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Mitch Chubey: Throwback Thursday

Lost Files from an Old Hard Drive

Words by Mitch Chubey.
January 10th, 2013

Mitch Chubey recently found an old hard drive with a pile of old photos on it. While #ThrowbackThursday is big on instagram, we figured it would be cool to see some of these shots all in a row, with a story. Chubey was our 2007 AIRprentice winner, and you’ll see that old NSMB jersey in a few shots here. So, without further adieu, we present a brief history of Mitch Chubey in his own words…

Summer 2006 – There are older photos but this about the time I started to do cool thing like tables, and casing coping resulting in flats. I used to be quiet the park rat. It was the only thing to ride with in a 20 minute ride of my house. Yes, at one time I rode baby wheels… and they are still in my garage.

Spring 2006 – My second contest ever. I remember crashing all day long, sending it again and then landing this cliff hanger which took home 1st in best trick. Pretty sure I got a new T-shirt for the effort. What ever happened to IDUN anyways?

Early 2007 – I started to hit contests as much as I could. I worked full time every other day, high school on the others. I went to as many as I could. Competed in the amateur class. 3rd Place here at the Wham Bam Thank You Jam in Portland OR.

The inaugural Crankworx Colorado 2007 – This is where you can say it started it all. My first Pro contest. I went down with Justin Wyper; my parents bought me the plane ticket as a graduation gift, I wonder if they regret that now? 7th place on the day.

Fall 2008 – A another turning point for me, a downhill bike. With a long motocross background a DH bike was the ultimate toy. I would romp that thing anywhere. Even today, I would way rather go ride trails then hit the jumps, just so much fun!

Fall 2008 – A another turning point for me, a downhill bike. With a long motocross background a DH bike was the ultimate toy. I would romp that thing anywhere. Even today, I would way rather go ride trails then hit the jumps, just so much fun!

The summer of 2009 was filled with several events. Most of which I made finals – Claymore Challenge.

Crankworx Slopestyle 2009. The biggest event of the year. 3 days prior to the event I was not invited. I received a phone call Monday night asking if I was interest in be being a replacement for a rider in the Thursday qualifying session. Qualified 3rd and made it into the finals. I am still not sure if I was happier to make it into finals or that my first qualifying run was my first run in a Whistler Crankworx Slope event not to crash in. 2006, 2007, 2008 – all filled with epic big crashes.

Second runs of finals, Darren Berrecloth dropped moments before me and bumped me to 7th, just out of the super finals as only the top 6 that year moved on the the 3rd run. I dropped after him and this tail whip off the Giro Trailer and the Flip Whip above helped me bump the claw back to 7th with a mere margin of .25 of a point. So far it’s been the only super final at Crankworx I’ve made.

2010 – Filled with a new frame sponsor, limited support, bad luck, personal issues, and what seemed to be endless 14th place finishes. 14th at Crankworx (pictured), Claymore, Crankworx Colorado, Goat style and 14th overall on the FMB World tour Rankings.

2011 – Back on form. New attitude, trainer, great off season, mounds of support helped and newly developed Morpheus bikes, pushed me to the top 5 of the FMB rankings. I returned to Europe for multiple events and attended my first Big Mountain event, Chatel Mountain Style.

Crankworx 2011 – Going for Best trick after missing finals in a miserable qualifying session.

2012 was just a continuation of momentum and confidence from 2011 until it came to an abrupt end at the inaugural Crankworx Les 2 Alps where I broke my Tibia and Fibula. 2013 is among us and being off the bike for 6 months has only made me hungry to get back and in form for the season!

I want to thank all my sponsors for their continued support and can not wait for the season to get started.

Morpheus Cycles | RaceFace | Maxxis | Fox Shox | 5.Ten | Leatt Brace
Adidas Eyewear | Industry Nine | Chris King | Power Cordz / Velo B2B


For a few more from the archives and a quick interview with Chubey, check out our pre-AIRprentice article HERE. Got any words for Chubey and those cliffhangers? Send’er below…

  • Jerry-Rig

    the silent assassin

  • SubPlop

    Yea Mitch! the old Brookswood skatepark sessions, good times. guy made everything look so easy, glad you got some solid sponsors backing you up. keep givin’er man.