British mountain biker hauls 100 tonnes of dirt to create unique personal jumps.
Mountain bike slopestyle star Matt Jones could have took it easy during lockdown in his native Britain, but he decided to keep his groove on by building an amazing trick course and pit bike track in his own backyard.
Here is all you need to know:
- Jones has built a big global reputation as one of slopestyle's most innovative exponents and placed ninth in the 2018 Crankworx FMBA Slopestyle World Championship Standings.
- The 26-year-old went into lockdown with his fiancee at their Woburn home, while his friend and videographer buddy Ben also stayed with them.
- The backyard was originally pegged as just lawn for the dog to run around in, however Jones managed to persuade his fiancée to let him have half of the area for his unique bike project.
- With dog Moose for company, Matt and Ben undertook back-breaking wheelbarrow shifts and also used a ride-on lawnmower trailer to haul dirt to mould jumps.
- The course starts with three rollers that splits into five pump track and technical lines that can be navigated over 10 different ways with a step-up, chunky spine, shark fin, hip and big jump that gives Jones enough challenges to stay in tune with his bike.
- Even though the big jump only measures 1.4 metres in height, compared to the four-metre high ones on the professional slopestyle circuit, it still needs focus.
- The narwhal was built almost vertical with a clay lip, so Jones could drift backwards across to the big jump, while the chunky spine was made of rock hard clay.
- Jones said: “With having so much time, it was important to find a way to keep riding my bike, this was the only solution. “The aim wasn’t about doing massive tricks, just staying on my bike and keeping fit and active with my riding.
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THE SECRETS IN THE SHADOW OF THE KANGCHENJUNGA
SHIVAM ROY / PRATEEK SINGH
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The year 2020 has not yet been able to deliver a lot of mountain bike racing action and unfortunately it also looks as if the first events are still far behind. The past two days were a small attempt to bring back some race feeling.
The initial thought came from Wyn Masters. The New Zealander, who is currently spending a lot of time in Munich, reached out to Racement at some point and expressed his wish to do something in order to generate content for his video series again. With Markus Pekoll, another enthusiast was quickly found, who could instantly deliver the perfect location with the Bikepark Schladming. Uwe Buchholz also didn´t hesitate to come on board, after all, he is a communicator, well networked and provides ideas that are more important than ever during this time. In the current situation, we as Racement are of course open for everything, after all we don't know where to put our excess energy.
So, the only question left was, what could be done and what is currently possible. Without any doubt, we wanted to follow all the regulations and realize an environment where NotARace could take place during these pandemic times. Large events are currently not allowed and therefore races are almost impossible at the moment. The bike parks are open again and this offer seems to be accepted as never before. That´s why we have developed a format that is small enough not to be an event and yet big enough to not forget about our favourite sport.
On July 2nd and 3rd there was a format in the Austrian Bikepark Schladming with the title that ex-presses everything: NotARace - iXS Cup Test Session. About 30 riders were invited, who completed a few timed training runs on these two days during normal bike park operation times and thus were able to experience something like racing against the clock after a long time. It was expressly not a race and therefore there was no winner. After only a few runs could be completed each day to get in, there was a time span in which the times were taken, i.e. like a timed training as known from the World Cup.
From the beginning on it was clear that a few media will certainly be interested in the matter. In the end, it turned out to be the big ones in MTB reporting that did not miss this opportunity. Pink-bike, VitalMTB, MTB News and the Red Bull Media House sent their representatives and with the productions of the participants themselves, a considerable amount of content was created…
It all started on Thursday morning with the Riders Briefing and in fact all but one of the invited athletes had come. Everyone seemed to be keen for riding together and so we went straight up the mountain. The timed riding took place at upper part of the pro downhill track, with the start at 1,750 m, about 100 meters below the mountain station, and the finish at the middle station at 1,325 m. One of the training groups managed to complete seven runs during the Timed Session, while most of the other riders contenting themselves with three to four. Fastest on the first day was David Trummer (AUT - YT Mob) followed by Greg Williamson (GBR - Commencal / 100%). The best time for women came from Vali Höll (AUT - SRAM TLD Racing), but just under two tenths of a second ahead of Nina Hoffmann (GER - Stif). Manuel Lettenbichler (GER - Red Bull / KTM) also did pretty well, with a time in midfield proving that he does not necessarily need an engine in his vehicle. Just in time for the end, a few dark clouds showed up on the horizon, but other than that, the weather was much better than predicted and perfectly appropriate for the occasion.
