This is Home: Richie Rude - Video

Aug 3, 2016
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180 Comments

  • + 111
 I know its a promo vid but you can tell that hes a really nice lad with an awsome family behind him. Coming from a track sprint cycling background myself its so good to see a top dh/enduro rider advocating the importance of road AND weight training in his program. Kids a big strong boy and it shows on the mountain!! Top stuff!
  • + 17
 mhm, most people who buy 5k+ bikes do not have time for both road and the gym. We have to be realistic here. Richie puts at least 20 hours in the saddle a week, that is hard to do for a person with a job or school. He also surely sleeps hell of a lot to regenerate. Spring high intensity cardio with loose weights and then intervals/sprints is enough to mess most of us up to the point where we don't even want to see a road bike. Without that High Intensity don't even think of volume. If do you have some time left though and respond well to volume, low intensity training on road, and you feel that you really suck on the endurance aspect of your riding, and you actually do enjoy road rides, then yea, why not.

What I appreciate in this video is that he rides in a fullface helmet in the park. Listen kids* with attitude, do as your idols are doing, if you are riding stuff you were riding in full body armor on DH bike 10 years ago, then wear a god damn full face helmet. Those trees and rocks are not teenage girls, the don't get softer because you think that you look so self-confident.

*I meant 30-50 year old kids.
  • + 10
 @WAKIdesigns: well i agree on the time factor but it also obviously depends on your level of commitment to both a race and therefore a training schedule. If your semi serious about your racing then you have to periodize your training to be in the best competition shape you can for your season ahead. A proper training program starts off with base work then moves into pre intensity then into event specific intensity and finally into competition phase and finishes with a transition into the following seasons base work. During both the base and pre intensity phases is when the road bike is a must for preparation AND muscular specific training. In the competion phase the road bike can be used for active recovery work. In the transition stage its a case of mixing totally non related lowish intensity physical activity with very easy sport specific work and the road bike again can be used here. The key to and therefore the practicality of road riding is that its very easy to vary and control the intensity. As opposed to even basic xc riding which inevitably becomes mid to high intensity along with mid to long duration equalling greater recovery requirements. Recovery is the most important factor in any training program and the need for recovery is obviously proportionate to intensity and this is where the road bike is an invaluable training tool. Obviously it can also be used for very high intensity interval lactic training too. If atall possible road training can double up as commuting to work/study etc and therefore become time efficient in the process.
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Aug 3, 2016 at 3:21) (Below Threshold)
 @slowrider73: people who have time for serious racing should defo get one. I mean people who ACT like they are serious about racing, because I don't know many guys whi would say that they are not serious about what they do on bikes. Judging by development of lives of mine and most of my friends, I can tell that nobody has time for quality recovery. I can chose quality sleep or ride.

So all we have is cash growing on accounts and hair growing out of our ears, hoping our kids will grow up faster than our bodies deteriorate. For most of such riders, road bike can do more damage than good. If you can ride/ work out, 3 times a week then those 3h spinning on the road is a waste. So is setting sight on lifting some 2x body mass deadlifts, insane loads on leg press or packing biceps.

