Ben Cathro, Dan Roberts, Christina Chappetta, & Max Barron Join Pinkbike

Jan 13, 2020
by Brian Park  
Photo by Trevor Lyden
Corner office.


It's been a huge year for us at Pinkbike, one of the biggest in our history.

We've seen another incredible cycle of trade shows, bike launches, events, trips, and good times. We've made it through our second annual Field Test. We've been privileged to cover another great season of racing and competition, with possibly the most exciting DH World Cup season ever. We launched a category filter and some errrr colourful tagging, and for the second year in a row, we failed at humbling Levy. We've expanded and fine-tuned our reviews, we've grown our YouTube channel, we've covered more industry news. We acquired a road bike site called CyclingTips and have gotten to know that team well. And we had an amazing time doing it all.

On that note, we'd like to welcome some new members of the Pinkbike team.


Photo Ga tan Rey

Dan Roberts

First off, former Scott Bicycles engineer Dan Roberts will be joining the team as a technical editor. Based in Champery, Switzerland you may have seen some of his Behind The Numbers articles already. He'll help us expand our presence in Europe and bring his engineering experience to our technical coverage.

In the great Pinkbike tradition of hiring people with the same names (two Mikes, two Alans, two Jameses, two Sarahs, formerly two Pauls, etc.), we now need to figure out how to differentiate between Dan Sapp and Dan Roberts. I'll let you guys fight it out. Old Dan and New Dan? MuricaDan and EuroDan? Let us know in the comments.


Max behind the camera.
Max in front of the camera.

Max Barron

Jason Lucas, Mike Levy, and the rest of the video team will be working to ramp up our video productions in 2020, with Squamish local Max Barron coming on board as a junior videographer. Max grew up racing BMX and dirt jumping on Vancouver Island, and clicks a mean table.


Christina is kinda positive.
Stage 4 was quiet the contrast to what riders were to ride through on the Stage 5. Green room to high alpine.
And very, very fast.

Christina Chapetta

We're also welcoming EWS racer and all-round rad human Christina Chapetta to our team as a full-time presenter and race correspondent. She'll be travelling to enduro races, Crankworx, and other events to bring you the inside line on everything good.



Ben Cathro

Mr. Cathro needs no introduction. He's been a fixture in our DH coverage over the past few seasons, and he's now officially joining the Pinkbike team as presenter and race correspondent to bring you the best from inside the tape. We'll have more to announce about an exciting project with him shortly!





Richard Cunningham Retires

The man.

While we're welcoming some fresh faces, we've also got a mainstay of the Pinkbike editorial team stepping back from his duties. Long-time Pinkbike senior editor and industry pioneer Richard Cunningham retired from full time editorial work at the end of 2019. He'll continue to have a column here, and we're excited to see what kind of crazy airplanes he builds now with some more time on his hands.

In case you missed it last week, we pulled together a few of our favourite RC stories and pictures from over the years in this tribute article. RC has been a pillar in the sport for decades, and a leader at Pinkbike since 2011.

The myth.
The myth.
RC
The legend.

bigquotesRC, it's been an absolute pleasure. The team meetings won't be the same without your insights and character. We're grateful for all that you've brought to this organization over the years. Thank you for everything.The Entire Pinkbike Family



