Video: Mojo Trail Diary, Wales Episode 3 - Special Guest Tim Ponting

May 29, 2013
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With two amazing days filming in Wales behind us, we still had the final day ahead and we had saved the best riding till last. The guys at Eyesdown had already been scouting out the tracks and had to clear parts of the trail of some deep snow the previous weekend and get some cable cams running and set them up before the riders came to play.

For the final day we had DH legend Tim Ponting as a guest rider, Mojo has supported Tim in recent years. Tim is well known for his full throttle approach to riding, before Fort William had the Tissot hip jump into the finnish it was just a huge roller coaster style fade away and Tim would boost it from the top pretty much to the very bottom, he really stood out in the old Sprung videos with his MX style. We were really looking forward to having him along for the final day and his riding didn't disappoint!

We also had Mojo's main man Chris Porter and fork technician / enduro racer Joe Taylor along for the day which inevitably made for some big trains and a wide spread of different riding styles.

Again we were greeted with the white stuff and the ground was frozen solid but this didn't matter with such a talented bunch, before we knew it the riders were hitting the frozen trail at pace with some really interesting lines. Blake looked like he was having an awesome time following Tim down the trail, Tim's riding is to the point and fast… VERY FAST, where as Blake is more creative and likes to manual and flick off the features on the track; seeing both of them ride together was an absolute pleasure.

As the trail got steeper the ruts got deeper and the DH racer's skill set really started to shine through, it's a real eye opener to see the accuracy and skill these ex world cup downhillers have. Both Tim and Tracy made easy work of the technical trails and really seemed to be at home riding this kind of terrain on their trail bikes.

After a cold morning riding frozen tracks we went to another local spot which is slightly lower in the mountains where the trails had thawed out by the time we arrived. By now all the riders were pleased to get to a spot that wasn't covered in snow and to actually get their tyres to bite.

Tim was looking rapid and was hitting a particular section so hard it looked like he was on rails, after sectioning it a few times to get some different angles the inevitable happened and Tim ate dirt. At this point we called it a day but Blake had one last thing he wanted to do… ride a stream as fast as he could, Chris couldn't resist either and they both hit the stream at pace and got soaked but they left with huge grins on their faces.

Thanks to all the riders who came along and made this Trail Diary what it was.....EPIC!

If you missed any of the other episodes you can find them here. Episode 1 & Episode 2

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  • + 38
 It would appear that Blake Samson's and my opinion on muddy varies somewhat. That what we call bone dry around here....
  • + 2
 Its my local jaunt, b honest it doesnt look tha wet on the video. Its one of those lines on a side of a mountain that has 2hours of sun a day Frown awsome track tho! Thers a stream gap jus afta they finish tha riding the stream at the end. Chickens lmao
  • + 1
 If you have a Specialized Deviant .. you can climb/descend all day long and stay ventilated.. unfortunately, i sold mine a few years ago. Frown Wicked trail and kind of a harsh but gnarly crash! P.S anyone note the kind of mudguards being used? I am in an extremely wet climate most of the time and I like the idea of the low-profile front mudguards. I can't get the ones that mount underneath the top tube because that space is reserved for cable routing. Anyone??
  • + 1
 I think it's a POWA products D-fender. There are Fox and Rockshox versions.
  • + 1 not sure weather they are available over the pond though
  • + 3
 My face hurts just looking at that crash, let alone what Tim's face feels like! Awesome riding and scenery as usual though!
  • + 1
 I'll say something light like we are wearing on xc but with some chin protection like POC ski helmet (google it).
  • + 1
 Cool vid on my local track but to say that is wet is nuts, prob the best conditions I have seen of it in ages!!
  • + 2
 What's up with the face plant guys' bars?
  • + 2
 He's old school...
  • + 1
 i see ponting can still shred i seem to remember him doing a bit of mx ,rode a suzuki rm?
  • + 3
 Full face helmets ftw!!
  • + 1
 just for the record winter has not left the UK it's taken up residence..
  • + 1
 My good, he just ate the stone Big Grin
  • + 1
 Tim Ponting what a legend, I remember him from the Team Animal Orange days
  • + 1
 Mouth full of rock, mmmmmmm....
  • + 2
 Ouch!! Full face please
  • + 1
 Is that the new Remedy 9 29er @ 0.06 ?
  • + 1
 "I still got my teeth".
  • + 1
 Good one lads
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