John Lawlor began his career in mountain biking at the age of seven when he was given the gift of a mountain bike for Christmas. It wasn’t long before Lawlor was racing and by the age of 26 had been crowned Irish Champion six times had represented Ireland at nine World Mountain Bike Championships from 1997- 2005. His best career World Cup finish was 19th place in Canada in 2003 and was ranked inside the top 50 in the World on more than one occasion in his time racing mountain bikes.
At the beginning of 2006 he travelled to his first World Cup race without his bike, but this time with a video camera with the aim of documenting the season on his second DVD project. “2nd Last Chance” was Lawlors first serious contribution to the world of mountain bike documentaries.
At the beginning of 2007 Lawlor began working for the online mountain bike channel MTBcut.tv and began changing the way mountain bike races were viewed by audiences around the world. Lawlor was the first person to introduce daily video updates to the sport and this is something that has been adopted by many other web based media outlets around the World.
At the beginning of the 2009 season Lawlor began work for Santa Cruz Bicycles and Specialized Bicycles producing high-end World Cup videos for each team. At the beginning of 2010 Lawlor teamed up with Clay Porter on a two year performance based documentary entitled “3 MINUTE GAPS” which premiered in Fort William, Scotland on 2nd June 2011.
Lawlor will continue to work with Clay Porter on the long awaited “WON’T BACK DOWN” documentary about the life and career of Steve Peat. The official trailer has been produced and premiered in Fort William, Scotland in 2011. The official Worldwide online release date for the trailer is yet to be confirmed.