123 Comments

  • 399 1
 Congrats Cathro!!! Been following your content for several years. A huge addition to the PB team!
  • 41 1
 Ben's Video Series was an eye opener for me, literally!
  • 34 2
 Do you mean "literally" literally?
  • 91 0
 Does this mean hes the new Privateer but on DH circuit? Because that sounds just about perfect.
  • 4 0
 @ratedgg13: he mentioned doing something similar. Chech his youtube channel.
  • 7 1
 @IntoTheEverflow: You think he watched it with his eyes closed? :p
  • 14 0
 Ben is literally the reason I got back into mountain biking after not touching it for the 10 years since high school. I just randomly had a nostalgia thought one day, searched 'fort william dh' on YouTube and ended up with his video of the 2017 carnage. Binge watched the whole channel and haven't looked back.
  • 3 0
 @ratedgg13: I think you’ve just called it there mate
  • 3 0
 Nice one Ben! This is great news for everyone.
  • 309 1
 Don't disillusion the (Cathro)vision PB. let the man do his thing the way he always has and the way we riders have always loved it. If that happens then everyone's a winner.
Chuffed for Ben, his hardwork, dedication, sacrifice and passion for the sport has always been %100
  • 67 0
 I can't upvote this enough. Cathro's work is as good as it needs to be. It has more than enough geeky information and analysis that you'd expect from a big bucks company but the self-filmed and self-edited format is what really keeps it grounded and interesting. I like watching pristinely edited and perfected content as much as the next person but ultimately I prefer watching stuff from people I feel I could relate to and have a modest conversation with. Stoked for Cathro though, he deserves all the backing he gets, and then some!
  • 23 1
 Cathro is actually racing this year, so his content is going to be different.
  • 14 0
 @Hogfly: Having Pinkbike support may actually help him focus on racing while still being able to produce good video content.
  • 11 0
 Without context I’d have thought “chuffed” was a bad thing lol
  • 8 0
 @nvranka: Just like in the UK we need a bit of context when you guys are "getting pumped".
  • 145 0
 Imperial Dan and Metric Dan.
  • 24 0
 Oh I like this one.
  • 24 0
 But this is Canada, they still wouldn't know which one is the right one.
  • 2 0
 @paja-tousek: just have to switch units depending on the situation
  • 4 1
 I like Metric Dan but I would submit that Carolina Dan rolls a bit easier.
  • 6 0
 @gaberoc: I'm feeling this.
  • 1 2
 Or Free Dan and Swi Dan?
  • 3 0
 French-speaking Dan and .. oh wait
  • 127 0
 It's unofficially official, cathro is the new privateer!
  • 34 0
 that would be sweet to have a WC DH privateer series with Cathro
  • 11 0
 @cuban-b: the only sports presenter who competes while presenting! Ledge
  • 16 0
 @browner: Wynn Masters?
  • 24 0
 @jnroyal:
Wynn is being picked up by ESPN 8 (AKA) The Ocho.
  • 21 0
 @vjunior21: that's a bold move, cotton. let's see if it works out for them
  • 6 1
 Cathro as privateer would actually be pretty rad
  • 4 0
 @browner: it would be next level from Claudio if he presented during his wcdh race run.
  • 1 0
 @vjunior21: That's rite I remember reading about it in the OSQ.
  • 2 0
 @pmhobson:
Bringing you seldom seen sports from around the world since 1999. If it's almost a sport...we got it here.
  • 1 0
 Effin' A Cotton, Effin A!
  • 77 2
 It takes four people to replace one RC
  • 2 1
 I was going to say the same thing!
  • 10 3
 Nope. Irreplaceable.
  • 26 2
 It’d take a lot more than four.
  • 1 0
 @brianpark: Freelancing or contract?
  • 33 0
 Interesting hire on Dan. Now all the PB armchair engineers and commenters claiming to be engineers will have an actual engineer on PB staff to check their thoughts against.
  • 15 0
 I love all the engineers on here lecturing everyone about kinematics, thermo/fluid dynamics, warp cores and inverse tachyon pulses. Engineers are all so smart, we're lucky to have them.
  • 15 0
 @daugherd: Don't get me started on inverse tachyon pulses!
  • 20 1
 As long as he starts all his articles with "I'm an engineer," all will be good.
  • 1 0
 You are welcome.
  • 4 0
 @Paddock22: you need to recalibrate your deflector dish. It would take 14 hours!
  • 1 0
 @MTBrent: won't take long for the inevitable (dual-degree) MIT graduate to show up and overrule any dissenting opinion!
  • 33 0
 Stoked for you Christina!!! What an experience that’ll be. Bring it on 2020
  • 17 0
 THANKS AUDRIC! Stoked for sure, appreciate your love and support bud!
  • 3 0
 Im going to second this, I find her personality interesting, she is fast as all get out, and PB needs more women on staff to absolutely crush the downs. Also, PB needs more solid women on staff and I'm glad to see this additional!

Lastly, Christina, please only ever refer to Levy as "donut" in all staff emails.
  • 2 0
 Yeah, she’s the addition I’m most stoked about - looking forward to rad riding and content!
  • 27 0
 Ben Cathro- Privateer Season 2
  • 12 0
 3 Wink
  • 21 0
 I credit all the commenters demanding more Christina after her one hot lap debut with her getting the job. Her personality was awesome even on that video.
  • 10 0
 Thanks bud! I don’t think it hurt hahah lucky for me, they’re taking a chance Smile
  • 4 0
 @christinachappetta: Sea to Sky people use the word luck too often. You've put in a ton of work, made the sacrifices and now you're reaping the reward. No luck involved. All the best for 2020.
  • 15 1
 Ben's content is amazing. I love watching his course breakdowns. Gives an extra level of insight for us fans stuck at home. I look forward to each one and it makes the race even more interesting to watch.
  • 15 0
 Congrats Dan, Ben, Christina, and Max! As I'm sure you know you're joining an awesome team to work with. Stoked for you guys.
  • 7 0
 hey thanks boo xo PUMPED!!!
  • 11 0
 Christina will be an awesome addition to your team...watched her Hot Laps section and immediately thought ..this kid has STAR POWER...good on you PB and congrats Christina...looking forward to your insightSmile
  • 6 0
 Thanks a million, that is very kind. I’ll do my best to not let you down ???? cheers for the support
  • 13 0
 So sick for Ben!
  • 8 1
 I feel like I am an official MTB nerd, now that I actually know two of the people mentioned.

