Downhill legend Yanik Arda had the luck to grow up in Altindere. This village is surrounded by mountains and there is a road going up to the hidden Sümela Monastery. This place used to be his main target for mischief during his younger years. Arda was a naughty boy and often had to flee on his bike to avoid getting caught. There the foundations for his explosive sprints and downhill abilities were laid. As he grew older the cycling trips got longer and he expanded his territory as far as to Giresun and Fatsa. A place where he watched the annual division 4 race with great interest.
As so many young Turkish men he found his way to the European mainland, hoping for a better career. He could not suspect then the opportunities would be much closer to home. Living somewhat as a nomad for a while he was scouted by Quick Step Minded (QSM) at one of their many events. Because QSM was looking... Read more