Friday started differently. After waking up in the morning it was already clear to everyone that this time, it would be a somewhat wetter test session than Thursday. However, this all seemed to be basically welcomed by the riders, because it was ideal for testing in both dry and wet conditions.
So the concept of Not A Race worked out completely and everyone took the opportunity to run a few more runs on one of the most popular tracks. The majority of riders completed four timed runs, with a third of the field doing six to seven runs. For Andreas Kolb (AUT - Gamux Factory Racing), the patience paid off in the end, as he set the best time of the day in his last run. The same thing happened to Thomas Estaque (FRA - Commencal / 100%), who delivered the second fastest time with just eight tenths of a second. This time it was Nina Hoffmann who set the fastest time for the women. Monika Hrastnik (SLO - Dorval AM PRO Race Team) followed. Even if it wasn't all about the times, they were important for some to be able to judge their own performance.
This was another attempt to bridge the race-free time and not to let the iXS Cup be forgotten. We currently have the hope that a few more races of the series can be held and until then we try to make the best of it.
#notarace #ixscup #testsession #schladming #austria #mtbmagasia
The Backwards Roll from Wee Day Out
Another week has passed and that means a new episode of “Danny MacAskill’s Archive” got released on his YouTube channel. In this third episode, Danny explains the process of learning another quite unusual trick - The Backwards Roll from his Red Bull movie, Wee Day Out:
#dannymacaskill #archive #weedayout #backwardsroll #redbullbike #rasoulution #mtbmagasia
INTERVIEW XIAO YUAN - CHINA
INFLUENCERS DOLOMITES - ITALY
MTB IN BANGLADESH
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WOW! So, there she is! I am proud to show you my Dreambuild, the SPECIALIZED LEVO ExpertCarbon 2020. First off all, this is the best bike I have ever put my legs over. I would say love at the first pedal stroke. But now more about what makes my Ebike my dream build.
Instead of the Fox 36 performance 150mm, I got the Fox 38 with 170mm travel with its awesome colour pistachio. Now it feels like I could do anything with it, the fork is running totally smooth and precise. That is the biggest improvement of all the parts that changed.
In the rear I changed the Fox DPS Performance damper with 52,5 Hub to a Fox DHX2 Factory 2 position with 55 Hub. So a bit more travel in the rear as well! For me I am more into coil shocks as into the air ones.
I would say Business in the front and Party in the back!
The next thing are the Brakes, Matura MT7s are game changers. In the front I am running a 220mm disc and in the back 203mm. What a Stopper!
Handlebar and Stem are Joystick Components. The alloy handlebar is 800mm long with 28 rise in 31,8 Version. The Binary Stem is 50mm long. The ODIxVans Grips looking amazing and they are grip monsters as I like it a bit thicker.
The Tires are from ONZA, Porcupine 29“ 2.4 Skinwall WHITE. Can not wait to put in on dirt! So, that is all what I changed on the Bike.
I can’t wait to shred, Pictures will follow!!
Follow Fabian on IG: https://www.instagram.com/fabulousfab_mtb/
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Summer vibes from the Italian Dolomites in a video from 2019 when Canadian legends Geoff Gulevich, Richie Schley and Darren Berrecloth teamed up to explore these unique mountains in the heath of the Alps.
A great week of riding, exploring and laughing in perfect weather and truly epic views!
Thanks to dolomitisuperski.com we had the ‘Dolomiti Super Summer’ passes to access 100 lifts over 12 valleys for a ridiculous 400 km of trails, that makes of The Dolomites one of the largest bike destination in the world. If not the largest. Bucket list worthy.
'The dolomites are a place that seems somewhat surreal, the mountains are insanely beautiful and unique, the culture and locals are on point. The riding there is actually improving greatly year by year and already has some of the best terrain and trails I’ve ridden in Europe.
Absolutely love the place and can’t wait to go back!' - Darren Berrecloth
'The Dolomites for me are one of the most interesting mountain ranges I have played in. With the high Alpine looking like a desert and the lifts taking you anywhere you can imagine, its an outdoor mountain fantasy. Not too mention the Italian cuisine mixed in to the whole recipe.' - Richie Schley
'I am in love with the diverse terrain, beautiful views and the accessibility the Dolomites has to offer. You could ride there for twenty years and still discover new areas to ride and hike. Can't wait to go back!' - Geoff Gulevich
For those who can travel there the season 2020 has started this week and all the lifts are open.