That's from what I've read on the subject.
  • - 3
 Then you have to factor-in core skills training to develop patterns of movement. Balance, bunny hops, manuals, pumping, cornering, jumping - if you haven't learned it by the time you were 20 then sorty, you are off for some long sessions on the parking lot and on the pump track to develop quality neuro-highways between you brain and muscles. After starting to practice in a quality way thanks to RLC and LLB, I cringe at skill coaches who tell people to find a corner in the woods and ride it 20 times. What about monitoring of results. An art on it's own with some serious money to spend. Amount of ingredients in the quality dish is beyond capability of vast majority of mountain bikers out there. I have a big dose of compassion for Joeys. Most of us look at these "day in life" videos of pros and then behave like a wasp caught in the jar, bouncing of it's walls trying to get away andconquer the worldSmile
  • + 7
 @WAKIdesigns: haha i love the analogy of the ear hair and kids growing up fast enough! Classic! .......and totally relatable!
I also agree on the time management thing too. Most mtbers, particularly the trail/enduro/dh segment are in it for the fun and yes it comes down to "do i spend 3hrs dodging cars or punching runs" but IF ( big if) you can fit in some road commuting for instance then it will increase your fitness on ANY bike and increased bike specific fitness equals more fun for longer when your out on the trails. Some guys/girls even enjoy road riding. So if your a " ride with the boys/girls" rider or a "log every training session racer" then the road bike will be of some benefit.
As far as heavy weight training is concerned then again its obviously goal specific. Power in any athletic endeavor can and will be increased through a structured weight program. Power is defined as the ability to move a heavy object fast. Specifically for dh/enduro this is related to trail obstacles (rocks roots g-outs) etc and power through the pedals. Just look at Rude overtaking Oton. The most important part of weight training is safety. Safety in preparation conditioning, good form and in recovery. Preparation conditioning is getting your body ready for heavy loads over a lengthy period of time. Obviously you dont just jump into 2/3 times body weight exercises. Connective tissue, neuro muscular, etc need to be ready for that kind of work. Unfortunately ego plays too much of a role in the gym. Slow and steady. Good form comes with time and practice with very much sub maximal loads and is therefore tied in directly with the preparation conditioning time. Obviously you need to learn the mechanics of good form too and thats where a coach etc is important. Recovery is very important in injury prevention/safety. Common sense tells us that an overtrained body is much more prone to injury. One of the other benefits from heavy weight work is bone density and staving off conditions like osteoporosis. Some have suggested that bone density, and therefore calcium production, are directly related to an increase in red blood cell production and therefore increased hemoglobin, O2 carrying ability to muscles during aerobic respiration.
  • + 7
 Thanks for the clinic. Seriously. "Kids" wanna be fast on a mountain bike they better buy some semi-slicks or a cheap spare bike and put in the base miles. Weights (or some type of upper body/core regime) also essential over the long term.

The surest way to hit a wall in your fitness progression is to focus all the time on high intensity/physical mountain biking. The base/volume must come first.
  • + 8
 @slowrider73: As long as he doesn't get hit by car!
I live in an area where road biking is huge, and I've seen some nasty car/ road bike accidents. For me is't not worth it. I ride to get away from people and cars! I grew up in CT. also so I 've been watching Richie's career for a while. Not too many world champs rolling outta CT.!
  • - 4
flag WAKIdesigns (Aug 3, 2016 at 8:21) (Below Threshold)
 @mountaincross: that's against almost everything you can read about training for time-pressed people. That includes all sorts of sports, not just MTB, including endurance sports like distance running. Even body building and fat burning jump on it. Intervals and HI is in fashion Wink
  • + 4
 @mountaincross: I just recently bought some bike courier bike (not sure if it's called like that) for something like 35 euro.You know those simple bikes without break levels,shifters on steel frame and all and boy do i have a blast on it.Was kinda strange to get used to no gears and breaking with crank but damn this bike is fun.Doing 30-40km on weekend is damn fun (since yeah job and all that stuff).I woudl bike some road bike (like canyon bikes) but yeah i can't afford them but maybe some day i will buy it.But as for now it paid off doing more miles and riding bit harder.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns: I'm time pressed.. But I so huge commutes to and from work 3 to 4 days a week.. I then lift weights at my work as I work at the fire dept... Then ride my bike home.. It was a huge load at first but the body accommodates accordingly over time.. Keep in mind this only works if my sleep is on point.. At least 9 hrs a night.. I then use my 3 day weekends to solely ride mountain.. This is the only way it can be done for a full time worker in my perspective.. Also bearing in mind I'm kidless helps..
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns: Sure, but nobody intelligent is advocating HIIT over volume based training for endurance athletes. The science is very much against it. Massive aerobic fitness is built on a massive low-intensity base.

Now for those people who can't commit enough time to even get close to making the volume they would need to see gains, HIIT is better than nothing. People have differing priorities and there is nothing wrong with that, but make no mistake, trying to make endurance gains using HIIT is salvage work.
  • + 7
 I'm willing to bet that he hasn't been road training that long at all. I would say the BMX track had a lot more to do with his success, and would benefit most riders more than road training.

