We recently sent out our team rider, Olly Wilkins, to a pumptrack race in Holland. Not your ordinary race though. This was held in a nightclub, on the dance floor, by Joost Wichman the 2013 4X World Champion. Check out the edit:
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‘Holland was crazy. I set off with Sam (Reynolds) on Saturday at Lunch. I would be racing that night at 11pm so there was no rush. We drove throughout the day. Only 4 and a half hours from Calais so not too bad, those notoriously flat Dutch roads did make for some boring driving though. After arriving that evening we had food and went for practise. The pumptrack was the same we’ve raced before at other shows. It was set up in an oval with two 180 degree berms and three rollers on each straight. A lap took just over 4 seconds!
In qualifying Sam and me came 2nd and 3rd/4th respectively I think. Everything was kinda unclear as we didn’t understand a word of Dutch. The track was surrounded by crazy dutch party people, horns, beer flying, it was nuts! Some of the crowd had chainsaw engines and the club air was thick with 2 stroke smoke. Next we went into knockout rounds. In the Quarter finals Sam came off, was a shame as he was looking super fast. I unfortunately went up against Joost in my quarter and after he messed up I had an easy route through to the semis, not a popular win up against the hometown hero. The knockout rounds involved a standing start so we had to race-start against some of the worlds best race-starters! In the semis my luck ran out and I messed up a turn and lost my ticket to the finals. After winning my B final I had scraped together a podium position in 3rd, Pumped!
I find it so stressful racing pump track. With laps so short its so easy to make mistakes. You feel like you’re holding your breath the whole time!
Big thanks to Joost for the invitation. Can’t wait for next year!’ Olly Wilkins
Check out this VitalMTB edit with Olly Wilkins, Sam Reynolds, Brendan Fairclough, Grant Fielder and Sam Pilgrim as they take on the challenge of building, riding and filming a piece all in one day…
Fairclough, Pilgrim, Reynolds and Wilkins “Backcountry” Extreme – S4P – More Mountain Bike Videos
Olly rides his Bolt L which can be seen here
This weekend we held the annual Pumptrack challenge at Brunel way for the Wideopen end of season party. With a big turnout and some top names it made for great racing. If you couldn’t make it then check out the Replay of the Live feed below:
Rippers 10-16 Podium
1st: Joe Wagstaff: 20.169
2nd: Tom Davies: 20.333
3rd: Oliver Hooper: 20.431
4th: Ed Bartley: 20.548
Open 17+ Podium
1st: Joel Anderson: 19.500
2nd: Oscar Newton-Mason: 20.512
3rd: Ben Nolan: 20.546
4th: Lewis Richards: 20.663
Ladies Pro Podium
1st: Manon Carpenter: 21.431
2nd: Jessica Greaves: 23.538
3rd: Burridge Rachel: 29.551
Mens Pro podium
1st: Duncan Ferris: 18.335
2nd: Olly Wilkins: 18.539
3rd: Brendan Fairclough: 18.559
4th: Philip Atwill: 18.666
Full results here
Its been great fun following the progress of all the teams during Dirts ‘Run to the hills’ contest. Now the final edits are all out we caught up with Olly Wilkins to talk us through the weeks shooting and final products.
‘The week was great fun. We chose to stay local for our edit ass it allowed us to pack in more riding and get better footage. It always helps knowing where you’re going and having an idea of what to shoot. Our team was different in that we all hang around outside of riding so it made for a really fun atmosphere. Jacob Gibbins was shooting and Chris Seager filming. Both of the Aspect media boys are good mates and hang out with us all the time. It made for an easy trip really!’
‘Here’s our Slideshow. This was the first thing to come out. I love how fun it is. Just conveys the atmosphere perfectly for the whole week. Was really good seeing all the slideshows on the big screen with a huge soundsystem turned up loud. Jacob did a really good job.’
‘Next up out teaser edit got released, this thing alone makes me want to ride so bad! Just not over serious…exactly what riding should be like for the majority of the time!’
‘And now for the grand finale! Our complete edit! Really pleased with how its come out. The quickest 11 minute edit I’ve ever watched! Big thanks to our team, DMR, Aspect Media, XS energy but most importantly Dirt magazine for making the whole thing possible. We had a great time and look forward to next year!’
Make sure you visit the Dirt site here and vote for our edit! You’ll be in with a chance to win a load of killer prizes too!
Our French rider Jonathan has been busy filming for his latest edit and its a killer. Check it out below and make sure you vote in the top left hand corner of the screen!
Jonathan DUNAS Défise by RED de SFR.FR// MTB Pro by Simon_Uguen
Jonathan rides a full Sect build in this edit. Check it out here
Thanks to Jonathan and Rawbike for putting this one together