Video: Laurie Greenland - Undiscovered Talent

Oct 25, 2013
by Aspect Media  


Laurie Greenland. A name you might not have heard much about yet, but that is the operative word here, YET.

At just 16 years of age and hailing from Bristol in the southwest of England, he's just signed with 23 degrees who have managed most of the top names in our sport, from Gwin, Minnaar, Blenki etc. he is poised to go from nowhere to somewhere over the next year.

Images of Laurie Greenland to go up alongside his new video. www.aspectmedia.tv

He was one of the course sweeps at the final round of the 2013 World Cup series in Norway, a chance to try out the real pace of a World Cup, ride with some of the top guys and see what a true World class course has to offer someone that is barely higher than his bars. He loved it, was on great form and I have heard from a few other guys who have been on the circuit for years that they couldn’t get over how fast and smooth he looked. No pressure on his shoulders at all, but he is certainly someone with promise, and has the drive and ambition to give it his all.

Images of Laurie Greenland to go up alongside his new video. www.aspectmedia.tv

We caught up with him at home for a few days this autumn, on his local trails in south Wales and found out where he started and what makes him tick. The riding on his door step is next to none, varied, tech, fast, uplifts, and when you put that with a lot of BMX racing at a national level, it just adds up to him being able to ride a bike really well.

A real talent on the bike and a super nice kid, give the video a watch and see why we wanted to make it.