Sure, when you're skills are at the level of a Pro MTB or BMX racer, then get yourself a road bike if you want to train. That's like the last 10% of becoming a World Champ.
  • + 11
 So all that some people got from that video was a moment where Richie rides a road bike ( which we all know most pro cyclists do across all disciplines)... Did anyone else notice the rad riding that dude is doing. His skills on the bike is outrageous and no wonder he is leading the points on the EWS! Go Richie!
  • + 3
 @slowrider73: Couldn't agree more about safety in weight training, recovery, and connective tissue health.

Just to add a couple of things to what you've been saying, a quality post recovery diet and stretching are both huge helps.
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 @tinfoil: yes, Yes, YESSS!!!! The ideal is to create a solid low intensity base then do HIIT on top of that!
  • + 6
 @Endurahbrah:

10%? No. Athertons, Stevie, Hart, etc. and a ton of the of the top EWS guys ride (rode, RIP Stevie) road. This season Hart himself has been saying he's not been on his DH bike a ton but working very hard off the bike. Graves races Aussie XC nats in the EWS off-season. Hard to beat road for building base fitness and building endurance especially when focusing on specific HR zones. BMX/4X is awesome for skills and power (sprints), but it won't get you far for a two-day Enduro at high-altitude. Combine them all and you have a very strong rider in terms of endurance and skills. Don't underestimate what a few road rides/commutes per week can do especially in the early season.
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 My general point was that 99% of us are not Richie Rude. So perhaps we miss a bit more than Endurance factor for Enduro racing... Sleeping quite right, eating quite right, hydrating quite right, riding quite right, cornering quite right, jumping quite right, pedalling quite right, braking quite right, looking ahead quite right, keeping body in wuite right position on the bike, keeping body weight quite right, keeping body position at work quite right, exercise on the gym in quite right form, having a quite right training program, having a quiet well setup bike, being quite good at racing, having quite good mental game for training and for racing, pacing yourself quite right and attackng in quitegood moments. If you
get all that quite right and want to step it up to Good or very good then come back to me with your volume training on the road bike. Then maybe you can try to be excellent at all those things, and you can get top 50 in EWS.

There are very few people who get it all right: Kanye, Muhammed Ali and Facebook pages of coaches full of pictures with motivational captions...

So as someonepointed out, there's much more to learn from that vid than just the fact that Richie rides a road bike. He also hucks some big things in there. You may not want to try it...
  • - 2
 I do commute on a bike to work. But my training focus with that is staying as much time on the backwheel as possible Wink I go out on asphalt to spin fast only if I have exceptionally sore quads.
  • + 3
 @Beez177: I've been hit by a car twice doing short 30 minute road rides, both by big white American steel diesel trucks, both mild hits (if you can believe an F250 mirror smacking you to the ground is mild). I've pretty much given up on road riding, and I live rural as heck.

Ironically, the guy I rode with has ridden mostly road his whole life...never been hit once. He's 60.
  • + 1
 @CaptainSnappy: Yes, 10% of Becoming a World Champ. Key word is Becoming.

Depending on what discipline we're talking. For DH I would say it is not that necessary. EWS, more so. XC, you are basically a roadie turned MTB'er.

Once you are at the top level of EWS or even DH, you absolutely need to ride road for training. And that part of the game is probably what separates the top guys from the also-rans.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: it's all in the Genes. . . . . . .
  • + 6
 @WAKIdesigns Thanks for the book Wink If you can't explain something simply, you don't know what you're talking about Smile
  • + 2
 @sevensixtwo: I know exactly what I am talking about. I am easily in top20, without trying hard in local pedally Strava segments. If I do try hard, do my best, I get top 10 and analysis shows pedal harder than most guys. Without riding a road bike. Now there is a dude who rides an XC bike and he kicks my arse in corners or on technical sections. He has Nobby Nics at best, I have a Minion DHF in Maxx Grip. On the local Enduro competition the top dude kicked my butt by 30 seconds on a 2 minute track. There was one climb on that track, no more than 150 meters. I did that climb 5 seconds faster. He fkd me by 35 seconds on descents alone. Do I need to say more? Should I jump on the road bike for 3h a week or maybe spend 3 hours learning how to corner? Because with my best effort I cannot break into top20 for downhill stages. Do you catch my drill now?

