Racer Spotlight: Timmy Mangini

Racer Spotlight visits Pro racer Timmy Mangini out of Benicia, CA.  While still attending school, this pro racer knows how to lay it down on a bike.

Name: Timmy Mangini

Age: 22 Years old

Hometown: Benicia, CA

Class: Pro Men

2012 Sponsors: One Ghost Industries, Fox Racing Shox, Shimano, Azonic, Oneal, Super Sketch Apparel, Blur Optics, Csixx chain guides, Candy Components

2012 was quite a year for you tell us what you did?: 2012 was an awesome year for me. It started off good with me getting on the back cover of the January Issue of Mountain Bike Action magazine. It was only my second year racing pro and my third year really racing mountain bikes. I was fortunate enough to be part of the One Ghost Industries team and traveled all over the US hitting many of the major US National races. I also got the chance to race at Crankworx in Whistler, BC. Later in the year I got to work on the 2013 Azonic USA catalogue and will be featured in two full-page spreads in the new catalogue. All in all it was the best year of riding and racing yet.

What was it like seeing yourself on the back of a magazine?: It was pretty surreal, I’ve always dreamed of being in a big movie part or being in a big magazine. To get it on the back of Mountain Bike Action was really cool. Big thanks to the guys over at Oneal/ Azonic.

Walk us through your 2012 One Ghost Musashi: I ran a Large One Ghost Musashi frame this year with a 1.5-degree slacker headset to get the bike’s head angle closer to the new 2013 model. . My bike was fully equipped with Shimano Saint components and Fox Racing Shox Suspension. I ran Candy Components bars and stem, Azonic outlaw wheels, WTB saddle, ODI Grips, Csixx Chain Guide and Kenda Tires.

Now that the race season has drawn to a close what is the off-season like for a pro level racer?: The off-season for me consists of many things. I will be finishing up my last two semesters at Sonoma State University spending a lot of time hitting the books. I will also continue training at the gym and on the XC bike. For 90% of the off-season I don’t touch a DH bike, I spend most of the time riding my trail bike and dirt jumper. The off-season is also the time of year I get to ride Moto as much as I can, for me the off-season is all about having fun and remembering why I started riding bike sin the first place, to have fun.

Plans for 2013, whatcha got cookin?: My Plans for 2013 are a little bit different from 2012. I am going to focus more on media projects that include web edits, photo shoots, and product testing. I will still be racing at select events throughout the year including both gravity and endure/super d style racing.

Shout Outs, we know you want to give some love.  Let’s hear it!: I have to thank all of my sponsors who helped me out this year. In particular David at One Ghost for everything you did this year, Chris at Oneal/ Azonic and my parents for helping me out financially while I finish up college.

About WingNutt

Rider, Racer, Owner of MyBikeStand.com. A long history in racing and riding, from BMX and freestyle to Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4X and even some Road races spans nearly 25 years. Spent some time working in bike shops. I love to ride my bike.

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