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Video: The Rooted DH Team at the Windrock Pro GRT | BIKE Magazine

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The privateer experience isn’t at all what we think of as professional racing. Yet in in reality, most of the racers strapped to number boards at nearly any given race around the world are there on their own dime, simply because they love racing. The Rooted team is a trio of young American downhill racers; Austin Hackett-Klaube, Wiley Kaupas and Harrison Ory, that are racing for all of the right reasons. They may not have the factory pits or the custom gear, but they certainly have a love for racing and a whole lot of fun. Follow the crew through the muddy nastiness of the Tennessee National at Windrock Bike Park, as Harrison flips the finish line jump, Wiley is pinned, and Austin begrudgingly plays team mom as he recovers from injury.

Wiley Kaupas navigating the slip-n-slide.

Harrison Ory keeping it safe and sideways over the finish line jump, rather than upside-down.

Stay tuned for Season 2; Episode 2 from Port Angeles, Washington.