Pinkbike Racing Update: Team Camp, Fresh Kits, & New Bikes

Mar 27, 2022
by James Smurthwaite  
Thibault getting up to speed.

It's been a dream of ours for years and now we can finally call it a reality. Pinkbike Racing is a thing!

Aimi, Jackson, Ben, Henry, and the rest of the crew first met up at the Brioude Cup a fortnight ago, with the team getting its first podium thanks to Aimi. Thibault also showed some great pace racing to sixth against a stacked field. Since then they've been deep in central France at the Pierron Bike Park testing and tweaking to be ready for the first World Cup of the year. Missing is Jackson Connelly, who's rehabbing a collarbone injury in Australia, but he's aiming to join the team before Fort William.

In the midst of a global parts shortage, our partners in this projects have moved mountains to get us the equipment the team needs—we're incredibly grateful. You've seen it sketched up when we first announced the team but it's now a real, in the flesh race team. We're proud to present Pinkbike Racing's kit and bikes for the 2022 season (with a new suspension sponsor to be announced very soon).

Ben Cathro
Aimi Kenyon
Thibault Laly

Race day light mode.

Huckin' Henry turning wrenches.

We're now set up on the holy ground of Lourdes, complete with a full complement of mechanics, a physio and media team. After two days of training on the challenging Pic du Jer track, both Aimi and Thibault are safely qualified into finals and aiming for a strong start to the season later today. Unfortunately, Ben is recovering from a shoulder injury so chose not to take part in qualifying today but is expecting to be fighting fit in time for Fort William.


Big thanks to Bluegrass for turning these helmets around so quickly.

Continental - tires
Shimano - drivetrain, brakes and pedals
Santa Cruz - frames
Reserve Wheels - wheels
Dharco - clothing
Deity - cockpit & saddle
Bluegrass - helmets and protection
Adidas Five Ten - footwear
Swatch - official timing
Any guesses? - a top suspension brand is on board, to be announced before round 2
Pinkbike Racing sponsors

A HUGE thanks to all the sponsors who are helping make Pinkbike Racing happen. If you'd like to support what we're doing with this team as well, please consider subscribing to our membership. It helps a ton.

Keep your eye out after Lourdes for episode 1 of the Pinkbike Racing video series to drop for free on Pinkbike. Let's go racing!

Pinkbike Racing Team Replica Jerseys are available now. Profits from each jersey purchase go directly to supporting the team.

DHaRCO X Pinkbike Racing Gravity Jersey Details:

• Men's, Women's, & Youth sizes available
• Comfortable Performance Quick Dry Fabric
• Moisture-wicking fabric construction transfers sweat and heat away from the body
• Recycled Polyester
• Mesh side panels to increase airflow
• Zip pocket for essentials
• Cuffed sleeves to keep it in place
• Relaxed Fit - Mountain bike specific to accommodate body armour.
• Fabric - 100% quick dry polyester
• Made with recycled yarn (excludes mesh panels)
• MSRP: $70.00 USD / $89.95 CAD
*Studio rider is wearing a size Medium.
**Ben Cathro as mentor not included with the kit.
Black and white kits available now.

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  • 128 2
 Clearly missed a trick not painting the bikes pink.
  • 58 5
 Have gone with 'Dehydrated Piss Yellow'
  • 5 1
 Yes kind of an obvious color choice. Better than what they chose.
  • 2 4
Piss Yellow - why did they do that? Pink the obvious choice.
  • 8 2
 No no, the BETA website is
  • 1 0
  • 2 0
 @Waldon83: maybe they were supposed to be sponsored by CamelBak, but got dehydrated instead?
  • 1 0
 Outside colors
  • 51 0
 look at Henry, enjoying his internal routed cables XD
  • 19 0
  • 49 0
 Of the three people at Santa Cruz I've met over the weekend, I've talked at length about cable routing with each and every one. They each feigned interest for a remarkably long time.
  • 22 0
 Can’t believe I got rickrolled by pinkbike
  • 5 0
 same except it was ruined for me by an ad.
  • 13 0
 Suspension sponsor confirmed as Girvin. Team will be running Flexstems with 25mm travel instead of forks for the courses with flatter sections and switching to Vectors with 50mm of sweet elastomer travel for the other rounds. For the roughest courses they'll be running both the Flexstem AND the Vector which introduces a floating upper pivot location to a linkage fork for the first time.
  • 4 0
 and dropper posts provided by hite rite.
  • 13 0
 Show us Ben's superlong v10
  • 45 0
 This is a family-friendly website, please.
  • 3 0
 I think you’re referring to his V11. I’ve heard it can play cards, has its own Outside subscription and is big in the Podcast game. Could be rumours, but I doubt it
  • 13 1
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  • 2 0
 @mtb-jon: that wouldn't be quite a shox
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  • 9 0
 Bilstein suspension.
  • 7 0
 Team Jersey on the shop ASAP!!!! Hahaha
  • 8 0
 Working on it. Smile
  • 2 0
 @brianpark: Yeah baby yeah!!!
  • 3 0
 @brianpark: I have a not so original suggestion: the option to personalize the jersey with name and number like some of the pros.