So here's my simple explanation: until you win local DH races, stay off the road bike, you have some other work to do if you want to win Enduro races. Those that you are SO serious about, baby, yet you still come in the pack fill. I saw Richie in Hafjell some good 5 or 6 years ago. I bet that already by then he would smash every single smart coach on the planet in an Enduro race. They have all the knowledge in the world but still, in the end... Pack fill. You or me, or any coach on the planet (and most of them know that ndaaaa) have nothing in common with physique of top athletes. Even if you saw details of Richies training program it would be absolutely worthless to you and any of us. Just like his shim stack. Know your place and you may learn something useful within your own capability. People posting comments here about DHillers like Hart going for road, definitely don't know their place. Once you can win by 14 seconds in Champery in total wet under World Champs pressure, you are fully allowed to explore other possibilities for growth. Until then... know your place.

Am I clear enough here?
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: yep, time pressed people hit a fitness wall because they don't have sufficient base. I'm speaking from personal experience. I went out and hammered on my mountain bike 3-4 days a week for years...in a fitness plateau. Stepped it up with some quality winter/spring base training but its tough to get those rides in once the dirt is thawed.
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: 35s spread in such a short stage – there could be any number of things happening there besides your cornering Wink
  • + 2
 @Endurahbrah: I am not as fan of road riding at all. Getting run over sucks!

At least where I am, there are miles of greenways and parks with roads just for bikes and foot traffic. I ride 6 to 15 miles in the morning (I like to mix it up) on a 160mm rig and never have to worry about a car.
  • + 0
 @WAKIdesigns: Also, not very clear. You're comparing a 30s Beginner-class ass whooping to a 14s lead in Pro DH. And then something about nobby nic, and your max traction, something or other. The point is this: get fit and you can destroy enduro on a beach cruiser.
  • + 4
 @WAKIdesigns: PB paying you by the word?
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 @mountaincross: I don't think you need to rack up huge miles, but you do need to do some longer rides, not just 40 min sescions on the trainer.
  • + 0
 I think that since Enduro is a gravity discipline we could all first learn to ride pumptrack like Richie does. If my kid was 15 and would tell me he wants to be the best in the world at Enduro, aside of his trail bike, I'd buy him a BMX and DH bike, not a road bike. I'd make sure he can manual 2-4 pump track rollers in a row, double each single set available. Then I'd make sure he looks far ahead on the trail, brakes right. I'd fix him skill coach and strength coach. I cannot simply express how far would I put the road bike on the list of priorities...
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Agreed! Fitness and no skills isn't going to get anyone anywhere.
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 @WAKIdesigns: sure I'd also hold off on the road bike until well after my kid started to enjoy racing, (unless they requested one, in which case they'd get a Cyclocross bike since that's all I've got to pass along). That trail bike you listed would work well for base building anyway, just don't engage in any high intensity efforts during those long volume rides...find some easy rolling singletrack, double, or (do I dare say it?), a road.

Or just go out and hammer on whatever mtb you've got. It's the most fun, competition optional.
  • + 2
 @Endurahbrah: I would also argue that having a BMX background gives a strong advantage to a competitor in any gravity-related field. The numbers speak for themselves... Gwin, Rachel Atherton, Manon Carpenter, Jill Kintner, and many others came from BMX as youngsters to DH... it helps to build that foundation for learning technical skills.

