Name: Alan Mandel - nickname (Big Al)
Hometown: Lander, Wyoming.
Sponsors: Dharco, Industry nine, Shred optics, Bloodstone, Trail co Inc.
Discipline: Freeride, Dirt Jumping, anything fun.
Favourite tune to Listen to on the bike: I prefer the sound of the forest and the bike.
Tell us about yourself: I love nature, traveling, and learning new things.
Competition or just riding: Just riding, I did slopestyle for 7 years and now enjoy focusing on creating my own video projects and riding more session format events.
What is your all time favourite mtb trip: I traveled 10,000 km, driving all over Chile during the pandemic filming for “Once in Chile” The first full length freeride mtb video to be filmed in Chile.
What do you love about riding: Its all the great people and places you go on a bike. I love slashing down chutes, riding jumps, and a good loamer never disappoints.
What are you most proud of achieving through riding: The creation of my own event "Todo O Nada" (All or Nothing)
One tip you would give to a grom wanting to become a pro rider:
Never stop having fun on your bike. Focus on what authentic form of riding makes sense to you. Fight for your dreams like your life depends on it and after enough time and experience you’ll find your lane.