Also, it would make sense if all the earnings of the jerseys and other pinkbike racing team merchandise sales, directly reverted back to fund the athletes and team staff efforts.
  • 6 1
 The fork on the bike Henry is working on says Fox in bright orange. I wonder if that is a clue?
  • 2 0
 Maybe its a psyop to throw us off
  • 3 1
 Suspension I would say likely to be Fox, can't be RockShox as they are sponsored by Shimano for drivetrain. However I have a feeling it may be something a bit left field, looking to massively improve their coverage, so on that note I think SR Suntour.
  • 5 0
 Bike's clean, kit is brand new
  • 1 0
 A thing I didn't get : on the team reveal they said "a special thank you to Mondraker and the MS Mondraker team for helping us"...and they're running Santa Cruz frames after all ?
  • 1 0
 Brian Park said they would explain it in the podcast at some point what that meant and how the MS Mondraker team helped them out.
  • 4 1
 Öhlins is the teams’ new suspension sponsor. You heard it here first.
  • 2 2
 sr suntour...
  • 3 0
 @jackheat: my gut feeling also, for no particular reason. And I think that will be fun to watch Suntour develop.
  • 2 0
 @hellanorcal: Manitou would be awesome and doesn't seem to sponsor a team yet
  • 3 0
 @Mac1987: Manitou is sponsoring Gamux (gearbox CNC machined bike).

I'd love to see more Dorados in DH races
  • 1 0
 They seem to be running unmarked Fox forks on the pictures
  • 1 0
 @Whipperman: not even unmarked on the sixth picture
  • 2 0
 @Whipperman: That's because they probably didn't get all the parts in time. They are definitley not running FOX. Those forks and shocks are just a placeholder.
  • 5 0
 @hellanorcal: I wasn't speculating. I know a guy who works for Öhlins and he told me that they will be suspension partner to a newly founded DH racing team in the 2022 season. No 100% confirmation but it's pretty likely.
  • 2 0
 Called it.
  • 1 0
 Eeeeeeyyyyyy!!!!!! Northern!!! Good to see your mug, have not seen you in years! Glad to see you doing well and wrenching on World Cup team!
  • 2 0
 New prototype Conti Tyres?
  • 2 0
 looks like something finally appealing imo
  • 2 0
 Looks like an assegai, could be a good addition to the der kaisers!
  • 1 0
 Missed a trick. Should have uses the 2017 Kalimoto pink paint from the V2 Josh Bryceland Bronson frame
  • 2 0
 Will the team jersey be sold online?
  • 1 0
 I wonder if your sponsor is shimano but you like sram if you could switch such as brakes?
  • 1 0
 Is the v10 the only bike that hasn’t been completely resigned over the past 10+ years
  • 1 0
 I think the kit and bike look great. Well wishes for the entire team for a great season.
  • 3 1
 Himalo factory racing?
  • 1 0
 Northern sporting his winter plumage
  • 1 0
 SC: release that frame color for the masses!
  • 1 0
 Just buy an orange frame and store it in the sun for 10 years
  • 1 0
 The team is named pink bike and not a pink bike in sight
  • 1 0
 My guess is DVO or Suntour for the suspension...
  • 1 0
 y el rosado ???
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  • 1 0
 this is a good thing!
  • 3 4
 Is Toyota sponsoring the team as well?
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