December 2016 - Good Month or Bad Month?

Jan 2, 2017
by Richard Cunningham  

Watching Recap Videos

Just in case you didn't catch the action the first - or the second time.

December is the month when athletes, teams and corporate interests assemble highlight reels of their exploits throughout the year. In most cases, we see a couple of good edits mixed with a number of "let's still be friends" pieces posted by sponsors or athletes who have nixed their contractual obligations. This month, however, produced more worthy candidates than expected. If you look forward to those twenty minutes of action-packed shorts and previews that theater customers are forced to watch before the feature film rolls, then throw some popcorn into the microwave - you will enjoy PB's December video recap extravaganza.
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Rogatkin's Season Wrap UpNukeproof's Radical 2016What's Your Favorite Commencal Video?Flair Motion: Demo ReelBest of Claudio's Course PreviewsThrowback: Four Years with Gstaad-ScottThe Best of the WildmenRemy Metailler's 2016 POV RecapEast Bound and Down: The 2016 RetrospectiveDanny MacAskill: Past to PresentKeep it Real Media - 2016 MTB ReelPhil Atwill: End of Season Mash Up

Enduro Racers

New venues are popping up everywhere

The Enduro World Series announced two new qualification rounds to give more opportunities for aspiring pros to compete in Major League races. The EWS also created the Challenger series to share their enduro love with amateur contenders who want to race the real deal without the pro commitment. Kudos to the EWS for feeding the hungry. Enduro originally promised to be the venue that rank and file riders had been waiting for - to shred trails, race the downs, and ride their daily driver dual-suspension machines. But, the EWS morphed quickly into a pro-only venue that catered to the usual corporate suspects and doted upon one hundred elite athletes who had long forgotten retail pricing. Cheers to the EWS for re-investing in enthusiast-level riders.
Richie Rude is a force of nature. At the bottom of stage two he was running with a rear flat but the pace he was carrying despite that was terryifying.
bigquotesCompletely new for 2017 are the EWS Challenger events. The Challenger events are taking place at all of next year's one-day races: Rotorua, Tasmania, Ireland and Whistler. Taking place the day before the main EWS race, each of the Challenger events will feature a selection of the stages being used in the main EWS race the following day. The Challenger allows people to enjoy EWS stages in a fun and relaxed format. The Challenger events will open for entry on on February 15th. - EWS press release

More good enduro news poured in from other sources throughout December. The Davos Enduro2 was announced. Three days of blind-format lift assisted racing will be staged in Davos, Switzerland, with a two-racer "paired" competition rule. Paired racing is expected to tighten the competition as well as boost the enjoyment factor for all competitors. The scenery alone should be worth the entry fee.

The International Mountain Biking Association will headline the National Enduro Series in the USA - a point series National Championship format with with six venues spread across the country.

Superenduro, the seminal Italian series, is back in full swing. "From Umbria, to Trentino-Alto Adige, throughout Valle d’Aosta, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria regions, the 2017 edition of the Superenduro Series will keep the athletes busy with five different rounds, each of them characterized by its own unique flavor, selected among many candidates with the aim of offering everyone, again, an unforgettable experience."

Yeti said that it would be hardening up its Big Mountain Enduro series with three mandatory stops to ward off pro cherry pickers and this year's courses will be staged in more remote locations, where there is no lift access and the trail experience will be emphasized.

The California Enduro Series has contracted the same timing system that the EWS uses, and added more female categories. In addition, the CES announced a five person team competition format that must include at least one female member, and racing clinics will be offered for enduro hopefuls who want to up their games.
The Yeti Cycles Big Mountain Enduro Releases 2017 North American Calendar

Canada, especially BC, should be on every trail rider's bucket list, and the 2017 MEC Canadian Enduro Series hits six iconic destinations: Fraser Valley, Crows Nest Pass, Blue Mountain, Big White, Sun Peaks - and a yet-to-be announced venue. Favorable exchange rates and one of the planet's friendliest mountain bike communities should be reason enough to attend.

Troy Lee

Investment firm Spanos Barber Jesse & Co. purchases TLD

Troy Lee forged the business that carries his name from an aircraft hanger paint shop to an internationally renowned accessory and protection brand. TLD announced in December that a private firm, based in the San Francisco area invested heavily in their company. Troy reportedly retains a significant share of Troy Lee Designs, while parent company, Spanos Barber Jesse & Co, installed Dave Bertram as the new CEO - a veteran motorsport accessory retailer. Troy successfully established his brand in all forms of motorsports and off-road cycle competition - which begs the question: "What does TLD plan to do with the influx of cash?" Should be exciting times in Corona, California.
TLD memorabilia at the pop up store in Whistler.
bigquotesOver the years I've thought a lot about how to build my business, and am absolutely stoked about the partnership with SBJ and Dave. SBJ provides us with the financial support and strategic expertise that we need to take TLD to the next level. - Troy Lee


Awkward Family Photos

So, you signed with a new team in November, but you're still sporting your old kit?

