Photo Epic: Pinkbike Rippers Competition & Balance Bike World Championships from The Malverns Classic

Aug 30, 2021
by Nick Bentley  


One of the stand out things from the 2021 Malverns Classic was the kids' racing. The Rippers were a group of age classes with riders, both girls and boys, aged 4-12 years. One thing is for sure these guys and girls had a lot of fun. They raced over 3 types of racing: a Quad Eliminator, Dual Slalom and a Downhill race over the course of the weekend.

The riders were enjoying the racing and riding together
The riders were enjoying the racing and riding together

AJ Lewendon carving the corners of the Dual Slalom course
AJ Lewendon carving the corners of the Dual Slalom course

Party shades on and time for some fun in the sun during the Dual slalom
Party shades on and time for some fun in the sun during the Dual slalom

Plenty of cowbells and excitement at the Rippers Dual Slalom
Plenty of cowbells and excitement at the Rippers Dual Slalom

Mr Malverns Classic himself Si Paton out running the gate for the Pinkbike Rippers Quad Eliminator
Mr Malverns Classic himself, Si Paton, out running the gate for the Pinkbike Rippers Quad Eliminator

There was no quarter given in the Rippers racing. These kids were more determined than the adults to get the win
There was no quarter given in the Rippers racing. These kids were more determined than the adults to get the win

Even these young riders can t help but send it over any jump they can
Even these young riders can't help but send it over any jump they can

What s not to enjoy about 4 riders giving it their all on a race track - doesn t matter what their age
What's not to enjoy about 4 riders giving it their all on a race track - doesn't matter what their age!

Smiles all around as the riders come through the finish line
Smiles all around as the riders come through the finish line

Powering through twists and turns to the finish line in the 4X Quad Eliminator
Powering through twists and turns to the finish line in the 4X/Quad Eliminator

4X proved competitive with the Rippers loving the Quad course
4X proved competitive with the Rippers loving the Quad course

So many families watched the kid s race it was an amazing atmosphere
So many families watched the kid's race, it was an amazing atmosphere

Full-on concentration face
Full-on concentration face

Kicking up the dusty grassy corners
Kicking up the dusty, grassy corners

Tackling the track on these tiny bikes was no easy feat
Tackling the track on these tiny bikes was no easy feat

Heels down and flat out
Heels down and flat out

By the time the Rippers got to use the downhill track it was a lot trickier than it looked with the braking bumps left behind from 4 days of riders and the adults racing
By the time the Rippers got to use the downhill track, it was a lot trickier than it looked with the braking bumps left behind from 4 days of riders and the adults racing

Doesn t matter what age you are the debate about line choice is the same
Doesn't matter what age you are the debate about line choice is the same!

It s been so good to see all the kids racing and families at the event enjoying themselves The future of UK MTB look bright
It's been so good to see all the kids racing and families at the event enjoying themselves! The future of UK MTB look bright

Getting the power down around the first corner
Getting the power down around the first corner

Looking strong into the first corner out of the start gate on the Downhill course
Looking strong into the first corner out of the start gate on the Downhill course

The Pinkbike Rippers Downhill started at the Bombhole on the adult s course allowing the kids to get a taste of what their parents raced on
The Pinkbike Rippers Downhill started at the Bombhole on the adult's course allowing the kids to get a taste of what their parents raced on

You can t beat the dad uplift
You can't beat the dad uplift

The oldest boys in the Rippers field were charging hard
The oldest boys in the Rippers field were charging hard

Getting some air
Getting some air

Good to see so many girls out racing
Good to see so many girls out racing!

The stoke level was high
The stoke level was high

Skids for days into the finish area
Skids for days into the finish area

I m not sure who was more excited Mum or the rider
I'm not sure who was more excited Mum or the rider

Fist bumps from Matt the Commentator for riders the atmosphere was so good for families at The Malverns Classic
Fist bumps from Matt the Commentator for riders, the atmosphere was so good for families at The Malverns Classic

Dad s shoulders are always the best seat in the house
Dad's shoulders are always the best seat in the house!

Jacob Hooper was on it during his seeding run
Jacob Hooper was on it during his seeding run

These young riders are not scared to lean in on these grass tracks
These young riders are not scared to lean in on these grass tracks

Riders of all sizes raced at the Dual Slalom
Riders of all sizes raced at the Dual Slalom

Even the young riders were setting up straight lines through the Slalom course
Even the young riders were setting up straight lines through the Slalom course




Forget the XC and DH World Championships that were happening this weekend, this was where the action was at! Riders aged 2-5 years old in both girls and boys classes battled it out on their balance bikes across three races: Quad Eliminator, Dual Slalom and Downhill over the course of the weekend. This will brighten up your day!

