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Photo Epic: Pinkbike Rippers and Balance Bike Competitions from The Malverns Classic

Aug 27, 2022
by Nick Bentley  


Day 2 of the Pinkbike Balance Bike and Rippers World Champs saw the riders racing down the Dual Slalom track, alongside this the Cannondale Rippers Cross-Country also took place, ensuring our Rippers slept well this evening! Sit back and enjoy lots of kids loving their bikes.

A busy start line full of keen young riders
A busy start line full of keen young riders

The first lap was a lead lap to get the riders legs warmed up
The first lap was a lead lap to get the rider's legs warmed up

But then riders were off and racing
But then riders were off and racing!

All riders were out enjoying the Malvern Sunshine
All riders were out enjoying the Malvern Sunshine

There was a great turn out of family and friends around to support the riders
There was a great turn out of family and friends around to support the riders

The XC race took place over 15 minutes with riders completing as many laps as they could. This rider took first place and had a clear lead ahead of his competitors
The XC race took place over 15 minutes, with riders completing as many laps as they could. This rider took first place and had a clear lead ahead of his competitors

You could choose the low or the high line one some of the XC course
You could choose the low or the high line on some of the XC course

The XC course took riders through grassy woodland and around one of the many lakes on the Eastnor Castle Estate that hosts The Malverns Classic
The XC course took riders through grassy woodland and around one of the many lakes on the Eastnor Castle Estate that hosts The Malverns Classic

Eyes on the next corner
Eyes on the next corner

This young rider was riding right on the edge
This young rider was riding right on the edge

But these kids were just having fun on their bikes
But these kids were just having fun on their bikes

Head to head racing is great whatever the age group
Head-to-head racing is great whatever the age group

The Police Patrol were out to give the Commissaires a helping hand and make sure there was no rule break - could this be a future commissaire in the making
The Police Patrol were out to give the Commissaires a helping hand and make sure there was no rule break - could this be a future commissaire in the making?

The Rippers showed how it is done in Dual Slalom keeping it pinned in the corners
The Rippers showed how it is done in Dual Slalom keeping it pinned in the corners

There is even a cheeky little bridge crossing for the riders to deal with
There is even a cheeky little bridge crossing for the riders to deal with

On the sprint up the hill
On the sprint up the hill

During the practice laps parents could go out and coach their riders
During the practice laps parents could go out and coach their riders

Friends went out in groups for support
Friends went out in groups for support

The course was full of tight grassy turns and gentle climbs to introduce riders to the XC style of racing
The course was full of tight, grassy turns and gentle climbs to introduce riders to the XC style of racing

Cannondale sponsored the Rippers Cross Country race giving riders the opportunity to experience their first ever XC race
Cannondale sponsored the Rippers Cross Country race, giving riders the opportunity to experience their first ever XC race

The course gave the riders a tour of the lower section of The Malverns Classic site including the infamous Lake Ride that featured later in the evening on Saturday
The course gave the riders a tour of the lower section of The Malverns Classic site, including the infamous Lake Ride that featured later in the evening on Saturday

Despite the intense racing riders were still able to smile for the camera
Despite the intense racing riders were still able to smile for the camera

The grassy corners became slippy following last nights rain but these riders coped with the conditions well
The grassy corners became slippy following last nights rain but these riders coped with the conditions well

It was tough for these little riders on little wheels with some deep ruts at the end of the course
It was tough for these little riders on little wheels with some deep ruts at the end of the course

Doesn t count unless it s on Instagram
Doesn't count unless it's on Instagram

It s amazing to see just how many young girls were out riding there were over 40 young girls riding - it s a great sign that the future of our sport is in safe hands
It's amazing to see just how many young girls were out riding, there were over 40 young girls riding - it's a great sign that the future of our sport is in safe hands

It s great to see the parents support
It's great to see the parent support

Powering through the grass
Powering through the grass

How can you not love these big helmets
How can you not love these big helmets!

Doesn t matter what age they are all mountain bike riders love to stand and talk rubbish about lines
Doesn't matter what age they are, all mountain bike riders love to stand and talk rubbish about lines

Unlucky for some but this rider clearly wasn t phased
Unlucky for some but this rider clearly wasn't phased

Last minute pep talk from Dad
Last minute pep talk from Dad

Getting in the zone
Getting in the zone

These small bikes needed a slightly more human approach to start gates
These small bikes needed a slightly more human approach to start gates

This kid just loves riding his bike even with Mum chasing him down
This kid just loves riding his bike, even with Mum chasing him down

Once again the Balance bike and Rippers World Championships for Dual Slalom were sponsored by Pinkbike
Once again the Balance bike and Rippers World Championships for Dual Slalom were sponsored by Pinkbike


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11 Comments
  • 18 0
 These are good people. All I wanted to do when I was a kid was to ride my bike. But no. My parents made me play baseball. Hours standing in the outfield doing nothing.
  • 8 0
 As a father of a 2½ yo downhiller,thank you so much for this.
  • 2 0
 I don't even have kids and I still love this so much. Thank you for sponsoring, documenting and amplifying this. Particularly rad to see such a diverse field of kids and parents out having a blast. I've seen a lot of progress in 25 years of riding bikes in the woods and I am so thrilled that the joy of bikes keeps reaching more and more people. May we never forget how it feels to have this much fun with other people on our bikes.
  • 4 1
 How about that kid on the legendary Klein!!!!!!
  • 3 0
 That was my eldest son on the Attitude
  • 3 1
 Yea! Go buddies go!
  • 3 1
 Love it!
  • 1 1
 Being a parent is the best, I wouldn't trade it for anything. This brought a smile to my face.
  • 1 1
 Love seeing the Klein in action Go Old School
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