Stoke to have Pinkbike produce the Cathro goes World Cup racing mini-doc (reading between the tea twigs).

Also stoked to have Christina come on board as a presented, she's definitely a natural and can ride the shit out her bike too. Yay for more lady shredders!
  • 5 0
 Thank you!!! Way more lady shredding coming your way ????????
  • 8 1
 Ben makes the best race content!
  • 8 0
 You had me at "Cathro".
  • 7 1
 Yay, Ben and Christina are great additions!
  • 7 0
 YEW!!!! thanks man, super thankful for this amazing opportunity
  • 2 0
 From listening to interviews on podcasts, Cathros new show promises to be awesome. He's going to go back to try to ride WC and film behind it all so that focus is as much on what it takes as however well he may or may not do. Obviously he may not get the required points but that's all part of the story. Looking forward to it if that's still the plan. Its a great idea.
  • 5 0
 YES!!! Christina for president!!! What a great fit. Congrats little Chippy!!
  • 1 0
 Thanks Don!!! Stoked for a wicked season ahead!
  • 4 1
 That Rock Face & Richard hitting it on what looks to be a "DC" bike..say's everything you need to know about his rider skillz!
  • 6 2
 Cathro - the best hire PB has ever made.
  • 5 1
 It takes 4 people to replace RC Smile ?????????
  • 1 0
 For anyone curious about what Cathro has planned for the season, GMBN had him on their podcast, and he goes into a lot of detail on how he's going to race and produce content.
  • 3 0
 That picture of Cathro is priceless. The guy should be doing sketch comedy. Can't wait for the content!
  • 3 0
 2020 starts pretty well from a mtb point of view.
  • 2 0
 Wow - very strong additions!!! Cathro is legit on so many levels, big respect.
  • 2 0
 What does this mean for Cathro? In November he said he's going racing this year
  • 2 0
 Man PB; must have been paying RC a lot of dough to bring on four people after His departure!
  • 2 0
 With RC retiring they were able to afford 4 new people with his old pay packet!


/s
  • 2 0
 RC has worked at pink bike for almost as long as I’ve been riding. We will miss you and thanks for all your great work
  • 3 0
 CATHROOOOOOOOOO!
  • 3 1
 It takes a lot of people to try to replace RC.
  • 2 0
 Regular Dan, and Decaf Dan
  • 2 0
 Great additions. Keep killer Pinkbike.
  • 3 1
 Grats to all new hires, Godspeed to Richard !
  • 1 0
 Did the same photographer take the portraits of Ben and Rob Warner? Blue jacket, wooden wood...sweet, another lovely pic.
  • 1 0
 Wooden wall!
  • 2 0
 @johntaylorphotos: I liked wooded wood better, haha.
  • 1 0
 Looking forward to seeing what Cathro as to offer this year. Long may his career continue!! See you around dude!
  • 1 0
 I'd like to see some colabs with Trailforks. What people are building these days is crazy.
  • 1 0
 Rad to see a lady shredder on the PB crew! Can't wait to hear more. Cheers Christina!!
  • 1 0
 DSapp (or Sapper Dan) & RoDan
  • 1 0
 Dan the Man and Dan the Empire
  • 2 0
 Gid news
  • 1 0
 Sappo & Robbo should clear up any confusion tup
  • 2 0
 Congrats Max!
  • 2 0
 Awesome stuff Max!
  • 2 0
 Yeeeeeeeah Cathro.
  • 1 0
 You could have hired Waki as your trail dog. He`s gonna be disappointed...
  • 1 0
 RC retires leaves lotsa room
  • 1 0
 Does this mean that Metric Dan was behind the shift to metric shocks?
  • 1 0
 I heard same rumors. he always wanted this????
cheers Dan, now you are payed again to read all this sh..
  • 1 0
 Yes Ben! This is gid news. Thanks PB.
  • 1 0
 nice PB...Ben is the men for the Job
  • 1 0
 asadan easy, DANS and DANNER
  • 1 0
 Is Ben racing World Cup DH this year? Thought I heard this rumour.
  • 1 0
 Weren't we expecting a hardtail shootout from RC? I need more field test!
  • 1 0
 YEEEEEEESS Cathro on board ..... brilliant news
  • 1 1
 finally put RC on the pension and freed up that salary budget to allow in some young talent
  • 1 0
 Cathro 2020 DH Privateer???
  • 1 0
 Sappy dan and Robo dan
  • 1 0
 Woohoo, go Ben!
  • 1 0
 Yes Cathro! Go on son!
  • 1 0
 Woopwoop! More Cathro!
  • 1 0
 Ben for president!
  • 1 0
 Chapetta!!!
  • 1 0
 Love Cathro!
  • 1 0
 Go Cathro!!!
  • 1 1
 PB just dominating!
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