go and here I am today.