Slack Randoms: Record Drops, eBike Love & Another Kangaroo Collision

Jan 30, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel which we use to share an assortment of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond... We thought a couple of the moments from the past week were too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.

The UK's Biggest Drop?

Oliver Watson has sent what he claims to be the biggest drop in the UK. At around 35 foot down with a sniper landing it's definitely a sizable huck and a bit of a throwback at the same time. It's probably not the most sensible thing to be doing given the pandemic situation in the UK but impressive nevertheless.

bigquotesThis was a real struggle to get the drop done having to rebuild it and do it in such little time. Huge thanks to Sam Horton for filming this and my dad and Jamie Sowerby for helping rebuilt the drop in a day! This is to my knowledge the biggest drop in the UK measuring at around 35ft vertical.Oliver Watson

Chilliwack's New 100 Mile Trail

bigquotesIn late August 2020, I set out to complete a 110 mile / 177 km long mountain route in Chilliwack, BC. The route goes from Cultus Lake to Chilliwack Lake and back, with 108 miles of unique terrain, and involves over 33,000ft / 10,000m of climbing and descent, via four major mountain passes. This is the first known linkage of this route in this manner.

I respectfully acknowledge that this run took place through the unceded lands of the Stó:lō Nation, in the traditional territory known as S'olh Temexw.

This is a film by fellow Salomon athlete Jeff Pelletier please check out his channel and consider giving him a follow as well.

Wahoo's $100 Solution to Wireless Woes

Wahoo has announced the Wahoo Direct Connect Accessory that is designed to ensure a rider's training session isn't interrupted by a dodgy wireless connection.

The wire allows riders to connect their Kickr training bike to the internet using an ethernet connection as opposed to the traditional wireless set up favoured by most trainers. This physical connection should make the signal between the trainer and the internet more reliable and less susceptible to drops, especially for city dwellers whose environment is crowded with other radio frequency signals.

Tyler Harris, Wahoo Kickr Product Manager, said: “While a wireless connection works very well for most riders, those who have connectivity challenges, or those who simply cannot risk a dropout during an important race or workout will be able to ride with increased confidence and reliability by using Kickr Direct Connect.”

As of today, Wahoo’s SUF Training, TrainerRoad, FullGaz, and RGT Cycling are the training programs compatible with the Direct Connect while other platforms are expected to become compatible in the coming months, including the all-important Zwift. The only trainer hardware the wire will work with, however, is Wahoo's own V5 Kickr, not the Kickr Core, Kickr Snap, the Kickr Bike, earlier versions of those products or trainers from other brands.

While the value proposition may be questionable, indoor training is a big part of many riders' off seasons, especially during lockdowns, and virtual racing is becoming increasingly popular with the World Championships running for the first time last year. If you've already spent $1,200 on a trainer and can't get a consistent connection, this will no doubt be a welcome, if costly, addition to many a rider's training set up.

The Direct Connect costs $100 with the ethernet cable sold separately. More info, here.

DJ'ing Interrupted by a Bear

Jody Flemming had a close encounter of the furred kind last year when he was joined by a black bear during a livestream. Flemming, 50, was performing at home in Ashville, North Carolina, when the bear wandered by and was separated from him by just a screen door. Flemming turned around apparently thinking it was a neighbour at the door but went to grab his phone for a photo when he saw the animal. Soon after a car pulled up, the bear moved on and Flemming finished his set.

Bec McConnell Hit by a Kangaroo

Bec McConnel Spent a good amount of the race alone in second but Eva caught her up at the line.

Another week, another kangaroo close call in Australia. This time there's no footage of the incident but World Cup XC rider Bec McConnell has reported colliding with a kangaroo while racing at Mt Stromlo this week. She posted on Instagram: "I was racing the local road Criterium and one of the locals (Kangaroo) decided to jump onto the track. Next second I was sliding on the road. Major pain is my [peach emoji], it took the whole impact. It all happened very fast. I think I will be very sore tomorrow. But very lucky"
Photo: Bec McConnell's Instagram

Top Reasons You Should Buy an eBike

The Squirrel picnic tables are real by the way, and you can buy one, here.

New Zealand Asks People to Not Travel Under the Social Influence

bigquotesOur friend Tom Sainsbury (Comedian and Snapchat Dude) from the Social Observation Squad (S.O.S) has been patrolling some of New Zealand’s top tourist spots. He's on a mission to stop people from taking photos under the social influence. Guess what he found?


