Eliot Jackson

Eliot Jackson

Eliot Jackson

Hometown Thousand Oaks, CA     Years Competing 5

Team Yeti/FOX Factory Team

Discipline Downhill

Honors

Team Website »



How does FOX contribute to your success?
They are a massive part of the success I've had so far. It makes such a big difference to have people that are passionate about making you go faster. They are at all the races and that helps because I can talk to them about my suspension and make adjustments depending on the track I'm at. Plus, the confidence that I've gotten knowing that I'm on the best stuff out there and the mechanics that are working on my bike are the best there are is pretty huge.

Tell us about your best race or event and how it changed you.
Even though I didn't get a good result, it would have to be Val di Sole. Everything about that race was incredible. The atmosphere, the people, the scenery, the track! That was the first time I really thought that I might be able to make a career out of downhill and it was also the most fun race I've done by a long shot.

Tell us about your bike/vehicle setup.
Overall I would say I run my suspension stiffer in front and softer and slower in the rear. I like to ride on the back of the bike so I feel more comfortable with my front end skating over stuff and then just letting the rear end take up everything.

What else is in your garage?
Lots of bikes and motorcycles, a car, miscellaneous garage accessories, ect.

What's your training regimen?
Workout a few days of the week with some intervals thrown in there. It kind of depends on what kind of mood I'm in. I probably ride my motorcycle a lot more than most people do, that seems to help a lot.

Any major injuries, and how did you recover?
I separated my shoulder when I first started riding. It sucked because it happened in the middle of the year so by the time I was better it was the off-season. I tried to take it easy getting back into it and not get too discouraged if I didn't do well.

What's your typical pre-race/event meal? Guilty pleasure?
Oatmeal in the mornings. Always. Usually a turkey sandwich or two during the day and an Oreo shake if I can find one at the track because they bring me good luck.

How do you determine which races or events to enter each year?
Usually just the ones that Yeti goes to. There are some, like Crankworx, that I make a point to go to just because I always have so much fun there.

What motivated you to get started professionally?
I never really had a day where I said "OK, I'm going to go pro at MTB." I've always really enjoyed it and I'm a really competitive person so as I raced I wanted to do better and better. I feel like I kind of fell into it in a sense I guess. I didn't really plan on it from the start at all, but now that I'm here I've had to realize that I am a professional athlete and I have to make decisions based upon that. No more waking up at 11 and relaxing at the beach all day!

What separates you from other professional athletes?
It sounds kind of obvious but I think mainly it's just how much I enjoy riding downhill! It seems like a lot of people are happy just to be on a bike but if it were up to me I would never ride XC or road and just ride downhill all day every day! I think it gives me an advantage over people who just do it as a job because I'm always trying to learn new things and it helps me stay motivated.

What would you be doing if you weren't a professional athlete?
Audio engineering and going to school full-time.

What's the best thing about being a professional athlete?
Having the opportunity to do what you love for a living is the biggest. Mountain biking is one of the few sports that allows you to really travel the world to compete and that's awesome to me. Even though it's not always easy, the good times outweigh the bad and I have to remind myself that I've dreamed of doing something like this all of my life.

What other sports are you interested in?
Mainly motocross, rock climbing, and BMX. Skiing, skeet shooting, and go-karts would be second.

Any advice to the readers dreaming to turn pro?
It's better to at least try than to wonder what would have happened if you did later on down the line, so at some point you just have to go for it. The best advice I can give is don't be afraid to ask for help, try to keep a positive outlook and always give 100 percent because you can do anything if you're willing to work harder than everyone else.

What are your favorite magazines and websites?
Magazines: Dirt, Sound On Sound, and Racer X - Websites: VitalMTB.com, TheBank.la, and Facebook.com

Favorite movie quote?
Anything from Office Space or Joe Dirt.

Who is your hero?
My dad and my brother. And Ricky Carmichael of course.

Are you a Mac or PC? PC, Macs are for losers.

Top 3 bands Opeth, Foo Fighters and The Reign of Kindo

Greatest strength Being able to have fun

Most frustrating challenge Trying not to eat too many Reese's


05.08.09 Eliot Jackson

Length 1:30   Location



Register Your Product

I'm new
Create account
I have an account

Remember me   I forgot my password »
Log in

Connect

Facebook Facebook Facebook
FOX 40 Years
FOX 40 Years
Worldwide   United States   Worldwide
By ATV Type
Race
Recreational
Utility
Mini-Quad
By Model
FLOAT 3
FLOAT 3 EVOL R
FLOAT 3 EVOL RC2
2.0 PODIUM RC2
FLOAT MXR
PODIUM X Utility
By Position
Front
Rear
EVOL Air Chamber
DSC
Rebound Damping
Position-Sensitive Damping
Spring Preload
FLOAT Air Spring
Race Reports
Articles
Events
Chad Wienen
Chris Bithell
Chris Borich


Get Sponsored in 2014
By SERIES
Factory
Performance
Evolution
 
 
 
By WHEEL
26
27.5
29
 
 
 
By STANCHION
32
34
36
40
By TRAVEL
By DAMPER
FIT iCD
FIT CTD w/Adj.
FIT CTD Remote
FIT CTD
O/C CTD Remote
O/C CTD
FIT RC2
O/B R
By MODEL
FLOAT
FLOAT 27.5
FLOAT 29
TALAS
TALAS 27.5
TALAS 29
831
VAN
40
By RIDING STYLE
XC
DJ/4X
Trail
All-Mountain
Freeride
Downhill
By SERIES
Factory
Performance
Evolution
 
 
 
By Model
FLOAT iCD
FLOAT CTD
FLOAT X CTD
DHX
VAN
 
By Spring
Air
Coil


By Riding Style
XC
Trail
All-Mountain
Freeride
Downhill
By Technology
Boost Valve
Remote