It's part of doing business in the world of sponsored professional athletes, but awkward, nonetheless. Most team breakups and new contract signings occur in November - many earlier than that - but contracts typically run out on December 31. Angry or amicable, scores of pro racers are obligated, in writing, to ride their previous sponsor's bikes and wear their team gear exclusively for the remainder of the year - on and off the race track. Of course, you still sneak off for secret photo sessions with your new kit and bike, but images or mentions can't appear anywhere until the clock runs out. So, you get to live a lie for a little while, avoid your previous sponsors, try not to be seen with your new team members, and hope that you don't show up on social media - either in your old kit, or wearing your new one - until January first.
Troy Brosnan and his custom painted Whistler Crankworx edition Specialized Demo 8
Troy Brosnan officially announced that he and Specialized parted ways in December. What will he do with a half-dozen custom painted Demo 8's and all of those matching kits?

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 It's a bad month for lists of bad things that happened apparently...
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 So then does that make it a good month?
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 @slumgullion: indeed sir
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 @anyexcusetoride: Or a Void?
  • 143 1
 Bad, we still do not know who the rest of winners are for the advent calendar.
  • 3 5
 probably pinkbike employees or their family members Wink
  • 2 0
 Arer they trying to make us forget about that ? no way it could possibly happen lmao Big Grin

