Average day at home with Josh Bryceland and Sam Dale

May 19, 2011
by Jacob Gibbins  
 
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Josh and Sam are two normal guys from Nr Manchester in North England, they live and breathe bikes and like to just have a good time. But they are also two of the best of the new breed of young DH riders on the WC circuit, and the fact they both live pretty near each other can only be partly to blame for how fast they are. I went up and spent a day or so staying with them and shot a few photos riding, building, testing, uplifting and generally going about their normal day to day, Not too bad is it?
  Josh and Sam are two normal guys from Nr Manchester in North England, they live and breathe bikes and like to just have a good time. But they are also two of the best of the new breed of young DH riders on the WC circuit, and the fact they both live pretty near each other can only be partly to blame for how fast they are. I went up and spent a day or so staying with them and shot a few photos riding, building, testing, uplifting and generally going about their normal day to day, Not too bad is it?

These are the two in question, Sam on the left, Josh on the right...
  These are the two in question, Sam on the left, Josh on the right...


In the racing transit as Josh calls it, on the way to the local woods.
  In the racing transit as Josh calls it, on the way to the local woods.


As I said, they are just normal riders, if you don't build it, you can't ride it.
  As I said, they are just normal riders, if you don't build it, you can't ride it.


The only difference is in what they deem as rideable...
  The only difference is in what they deem as rideable...


Sam scrubbing over a wall aboard his new for 2011 Sunn Radical.
  Sam scrubbing over a wall aboard his new for 2011 Sunn Radical.


Josh doing what he does best, getting the style on with his pretty slick V10 c.
  Josh doing what he does best, getting the style on with his pretty slick V10 c.


Sam laying it over, what you can't see in this is the fact that a split second later and I was covered in roost...
  Sam laying it over, what you can't see in this is the fact that a split second later and I was covered in roost...


See, I told you, was picking mud out of my hair for the rest of the day, ha ha!
  See, I told you, was picking mud out of my hair for the rest of the day, ha ha!


This is what happened when I asked for a serious portrait from Josh, at least Sam managed it.
  This is what happened when I asked for a serious portrait from Josh, at least Sam managed it.


The tracks they were riding were loose, natural and fast. Well they were fast when these guys rode them... Josh has an incredible amount of style on a bike, he can make it do whatever he wants, no matter what the ground is like. Here he throws some roost up, a fun shot for me and my gear.
  The tracks they were riding were loose, natural and fast. Well they were fast when these guys rode them... Josh has an incredible amount of style on a bike, he can make it do whatever he wants, no matter what the ground is like. Here he throws some roost up, a fun shot for me and my gear.


Josh looking at lines.
  Josh looking at lines.


Sam looking on thanks to
  Sam looking on thanks to "creative differences" as to what Josh thinks is a good line.


We found this great turn in some Oak woods, loose as you like and with Sam's kit, it looked sick!
  We found this great turn in some Oak woods, loose as you like and with Sam's kit, it looked sick!


One of the dirtiest jumps I have ever seen, 40 foot rough bank roll in, huge G out through a swamp to thin, shit lip built by kicking some mud about, 10 foot step up to the landing and he still manages to do this?!
  One of the dirtiest jumps I have ever seen, 40 foot rough bank roll in, huge G out through a swamp to thin, shit lip built by kicking some mud about, 10 foot step up to the landing and he still manages to do this?!


We then went from their local woods into N Wales to do some uplifts and testing, here Josh talks through the finer points of the bike with his mechanic.
  We then went from their local woods into N Wales to do some uplifts and testing, here Josh talks through the finer points of the bike with his mechanic.


Josh mid run in amongst all the moss.
  Josh mid run in amongst all the moss.


In the back of the van ready for another uplift, they packed in about 8 runs an hour, testing and tweaking before BDS 2 the weekend after this...
  In the back of the van ready for another uplift, they packed in about 8 runs an hour, testing and tweaking before BDS 2 the weekend after this...


While I was eating lunch Josh and Sam stole my camera and came out with this, all credit for this one is to Sam I'd guess?!
  While I was eating lunch Josh and Sam stole my camera and came out with this, all credit for this one is to Sam I'd guess?!


And here he is, he took a pretty huge smash half way down his 9th run of the afternoon on the fastest part of the track. That's the bike, and some blood through the lid etc. Check out the Helmet cam from his run here to see the crash.
  And here he is, he took a pretty huge smash half way down his 9th run of the afternoon on the fastest part of the track. That's the bike, and some blood through the lid etc. Check out the Helmet cam from his run here to see the crash.


