There seems to be a new spark in trials mountain biking that we haven’t seen since the peak of Hans “No Way” Rey. A lot of this is thanks to the recent YouTube superstardom of Danny MacAskill. David Bonzon is the Junior World Champion…and he has some skills. Check out the video from Epic TV.
“David Bonzon rides a trials bike and only happens to be the best in Switzerland. And Europe. And in the world. Yep, he holds the world champ titles in all three junior categories. He lives only an hour away from the Epic headquarters, so we asked him to give us a tour of his hometown of Montreux, Switzerland. He took us to one of the most unlikely trial spots, the Chateau de Chillon, and this is what happened.
EpicTV would like to thank the staff at the Chateau de Chillon, for more info go to www.chillon.ch
To find out more about David Bonzon, go to www.davidbonzon.com”
I don’t know about you guys…but Nepal might have to go on the bucket ride list now. It looks like an awesome place to visit with some hidden riding spots that are incredible.
“Far away from the cliché of a wild Nepal, which would be ideal for a backpacking trip, our shaper and rider Pierre-Edouard Ferry went on to share his knowledge and expertise with Kathmandu’s youngster. In a city where paradox are found at every corner and which teems with life in a doom’s day atmosphere, pumptrack riding can be perceived as the symbol of a whole new generation of Nepalese riders for whom riding as a mean of escape. The wheel is spinning in Nepal.”
It is great to see Danny MacAskill coming back from injury and getting back into making videos again. This series is going to be awesome and it will give us insight into the life of Danny MacAskill…arguably the best trials mountain biker currently spinning the cranks and clearing the impossible.
“‘In the Balance’ – As Danny embarks on his most ambitiously creative project to date, an old injury flairs up threatening not just the project but his career as a rider.”
A friend of mine posted this video on my Facebook timeline as a joke for a project for my son and I while my wife is out of town this week. While I thought it was hilarious given my need to go over the top with things…this video and GoPro setup is truly EPIC.
What do you get when you put 15 GoPros on a beam together? Awesome that’s what…
There is no denying that Chris Akrigg is a bad ass. Not only is he one of the best trials riders in the world, but he is working himself back from a terrible wreck where he broke his femur. On the 1-10 pain scale, that rates a 37.
Ha, I really called it that! So heres a fun chilled edit to get me back into the swing of things, shot at home in Yorkshire over a couple of random days. I know i’m not firing on all cylinders just yet but i’m getting there. Thanks again for all the support people. I will be back….
We have known and have been following Aaron LaRocque for quite awhile now. He has shot and edited some of the best mountain bike videos we have seen to date. During the slow times of winter, he decided to put this sequence together completely on his own out in the woods. It is fantastic.
“Fall and winter are my slow seasons and I took advantage of that downtime to get out on the bike a bit more. More time on the bike inspired me to get out and shoot a new edit, one shot 100% by me, of me. It was refreshing to get out with nothing but a tripod and work on something entirely at my own pace.”
Who said the winter has to stop dirt jump competitions? This sequence from “White Style” is pretty cool to watch as dirt jumpers make the best of winter conditions in FMB World Tour 2013′s first stop in Europe.
White Style has always been a crazy event, but poor weather conditions this year meant you had to be even madder to get on the snow on two wheels.
“As long as you keep your line, you’ll be fine,” said Martin Söderström. “Otherwise… you’re not going to be fine.” These words turned out to be prophetic as Martin later had a fall that gave him a serious headache and a trip to hospital.
Cyclocross racing has taken the US by storm over the past couple of years. Somehow, someone thought racing in the offseason in sub freezing temperatures with mud and snow would be a good idea. For those of us that watch from the sidelines…we would have to agree. To those that race in the series, you guys are insane and it is awesome.
Friend of Bike198 and pro coach Brian Baker sent us over this clip from the 2013 National Championships. It is the first lap of the Elite Mens. I got cold just watching it…no one can argue the amount of bike handling skills it takes to navigate skinny tires on this course in these conditions.
What do you think about cyclocross racing? Have you ever done it?
I came across this really cool video today that a company called SportsGarage.net put together and it is rather unique. The basic premise is a split screen look at mountain biking vs. road biking.
At Bike198, mountain biking has always been the spark that initiated the passion for pedal induced forward motion. What started off as a love for dirt has grown into road, urban and other platforms of cycling. The best part about this sport is the ability to enjoy it in an infinite amount of ways that all have their unique angles. For guys that like to get pointed downhill like me, the aggressiveness of steep, technical terrain blasting through the trees and rocks is where I find my inner peace. However, that doesn’t take away from the adrenaline rush that comes with testing the limits of skinny tires at 50 mph down a country mountain road.
My favorite caption from the movie is this:
The trail is the technical challenge…solving the riddle. The road is the rhythmic zen…releasing the power.
Cycling is a passion as much as it is a sport. Get out an enjoy whatever kind you call home and do not be afraid to experiment with other forms of the sport.