#dolomitibikegalaxy #ridethedolomites #dolomitisupersummer #darrenberrecloth #richieschley #geoffgulvich #aledilullophotography #mtbmagasia
During lockdown, Danny MacAskill has not only amazed us with lots of different ways of using palettes in his front yard and stepping up his e-bike trials game on the new Santa Cruz Heckler, but the Scottish trials and mountain bike rider also took time to go through his archive, selecting his favorite, and hardest, tricks from the last ten years. The first episode in this series features the famous Log Slide from his movie Wee Day Out. “I’ve always wanted to do a log-slide on a mountain bike. I really like the idea of two wheels kind of sliding on stuff, slightly unnatural – just something I never seen anybody else do,“ says Danny as he explains the idea behind the trick and goes on about his motivation and commitment: “Of course you are going to fail a lot. You will have lots of crashes and lots of frustration I suppose, but my main driver is knowing that I am trying to do something new, something that is my own idea and something that is really gonna make the whole film that we are working on come alive.“
But why did he send his mate Nash around the countryside for 3 months before filming? What was the hardest part of the whole trick? How many tubes of Vaseline did he use and what new problems did that bring up?
Danny’s Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/dannymacaskill
Danny’s website: www.dannymacaskill.co.uk
Danny’s Facebook Fanpage: www.facebook.com/DannyMacAskill
Danny’s Instagram profile: www.instagram.com/danny_macaskill
Danny’s Twitter account: www.twitter.com/danny_macaskill
#dannymacaskill #weedayout #logslide #thestorybehind #redbull #fredmurray #rasoulution #mtbmagasia
When it comes to the agency’s newest athlete, Tarek Rasouli immediately raves: “I've been following him for some time on Instagram and immediately liked him. I was blown away when I watched "Chase Her". Tomomi rides really, really well; his technical tricks remind me of Fabio Wibmer and Danny MacAskill. I also find the exclusively positive user comments he seems to attract very likeable,” says the motivated managing director of RASOULUTION after their recent signing with Tomomi.
The person Tarek speaks so enthusiastically about is Tomomi Nishikubo. The Japanese rider is a true artist on the bike. Now 28-year-old, he started riding motocross at the age of five. Seven years later, his passion for bikes without an engine was ignited and Tomomi started his trials career. In 2013, he competed in the UCI Trials World Championships in South Africa and finished 25th. His greatest successes, becoming Japanese Trials Champion in 2016 and 2017, made him known within the country. However, Tomomi is not only at home on the Trials bike, his broad ability is illustrated by his win of the Japanese Downhill Series (Expert) in 2018. His switch to street trials also paid off with victory in Trials at the Ninja Games last year. Trials, downhill and freeride are among his prime disciplines all of which he combines spectacularly in his great passion - the making of videos.
Thanks to the high-quality clips paired with his riding class, he also made a name for himself even beyond the national border. “Plot, jokes and above all his riding is really good. Especially in his last video “Chase Her” there were some really technical and cool things about which I can only say: “Hats off. Pretty awesome." He has a cool style and understands how to show it in videos," says his role model Fabio Wibmer enthusiastically.
Next to his riding career, Tomomi works part-time as a filmmaker and consultant for social network services in Yokohama. The partnership with RASOULUTION will help him take the next step in his career. “I have some big film projects in my head that I really want to realize. RASOULUTION is the ideal partner by my side not only for this. I was also directly impressed by their extraordinary network and professionalism. I am thrilled to be part of the team that also includes my idols Danny and Fabio,” the likeable Japanese is looking forward to the collaboration and can hardly wait for one thing: “I hope I can soon go to Europe and ride with them."
With his riding class and his good eye for video productions, Tarek sees great chances that the Japanese will establish himself in the global bike scene: “Tomomi has huge potential. We want to help him to spread his passion around the world so that he can inspire and motivate even more people to ride bikes.”
Follow Tomomi’s adventure here:
#tomominishikubo #partnership #rasoulution #japan #mtbmagasia
CONTRASTS - TAIWAN - 3OF3
DALI - YUNNAN - CHINA
URUMJI - XINJIANG - CHINA
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