Aspect


88 Comments

  • 172 9
 Took me until age 23 to afford a dh bike, cant imagine having the opportunity to have one at 16.... all u youngsters with these nice ass dh rigs I really hope you appreciate them and thank ur parents bc most of us had to smash around on hardtails with 3 inches of travel and v brakes. Awesome riding hope to see you at some future WCs
  • 35 3
 Totally agree. I had to save up for many years so I could afford a DH bike and no one helped me out at all.
  • 77 7
 I'm 17 and my bike is worth around 5k. And I've paid for it all myself with no money from parents. There is a way you just have to be willing to work for it
  • 16 3
 Agreed jaaaaaaaaaames. I also have a an expensive bike and I am upgrading it to make it top spec. The only help I have had is with small things for Christmases and birthdays and I am only 15. I got my bike when I was 14 after a lot of hard work to save my money.
  • 9 1
 I'm 15 with a 2012 glory, but I had to pay for it all myself also. Couldn't be more happy with what I decided to spend every last dollar of my savings on.
  • 26 1
 Try work your way out in Malaysia.
  • 10 1
 faith in humanity restored...so teens can work most just choose not too..gutta have an ambition i guess mad props!
  • 4 0
 Awesome riding and filming. I hope Laurie continues to race downhill and get to race some World Cups in the future. Im 16 too and race Motocross and Downhill and videos like these inspires me to achieve my goals.
  • 3 0
 there is hope for the future...bad ass dudes and save your money
  • 13 24
flag bgee (Oct 26, 2013 at 9:24) (Below Threshold)
 lol, "no help from the parents".... really? how about them paying for the roof over your head, your food, your clothing, your school....
  • 13 1
 You must have mis-read my comment. I never said I had no help I stated they didn't put any money into my bike. As for clothing I pay for my own clothes and school is free, if I need pens pencils etc for school, I pay for them myself. As for food and and accommodation I think it's a parents duty to provide. As soon as I'm 18 I will for sure be paying rent and paying for my share of food.
  • 7 3
 I'm not attacking you young guys at all I was just making sure you guys realize how lucky you are to have the opportunity to ride these sweet rigs. I started working at 14 and to help the family out, had to buy a car and knew I would be paying for college myslef so had to prioritize my life and finances. When I go to northstar most of the people on the new carbon V10s are either 15 year old kids or 50year old dudes, Majority, not all.
  • 2 3
 I got my used 2008 glory when I was 17, now, I come to UK to get money to do a 2014 custom build giant glory
  • 3 0
 Im 16 with a 2005 big hit I pulled basically out of a scrap yard and spend a year building up from nothing. Alot of help from friends, but in total cost me prop around 550 all out of my wallet. All my friends have the DHRs, wilsons, demos ect and i used to be able to keep up with them....Still love my bike to death.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, try to work for your bike here in Poland, it's hard even if your adult, not to mention kids around 15-16, but hey, he looks so good on the bike, fast, stylish and natural, hope to see him in the world cup circuit soonSmile
  • 4 0
 I had to work at McDicks for a year and I only got enough money to buy a AM/freeride bike. And I'm 16.
  • 5 0
 Why is it a problem that we have young kids riding downhill at a young age? It's a young man's sport most guys are done by the time they are middle aged. Just because you didn't have the money to start doesn't mean you have to put down kids like this who are clearly talented and have put in lots of hard work to get to their ability. The kid had the opportunity and he took it and now he's doing something with his skills and passions, better than the 12 year old kids riding their downhill bikes one or two days a year.
  • 3 0
 have you considered the idea that he might have sponsors... not every 15 year old has their bikes payed for solely by parents
  • 3 2
 my dad fronted me some cash for both of the dh bikes that i have bought, but i have paid him back all of it. I also paid for my bmx bike. but my dad has bought me the rest of my bikes and im very thankful. i dont know what i would do without my bikes!
  • 9 0
 I am one of those old dudes that works my ass off at a thankless job so I can buy whatever bike I want. Don't hate the 50 year old guy in the lift line. Even if he is slow he is the one spending money keeping the LBS open.
I ran into a 15 year olds dad once that told me "A 5k dh bike now is cheaper than 20k in drug rehab later"
  • 2 0
 idk if being off the bike turns you into a drug addict... but I do understand his point of view, my stance on it is that biking turns you into someone whether it will take you somewhere or not it's still a great sport, I don't agree with parents that buy video games though (although obviously I'm not even close to being an adult much less a parent) so if a parent buys their kid a decent bike instead of an xbox then why not? and then have them work for replacement parts, jobs are a must as well imo, and for that reason I'm going to volunteer at my clubs shop once cross season is over, if I'm not working for my material sponsor during that period then I'll definitely work for the shop that supports our club
  • 6 0
 Lol 'I'm 15 and I paid for my bike all by myself' not being funny but what you been doing to make 5k? Paper rounds must be better paid than when I were a lad! If you mean that you've saved up birthday money etc then fine, but that isn't you 'paying for it yourself'. Not hating just saying that you guys need to realise how lucky you are to have that sort of cash. I was on a halfords bso until I got my student loan Wink
  • 4 1
 I have an apprenticeship so I work 40 hours a week for £100 a week and I also work at Sainsburys in the evenings for 12 hours a week. That gives me £320 extra a month. It's a lot of work but you gotta do what you gotta do...
  • 3 2
 Fair play to you then buddy, if that's the case then you deserve that bike and the time you get to ride it
  • 9 0
 I think it's funny how we're all commenting about who 'deserves' a certain bike and who doesn't. It's semantics, people. So what if someone had to work three jobs over four years to get that bike? Who cares if they didn't and mom and dad bought it? What's important is that we're out there riding bikes. Older folks will always say, "when I was your age..." And young folks will always claim, "you don't understand...". What matters is where we are now and what we're doing with what we have to get where we want to be. That's it. If you want a nice bike, stop spending so much time hating on 16-year olds that have nice bikes on Pinkbike and go get another job. Or, move back in with your parents and spend all of your money on a fancy new rig. But offhandedly telling some kid to 'be grateful' is like slamming your head against a brick wall and hoping that'll fix the world's problems. Props to these kids whose priorities revolve around bikes. That's f*cking rad.
  • 1 2
 wish i had the luxury of a downhill rig, still have my hand me down 2003 frame Smile it does the job though and im thinking about entering a race soon Smile (im 13)
  • 1 0
 @miketizzle ahhh the many benefits of student loans! Smile
  • 15 0
 hahahah `` Step 11: Remember to always include shots of you putting your goggles`` Sorry but had to mention it. Great Stuff
  • 3 4
 HAHAHAHAHAHAHA XD Good one bro XD
  • 10 0
 Seen him around in Bristol, he's rapid
  • 8 2
 Whoo Bristol! South west England rules!
  • 3 1
 Somerset all the way!!
  • 1 0
 Really need somewhere better to go in Bristol.. Leigh Woods and Ashton Court seem to be the only places.
  • 1 0
 There is loads not to far away from Bristol though. 1 hour drive away.
  • 13 4
 His style looks alot like Sam Hill's
  • 8 11
 no it dosent
  • 6 9
 He just has a stance like a world cup rider.
  • 1 0
 i was thinking the same thing but he is running clipsWink
  • 4 0
 I'm 21, it has taken me 5 years to save up for a DH rig, built from upgrades, spare parts and friends help. I started with a kona shred and now ride a race spec knolly, if you want something bad, you need to give up other things to get what you want. A DH rig is for life, not just for 20 minute rides to the pub Big Grin
  • 6 0
 Great vid that kids going to be unstoppable here in the next couple of years.
  • 3 0
 If you've seen Laurie ride...you'd be happy to pay to see him again...as a dad who has paid towards his kids bikes, but by no means brand new V10 carbons, its not just buying the bikes, I'm sure Laurie's parents have put their own lives on hold to allow him to develop his amazing talent...which parent doesn't want the best for their kids?
  • 1 0
 My mum drives me to trail centers, picks me up when I get injured and spends a lot of her free time waiting and supporting me. IMO that's far more valuable than buying me the latest bikes and paying for all of my kit.
  • 4 0
 Is it just me or those tires look kind of slim for downhill, like maybe some 2.2's? But very nice style, you can tell he gets the manuals from all the BMX he's done.
  • 2 0
 Der Kaiser Projeckt 2.4" by the look of the tread. On the Deemax rim with a 23mm inner width will give it that more square slimmer look rather than a more balloon/ rounder look that some on a 21mm inner width.

