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For 2023 I’m extremely proud and excited to be racing a substantial World Cup and full National
Downhill series and I can’t wait to get going…

My love of everything on two wheels started when I got my first motorbike aged five for Christmas, I quickly got into racing Motocross at quite a high level and enjoyed some success competing at British Schoolboy Nationals and some International competitions. In 2008 My Dad opened a local Bike shop and it wasn’t long before I was also hooked on Mountain Bikes and within no time Downhill Racing became my new focus and a fresh challenge for me.

My first real success came at WDMBA Rheola racing at one of my first Youth events, getting a taste for the podium here kick started everything and before long I had some great support from some great people and companies alike. Shortly after I got a string of wins which included 1st at Rd5 of the IXS European Cup, British Downhill National victories in rounds 4, 5, and 6 as well as the overall title, 1st place in the Extreme DH Summer Series at Llangollen and the British National Champs Youth title.

By 2013 I had signed with the GT Factory/Atherton team for my Junior years racing alongside Marc Beaumont Gee and Rachel Atherton and my focus was solely on contesting the Downhill World Cup series… That first season was rather eventful to say the least, but luckily I managed to wrap up the British Downhill Series title early on that year and showed great promise seeding fastest at my 1st ever World Cup only to puncture on my race run. After this everything went a bit haywire and a run of crashes and pretty bad injuries happened, the worst being a near career ending crash at Crankworxs DH Air that potentially ended my chance of any further success as a Junior.

After initially being told by numerous doctors that I would be at least 18 month off the bike and against all the odds some very special people got me the chance to get back racing for 2014, I went into that season under strict team orders to “take it easy and see how it goes” before I knew it I was pushing for a podium spot at the 3rd round, then I won a World Cup at Windham USA and then going in to the finals I had a small outside chance of robbing a title, In the end it was 3rd overall in the World Cup series but it felt so good just to be back!

After missing out on World Champs in 2013 due to the spinal injury it made getting to Hajfel Norway a year later that much better, I was in with a pretty good chance too, seeding 2nd in Qualies in-between Loris Vergier and Luca Shaw was promising but like so many of the other top seeds I crashed out early on in that one too.

Taylor Vernon