Meet Daniel Acosta... aka Wampy. Daniel recently took the top step at the Interbike Mechanics Challenge, it's been happening 3 years and each year he has done better. Finishing to PBMA's Win Allen last year in an upset judgment decision. This year Daniel showed us how it's done with poise and class. This week he's the Mechanic of the Week!
PBMA: How did you get started in cycling?
I started in the cycling environment when I was 10 years old in BMX as a hobby. By the time I was 14 I started racing XC and one thing that always caught my attention was to repair and prepare my bicycle. When I turned 17 my older brother helped me to land a job in a local bicycle shop, and it was then when I discovered that I was really good repairing bicycles. I always try to be the best and work with bicycles with as much detail as possible si my customers leave really happy.
PBMA: Do you have a favorite moment in your cycling career?
I have always tried yo enjoy every moment I have spent in cycling, but bicycle repair has become my passion. About three years ago I competed for the first time in the mechanics challenge at the Interbike event. Since then I dreamt of winning the challenge, and now I have achieved that dream a few days ago in the mechanic challenge of the 2018 Interbike held in Reno, Nevada. That has become my favorite moment and it's something I will always keep pictured in my mind as an inspiration to become even better.
PBMA: What advice do you have for a new mechanic?
My best advice to any aspiring bicycle mechanic is that when someone takes a bicycle for you to repair it, do it with feeling, technicality and as much detail as possible as if it were yours. So, you can be proud of your work and know that when someone competes and wins a race you'll be proud knowing you gave it all and were the one who also helped to make it possible by preparing that bicycle.
PBMA: Everyone has a favorite tool, what's yours?
Adjustable torque driver
This interview was translated from Spanish by one of Daniels friends.
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