They dont want to announce that I won the Merida
  • 2 8
flag grim007 (Jan 3, 2017 at 10:40) (Below Threshold)
 MEMBER' advent calendar giveaway?
/end of southpark reference
  • 46 0
 Great month for pinkbike,1000 more weirdos in comments section signed up Smile
  • 12 0
 Glad I could join ya! Smile
  • 47 21
 A new us president was elected with a dated view on the environment and a seemingly keen interest in raping the native US landscape for natural resources... all of which may translate to lost terrain and trail closures... hopefully it's all BS and nothing of his presidency detracts from MTB freedom...
  • 3 1
 Never a better opp to exercise grassroots advocacy, and build the dirt world of our visions.
  • 18 3
 We will just see if the Pres has all the power or the USA is really run by the Illuminati.
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flag jrocksdh (Jan 2, 2017 at 18:28) (Below Threshold)
 Great month as its obamas last. Now its time to unravel the damage..hopes arent high as its just more establishment(rinos/crony capitalist) heads hired by trump so far other than 1 or 2.
Republicans have a history of being more pro open space use in usa so @konafarker u got that lil backwards. The leftist are very pro wilderness designation=no mtb, moto, hunting,..etc
  • 19 22
 I try not to think about it, really hard. He's also pretty keen on raping women, just FYI. Great guy all around...
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 @jrocksdh: Well Republicans these days seem to be against anything that involves conservation at all. If Republicans were to have their way we would strip mine and frack everything while using tax payers dollars to subsidize these dying industries and creating regulations that limit the growth of renewables. Not that the Alt Right is even really conservative, or anything for that matter besides societal cancer. I never thought I'd miss the days of good old fashion religious social conservatives, at least they had values.
  • 27 2
 Ah never a better place for politics than pinkbike. Amirite?
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 @jrocksdh: being from Utah, I'll point out here then I'll from Sen. Mike Lee (R) has more potential for MTB freedom and new/restored trail access than any bill we've seen for a long time. I'm glad someone in congress isn't afraid to take on the Sierra Club head on.
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 @jrocksdh: I reckon if Trump hits the wrong button you could have a whole lot more open space...
Maybe unusable for several millennia...
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will create loam for new trails
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 @dbendixen: damn staight. Sen mike lee is a constitutional conservative/federalist.
Maximum liberty to the states. Representative republicanism.
  • 1 1
 @jrocksdh: I sound like a drunk. That should have read "I'll point out here *the bill* from Sen. Mike Lee..."
  • 18 0
 K Ratboy we're 2 days into 2017 and still we wait...
  • 6 2
 He is not retiring. He said it himself in a comment on instagram
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 @leopaul: Facebook I think? In a reply to a comment on one if his pictures.
  • 15 1
 The beer this month has been on point at our Mi breweries, so there's that..
  • 2 0
 Sounds pretty good to me!
  • 17 4
 Good for me got a kona process 153 dl frame.
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 I'm vegan.
  • 69 13
 @bridgermurray: Do yourself a favor, eat a fcking burger
  • 40 8
 @bridgermurray: literally nobody asked
  • 34 1
 @bridgermurray: 7th level vegan, he doesn't eat anything that casts it's own shadow
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 @SnowshoeRider4Life: nobody asked about the Kona frame either. I think thats his point
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 @FrozenTreads56: crap, pushed the wrong arrow. I think you're the only one who got @bridgermurray 's joke. PROPS!
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 @weebleswobbles: I'm 9th level. Dont eat anything that makes a sound
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 @bridgermurray I am pesca-pescetatrian.
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 @bridgermurray: vaginatarian
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 Level 11th vegan: Stop breathing and converting poor earth's oxygen into farts.
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 Level 13 vegans start doing photosynthesis.
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 @Husker2112 @SnowshoeRider4Life
PB comment section is a little slow lately eh?
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 i thought if your a vegan you drink your own piss?
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 @scottythebiker: no, that is only when you suck at English.
  • 14 3
 Troy should auction most of his bikes, raise money for some good cause. Even better, host a few raffles so everyone has a chance to win, not just the high rollers.
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 Maybe he should use the sale money as income, he could probably do with it, like most pro mtb riders
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 F*ck that, they should sponsor shitty riders like me with helmets and beer and bike parts and women.
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 @russthedog: Maybe Gwin could raffle off his Porsche 911 GT3.
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 You should mind your own business instead of telling others what to do with their money. Charity... Jeeeeezus fuck those millenials... aaaaaaaaaah
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 If he does auction them off he should definitely have it as a condition that the matching kits must be worn at all times as well
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 He should give it all to me.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Shiiiiiitttt..... I got roasted by WAKI Frown
  • 12 0
 Bad month, I didn't win shit on the advent calendar.
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 Well played sir
  • 11 0
 Lots of rain, minimal riding time = bad for my waistline, and liver.
  • 5 1
 Hope Troy Lee doesn't go the way of One after they got bought. Does anyone actually care about following enduro racing. Like it might be fun to do a race, but haven't met a single person on the least bit excited about the results of an enduro race.
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 Two hernias, both repaired. While recovering built myself a new 6" full suspension trailbike and fully upgraded hardtail. 2016 sucked but some good comes from it the girl left with the kids, now I have e all this time and money to myself and a brand spankimg new bike to go ride, with my awesome dog!! Great success leading into 2017!
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 Dude... that just sounds sad, I mean I love going for rides and would ride 24/7 if I could, but I still love my family. Maybe I just don't know man, but after all, just go have fun and shred the new bike, sounds awesome!
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 Thats awesome! Sounds like u got your health going... Sometimes its better for the kids to have the parents split and hopefully develope new, healthy relationship. Not sure how anyone could neg prop you without knowing 411.
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 Yeah, right...
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 @jrocksdh: it is a very sad story, believe me I would rather have my kids and girl by my side, but I'm also trying to stay positive and make the best out of the sadness, thus the MTB addiction will be getting healthy again
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 That was supposed to read 2016 sucked the girl left with the kids. Some good comes ...
  • 7 0
 I'll graciously accept Troy's bikes. It's the right thing to do.
  • 5 1
 weeks of -30 C, and low amount of snow.. bad month for fat biking and skiing.
  • 4 0
 @pinkbike do 2016 - Good Year or Bad Year?
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 Dislocated ankle. 3 Blood clots in my calf....a banner year.
  • 10 0
 After one trip to Whistler and a month of awesome riding to get me stoked for the season, fell off my bike literally in front of the house, complete quad tendon rupture and 7 months into a looonnnnggg recovery. Eat sh$t, 2016. Bring on 2017.
  • 4 2
 I got some Candy pedals for Christmas. Good month.
  • 1 0
 See if u can get the extended(dh) axle installed..maybe not on candys..huge difference!
  • 1 0
 What flavor?
  • 1 0
 Rode at Bali Bike Park and traveled around Indonesia with my family. Great month.
  • 1 0
 I always wondered what happens to sponsored riders bikes once they part ways
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 After all that happened in 2016, can we say this one was good ? Big Grin
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 bad. broke my arm!! lol
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 What about blowing media embargos?
  • 4 3
 Weather kinda sucked....
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 We at Hope Technology had our biggest December to date. Id say thats a good thing! #hopetech
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 ^same here sir

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