Mach Speed Video: Josh Bryceland's Finals Helmet Cam

Aug 4, 2014
by Scott Secco  


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123 Comments

  • + 104
 Dudes goes through the trees and rocks faster than I'd go through the open sections.
  • + 25
 or fire roads
  • + 125
 or in my car
  • + 13
 That right-hander at 1:58... holy sh*t.
  • + 2
 I thought you were gonna say faster than ... The mayor down the way in Toronto
  • + 8
 This is just insane fast. Death defying. I almost puked my lunch at 2min30 when i saw him going ligntspeed in the tight woods !
  • + 41
 And to think, sams run was even faster :O
  • + 20
 Naah, the right-hander at 2:40 is just a warp-speed bounce and instant direction change. Bonkers fast.

At point does Ratboy become Ratman?
  • + 7
 i was squeezing my imaginary brakes and leaning way back at my desk watching this video! and I think i peed a little too. holy fast! make me realize the skill level these guys ride at.
  • + 6
 Hwulex- Hopefully never. It'll be a sad day when he loses his innocence and finds out Santa was really just Steve Peat with a fake beard. That was wild. Definitely went back and re-watched a few sections, especially that right hander... whoa.
  • + 4
 Thats fucking phenomenal! Ridiculous
  • + 1
 This is my other definition of FAST..next to sam of course
  • + 1
 2:35 - 2:45...wow....
  • + 3
 WHAT HAPPENED TO THE VIDEO?? I'M PISSED!
  • + 1
 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HIS VIDEO IS ON HIS FB PAGE HERE:

