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Mathieu Dupelle

My Name is Mathieu Dupelle and I grew up on the outskirts of Montreal where, at the time, there was not much to do apart from playing in the woods with my dog. When I was 13 a friend showed me trails where we could hit jumps and that's where biking started for me. I've competed in a bunch of races from Canada Cups to NORBA's. After racing, I worked in a few shops and eventually got a job working at the Canadian World Cup and Joyride in 2003. That lead to a job on the World Cup circuit until 2011 when I started with Kona where I now take care of their DH World Cup athletes. I love the innovations in cycling, from suspension, electric shifting, and Ebikes.

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DATE OF BIRTH

05/15/1981

RIDING WITH KONA SINCE

2011, the same time I started working with the team, although in 2000 I had a used 1998 hardtail I was riding.

KONAS IN YOUR QUIVER

I have my Process 153 CR 29ner that does everything I need and at the races we have a super nice carbon Honzo I get to ride that is used as a trainer bike and commuter bike for everyone on the team, I also have an old orange Operator prototype that I get to use a couple times each summer riding the chairlift in Bromont.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I’m from a little town outside Montreal and now I live 45min away in Bromont (Quebec’s most popular MTB trails).

DO YOUR BIKES REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL SETUP TRICKS TO MAKE THEM “JUST RIGHT”?

Being a mechanic on such nice bikes over the last 18 years at world cups made me super picky about my own set up and everything has to be working well.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS SEASON?

The day after the last race of the season—this sounds so wrong, but I can say I stress all year that my athletes (which are also my good friends) stay healthy, don’t crash, get great results and be happy, so the day after the season is over is a big relief. Don’t get me wrong, I love racing and bikes and probably once the season starts it will seem to be over soon. This year I look forward to going to south America for the first EWS races.

WHO IS THE CYCLIST YOU MOST ADMIRE AND WHY?

Steve Peat, everything he does is for the love of the sport, he’s hard-working and get stuff done, Even if he’s super cheap he’s not doing it for the money like some other riders.

WHERE WAS THE BEST PLACE YOU RODE IN 2019?

Probably Bromont because I got to ride from home and back and did it on world-class trails.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ONE PERSON (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Undecided.

WHAT ACTOR/ACTRESS WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN A MOVIE?

Matt Damon (as Carol Shelby) in that Ferrari vs. Ford movie

HOW WOULD YOUR MOTHER DESCRIBE YOU IN JUST THREE WORDS?

should. visit. more.

FAVORITE MOMENT OF 2019

I’ve got a couple. When Connor got third at the Tasmanian EWS and top 10 in Leogang this year. Also, when Miranda got third at the France EWS round and the whole team arrived there in time for her finish after an eight hour drive from Andorra.

Would you rather spend money or save money?

If you can spend money it means you have some money already so you can spend and share the wealth.

Would you rather drive a car or a pick-up?

Depends on the car or the pick-up.

Would you rather watch a comedy or a horror movie?

Comedy, I prefer to laugh and be able to fall asleep afterwards.

Would you rather be unable to use search engines or unable to use social media?

Social media, because Google is more useful, and social media is for entertainment and wasting time while waiting at airports.

Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or always be 20 minutes early?

20min early, no one likes people that are late.

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