Geoff Aaron knows a thing or two about standing tall. That's good; because the 6-foot-4 athlete rides a motorcycle so specialized it doesn't even have a seat. But standing up on the pegs of his bike, while negotiating seemingly impossible obstacles, is what trials riding is all about.
It's also what the 10-time AMA National Trials champion does best. Geoff became interested in motorcycles when he was 13 years old. Noticing his curiosity, his father, who used to trail ride on weekends, suggested a trials bike to learn on. "Trials riding teaches balance and control of the motorcycle," Geoff explains. "Those skills transfer to all types of riding and make you a safer better rider." So with money he had saved from mowing lawns, Geoff took his father's advice and bought his first trials bike in 1984. The following year, he entered his first trials competition.
In the more than two decades since he started competing, Geoff has racked up a trophy case worth of titles, decorations, and trips to the podium. In addition to the 10 AMA U.S. National Trials wins, he has 73 National wins, six New England Trials Championships, and six El Trial de Espana honors. A 15-time member of the U.S. Trials Des Nations Team, Geoff was named AMA amateur athlete of the year in 2000. That same year (and again in 2006) he was named AMA Sports Athlete of the Year at least in part because of a riding style that's been called "flamboyant," "superior," and "truly inspired."
While Geoff maintains a razor-sharp competitive edge?he placed fourth overall in AMA Endurocross in 2008, the 38-year-old now focuses more on promoting his sport. He's often traveling the country these days in his custom-made mobile demo rig to share his insane gift of trials with more people than ever before in exhibition performances. To top it off, in October, Geoff and his wife, Kerry, had a baby. Summing it all up, Geoff says simply, "Life is awesome right now."