I'm a big proponent for training on the road, but maybe that's because I came from road riding as a junior and didn't pick up a mountain bike until my 20s. My husband, though, who raced 4X/DH at the World Cup level said that the majority of his training during his most successful years was done on the road bike. 1-2 MTB sessions a week as compared to 3-4 on the road. Granted, his technical skills were already there from racing BMX since the age of 3. It's probably different for everyone, but having a strong base for tech skills and a strong cardio base are both important.
  • + 1
 @bizutch: at least your still alive!
Road cyclist are like squirrels around here, road pizza!
  • + 1
 @Beez177: True, I live in Berlin, nasty accidents all the time, I stopped riding my bike to work, the risk is just to freaking high, even though we have plenty of bike paths, sometimes you just have to ride next to the cars (the ones moving and the ones parked), too narrow.
  • + 2
 @javijavi: My family gives me crap for doing extreme sports. Meanwhile my bro in law rides TDF, crashes on weekly basis, has lost more skin tissue than me and all of my buddies combined, rides 100 km/h on road downhills with hairpins in a group of 100 riders, but his sport is widely considered as "classic". MTB on the other hand - "extreme".
  • + 3
 I have a background in BMX, and technical DH trails are definitely my strong suit. But I was always in the bottom/middle of the pack until I upped my fitness. When I added actual Base Training (and gulp, Intervals) I got pretty close to podium on a few big races (not WC Wink ), and started earning way more cups in Strava. Which is hard to do in Northern California, where the top 10 is mostly sponsored riders. With the Base Training, it of course made climbing faster. But the biggest difference was on DH – the fitness gives you the ability to still pedal hard on the bottom half of a big DH, and stay focused enough to handle the bike.
  • + 90
 Matt Damon Smile
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 I was literally just about to ask if anyone else thinks he looks like Matt Damon, glad I'm not the only one.
  • + 37
 jason bourne
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 David Webb
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 I've known Richie, Big Rich, and Karen for many years through riding and racing in the Northeast. You seriously could not find a more supportive and all around awesome family. They have been involved in all aspects of cycling here in the Northeast and go above and beyond to lend a hand for the sport and other riders. Their spirit has obviously taken root in Richie because he is perhaps the most humble, dedicated, and loyal #1 rider that I have ever met. While Richie rides for a brand/team that competes with the one which employs me, I am one of his biggest fans and am so happy to see the levels of success he is reaching in his career.
  • + 8
 looks like the Saugatuk reservoir on his road bike? anyways... CT represent.. so cool that me and the gang ride in the same woods as him!
  • + 55
 It must kill some of you PB 'rad, bro,send it, 264life' guys to see one of your heroes riding a road bike.......
  • + 6
 Hahaha I thought the same... But then again... It's all bikes!
  • + 32
 Wheelies on the road bike make it okay.
  • + 4
 and in lycra, god forbid.
  • + 6
 ... and a specialized road bike at that! Get your pitch forks ready!
  • + 3
 No actually I think it's great he's riding road actually.. Cover all grounds!
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 @cuban-b:

That's irrelevant to those who have the self-confidence and drive to be #1 on the EWS, two years running.
  • + 1
 @MrEtnie: Road wheels + tires = 26in in diameter so 26forlife should be fine with that...
  • + 3
 A road bike still beats using a car within the city and on not-too-long distances Smile
  • + 2
 It must kill some of you hipster, roadie, pain cave, power meter guys to barely scratch the surface of mountain biking.......
  • + 3
 @AllMountin: Rude rides with a power meter on his Yeti...what is your point?

I am a huge fan of Rude, but 99.44% of road riders wouldn't know who he is. I would guess quite a larger proportion of mountain Bikers know who Chris Froome is.