www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=894923227188448&set=vb.231689860178458&type=2&theater
  • + 68
 I love Ratboy, he embodies what DH should be. Going fast and having a blast. So stoked he's doing so well this year.
  • + 4
 That's Ratman!
  • + 48
 Id like to see one of those side-by-side replays of Sam and Ratboys runs. Just to see line choice and where Sam gained the time. That was crazy fast!
  • + 6
 that would be so good to see again!
  • + 1
 The last 200m is where Josh lost it.
  • + 3
 On the live feed it did look like Ratboy went a bit off line heading onto the wooden bridge over the XC course. Doubt it's worth the second he lost by, but it's hard to tell where could've gone any faster Smile
  • + 3
 Yeah he was down at both splits. But over a 4min track, 1.2 seconds is 0.5% difference.... In the "on the hunt" vid, you can see Sam take a trademark inside line through the switch backs coming off the motorway, and it sets him up much straighter/higher for the next turn... I guess he has little tricks like that the whole way down Smile
  • + 4
 Between 3:39 and 3:54 Sam also took some time out of Ratty. In one of the other vids you can see Sam keeping to the right, just along the tape and to the right side of a padded tree in the course. Josh Bryce followed the conventional line breaking away from Sam's at 3:39, more down the fall line, well to the left of the padded tree, but then had to come back across to the right, rejoining Sam's line at 3:54. Sam not only took the much straighter line through the section, but was lined up better (and straighter) for the turn that followed--an infamous left hander followed by a slab-drop. All together Sam probably gained close to a second right there.
  • + 2
 ^that's at 3:49, NOT 3:39!
  • + 35
 scary to see how fast you gotta go to go to take the hot seat from sam. these riders are unbelievable athletes.
  • + 21
 That was unthinkably fast. Ratboy is on fire! This video makes me reflect on my own riding skills, which I now realize are more or less non-existant.
  • + 7
 we are two... ahahah!
  • + 8
 used to think i was a handy rider with a bit of pace, how wrong was i haha
  • + 20
 Honestly tho, maybe .75 seconds faster without drag of gopro.
  • + 9
 Maybe you have a point there...who knows. A lot of wide open speeds and that camera,s profile doesn't help
  • + 17
 Amazing how fast he snaps through those tight berms…
  • + 25
 he's out of em before he's in em
  • + 12
 Are you saying he's going so fast that he has reversed time itself?!
  • + 11
 A friend of mine told me about a study that found that downhill mountain bikers process information faster than normal people. I don't remember the specifics but, basically, they haul ass because they are able to analyze the terrain in front of them and make decisions for what they want to do at a super human rate. I really wish I knew where to find this info but it's out there. I am sure this goes for any athlete that handles a machine at break-neck speeds.
  • + 5
 I saw a documentary a few years ago that said pretty much the same thing. They weren't speaking about DH riders specifically but the principles will be the same, they were talking about Rally drivers more, the said that the amount of info they process and the speed that they do it is actually not possible for normal people and that they are actually very similar to insane people! They even spoke about tennis players and the fact that they hit the ball so fast they can't possibly see where it's going to aim at it and that they are in fact almost like Jedi lol, they're are swinging at the air where they think the ball is giving to be.
  • + 1
 I would have to disagree. Elite athlete can do it because they practice so much they know what is coming up. In the army we used to scrape both sides of the APC on trees at speed driving through periscopes. We got good because we practiced. We didn't know the track we just judged distances and ran on instinct. If you dedicate your life to it, you train your brain to predict what to do next. Muscle memory takes control and away you go.
  • + 3
 they just read the play better, through practice
  • + 3
 That's cool, think its sometimes called the "zone" too, everybody's experienced it where things seem to slow down and going fast seems easy but the good guys can flip the switch whenever they need too
  • + 3
 They're plugged into the matrix more like
  • + 2
 Really, you are comparing driving an APC to riding a downhill bike at wicked fast speeds down a world cup course?
  • + 11
 What a top three. I haven't even watched this yet as BT reckon they have to wait for a delivery of cable before they can fix our phone line. BT have no cable, WTF!!???? A heart is what they're lacking, look what I missed!!!
  • + 13
 He's not even on the ground half the rough sections.... fuck.
  • + 10
 You can tell that the bike works amazingly when headcam doesn't shake even on rough track like this one. Just incredible...
  • + 11
 The bikes nearly come undone every race run. It's Rat himself who's that smooth. His arms and legs are working overtime.
  • + 9
 Not to mention his extensions are long travel Wink
  • + 10
 He hit the hyperspace button
  • + 13
 He's gone into ludicrous speed!
  • + 12
 He's gone to plaid.
  • + 9
 How could anyone have possibly gone quicker than this... Absolutely insane!
  • + 5
 Only one person did. Sam F'in Hill!
  • + 1
 I'm kind of glad Sam's run isn't on helmetcam as our brains would have imploded trying to comprehend it...not that Josh's run didn't cause a medium-level implosion. Mental!!
  • + 5
 Please tell me that video was sped up some! Reminds me of that Group B rally car video where the driver says something along the lines of "these cars are now so fast you cannot go by the seat of your pants feel because by the time you feel the bump it is already too late"
  • + 4
 These are group B bikes! like those maxi turbos, stratos, s4 etc... Used to see those cars rallying behind my house. Wrc are boring now hahaha
  • + 9
 Nope, not sped up. He starts his run at :30 and ends it at roughly 4:43 on the video and his official time was 4:11

If my elementary math is correct, it looks like that is actually how fast WC riders go. And it also looks like my career path is not a DH racer...
  • + 8
 *Mind Blown* That's just insane. When he goes into the woods at that speed my brain cant keep up with my eyes. Amazing.
  • + 9
 Mother of God.
  • + 6
 This why he's a Pro. I am but a mortal.
  • + 2
 1) He was going so fast that I was tired after the 3rd turn!
2) I'm going to do everything I can to turn pro just so that I can get cheers like he did through the lower rock sections.
3) I'm never going to be fast enough to turn pro.
4) I've always had respect for the pros.....Ratboy just elevated that respect.
  • + 5
 Love how he boost in the air from nothing at the 3:30!
  • + 2
 The only rider I saw do that...and he aced it at that.
  • + 2
 love these pov run views as it makes you realise how insanely fast they go as i thought my go pro looked ok when watching it back, but compared to this my looks like super slow mo
  • + 4
 Video is private? what happened?
  • + 4
 I just deleted my entire library of personal helmet-cam videos.
  • + 3
 That rock garden at 3:38 is more like a bloody cliff face . Stoked that bryce is doing so well this year
  • + 2
 Tis' insane - you can hear him bottom out at 3:45 as he charges nose first down the rock garden.
  • + 3
 This makes you realized how stupid golf and tennis are with their "quiet during the match" stuff.
  • + 3
 Dam, I always new that rats were fast, especially this RAT! He was just flyin threw the rockgarden, wow!
  • + 2
 Ratboy, it was absolutely mental. Proper DH track no stupid pedaling sections just pure gravity and mind blowing speed. I got dizzy by watching it.
  • + 0
 Incredible riding Ratboy is on fire at the moment!

