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Rob Gronkowski rolls into retirement on his mountain bike

Former Patriots tight end hits the trails for the healing energies of a little time spent in nature

Rob Gronkowski

How do you unwind from a record setting career as the best tight end the NFL has ever seen?

If you’re Rob Gronkowski, you grab your mountain bike and hit the trails.

The 29-year-old former tight end for the New England Patriots hung up his football helmet after winning a third Super Bowl in 2018. It looks like he immediately picked up a helmet of a different kind. This time, he’s suiting up to head into the woods on his mountain bike.

After the rigor of the gridiron, sounds like Gronk is taking it a bit easier on the trails. The career Patriot recently posted to his 3.2 million Instagram followers  about the “healing energies” of rolling sweet singletrack and getting lost in the woods. At Canadian MTB, we couldn’t agree more and can’t wait to get back out there this weekend.

If Gronk sticks with trail riding, maybe Transition Bikes will even make him a special “¡Yo Soy Fiesta!” edition of its “Party in the Woods” gloves. Though, if anything, the good people at Transition are probably Seahwaks fans.

“Oh hey, didn’t see you there!”

Top comment on Gronk’s deep woods mountain bike post is currently from WWE Superstar Mojo Rawley. Dean Muhtadi, as he’s known outside the ring, suggests retirement might have changed the NFL’er in some way. It must be the setting Muhtadi’s commenting on, though, not the mode of transportation. Mojo himself was posting about his “HYPE” new e-bike just a couple weeks ago.

From shooting hoops to single track

It seems like mountain biking is winning over all the stars lately. Gronk isn’t the only legendary athlete to pick up a pair of clipless cleats in retirement. NBA Hall of Fame’r Reggie Miller has been making a serious go of his miles on the mountain bike. The 6’7″ star ball player lined up for several California rounds of the US Cup this spring.

Miller’s had some high profile help on the breakout in his post-ball career, too. None other than Kate Courtney, reigning XCO world champion was showing Miller around the course, along with US XC Marathon national champion Payson McElveen. He also gets to lace up a custom set of #BoomBaby Fizik race shoes.