Carl Decker on Downieville

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  • Published Jul. 8, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM EDT
Under Carl Decker's cool exterior lurks a RPM-revving madman. The long-time Giant racer with a prototype of the company's XtC Composite 29er. Photo by John Chorlton


Carl Decker is a man of many hats, or better yet, many helmets.

The Giant Factory Off-Road Team member has won national championship jerseys, a tattoo at singlespeed worlds and, last year, earned the right to be dubbed the all-mountain world champion at the Downieville Classic in California.

With all that going on, Decker then switches hats to something a little more substantial than a bike helmet. He puts on a crash helmet and gets into a rally car, more often than not with his Giant teammate Adam Craig as navigator.

We caught up with Decker to talk about a couple of his favorite things: Racing Downieville and racing his tricked out Subaru.

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