Am I the only one who thinks the GoPro angle above the peak of the helmet really sucks? Cant really see the bike, dulls the sensation of speed (even though this still looks ridiculously fast!) Great view of the sponsor logo though! :/
  • + 3
 I'm gona sel my bike, and buy myself a pony..!!
  • + 3
 An Iron Horse!
  • + 2
 @octura
That was funny as hell!!!!!!
  • + 3
 He is faster than Claudio in the course review! Ratboy is a freak!!!
  • + 5
 Which is veeeerrrryyy surprising.
  • + 2
 WTF with the video being marked private now? I knew I should have saved it. Watching it 10 times was not enough.
  • + 2
 They built him a hover bike...that is the only explanation for the WARP SPEED
  • + 2
 At that speed I don't think those pads on the trees are gonna help to much!
  • + 3
 I am so glad I was already on the toilet when I watched this!
  • + 4
 damm thats fast
  • + 2
 is it a rocket ? is it a lightning ? no ladies and gentlemen it's RATBOY !
  • + 2
 World champs are gonna be mental.....
  • + 1
 Does Ratboy even have time to look at where is he going? Incredible Speed Buddy
  • + 2
 Wow, Ratboy rode a WC track in the time it took me to drop a deuce!
  • + 3
 Private?!?!?!?
  • + 2
 Holy shit.....thats so quick.WAARP SPEED!!!
  • + 4
 Bwarrp speed!
  • + 1
 Any body know what happened to the video? It says "private" when I hit play?
  • + 3
 That. Is. MENTAL.
  • + 2
 Mach speed. But Sam Hill beat him!
  • + 5
 Yeah but Josh looked like he was cruising an A-Line lap!
  • + 1
 And the RAT is in second overall.....
  • + 2
 BLOOOOOOODYYYYYY HELLLLLL RATTY. MIND BLOWN! IN.SANE.
  • + 2
 Was it a work day or something! Crowd seemed a little light on.
  • + 1
 Was thinking the same thing. Man did some folks miss out.
  • + 2
 @TrinityTest dude's got a camera on his camera...
  • + 1
 All makes sense now!
  • + 1
 Video has been post to Josh's Facebook Page:
www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=894923227188448
  • + 1
 Coooome ooon! I can't see it!! Frown
  • + 1
 O my good ,What is this? Sam hill down flying, He is very god .
  • + 2
 wtf I quit
  • + 1
 Ahhhh, those private clips!! Agrrrr
  • + 1
 Can anyone tell me what Ratboy is saying to Boris at the end?
  • + 1
 Really wtf!?! y is this a private video !?!?!?
  • + 2
 My god Ratboy was cruzin
  • + 2
 fokin hell
  • + 2
 That shit is in ff
  • + 1
 this is smth from the other world
  • + 0
 I thought Claudio was fast!

This track looks like so much fun; could the average pinkbiker (like me) actually ride it?
  • + 2
 Yeah I reckon I could shred that.... on my face! :-)
  • + 2
 The track is normally open for ''normal people'' after the WC.
  • + 2
 omg he's so fast
  • + 1
 the last thing he wanted to hear when he crossed the line
  • + 1
 Wait wait wait wait...... Hill went faster than that :O
  • + 2
 Amazing
  • - 1
 Damn! Ratboy was so fast with his VPP system... but Sam was faster with his single pivot system Smile
  • - 1
 Not fast enough. simple as that.
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