Continentals are fairly honest to size if one looks at the ETRTO numbers rather than the hot patch "size".

Awesome tyre for autumn or damp spring or anywhere that actually has loam or soil.
  • 1 0
 more like cut down mudking 2.3
  • 2 0
 He's riding Nukeproof wheels, and a wider rim would give them a wider profile ...
  • 2 0
 This dude is going to shred it up again next year seen him come on so much over the last four years such a cool dude with a good head on his shoulders.and as allways got the biggest smile on his face no matter what Smile good luck next year dude from G at don skene cycyes aka teamskene.
  • 2 0
 Kid def has natural talent, mixed with alot of hard work. I would believe he was at the world cup level just by watching him ride, something about the way he throws the bike wherever he wants but is so smooth at the same time. future household name if you ask me
  • 6 0
 =D
great parents!!!
  • 1 0
 Seems a great kid, balanced and determined.. and he can ride a bit.. the new crew who seem to be coming out of the woodwork in UK mtb, maintaining the world class level of UK riders. Good luck young Greenland
  • 1 0
 All you guys going on about him lucky to have parents to buy him a downhill bike. Yeah he is, very lucky, but he's also got the skills to get a sponsorship therefore not having to pay for his bike Smile
  • 4 0
 Nice riding!
  • 4 1
 Nice one mate, future champion, nough said!!
  • 2 0
 Christ I cannot believe a 16 year old can be this composed on a bike. Guess that comes from having a BMX background though.
  • 2 0
 Check Brycelands section in Earthed, same composure and playful riding style. Damn kids..
  • 1 0
 Awesome video, good talent to look out for.
Were all the sections filmed at BPW? Don't remember seeing such 'natural' trail up there!
  • 3 0
 nice riding style!!
  • 2 1
 Good luck Kid. You have great skills and a great attitude. Hard work pays off.
  • 1 0
 CRC or Atherton racing need to reserve a spot for this guy, would be awesome to see him ride on either team Wink
  • 2 0
 All the best Laurie and Ben....all the way....
  • 2 0
 I can see himself and taylor vernon battling it out in years to come !
  • 1 0
 Come to the UK to earn ur money and by a 7k rig, maybe u get one for free on the doll
  • 1 0
 Go to Home Depot buy some 2"X 12"s Make a 24 X 2' ladder up to a cliiff then HUck IT!!!
  • 4 3
 i bet anything he races 20s. he's got bmxican snap written all over him.
  • 29 0
 Do you bet this because he says "I race bmx" in the video and it shows him racing bmx and is also detailed in the write up, or is it maybe some psychic ability you have there?
  • 7 0
 DH dreams start at the BMX track kids, get after it!
  • 2 0
 .... anybody wanna get me a time machine and a redline?
  • 2 0
 i know dirty dee- i did not arrange my thoughts properly. it happens from time to time. apologies.
  • 2 0
 No need for apologies, just a bit of banter!
  • 2 0
 fair play- the kid is impressive. would be cool to see him @ bmx worlds or the olympics some day. amazing riders coming up from all over. just a good vibe happening with the sport.
  • 1 0
 True, the style and composure some of the young 'uns have these days is greater than what some pros may have had 10-15 years ago. I can't imagine the level of racing when all these guys/gals grow up and start going full pro.
  • 1 0
 dirty dee. That was funny
  • 1 2
 how my 43 year old ass feels everytime I get on my bike,,,Great video...One thing to say,,,Steve Smith....this is the next chapter....
  • 3 1
 This kid`s a shredder.
  • 1 0
 wheres the jump section filmed at?
  • 3 0
 Bike park wales,Merthyr Tydfyl, Its the start of Enter the dragon trail.
  • 2 1
 car insurance crushes dreams
  • 2 1
 You should of seen the 10 year old version of him on his 5 grand kona.
  • 1 0
 4.10 BRAAP! this kid shreds!
  • 1 0
 he's 1 year older than me huh, well sh*t!
  • 1 0
 name of the last song? the drum and bass please
  • 1 0
 whats the last music ? the drum and bass one? :s
  • 1 0
 Name first song pls Smile
  • 3 0
 GASFACE & Temporal - Don't You Worry
  • 1 0
 Young Jedi...
  • 1 0
 Haters will hate...
  • 1 0
 Good luck good riding!
  • 1 1
 great good luck enjoy

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