Brother and sister racing together and having loads of fun
Brother and sister racing together and having loads of fun

Letting the camera get his best side
Letting the camera get his best side!

Putting the power down towards the finish line
Putting the power down towards the finish line

Is it a no footer if you don t have pedals
Is it a no footer if you don't have pedals?

Demonstrating here that balance bikes help positioning and technique with bike riding
Demonstrating here that balance bikes help positioning and technique with bike riding

Feet up flat out Forget death gripping these kids had no brakes
Feet up flat out!! Forget death gripping, these kids had no brakes!

I m not sure riding with your tongue out is the best idea but he was having a lot of fun
I'm not sure riding with your tongue out is the best idea but he was having a lot of fun

Tiny bikes on a tiny start gate
Tiny bikes on a tiny start gate

Out in front and loving life
Out in front and loving life

Nothing but pure fun and enjoyment
Nothing but pure fun and enjoyment

There was laughter from start to finish from these kids
There was laughter from start to finish from these kids

 Can I go again
"Can I go again!"

Hugs from Mum at the finish line
Hugs from Mum at the finish line!

These tiny riders were loving the track
These tiny riders were loving the track

Lining up for the start gate
Lining up for the start gate

There were some close races in the balance bike 4X
There were some close races in the balance bike 4X

Even balance bikes conquer the start gate
Even balance bikes conquer the start gate

He s so good he can race with his eyes shut
He's so good he can race with his eyes shut

These kids are just amazing
These kids are just amazing

The Malverns Classics is the perfect family orientated bike festival to introduce young riders into competing
The Malverns Classics is the perfect family orientated bike festival to introduce young riders into competing

Hugs for the competitors celebrations all round
Hugs for the competitors, celebrations all round

Families out racing together is what it s all about
Families out racing together is what it's all about

Powering through the noodles
Powering through the noodles

Through the cones and to the finish
Through the cones and to the finish

After surviving the Noodle Forest this rider was focussed on the final twist and turns to the finish line
After surviving the Noodle Forest this rider was focussed on the final twist and turns to the finish line

Even after racing these little riders still couldn t get enough of the action on the track and came to cheer on their friends
Even after racing, these little riders still couldn't get enough of the action on the track and came to cheer on their friends



30 Comments

  • 54 0
 If you ever needed a boost in the morning this post was it! So awesome to see so many happy kids on bikes!
  • 2 0
 Bentley's got some serious Photo Of the Year candidates here.
  • 8 0
 This made me feel all warm and bubbly inside. Also, that kids skeleton kit is beyond cool. I am jealous.
  • 5 0
 I usually say "#comegiantmeteor" cos my faith in humanity has sailed a long time ago. But it just came back! The Meteor Can Wait.
  • 4 0
 Fabulous!! Kids on bikes having fun - just great to see. That's what it's all about. There may even be a future champ among them.....
  • 6 0
 That tongue out picture made me think of Thibaut Daprela
  • 5 0
 Awesome. I cant imagine my 5 yr old getting around without a melt down though
  • 2 0
 My 5 year old was having a meltdown whilst his little brother raced...
  • 5 0
 All races should have noodle forests.
  • 3 0
 Props to @si-paton for adding balance bike and rippers categories. And too the team on the gates trying to coordinate a bunch of small children (and their parents)!
  • 2 0
 I struggle to coordinate both my 3 year olds at the start of a BMX/pump track so no idea they kept control of that many.

Looks like they all had great fun and wish we could have gone
  • 4 0
 Love the Firechief helmet! Also very dirty sensor on that camera!
  • 2 0
 Yes! Nick, clean the sensor!
  • 1 0
 @jmhills: ill take this weekend off and do it
  • 4 0
 Goooooo Kids!!!

What no Specialized Carbon Hotwalk Balance Bike???
  • 1 0
 But there was a Cannondale lefty balance bike!
  • 5 0
 Amazing! Made my day!
  • 1 0
 Great photos, great riders, perfect way to start the day. I love these randoms and would love to see more. The youth racing scene is exploding in the US, lets see some coverage!
  • 4 0
 Deathgrips everywhere
  • 2 0
 As a father of a 22 month old,I'm over the moon with these pictures! Thank you!
  • 2 0
 As a father of a 3yo ripper, I'd love to see more youth content. Especially product compares/reviews.
  • 1 0
 Scanning pictures for helmet options. A good full face for a toddler is hard to find.
  • 1 0
 Rider 020 time for a check in at the LBS - that front brake needs some love.
  • 1 0
 Their bikes are better then mine.
  • 1 0
 Rad, future world champs? maybe.
  • 1 0
 For this alone, I may need to attend next year...
  • 1 0
 Some many rad pics!! Get it groms!
  • 1 0
 More of this!
  • 1 0
 Awesome photo epic!!

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