  • 104 7
 Canadians watching that 35 ft Huck like...mmm its ok.
  • 68 7
 High schoolers in Saint George be like.... that'd be fun to do on lunch break.
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flag DaFreerider44 (Jan 30, 2021 at 8:34) (Below Threshold)
 @scott-townes: Lmao. I pretty much live in saint george part of the year and I thought the exact thing.
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 ... I thought it was pretty sick...
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 @scott-townes: as a high schooler in st. George I fully agree
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 @BigMulaCeazy: Oh it is but them kids are nuts. Check out ryan-monson who just posted.
  • 5 0
 It's not a drop. It's a flight
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 So happy to see Jason and Jess are still together. We need more videos from the IFHT Cinematic Universe.
  • 38 3
 Who the hell is Jason Lucas? And why he has all the shitty jobs? Huck to flat, moderator of the reality show, now ebike commercial?
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 He's a vidéographer.
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 @inonyme: I’ve heard that he was born with two thumbs on each hand, and for a party trick, he can walk with his knees locked backwards like a chicken. Either way, he’s a hunk of man I’ll never be able to be......because I can’t walk like a chicken.
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 Soft house music is not the Bear thing,but he wants to party anyway,COVID is hitting hard.
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flag goodkent (Jan 30, 2021 at 12:03) (Below Threshold)
 you may want to check your references... iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen>/iframe>
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Jack Moir Canyon Strive Enduro Race Bike Check

Oakley has launched Oakley MSK3, a mask designed to work seamlessly with eyewear and fit snugly on the wearer's face.

• The UCI and its partner Santini launched a collection in the rainbow colours of the UCI World Championships, available exclusively at Decathlon.
  • 3 0
 Thanks that bike check has to be one of the best I've watched!
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 Watched the DJ jam sesh, and immediately thought, sounds like something that would happen in Asheville. And turns out, Asheville. Friendly big squirrels
  • 8 0
 it's the most Asheville thing I've ever seen. The bear was just dropping off some of his new batch of kombucha
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 @steezysam: Sounds like Nelson BC too lol!
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 I can't believe I made Pinkbike with this and not my Pisgah shredding skills. Oh well, I'll take it!
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 $100 for that wahoo thing? That's moronic. If it has wifi and is big enough, it should have a ethernet port. Full stop. The designers who built this thing are unbelievably stupid for foregoing such a feature, and so is everyone who needs to buy such an object.
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 I should add and it's meant to be primarily stationary*
  • 7 1
 I'd get a picnic table, but I don't want to attract homeless squirrels to my yard.
  • 4 1
 Almond milkshake will do that.
  • 4 0
 Meagan O'Rourke is phenomenal. What an awesome sequel.
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 The Big Chill. Unbelievable accomplishment. Hats off.
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 Thank you Gary Robbins et al for making my Saturday morning! Great video, great personal vision.
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 big sends cure coronavirus so I don't think there's an issue with sending that drop right now. Is it really a throwback if people never stopped going big? you just stopped paying attention.
  • 5 1
 Joey of the Day
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 KeyTars rule.
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 Are the squirrel tables gonna be restocked? Red is my favorite color
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 Jason Lucas casually cross-promoting his own content...
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 Squirrel picnic tables are hot right now. Sold out everywhere. Harder to get than YT, Vitus, or Canyon.
  • 1 0
 That bear was thinking "If I can just finish him off before the next mix..."
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 since when did Korg become social influence patrol? what’s Thor doing nowadays?
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 laughed at the ebike advert but i think this ones better
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 Kangaroo jump ins are no joke! I used to ride Stromlo mountain all the time when I lived there and I bet know exactly where that jump in happened
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 Yes I was there at Mt Stromlo 3 weeks ago & the male Kangaroo who I seen was f*cking huge!
  • 2 2 posted the last 2 videos on there weekly roundup 2 days ago. Odd that they both show up here.
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 Oli Watson sending it with one glove, deathgripping and a sketchy run in!
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 Um, I see he has fingers on both brakes.
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 @ColquhounerHooner: watch slow mo in the air. Not covering the brakes.
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 The Big Chill is unreal.
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 Diapers? Effiin nappies ya wombats
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 So, where can I get a squirrel table?
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 That eBike commercial was awful...
(not against eBikes for the record, although a commercial like that might change my mind)
  • 1 0
 most honest e bike commercial I've seen
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 And squirrels?
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