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Alexander Kangas

I am a 27 year-old mountain bike racer from Stockholm, Sweden. I started racing bikes at the age of 14 and have been hooked ever since. I started off with downhill racing and did so up and till 2014, with mixed results on the World Cup circuit. I decided to give enduro a go at the 2015 Scottish round of the EWS, and since then I have been putting all my time and effort in to racing enduro full time. 2017 was my best year racing enduro so far, with a 31st at the EWS in France. My aims are to have an even better season in 2018 with Kona.

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Enduro

KONAS IN YOUR QUIVER

Process 153 and Major Jake

DATE OF BIRTH

August 9, 1990

RIDING WITH KONA SINCE

2015
PERSONAL TOUCHES ON YOUR BIKES

I run Öhlins suspension front and rear, total game changer in my opinion. I am also really picky with my cockpit setup, handlebar alignment/angle with the stem, and it needs to be perfect- just the way I had it on my previous bike/setup.

PRE-RIDE RITUALS

I always try to clear my mind completely before every stage/run

FAVORITE PLACE TO RIDE

Flottsbro bike park, Stockholm, Sweden

WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I am from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and I still live there today.

GOALS FOR THE 2018 SEASON

To run consistent inside the top 30 at EWS rounds. I also want to top that with at least one top 20 finish!

THREE THINGS WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU

1

I used to sing in a choir when I was a kid, one of Stockholm’s finest boys choirs. I had to apply among 1000 kids and they selected 50 for the draft. I was one of the 50.

2

I am a big fan of E-sports, during the off season I play and game a lot together with my childhood friends. We normally stack up in my buddy’s garage and have a big LAN during the Christmas holidays and play until our ears bleed and our eyes pop out.

3

I love to shoot and edit films, I started doing VLOGS about a year back, and the filmmaking process is something I really enjoy.

FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2017

Racing the EWS in Millau France. The first race when I felt that a lot of things clicked on a EWS race. I had a good first day of racing and I finished the last stage of the day stage 5 in 3rd place. Overall, I was 22nd after the first day. The second day I dropped back a few spots and ended the overall race in 31st. That was my best EWS result ever and it was the part of the season where I felt that my season started to turn around to the better. Unfortunately, I had mechanicals and injuries at the following two EWS rounds but my riding before these races had never felt better.

THIS OR THAT?

NETFLIX OR YOUTUBE?

YouTube. Cause you can find my videos there! Check them out on http://www.youtube.com/mralexanderkangas.

SNEAKERS OR
FLIP-FLOPS / SANDALS?

Neither. I live in Sweden, it’s never hot enough for Flip Flops

WHAT’S WORSE:
LAUNDRY OR DISHES?

Dishes. You actually have to do something when you do dishes, the laundry machine does the job for you.

WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A NINJA OR A PIRATE?

A Jedi. Ever since i watched Star Wars when I was 9 I always wanted to be a Jedi

PHONE CALL OR TEXT?

Phone call. you can squeeze people more during a phone call.

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