PART 2 in a series about Kirt Voreis and his partnership with Niner, featuring Nate Adams, former professional mountain biker who calls Kirt a friend and a mentor.
NINER: What’s your first memory of Kirt?
NATE: I think it was at the Mount Snow Naked Crit. (Okay, just kidding.) Truthfully, I’m guessing it was Mount St. Anne at the Worlds in ’98. I was racing for the U.S. National Junior Team. He was on the senior team.
NINER: What was your first impression of Kirt?
NATE: I was pretty shy as a kid. He was like a god to me. Y’know, a lot of the pros wouldn’t give us the time of day, they were kinda dickheads. But Kirt, he made time for us. He would give us tips and talk to us. That’s why we call him KV Jesus. For me and some of my peers, like Kyle Strait, Cam Zink, we thought he was a god, that’s why we called him KV Jesus.
NINER: What’s your favorite Kirt memory?
There’s probably two. My favorite memory recently was this last spring when we cruised around California with him. Time in the van with him talking about old stories was a lot of fun. Stopping and riding along the way was fun too. The other memory that is still very vibrant in my head is when he 360’d the last jump at the dual slalom in Mammoth – like, in a race. It was probably around 2001 when he was riding for Specialized. Oh, and one of the craziest things I saw him do was 360 a kids Z50 motorcycle off of dirt jumps. That was crazy. By far the craziest thing I’ve seen him do
Funny, I still have an old picture of him in my bedroom at my parents’ house of him on a Yeti.
NINER: Why do you think he’s stuck around the sport of mountain biking for so long?
NATE: This might be kinda cliché, but he’s really young at heart. Even if he wasn’t doing it professionally, he’d still be doing it. As the downhill scene started to die down some and the freeride scene started to pick up, Kirt helped start this freeride movement. When he wasn’t at the races he would be out shooting video and doing 360s and bar spins. He definitely helped pave the way for us younger guys to get off the race circuit and get a future just freeriding.
NINER: What does Kirt mean to you? What has he meant to you?
NATE: I definitely look up to him, not just for his riding ability, but also how he treats people and the way he interacts with kids. That’s why we call him Uncle Kirt a lot. He’s always got time. He’s always positive. He’s always willing to help.
NINER: Did your friendship with Kirt help him decide to partner with Niner?
NATE: That’s a good question. I was definitely stoked when Chris started talking about Kirt coming to work with us.
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