Regardless, who cares. They're all bikes.
  • + 0
 My point was to mock the original post with a little turnabout. Chris Froome is irrelevant to mountain biking, no matter who knows his name. I share no commonality or kinship with roadies, as the experiences are dissimilar more than they are similar. Those who view them as equivalencies are likely not invested enough into mountain biking to fully appreciate it, which saddens me. But... to each their own.
  • + 0
 @davidsimons sorry the 26" crew doesn't follow Enduro, Enduro is responsible for the diminishing of 26" and mass introduction of trail centre douche-baggery - so no, we don't care what he does - But this was a good video with some top riding, and he rode a 26" at the pump track anyhow
  • - 1
 @ReformedRoadie: Ah yes Chris Froome part of the peloton which ride km and km in the tour the France at insane speeds for days on end but without any drugs of course... Stopped watching junkies I mean roadies back in 1999 when Pantini got caught in the Giro d'Italia.
  • + 37
 Am I the only one who wants to see footage of Richie hitting the gym? You don't get that jacked just by riding. How much does he deadlift?
  • + 55
 He's probably banned from the local gyms for breaking all their equipment.
  • + 10
 Nice change for all the pencil type riders
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 I'm quite happy to see some other beefy guy riding bikes.I'm 187 cm (6,13") and i weight around 100 kg so i can guess that Richie is around 90 kg.It's fun to see guys like that since most people are skinny as hell.
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 @Calek: I know that feel bro... 185cm and around 100kg... when they see me rollin', they yellin' "Look at that juggernaut on a 26" hahahaha
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 No kidding, hes built like Hurambe #RIP
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 Man's built like a bull.
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 He actually gives bigger dudes some inspiration that we don't all have to be pencil thin and 150lbs in order to compete. I wonder how Rude does in XC events?
  • + 3
 Welcome to the internet. We used to refer to it as Ridemonkey. But Pinkbike had money to pay folks and a shinier format.
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  • + 27
 Holy crap, can Yeti take a bunch of tubes and weld him a road bike so he doesn't have to ride that awful Spesh?
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 or they could try making it in carbon, it might get popular in road cycling Wink
  • + 2
 YES!!!!! I want that road kit (for XC racing) and would love to see Yeti do a road bike in carbon. Anyone know if that kit is available? Not on their website.
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 It would be cool to see a new "Road Project" from yeti
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 at least a carbon cyclocross bike from Yeti would be super dope. i think people would be into it.
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 Spesh makes some damn fine road bikes!
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 @bohns1: Logic will not be tolerated here.
  • + 1
 You know damn well Graves got him the hookup on that bike. At least him and Graves still have a awesome relationship going.
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 @CaptainSnappy: yes! I sometimes forget, this is the pb crowd after all.
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 @nyrdrms: It's actually a kit that Jared designed and had made for himself a few years ago, so, unless you and a bunch of buddies want to ask Champ Sys (company that made the kit) if they can re-do a run of it, you'll never see this kit available. He gave richie the kits that were too big for himself.
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 Paging John Pentecost to the white courtesy phone. John P, your party is waiting.
Oh wait... #sleepnowridelater is in effect. Wink
  • + 25
 Stunning photography - really tells a story. That we get this content for nix, thanks PB!
  • + 8
 And thanks to @shimano as well. It is not often they spend money in things like this. But as usual, everything they do they do it right!
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 @danielfox: @shimano probably know they have something special with mr rude here.
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 @yeticycles please make a DJ/4X frame again! It can even be just the last DJ frame with fresh stickers or something. Did you guys sell all the welding equipment since everything is Asia Carbon now?
  • + 8
 I know right. Don't worry, us lads down under are bringing 4x back with a vengeance and it's going to be sick.
  • + 5
 Can we make an online petition so @yeticycles consider this???
I've always wanted one of these frames so bad!!!
  • + 1
 I was going to say the same thing!
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 i also want one of these!
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 No market, realistically.
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 @CaptainSnappy: Small market for sure, but here in Denver alone there are enough DJ parks to sell a bit. I am sure the frame jigs are still there so it isn't quite a huge investment. Not sure about the rest of the country , but seems DJ/Slope Style Park scene is growing across several markets. Really a comment on Yeti for completely ditching all USA production and aluminum bikes no matter XC/Road/DH/DJ...etc.
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 @bman33: Brew Racing. Remember them?
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 @bizutch: Yep, I remember Steve Garn and Brew. Brew sponsored the Kovachi BMX team for a few years. I still have one of their Brew BMX cruiser frames.
  • + 18
 Video almost made me cry. :'(
This kid is special.

