Dean Tennant - Spring Cleaning

Apr 11, 2012 at 23:37
by Aaron LaRocque  
Dean Tennant is a wildman. He’s got the kind of effortless-looking speed and bike control that isn’t given – it’s earned. 10,000 hours of downhill shuttle runs, XC loops, and good old-fashioned drops to flat have honed these skills. Why 10,000 hours? According to Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers ‘’ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.’’

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I’m just going to say it before anyone asks… no, this is not sped up. I genuinely don’t know how Dean isn’t a Top 20 World Cup racer but I’m sure results will come with experience. Stevie Smith trains on these trails and it’s easy to see how they compare to World Cup racecourses. Much like Champery, Mt. Prevost’s trails are wet, rooty, rocky, and steep (well relatively speaking, Champery is an absolute monster and broke Dean’s collarbone at the 2011 World Champioships).

I’m tempted to call Dean ‘The Man In Black,’ but A.) Cash owns that nickname permanently and B.) It doesn’t really describe Dean’s personality. He’s a killer on race day but Aaron has called him ‘’literally the nicest guy you’d ever meet.’’ This is their fourth video together and easily the most flat-out riding we’ve seen so far. Thanks for watching, enjoy.



And a side note: huge thank-you to the dedicated builders of Puttin’ on the Ritz. It’s a brand new trail and Dean and Aaron are the first people to shoot it. Can’t have a video without a trail. Thanks boys.

Video: Aaron LaRocque
Words: Scott Secco

www.DunbarCycles.com

More Dean/LaRocque videos:
Dean Tennant - Off Season Training
Dean Tennant - Sending it
Dean Tennant - Fall

Is this Dean's best video yet? How long until he's a World Cup star?

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 Absolutely Amazing! So happy I stayed up to watch this!
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 Tennant is the man!
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 shit thats fast
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 anybody know the song?
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 One Rapid dude, nice video
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 Riding as fast as you can and loose as you can..... there is nothing else like it! Giddy Up LaRocque, good VHSing
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 Bassnectar - Emphaty Wink
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 Well that was insane
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 Yeah Dean! Way to go boy! Never stop rockin`! Smile
  • + 5
 Those TNR trail builders are gods when it comes to building trails, keep up the good work guys!
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 anyone else notice the same right hand corner was filmed 4 times in the edit?
Never seen that in a larock vid before, still sick
  • + 5
 it's 2 very similar looking corners two shots each but good eye!
  • + 3
 Isn't that the kid who won the flow show years back ?? I think I liked him more when he was hucking skinny's
  • + 2
 fuckk yeaa buddy that was sick viderr ,lovin the zoo shots
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 Those trees are so sick!
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 VOY- video of the year
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 That was some Steve Smith speed! Holy shit!
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 Aha yeah that was a long time ago. Still hucking the skinnies here and there...
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 Song is Bassnectar - Empathy
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 pinning it 2:04!
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 The 10,000 hour rule isn't from Malcolm Gladwell. It was a swedish Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson. Gladwell just used it in his book. Ericsson was the originator of the idea. It should also be noted that it's not just 10,000 hours of riding a bike, or whatever sport. It's 10,000 hours of deliberate practice...
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  • + 6
 Definitely one of your best edits, which is certainly saying something! I have watched Dean race myself, and he is certainly crazy fast. No speeding up the video necessary. He just lays it down.
  • + 3
 he basically destroyed everyone at Port Angeles NWCUP this past weekend.
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 The Deaner is by far the pro rider with the BEST attitude I have ever met. It's been a pleasure for me to have the chance of working with him last year. LaRock is a great filmographer and I agree with him, Dean will crack the WC Top 20 some day. He just need to have more time on each track to get more used to the courses. Keep it up Dean !
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 I can back up the comment in the story bout Dean being super nice, met him last year at U.S Open and of course he didn't know me from anywhere but just chatted up a conversation and asked me what i thought of the trail and lines..no clue why he asked me I was racing amateur..but super nice guy, hope the best for him
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 that wasnt sped up O-O !!!!!! my god he is fast i loved that teh put on the tree,s dont hit this and this and look out that had me balling with laughter might do that in wharncliffe next time im down Razz
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  • + 4
 haha gotta love the paint on the tree holding up the wood launch at 00:47... "DONT CUT". Looks like a pretty crucial piece
  • + 3
 good eye! I didn't even notice that haha!
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  • + 4
 great vid, i did like "sending it' but this one shows his progression from that video to this new one.
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 its said 10,000 hrs is enough to reach a truly elite/professional level at nearly anything.
  • + 13
 yeah, i have way over 10,000 hours into my job which im good at and is probably why i suck at riding so much
  • + 23
 That's why I'm so good at pleasuring myself....
  • + 2
 Read the book Outliers, it's kinda insane how true that appears to be.
  • + 2
 yep, applies to sport, musical instruments, careers....
  • + 2
 I've put over 10,000 hrs into nose manualing and I still can't do it.
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 stubb and gavlaa , top comments !
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  • + 4
 In my own head...that is exactly what I look like when I ride.
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 If you could watch this video for the first time without being able to see the bike; you would think this guy is on a dirt bike.