Sam Dale Slam Cam on pinkbike.com



Josh giving the camera a quick wave before we pack up and go to the pub for dinner.
  Josh giving the camera a quick wave before we pack up and go to the pub for dinner.


Off we go, next stop the pub for a pint and dinner, good luck to both of them this season.
  Off we go, next stop the pub for a pint and dinner, good luck to both of them this season.


Thanks for reading, and see you at the races! To stay up to date with what Josh and Sam are doing find them on Twitter here:

Josh twitter.com/Ratboy_Bryce
Sam twitter.com/Sam_Dale

And to keep up to date with new work from me:

twitter.com/JacobGibbins
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44 Comments

  • + 34
 That POC stuff is simple but still looks great, proves you dont need the pyjamas Razz
  • + 5
 SO TRUE !
  • + 29
 Simple and Overpriced !
  • - 15
 Expensive, not overpriced.
  • - 6
 please... Just cut your hairs... :S
  • - 1
 Great article, some fantastic photos there. Easily POD worthy.
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  • + 10
 LOL The look on his face after that crash is priceless. It is like he is thinking "WTF just happened and how did my bike get all the way down there?"
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  • + 6
 Is it me or does Ratboy still look like a prepubescent 13 year old? Sam, on the other hand, has blood and stubble on his face.
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  • + 1
 Rad track and funky part of wales regardless of the way the headcam looks - haven't ridden there in a while, its a shame we didn't get to see the rest of the course/s.... there is such a good selction over there for anybody that recognises it.
  • + 1
 is that foel?
  • + 1
 just been there for the first time today, these guys took some proper man lines through there! really nice trails though
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  • + 5
 he didn't strap his helmet, did he
  • + 1
 Should i am thinking.
  • + 2
 the camera could have popped off its quick release as they're designed to do so to stop them being broken in a crash..
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  • + 2
 Someone enlighten me, how on earth did his wheel end up in that state? Or how did he even fall on that!? It didn't look massive at all..


Props to the photos, look rad.
  • + 2
 After having ridden that track a number of times, that part of the track you pick up sooo much speed, just a tiny mistake and thats what happens. He's probably fell like 15ft straight onto the fireroad. Nasty crash. :/
  • + 3
 im guessin he clipped his bar on the side where the track has been dug out pulling his bar sideways as it hung up!
  • + 1
 i think it's just because he hucked it and landed to flat, it's a good 12 ft roller
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  • + 3
 That crash in the video is quality. You can see it coming as soon as he picks up speed.
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  • + 3
 those photographs are amazing!!
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  • + 2
 nice article guys. and i think i can say we've all been there with a slam dunk that good
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  • + 3
 The serious portrait from Josh is pure ULTIMATE WARRIOR!
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  • + 1
 How far did Sam's bike go in that crash!>?!

Nice to see that even pros have dumb crashes like that too, hope it didn't hurt too much.
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  • + 1
 Spent a week with thos guys in spain for some riding/training. Super chilled and fast guys!
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  • + 1
 Good crashing skills from my Grandads Niece's brother in law (Sam) No idea what relation that is!
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  • + 1
 Josh and Sam rock! Wicked riders with friendly personalities. Cool shots for sure.
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  • + 1
 This is at Macclesfield Forest In Cheshire, England. Ive ridden there quite a bit as its on my door step. gogogoftw
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  • + 2
 I see POD potentials
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  • + 1
 Fun looking track in the vid.
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  • + 2
 Great work Jacob
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  • + 0
 it sorta looked like this helmet cam off when her crashed and the camera stayed attached to it
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  • + 1
 awesome shots, nice slam cam and job done on the rim.
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  • + 1
 Awsome pics. Great write up. We need more of this.
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  • + 1
 what are those Marzocchis? are the proto 888's?
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  • + 1
 So where are these local runs near north manchester then??
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  • + 1
 nice write up due , awesome shots.
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  • + 1
 Amazing captures especially the panned shot.
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  • + 1
 Jacob the Flash Master
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  • + 1
 dope pics dope peeps
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  • + 0
 look at the flex on those 888's, 6th or 7th pic down!
  • + 2
 Not flex, it's the lens on the camera distorting the image
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  • - 2
 Sic shots Rad dudes Dumb ass moves Slam Dunk - you rode like a stab wound in a gorillas back man!
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