When I grow up, I wanna be like him, and I'm 34. :/
  • + 18
 That new giro helmet looks sick af
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 im saying
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 Do you know the model? Cause I can't find it on Giro site.
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 Looks like it might have a removable chin bar... I like the D ring too. Plastic snaps seem sketchy to me.
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flag briceps (Aug 3, 2016 at 9:11) (Below Threshold)
 Am I the only one that thinks it's ugly as can be? Reminds me of the helmet Charlie Brown wears in "You're a good sport Charlie Brown."
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 I want
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 I am no fan of that helmet. Looks suitable for an astronaut. Lol, it would look sick if not the ear covering part, makes it look like ear muffs
  • + 2
 @briceps: I'm with ya, man. Speed Racer would be my immediate association. No bueno.
  • + 16
 Holy S%^t, his legs as a toddler are bigger than mine now
  • + 10
 I really like this kid, he's light years ahead of the rest of the EWS field but completely humble about it. His attitude is brilliant, he's had misfortune in a good few races like in Ireland where he lost a load of places with punctures but instead of letting it get him down he just got on with the job of making up time and probably should have won in the end, the same in Colorado - he picks up a fairly nasty shoulder injury but just kept on going and limits his time losses. Add that to being an absolute monster on the bike and he'll be dominating for a long time to come.
  • + 9
 such a good quality vid! crazy riding and super nice vibes! I really hope that Richie comes back to WC DH after smashing Enduro, this guy must be a beast to watch on a DH bike in his current state!
  • + 5
 Road Riding: Speed, endurance, climbing strength with minimal breakdown and destruction of body and back. Train on road and then explode in the woods from a cardio vascular training aspect. Must train in woods for timing, body posture, total body strength and maneuvers.
  • + 4
 cross training is so good for cyclists. road riding makes those long fire road climbs super easy. mtn biking gives you excellent bike handling skills out on the open road, which is way more important than anyone thinks.
  • + 1
 @cuban-b: agree, zooming 45 mph down the harshest curves western pa paved roads can offer, I'm glad for my mountain biking center of gravity bermless turning skills.
  • + 1
 Doesn't mean you need a road bike to achieve that type of training. Just putting in steady miles of pedalling is key. That can be on a hardtail or even full-suspension bike. Many people train on road just simply because you can do it all season, rain or shine, right from the front door, but not all of us hindered by that.
  • + 6
 Never thought somebody on top so young could be so likable. Its always cool to see simeone who truly loves riding to become a champ and carve out a career doing what he'd do for free.
  • + 8
 Badass, on a side not he does look baked most of the time!
  • + 1
 I ride way better baked!
  • + 4
 Richie Rude...I still remember the thread on RM where the whole world flipped the heck out over Yeti pulling it's DH program and offering to let him ride Enduro full time. We all thought it was the most INSANE thing because he was destined to win a World Cup DH within a few seasons.

My biggest rant was "Has anybody asked Richie what he wants to do?"

The most amazing thing I think he's done is the transformation of his body and training program. All of us on the East Coast were told he put in the riding prior to the change and was hellaciously fit, but I think we all mistakenly thought of Enduro as a cross country time trial that fit, skinny freaks would dominate.

Heck, Graves admitted he was going to drop something like 20lbs!

I want to read an article on the transformation of both Richie's fitness, body mass and training as compared to when he was World Cup DH bound.

If you've never stood next to him, know that he is a really big kid (sorry bro...still picture you as that 14 year old at Massanutten).

KEEP DOMINATING. Rude boyz!
  • + 1
 @bfrich keeps him humble too. Wink
  • + 2
 It's so cool seeing beefy guys (like me) doing so well. A testament that you don't need to be rail thin in order to compete.
  • + 7
 Apex predator, what have you created graves?!
  • + 3
 Been following this kid for a couple of years now, and met him last summer at Mountain Creek. The dude is a stand-up guy, very polite and humble, never mind his bear of a hand shake! Kids today need/should use Richie as a role model...great stuff.
  • + 4
 It's crazy how burly of a dude he is. Those poor bikes must suffer so bad. Especially the road bike looks like he might just crack it in half if he really wanted to...
  • + 6
 Richie what is it like having shorts not fit your thighs haha
  • + 3
 A little cheesy, but the mixture of excellent filming and picture perfect riding made me fall in love with this video. Not to mention the great photos too!
  • + 4
 calves could rival karver's
  • + 5
 Nice mk 7 golf
  • + 2
 Mom- "Richie, i need you to clean out the garage before you go riding and please reset the mouse traps"

Richie-" I'll take care of it later Mom"
  • + 1
 Great article & vid. This dude has really come into his own. Respect!