FORKS
Smoothness Matters
Factory Level CTD Upgrade
34 831
iCD
CTD
Superlight Fork Chassis
FLOAT Air Spring Curves
TALAS
Kashima Coat
FIT
Open Cartridge
15QR
20QR
FLOAT LV Air Sleeve
Mounting Hardware
Boost Valve

Voluntary Recall Information
Press Releases
Race Reports
Articles
Individual
Aaron Gwin
Anita Molcik
Darren Berrecloth
Hans Rey
Katrina Strand
Lars Sternberg
Mark Weir
Matt Hunter
Nico Lau
Thomas Vanderham
Tracy Moseley
BMC
Lukas Flueckiger
Commencal
Kamil Tatarkovic
GT
Dan Atherton
Gee Atherton
Rachel Atherton
Luna
Catharine Pendrel
Danelle Kabush
Georgia Gould
Katerina Nash
Norco
Bryn Atkinson
Jill Kintner
Santa Cruz Syndicate
Greg Minnaar
Josh Bryceland
Steve Peat
Scott 11
Emilie Siegenthaler
Floriane Pugin
Scott/3 Rox
Geoff Kabush
Trek C3 Team
Andrew Shandro
Brett Rheeder
Cam McCaul
Trek World Racing
Brook Macdonald
Justin Leov
Neko Mulally
Yeti
Jared Graves
Richie Rude
Scott Beaumont
Individual


2013 Forks
2013 Shocks
BY MOTO TYPE
Race
Big-Moto
Mini-Moto
Street
BY MODEL
PODIUM RC3
PODIUM RC2
PODIUM RC1
PODIUM R
FLOAT MXR
MX Clicker Caps
MX-C Cartridges
BOC
F.A.S.T.
DSC
MX Compression Adjuster
Spring Preload
Anti-Wallow Control (AWC)
Air Volume Adjustment (AVA)
Press Releases
Race Reports
Articles
Brian Garrahan
Jacob Piccolo
Kacy Martinez
Lee Witt
Mike Schultz
Taylor Robert

Get Sponsored in 2014
By Type
Smooth Body
Coil-over
Bump Stop
Air Shock
Bypass
By Series
Factory
Andy McMillin
Brad Lovell
Brian Deegan
Bryce Menzies
Cameron Steele
CJ Greaves
Erik Miller
Greg Adler
Heidi Steele
Jason Scherer
Jerry Zaiden
Jesse Jones
Johnny Greaves
Justin Smith
Mitchell deJong
Ricky Johnson
Rob MacCachren
Shannon Campbell

Get Sponsored
Race Program
Contingency
Apply
Events
By Sled Type
Race
Mountain
Trail
By Model
FLOAT 3
FLOAT 3 EVOL
FLOAT 3 EVOL R
FLOAT 3 EVOL RC2
1.5 ZERO C2
By Position
Front
Rear
EVOL Air Chamber
Kashima Coat
DSC
Rebound Damping
Spring Preload
FLOAT Air Spring
Press Releases
Race Reports
Articles
Chris Burandt
Dan Adams
Levi LaVallee
Mike Schultz
Paul Thacker
Tucker Hibbert

Get Sponsored in 2014
By Type
Smooth Body
Coil-over
Bypass
Steering Stabilizer
By Series
Factory
Performance
 
 
By Make
Chevrolet
Dodge
Ford
GMC
Hummer
 
Jeep
Land Rover
Nissan
Toyota
DSC
Kashima Coat
Bottom-Out Control
Rebound Damping
LSC
Race Reports
Articles
Events
Daryl Rath
Doug Siddens
Jon Crowley
Ryan Piplic
Scott Martinez


Get Sponsored in 2013
Chad Wienen
Chris Bithell
Chris Borich

Aaron Gwin
Anita Molcik
Darren Berrecloth
Hans Rey
Katrina Strand
Lars Sternberg
Mark Weir
Matt Hunter
Nico Lau
Thomas Vanderham
Tracy Moseley
Lukas Flueckiger
Kamil Tatarkovic
Dan Atherton
Gee Atherton
Rachel Atherton
Catharine Pendrel
Danelle Kabush
Georgia Gould
Katerina Nash
Bryn Atkinson
Jill Kintner
Greg Minnaar
Josh Bryceland
Steve Peat
Emilie Siegenthaler
Floriane Pugin
Geoff Kabush
Andrew Shandro
Brett Rheeder
Cam McCaul
Brook Macdonald
Justin Leov
Neko Mulally
Jared Graves
Richie Rude
Scott Beaumont



Get Sponsored in 2013
Brian Garrahan
Jacob Piccolo
Kacy Martinez
Lee Witt
Mike Schultz
Taylor Robert

Get Sponsored in 2013
Andy McMillin
Brad Lovell
Brian Deegan
Bryce Menzies
Cameron Steele
CJ Greaves
Erik Miller
Greg Adler
Heidi Steele
Jason Scherer
Jerry Zaiden
Jesse Jones
Johnny Greaves
Justin Smith
Mitchell deJong
Ricky Johnson
Rob MacCachren
Shannon Campbell

Get Sponsored in 2013
Chris Burandt
Dan Adams
Levi LaVallee
Mike Schultz
Paul Thacker
Tucker Hibbert
Daryl Rath
Doug Siddens
Jon Crowley
Ryan Piplic
Scott Martinez


Get Sponsored in 2013
All Races and Events
ATV Races and Events
Rip Off the Strip
United States
Worldwide
Press Releases
Events & Presentations
Corporate Governance
Financial Information
Stock Information
Investor FAQs
Contact Us