Jumpship 2012 - Day 1 and 2

Jun 23, 2012
by Ian Hylands  
 
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After the success of last years event the city of Victoria was excited to bring back Jumpship, and the crew managed to put together a bigger and better event. And then the weather hit. Yesterday was supposed to be practice and qualifying, however by early afternoon heavy rain had set in and everything was pushed back to today. This morning saw nicer weather, and the dirt was drying out. The girls took to the Camp of Champions Airbag for a morning jump clinic, and vendors were looking happy with the crowds.

Jumpship 2012
Jumpship 2012
Jumpship 2012
  Darcy Turenne

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  Geoff Gulevich, nothing a little breakfast and coffee can't fix.

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  Nick Tingren messed his shoulder up in a gnarly crash on Thursday night, not going to be riding this weekend, instead he goes for Gully's breakfast.

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Jumpship 2012
  While all the landings had been tarped at the onset of the rains, the flat bottom hadn't, and the barge was a sea of 6 inch deep mud. While the riders were busy collecting themselves and getting their breakfast on, course workers were busy getting everything ridable again.

Jumpship 2012
Jumpship 2012
Jumpship 2012
  Jordy Lunn overseeing a few last minute details at the start.

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  Brett Rheeder and Brendan Howey checking out the gangplank and the step up to the barge drop.

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Brett Rheeder was the first to hit the drop. Those containers are about 9 feet tall each, and the dirt is a wee bit soft still...

Jumpship 2012
Jumpship 2012
  Howey takes his turn. When asked about the drop most riders said it was a little harsh but it was part of the course so they just needed to suck it up and get used to it.

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  Aggy, dropping in...

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  ...and then Gully.

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Jumpship 2012
  Anthony didn't seem to struggle with the course at all. He did the drop once, then went back up and did the drop, followed by the first jump and the step up into the berm and satellite dish, then back onto the barge.

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Jumpship 2012
  Towards the end of the day the wind came up, forcing riders to abandon the drop and the jumps and concentrate on smaller things. It's about 20 feet to the water on the outside of the berm...

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  Greg Watts is back!

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  Wind...

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  Even though the wind picked up and it started to rain, Tippie was on it, giving away T-Shirts and GoPro's to happy spectators for at least an hour after the riding ended...

Tomorrow is scheduled to start early as there is a lot of practice and riding that needs to be done. Three days of event all crammed into one day...
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44 Comments

  • + 29
 Semenuk fmb debut...
  • + 22
 Stoked to see Greg back on the bike riding his first comp! Stoked for tomorrow!!
  • + 2
 I'm so stoked on these goggles!
  • + 15
 I'm glad this years course is a bit more like slopestyle, with the drops and sattelites, instead of just jumps and 2 quarters on a barge. Hope the weather looks up for them!
  • + 2
 @mvonhollen looks kinda flowy!
  • + 2
 It looks insane... but yeah I hope that small quarters are over with. It always seemed like the biggest trick that could go down was a flair and even those seemed really sketch to pull off with a mtb.
  • + 1
 That landing is really steep for that drop...
  • + 3
 Most of them look to be riding hard tails so it'd make sense to have a steeper landing on the drop.
  • + 1
 Yes, but it's too small of a target to aim for. If it was taller/longer maybe. But I can't imagine tricking something like that, It's SO sniper...And even for a hardtail, it doesn't need to be that steep. Slightly bigger gap for more forward speed...Also, remember when slopestyle courses meant you needed full suspension? In any case, from a rider perspective, that doesn't look fun to hit or trick.
  • + 2
 Ah well maybe when video comes out we can get a really good look at it but I'm thinking that it was something in the plans that just didn't work out when built. Sometimes that happens and to rebuild a feature like that to work with the rest of the course in such a short time to do it isn't feasible. Or maybe Jordie intended the drop just to be an impressive way to get speed for the jump line. I'm with you though, that thing looks so sniper (raspberry lane style) and way more scary than fun, haha. This course looks more dj-orientated than slope but I gotta say I love how they did make it more of a slope course as opposed to last year's.
  • + 1
 Definitely an awesome improvement over last years course. The whole thing looks awesome. I'm sure these guys will trick it anyways, they're kind of crazy hahaha
  • + 1
 Anthony front flip = ;OMFGFMGJFKN!

yes please although this isn't exactly crankworxs' prize purse though... that's a big motivator I feel, haha.
  • + 7
 that drop is gnarly, ganna be sick, hope it doesn't rain though..
  • + 1
 Does anyone know if this is being broadcast live on the net at all? It was great watching Bergline live on Red Bull last month, and i thought that would be the start of lots more FMB broadcasts alongside the XC and DH. Today would have been a sic weekend with XC on Saturday, Jumpship today and DH tonight. :-)
  • + 1
 No, it's not being broadcast live.
  • + 4
 Stoked to see this video! The course looks gnarly compared to last year
  • + 2
 I was there yesterday, definitely the best day of summer so far ahah. Me and my friend met Semenuk, and Montgomery and Tippie, Such nice people and fun to talk to
  • + 1
 Montgomery is one of the chilliest dudes out there. Met him at sea otter two years ago when he was still with banshee
  • + 1
 sweetness! Only saw last bit but was still so awesome wat these guys can do! So mad i missed the airbag n goodies, hey! NEXT YEAR!!! Ima backflippin that sucka!
  • + 2
 giving out gopros??? Tippie is such a legend!
  • + 2
 it seems that this course doesnt make fun :/ look like a gheddo trail
  • + 1
 Fisheye shot makes that step-up look so small. Wonder if Semenuk is riding this weekend?
  • + 2
 Yeah he is. He was one of the riders to nail the drop. Many riders are opting out though.
  • + 1
 who didnt do it?
  • + 2
 Not sure, but i think mike montgomery wasnt gonna ride because of the risk. The wind is too much and i heard the dirt was not too prime either.
  • + 3
 The step up onto the container IS so small, it's not just the fisheye. At high tide the ramp up to it will be uphill the whole way, so it can't actually be very big...
  • + 1
 Full photo album from Day 3: phjproductions.pinkbike.com/album
  • + 2
 Is Fogel there?
  • + 2
 yaaaa
  • + 1
 That airbag looks so fun!
  • + 1
 Why is that kid in the last photo wearing a helmet?
  • + 4
 Obviously scared of being hit on the head by a Gopro... Haha
  • + 1
 Probably just got back from hitting the airbag
  • + 1
 Wooooo!
  • - 1
 if you look at the last photo, ignore their arms, look at their faces and imagine all the people are getting head
  • + 1
 Imbecile.
  • + 1
 I See Julien lol
  • + 1
 cool pictures!
  • + 1
 Thats me!!
  • + 1
 greg watts on fox?
  • - 1
 wheres dem videos
  • + 2
 That was a completely appropriate and acceptable response...

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