PS: The new Giro "Switchblade" is awesome! Where/when can we order?
  • + 1
 Every time I see or hear a result from him, I feel so proud that he's from CT! Then this song starts playing in my head....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD_NiGdfFa8
  • + 1
 Good for him! Leaving the dream, riding bikes all day and having a supportive family behind. How's my life got so complicated!? Smile
  • + 3
 on that road bike, he looks like a gorilla on a tricycle.!!

P"
  • + 1
 Richie is on another level. And he's still so young, I can't wait to see his career in another few years. He will be one of the all time greats.
  • + 2
 Richie like rock smash rock hard.
  • + 1
 Nothing clever to say here other than Rude Boy is a specimen. Kid absolutely rips on a bike
  • + 1
 no wonder why he got so much power! look at those muscles on his legs and calves!
  • + 1
 When I grow up to be 1/2 my age, I want to be Richie Rude and almost as strong.
  • + 1
 this fucking lad woulda done so damn well in DH. As long as he's happy though, that's all that matters
  • + 2
 Specialized road bike. PB conspiracy theorists discuss....
  • + 1
 I've seen that too....something is not right. Smile
  • + 1
 YEAH Richie sick edit! if your ever home and bored let me know I I got a sick pumptrack
  • + 2
 Looks like some of Codys style is rubbing off on Ritchie
  • + 1
 So great seeing a local CT ripper making it big. I remember him from the plattekill days. Manchild!!! Great job richie
  • + 1
 Thanks for this. Great filming and its nice to get a peek into the person behind such tallent.
  • + 1
 Never knew RR was a neighbor, great to see a New Englander making it happen!
  • + 1
 Nice feature on Ritchie. Thanks to all involved for giving us a peak at a little more of the champ's life.
  • + 1
 Richie is hell of a typical Amercan boy who stands for the top of American MTBiker.
  • + 2
 That guy. Wow! What riding! Big Grin
  • + 3
 Mint.....pure quality!!
  • + 3
 Total boss !
  • + 1
 If you are watching this content on your phone, you are doing it wrong! Need to watch it in at least a laptop or a TV!
  • + 1
 damnnn.--BEST video and pics Ive seen
  • + 1
 The trifecta of bikes - road, enduro, DJ - leads to the complete racer.
  • + 1
 One of the better pieces done here lately.
  • + 1
 He needs to hop on a VW or Audi sponsor with all that advertising
  • + 1
 Elvis would love those shoes!
  • + 1
 the tracks that i can race are all cyclo cross so its boring
  • + 1
 I guess yeti doesn't make a road bike
  • + 1
 Anyone else thinks Richie looks like Manuel Neuer's little brother?
  • + 1
 Richie- Please come back to DH.
  • + 1
 great edit again Big Grin I'd like to see a Matt Hunter edition though Wink
  • + 1
 Can someone tell me where the BMX and pumptrack are???
  • + 1
 Richie,do you ride the shire in conn.?
  • + 2
 Beast!
  • + 1
 Rad piece. Amazing work here all around.
  • + 1
 Matt Damon stunt double!!!!
  • + 1
 Richie Rude my boy...This guy is a slayer
  • + 1
 What models are helmets ?
  • + 1
 This is Rude : Richie home - Video
  • + 1
 TRI-STATE to the fullest!!!
  • + 2
 Moms are awesome!
  • + 1
 This video is just full on sick
  • + 2
 That helmet tho!
  • + 1
 So many desktop pictures
  • + 1
 what bike park is that?
  • + 1
 Mountain Creek, NJ - nice spot
  • + 1
 Nice...girls. Ahaha
  • + 1
 Dude has massive caves!
  • + 1
 It's Matt Damon right?
  • + 1
 Stud.

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  • + 1
 awesome pictures!
  • + 1
 Richie Rude = Boss.
  • + 1
 web search: Giro helmet.
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