Sick video as always; Aaron kills it every time, makes me stop what I'm doing and go ride!
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  • + 2
 This is a beauty.... really love it. Great riding, camera works and editing is just awesome... nice video to end my day at work... Cheers
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  • + 3
 Thats why I put Dean Tennant on my Dirt fantasy team. Now get out and ride some WC's to get me some points. :o)
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  • + 4
 Crazy fast riding and sweet ass trail!
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 That has been one of the best edits I've seen just because of the aggression of the trail and the sheer malice of the rider on it in those conditions.
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  • + 2
 I would be super stoked if Larock one day would made me some shots. Dean is killing it of course. As usual Smile Amazing work!
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  • + 4
 DEANO! Your pinned!! sick vid buds!!
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  • + 1
 So did Dunbar Racing stop using Devinci Wilson's or did Dean just become sponsored by Transition? Would be interested in knowing if the whole team stopped riding the Wilsons for a reason or if it is just Dean.
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 My favorite to-date! Really shows the speed, which I feel lacks on some DH vids. Thought the tune was fat, good match, made me go off to get it! The trail was pretty epic, wouldn't mind seeing a re-run in the dry Big Grin
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  • + 2
 well done, nice to see the bike bouncin on the rough stuff instead of just table tops all day long.........
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 haha "dont hit this" "or this"
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  • + 2
 WOW i hope this year he can really get some sick results at some world cups
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 this was, an will be, one of the greatest smashers ever! > s o u n r e a l !
..great filming/ editing, too, for sure. > born to be lit in the (freeride) hall of fame!
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  • + 4
 DAMN SON, you're fast.
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  • + 2
 I'm fairly new to PinkBike and I've seen Larocque's name all over the place. After watching his videos, I can see why!
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  • + 4
 wow. that guy rips
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  • + 1
 I think I have watched this around 20 times now and it still blows my mind how fast he is going on the sections of trail I have ridden myself.
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  • + 1
 one of the sickest videos i have watched i loved it the trail and music are sick !
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 2 : 05 deamn tree dont touch me !! after watching this i went riding lol cool video Big Grin
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 Hate all these sick video's cause I am blowing through my data.
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 The lighting is just jaw dropping. Wawawiwa!
  • + 1
 Yeah the last shot is breathtaking.
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  • + 2
 whaaat a speeeeeed man!! the best vid so far in 2012
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 After watching this twice I was over 2mph faster on my local trail run today.
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 VIDEO OF THE MONTH!!!!
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  • + 2
 Nice riding Dean Ripping up the trails and laying down the beats!
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  • + 2
 WOW, this was sick ! Dean is such a great rider !
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 wow, some amazing light, tennant is SO fast
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  • + 1
 Great another pair of pants wrecked... thank you LaRocque for making this unreal video.
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  • + 1
 If larock did an edit with Gee Atherton or someone of that sort... it would be SICK
  • + 1
 Haha, I can't believe I forgot about this video ! Thanks man !
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  • + 2
 Seriously the best video i have ever seen :0
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  • + 1
 is it just me or is this guy ALWAYS pedaling? love the comparison to the standard DH pylon...
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  • + 2
 I have arm pump from watching it!......
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  • + 3
 Sick riding Dean!!
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  • + 2
 i sure hope he's clipped in...Other wise he's also a magician..
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  • + 2
 i think we have tomorrow's VOD Smile
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  • + 2
 Unbelievably fast, unreal. Such a sick video, great work!
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  • + 1
 Yes and very soon giving he stays healthy !! Absolutely sick shredding !! Those trails look epic !! Very nice video !
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 No mobile internet , fav'd for tommorow at work Wink
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 lot of well crafted!!!!!! nice man!!!!!
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 yeah yeah....damn nice, boy!
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 I've lost count of how many times I've viewed this!
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 Super fast!!
Who was that at 2.05? Peaty?? Smile
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  • + 1
 Wow Dean! Awesome! But I waited for it so much time;(
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  • + 1
 A little bit of Tzou in there as well
  • + 1
 Yeah I noticed a section of Double D. He goes through it faster then I could probably ride a fire road down hill lol
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  • + 1
 Um, fuck yeah! Better than the winner of the VOTY contest for sure.
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  • + 2
 he is dusting that trail
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 2:30 = awesomeness!
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 geeza is crazy fast!
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 i nearly died of laughter @ 2:01 Big Grin

Awesome Vid ! as always Smile
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 Nice vid and sweeeet trail...
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 He is loose as at 0.40
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  • + 1
 Wide open Nirvana! MTB at its purest
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 Old lady to her grandson "Check me out biatch, I'm on PinkBike!"
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 PINNER. get this on pinkbike so i can faverate it!
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 Wow that was fast. Awesome video.
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 balllzz to wall...
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 I LOVE F**KING WIDE VIDEOS!
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 Hate all these sick video's cause I am blowing through my data.
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 Railing it! Wicked riding Smile
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 Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee!
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 Is this shot on the C300?
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 Absolutely pinned... like bawsss!
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 criss de belle ride !!!
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 Bassnectar - Empathy
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