Video: Manon Carpenter & Vero Sandler Light Up Llangollen

Jun 12, 2018
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  
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Photos by Samantha Saskia Dugon, words by Veronique Sandler.

Manon and I have been riding together for the last couple of years and have found so much fun in sessioning jumps and sections of trails over the past year. Riding with the boys is always sick, but the hype that comes about from pushing each other to trying new tricks, shapes or hitting new technical lines is unreal, and so much fun when shared with another girl!

We’ve been wanting to shoot a fun little video showcasing this for a while now so last week we decided to take a trip up to one of the UK’s sickest downhill tracks in Llangollen, Wales. With Max and Jack on video duties and Sam on the camera, we were all stoked for a few days on one of Mid Wales finest hills.

We’d both only ever ridden at Llangollen when we were there to race, so it was so much fun to spend the evening of Thursday and the whole next day sessioning sections and hitting jumps just for the fun of it whilst being filmed.

The sunny Thursday evening didn’t last long and we were met with slick, misty conditions on Friday morning. All the more reason to get wild on the bikes and embrace it in true British style!

With a sick days riding, a dirt nap, an over-send and a puddle to the face later, here’s a little edit! Hope you enjoy it!

Massive thanks to One Giant Leap Llangollen for having us and Ride Portugal for building an awesome track.

Manon getting amongst those Welsh summer conditions


Vero embracing corner shapes

Proof that there's no shortage of greenery in Wales

Gotta inspect that footage!

A wild Manon emerges from the mist

Tea is an essential start to a good days shredding



58 Comments

  • + 105
 Should start riding more like a girl. Sick edit!
  • + 63
 Mates- "You ride like a girl."

Me- "Thanks."
  • + 16
 @gibbon-on-an-orange: I welcome a society where 'you ____ like a girl' is a positive not a negative!
  • + 64
 So happy that Manon is still out there shredding bikes after her WC retirement. Her and Ratboy showing that being out there and having fun is more important than winning!
  • + 37
 Manon needs to get on the 50:01 team.
  • + 9
 They both do along with joey gough @bikesarebikes !! Sick girls that can send
  • + 6
 @sewer-rat: Can.... and DO !

Ver Sandler is such a total dreamboat.
  • + 2
 @Waldon83: and an absolute shredder
  • + 27
 people out having fun on bikes? Exactly as it should be, more of this sort of stuff please Smile
  • + 17
 Veronique must be the most natural and stylish girl on a bike, the only possible two exceptions are Joey Gough and Casey Brown. Seriously looked amazing.
  • + 4
 dude...you know what's up...top three right there!
  • + 16
 That no hander/one footer train was insane!
  • + 13
 Great stuff!! More of this please, great to watch girls shred and let it loose a bit more like the guys =D
  • + 12
 Manon, we miss you! Come to EWS!
  • + 10
 now this properly showcases female talent! absolutely awesome riding and fully pinned!
  • + 10
 Awesome shredding! Also dope to see ladies in front of and behind the photo lens.
  • + 10
 Vero, can you reach me how to scandy?
  • + 7
 great to see Manon back on a bike, how about a follow up interview Pinkbike?
  • + 7
 Wow! Wish I could ride like that! Awesome
  • + 8
 #senditlikesandler
  • + 2
 Those girls are cute AF and would absolutely crush me out on the trails. I would be lucky enough just to keep their dust trails in sight. I've ridden with a couple of pro-girls before and let me tell you...it will set your ego straight. Me and another guy friend took some DH runs with these Pro women DH racers and were struggling to keep up with them until my friend over steered and took a bar to the chest, then I ran him over. We finally rolled up to them at the bottom and they were like.....yeah, we were wondering what happened to you guys.
  • + 1
 "Guy friend" lols
  • + 0
 Gay friend ??@savmeister:
  • + 3
 So awesome seeing Manon still killing it on a bike. I reckon she should jump on the bike festival bandwagon and travel the world hitting all the Crankworks stops, and then heading to Oz for Cannonball and Bike Buller........
  • + 5
 Miss having Manon on the DH circuit I think she was one of the first to start to take it to Rachel.
  • + 2
 Heard a rumour that she's getting her mojo back ...... next year maybe?... Big Grin
  • + 6
 Absolute shredders! Sick riding!!
  • + 5
 Daaaaaaaaaaang they are haulin' ass, and with style!
  • + 5
 Awesome edit... totally makes me want to ride right now!
  • + 4
 Ummm...that was BADASS! Puts a whe new spin on ‘riding like a girl’... DAMN!
  • + 4
 Wonderful edit!! More of this, please! Nice riding, ladies
  • + 2
 Love watching edits like this. That's some awesome and fun riding right there, girls!
  • + 3
 Stylish , fast and pretty, so that's where I'm going wrong.
  • + 1
 lol
  • + 3
 Llangollen is not in Mid Wales!
  • + 3
 How do I ride like this? So sick.
  • + 4
 This is awesome!
  • + 4
 That was awesome!
  • + 3
 I miss seeing Manon!
  • + 1
 Poor camera lass got plastered with mud taking that shot and you didn't include it?
  • + 1
 I would have a one way ticket to the ER trying to hang onto these awesome young ladies!
  • + 2
 „riding like a girl“ - my new dream as a boy...
  • + 3
 With mouth open...
  • + 1
 Omg!!! That was f@#g crazy!!!!
  • + 1
 I wish I could ride like this-what a bunch of bad ass riders.
  • + 1
 BPFRRRAP.... "Ooooohmyyyygoooood"!!! :-D
Awesome shredding, nice edit!
  • + 2
 Needs metal!!
  • + 0
 sick riding but heinous soundtrack
  • + 1
 sick
  • + 1
 Still got it Manon!!
  • + 1
 Seronoknya!
  • + 1
 Good work Xam man
  • - 3
 Wow. Best (lady) edit of the week.
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