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.’’
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 Seccowww.DunbarCycles.com
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