Super fast US young gun Mitch Ropelato touched down in the UK a week ago to sample the wet, rooty, gnarly UK winter for a spot of training with his mate Bernard Kerr (on a Pivot).

Filmer Jacob Gibbins caught it all on camera, everything from DH, shopping bikes, crashes, moto and more...

Read the words, check the photos and enjoy the video magic!


Name? Mitch Ropelato

Age? 18

Where your from? Ogden, UT

Who are you riding for in 2011? SPS North America

What are your World Cup plans? I plan on hitting all of them and plan on putting down good results.

What you doing training wise? Ride my bike as much as possible. Hit the gym, and pounding out intervals good stuff!

What did we get up to filming? Just had bucket loads of fun.

Why the UK for some winter training? I really need to learn how to ride some mud and wet roots. So I thought what better place to learn that then the UK.

What are your main aims for this coming season? Just have fun. Keep the bike on two wheels. Get some good finishes.

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Checkout the Tom Grundy interview with Mitch Ropelato on the uplift over on VitalMTB.