In this next episode of our Rider Spotlight series, we are getting to know Southeast downhill racer, Joshua Rogers. Josh is grew up riding and racing motocross and soon after discovering downhill mountain bikes, he was hooked. After some success in the junior world cup ranks on board his Devinci Wilson, Josh has moved up into the elite category this year. You will find him competing in the U.S. Pro Gravity Tour series and U.S. National Champs. Call him Juice and you will have his attention. Josh is someone that can make everyone laugh and is a great guy to have around the race circuit!
Josh Competing At The US Open In Vernon, New Jersey
Hey my name is Joshua Rogers I'm 19 years old and I'm from Clayton North Carolina.
This will be my 5th year of riding and 5th year of racing downhill mountain bikes as well. It all started for me racing moto for 6 years. From there it turned into XC riding around my area that I lived. I eventually got tired of riding up hills and wanted to start riding only downhills. That's when I found out about downhill mountain biking and I fell in love instantly!
Out of all the racing I get to do in the states and overseas, I would say my favorite place to race is at Snowshoe Bike Park in West Virginia. It's where I rode my first downhill bike, where I raced for the first time, and also where I won my first race!
Josh Racing The Downhill Southeast Series 2017 - Photo by Jay Shultz
There are so many people that have helped me come up through the ranks over the past couple of years and I wish I could thank all of them. But there is one person in particular who I have always looked up to and he has always helped me no matter what, and that man is Neko Mulally. He is quite honestly one of the nicest people I know and he is a great friend and an awesome mentor!
So if you ever hear the name Juice at race, they are talking about me. I got the nickname when I was younger because I loved juice boxes. Haha. Pretty silly right? It all started when I made world champs in 2014. I had "Juice" painted on the back of my helmet and everyone saw that and it has stuck ever since!
JR Productions is a small photography hobby I enjoy. Outside of racing, I love trucks and cars. I have a 1500 GMC Sierra myself and I love taking pictures of them. I would eventually like to be a professional photographer on the side! Check out @jr_productions_ on Instagram.
UCI Downhill World Cup Lenzerheide, Switzerland
90% of my offseason is spent in the back woods of Tennessee training and riding at Windrock Bike Park. With all the fast guys on the east coast, it never gets old riding with the Windrock crew on some gnarly trails.
Over the last 5 years, I've ridden different bike from Intense, Specialized, Scott, and now Devinci. I've been riding and racing the Devinci Wilson the last two seasons and am really happy with how it performs. I've been lucky enough to share a lot of success with this bike and I'm planning on riding it for a long time.
Killington Pro GRT 2017
I'm only 5'8", and believe it or not I am riding a size Large. It seems to me like Devinci sizes run a little on the small side but that's no biggy. Over all I love the bike and have had no problems over my 2 years of riding it.
The bike itself suits me perfect! When I first got the opportunity to ride for SR Suntour, I was a little skeptical at first because they are a smaller brand and I did't have any experience with their forks. Over the past two seasons, I've been running the new SR Suntour RUX fork and I have really impressed. Using a sealed damper cartridge, any ol'Joe can service and maintain the RUX.
I'm not one to be super particular with my bike setup like some of the other fiddlers out there. I just ride my bike and have fun!
Number 1 Plate for Josh A The Killington Pro GRT
Magura MT7 Brake Caliper