This is just a reminder to all humans on mountain bikes that what we do is, in the cosmic sense, really really easy. Mountain bikes have big travel, big tires, big wheels, big brakes, big top tubes, slack head angles, and good suspension. In other words, they are perfectly designed for what we’re asking them to do. Blitzing down rock gardens and ripping berms is mostly as simple as just relaxing and letting the bike do the work, and this is evidenced by the fact that after a decade of hard work and tireless training I routinely get smoked by juniors and senior citizens, and when I go to World Cups 45 guys from Eastern Europe who no ones ever heard of put 7 seconds into me. These are people from countries that don’t even know the earth is round. You can get down all the alternate steep lines on Goat’s Gully? Cool, so can anyone with a pulse and an open mind.
Contrast this with skateboarding or bmx where the platform is inherently unstable and constantly trying to kill you, and you quickly realize why your freeride flicks and “scrubs” do not impress the ROBOTS.
Double peg down a steep 15 stair to hardway 180 out > anything Matt Miles will do in his life.
Skateboarding, and to a lesser extent bmx, are like the soccer of the action sports world. Anyone with a patch of dirt and a ball can play soccer, so the talent pool is extremely large and the level of competition is extremely high. Like, the highest in the world. Similarly, everyone in the developed world under the age of 30 has tried skateboarding at one point or another, and 99.9% of them quickly discovered they suck at life and basketball is easier.
By contrast, the qualifications for being an interior BC freeride style god are:
- Do you live in interior BC?
- Do you possess rudimentary bike and or ski/snowboard skills?
- Can you wiggle your bike around in the air and on the ground?
- Most importantly, do you have a friend with a 6D and a tripod who sees himself as an artistic visionary and plans to attend film school at UBC in the fall?