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Images from the 2020 Mountain Bike World Championships in Leogang, Austria.

Mountain Biking Athlete

Theo Erlangsen

South Africa South Africa


Best of both worlds! Hailing from the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa, Theo Erlangsen is a rare species in the mountain bike universe. A true hybrid talent, Erlangsen is turning heads as a “free-racer”. He can simultaneously hold it down on the World Cup Downhill circuit while also bringing his insane aerial chops to some of the burliest jumps on the planet. And make no mistake: Bridging the gap between racing and freestyle comes at no compromise on performance. As a racer, Theo’s impressive track record includes back-to-back titles as the South African DH Racing Champion and a growing number of World Cup podiums. As a freestyler, he throws down 100-foot jumps at supersized events like Loosefest XL and DarkFEST. A true natural on two wheels, Theo has been honing his bike skills since the age of two-and-a-half. And it shows! Whatever terrain he chooses to attack, he does it with style and precision, carrying the South African MTB scene on his back as one of its main ambassadors. Keep watching closely as this young rider builds a layered career that defies categorization in the pursuit of pure, unadulterated stoke.